OL will play its 65th Champions League match, counting preliminary rounds. OL finds itself in the last 16 for the fourth consecutive season…
Coupet, Müller, Berthod, Juninho, Malouda, Govou, Vercoutre, Clerc played in 2003-2004 against Real Sociedad. Coupet, Juninho, Malouda and Govou have played in at least one of these 3 last-16 clashes.
Last-16 goal scorers? Wiltord 5 goals, Juninho 3, Tiago 2, Essien 2, Malouda 1, Fred 1, M Diarra 1, Berthod 1.
Referees? De Santis (Italy), Riley (England), De Bleeckere (Belgium), Ivanov (Russia), Vassaras (Greece), Riley (England).
Cards ? Govou x 3, Berthod x 2, Wiltord x 2, Juninho x 2, Coupet, Edmilson, Malouda, Diarra. Having received 2 cards against PSV in the away game, Govou was sent off. Note: Wiltord has had 2 yellow cards since coming to OL… and he got them in the last 16 of the Champions League (at Eindhoven and Werder).
OL has played 12 European matches against 4 Italian teams. 4 in the Champions League, 2 of which were in the group phase, the other 2 in the quarter-finals; 6 in the UEFA Cup and 2 in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. 5 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses; 8 goals scored by 8 different players (M Diarra, Govou, Anderson, Giuly, Caveglia, Maurice, Assadourian, Cossou). Inter Milan 6 matches, Bologna 2, AC Milan 2, Lazio Rome 2. On the road, the Olympiens have won 3 times, including once at the Stadio Olimpico against Lazio in 95-96.
Although none of the players of these 4 Italian teams have ever played for OL, 2 former OL players have gone onto play for Italian giants: BrÈchet to Inter Milan and Dhorasoo to AC Milan. You might also remember another great past Olympien who graced several Italian clubs including AC Milan: Nestor Combin.