Marseille kick off their UEFA Europa League Group I campaign at home against Konyaspor, hoping to extend the Turkish side’s wait for a first European win.
• The teams are meeting for the first time and it is Konyaspor’s first encounter with French opponents.
• Marseille’s six games against Turkish clubs have ended W2 D2 L2 (W2 L1 in France).
• Marseille have won both of their European home matches this season – against Oostende (4-2) and Domžale (3-0) – scoring seven goals in the process.
• Konyaspor have yet to avoid defeat in a UEFA away game, suffering 2-0, 3-1 and 4-1 reversals.
• Fifth in France last term, Marseille last featured in the UEFA Europa League group stage in 2015/16 when they made it to the round of 32, eventually losing to Athletic Club.
• Winners of the 2016/17 Turkish Cup, Konyaspor made their European competition debut in last year’s UEFA Europa League group stage, but failed to win in six matches (D1 L5).
Links and trivia
• The journey from Konya to Marseille is a little short of 2,400km.
• Konyaspor defender Petar Filipovic turns 27 on the day of the Marseille game.
• The Turkish club’s midfielder Mehdi Bourabia was born in Dijon, France, and played for Grenoble (2009–11) and LOSC Lille’s reserves (2013–14) before heading abroad.
• Konyaspor’s Ivorian midfielder Moryke Fofana also played in France with Lorient (2015–17).
• Marseille’s Adil Rami won the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League with Sevilla.
• Marseille coach since 2016, Rudi Garcia started out as a midfielder at Lille, returning to lead the club from 2008–13 – and masterminding their domestic double triumph in 2010/11. He subsequently spent three seasons in charge at AS Roma.
• Konyaspor boss Mustafa Reşit Akçay is back in the group stage for a third time, having coached Trabzonspor and Osmanlıspor in past editions. A youth specialist, he notably went unbeaten in his first 19 games in UEFA competition (W15 D4).