Vitória Guimarães v Salzburg background
Vitória Guimarães come into UEFA Europa League Group I on a poor run of form in Europe; in contrast, first-night visitors Salzburg aim to make it ten continental games unbeaten.
• These clubs are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition.
• In Guimarães’s only previous encounter with an Austrian side, they were beaten 2-1 away and 4-1 at home by Altach in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.
• Salzburg’s only past meeting with Portuguese opponents was a 1993/94 UEFA Cup third-round tie against Sporting CP; they lost 2-0 away but won the return leg 3-0 after extra time.
• Guimarães are without a victory in seven European matches (D2 L5), including defeats in their last three home fixtures.
• Salzburg, in comparison, are unbeaten in nine in Europe (W6 D3), including five away games (W3 D2).
• Fourth in the Liga and runners-up in the Portuguese Cup last season, Guimarães are participating in their third UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League group stage. They have yet to make it through.
• Austrian champions, and 1994 UEFA Cup runners-up, Salzburg missed the cut in last year’s UEFA Europa League group stage, after succeeding in their previous three attempts.
Links and trivia
• The journey from Salzburg to Guimaraes is around 1,800km.
• Guimarães have played 58 UEFA matches; Salzburg have played 160.
• Salzburg won last season’s UEFA Youth League, beating Benfica in the final.
• Guimarães coach since summer 2016, Pedro Martins previously led Marítimo (2012/13) and Rio Ave (2014/15) in this competition’s group stage. A former Guimarães midfielder, he was capped once during his time at Sporting CP (1995–98).
• Previously youth-team boss, Marco Rose stepped up to the Salzburg helm after predecessor Óscar García left in June. A defender with home-town club Leipzig, Hannover and Mainz, he has been on Salzburg’s staff since 2013.