Maximilian Arnold im Spiel gegen Desna Tschernihiw.
30.09.2020
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Final hurdle

All you need to know about the Europa League play-off against AEK Athens.

Maximilian Arnold im Spiel gegen Desna Tschernihiw.

To reach the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, VfL Wolfsburg need to overcome Greek giants AEK Athens in a play-off on Thursday 1 October (kick-off 20:45 CEST at the Olympic Stadium, Athens). This is the first-ever meeting between the Wolves and AEK, who beat St. Gallen in the third qualifying round thanks to Nelson Oliveira’s 71st-minute goal.

More facts and figures:

  • The club from the Greek capital only had to enter the competition at the third qualifying round.

  • With 12 league titles and 15 cup wins, AEK are one of the most successful clubs of all time in Greece.

  • AEK, who play in black and yellow, finished third in Greece’s Super League last season.

  • Athens faced Bayern München in the group stage of the 2018/19 Champions League, losing both games 2-0.

  • AEK have made a perfect start to their current campaign, winning both their first two league fixtures without conceding a goal. They beat Panetolikos GFS 2-0 away in their opening game of the season before cruising to a 3-0 victory at home to PAS Lamia. With six points from two matches, AEK sit joint-second in the table alongside Olympiakos but a point behind league leaders Aris, who have played a game more.

  • Former Italian player Massimo Carrera has been in charge of AEK since December 2019.

  • In Dmytro Chygrynskiy, AEK have a former Barcelona centre-back in their ranks. Forward Marko Livaja has also had a spell at Inter Milan.

  • VfL are unbeaten in the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and Europa League so far this season.

  • Due to UEFA regulations, the game in Athens will take place behind closed doors.

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