Eurpopa League: TSG’s group-stage opponents

Participating in their first ever group stage of a European competition, TSG have been drawn against Portuguese side Sporting Braga, Bulgarian team Ludogorets Razgrad and Başakşehir Istanbul from Turkey in the UEFA Europe League. Below, introduces you to all three clubs…

Sporting Braga

The club

Founded: 1921

Coach: Abel Ferreira

Star player: Danilo

Qualification: Fifth place in the Liga NOS, victory over FH Hafnarfjördur in the Europa League play-offs.

The stadium

Name: Estádio Municipal Braga

Opened: 2003

Capacity: 30,286

The city

Inhabitants: 136,885

Fun fact: The city, which lies in between the Atlantic and mountainous terrain, experiences high temperatures even in winter. In November, when TSG will be visiting, it has been known to reach over 28 degrees

Ludogorets Razgrad

The club

Founded: 1945

Coach: Dimitar Dimitrov

Star player: Claudiu Keseru

Qualification: 2016/17 Bulgarian first-division champions, victory in the Europa League play-off against FK Suduva

The stadium

Name: Ludogorets Arena

Opened: 2011

Capacity: 8,808

The city

Inhabitants: 31,000

Fun fact: The city, which arose from the ruins of the Roman settlement of Abritus, is today the host of a yearly yoghurt festival

İstanbul Başakşehir

The club

Founded: 2014

Coach: Abdullah Avci

Star player: Emmanuel Adebayor

Quaification: Second place in the 2016/17 Süper Lig, eliminated in the Champions League play-off against Sevilla

The stadium

Name: Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadı

Opened: 2014

Capacity: 17,319

The city

Inhabitants: 15 million

Fun fact: The city of Istanbul stretches across two continents – Asia and Europe are joined by the Bosphorus Bridge

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