Tonight at 18h55: Club Brugge – Galatasaray

A sold out and no doubt vibrant Jan Breydel stadium awaits Galatasaray as Club Brugge hosts the first CL game of the season. Get in the know here.

So we meet again: Ryan Donk was part of Club's line-up for four seasons before making the move to Istanbul, first joining Kasimpasa, later on Galatasaray (with a one season loan to Spanish first divisionists Real Betis). From 2009 until 2013, Donk featured in 130 Club Brugge games, making up part of Club's sturdy defense at that time.

And so we meet again, Pt II: Mbaye Diagne will have highlighted this encounter from the moment he signed at Club Brugge. The 9 times Senegalese international is out on loan from the Turkish champions (with an option for purchase) for one season. Last year, the Turkish Süper Lig's main scorer netted 31: 11 for Galatasaray and 20 for Kasimpasa. With Falcao making the move to the Bosporus, the 27 year old opted for a new challenge at Blauw-Zwart!

The game between Club Brugge and Galatasaray will be lead by Mr. Slavko Vinčić, a 39 year old Slovenian inhabitant. He will be backed by his compatriots Mr. Tomaž Klančnik and Mr. Andraž Kovačič (assistant-refs) and Mr. Nejc Kajtazovic (fourth official). Manning the VAR will be Mr. Daniele Orsato and Mr. Michael Fabbri.

A direct ticket to the CL group stages was Galatasaray's share as it won the Turkish league title last season. The team has a living legend in coach Fatih Terim: he was the man leading Galatasaray to the 2000 UEFA Cup win, and made it to the Turkey coach spot for a while too. ‘The Lions’ have a number of resounding names to their team: Younès Belhanda (9 assists last season), Christian Luyindama (ex-Standard), Ryan Donk (ex-Club), Ryan Babel (ex-Liverpool and -Ajax) and Radamel Falcao (ex-Atlético Madrid, -Man United and -Monaco). Last weekend, Gala earned a vital win over city rivals Kasimpasa, the winning goal courtesy of Falcao, taking the club to fifth place in the Süper Lig with 7 out of 12.

No more tickets for tonight's encounter between Blauw-Zwart and Galatasaray. The Belgian runners-up are the first Belgian team to make it to the CL Group Stages through the non-champions track, taking part of the CL group stages for the third time in just a matter of years. Three seasons ago, Club made up a group with Leicester City, FC Copenhagen an FC Porto. Last season, Atlético Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco paid a visit to Jan Breydel, with a sweet third spot as prize at the end of the road. Tonight's mission comes with quite some weight: a win means Club has the perfect cards to make it through the European winter. A boost of confidence was found in the 0-2 derby win over city rivals Cercle. Backed by its infredible twelfth man, Club will be going for that vital first win against the Turkish champions!

Kicking off its European campaign, Club Brugge hosts the game against Galatasaray at 18h55. The following names have been selected by Philippe Clement:

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