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Europa League dates - Lazio first!

Posted on 31 August 2012  - 16:01

We will kick-off our Europa League campaign with a home match against Italian giants Lazio on September 20.

Europa League dates - Lazio first!

Lazio finished fourth in Serie A last season and qualified for the group stages after a comfortable 5-1 aggregate win over Mura of Slovenia, winning 3-1 at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday night.

Our first away match in the group is a trip to Athens, Greece and Panathinaikos on Thursday, October 4. We then face back-to-back matches against Maribor of Slovenia before the return matches against Lazio and Panathinaikos.

Here are our fixtures in Group J...

Matchday One v Lazio, White Hart Lane - Thursday, September 20, 8.05pm

Matchday Two v Panathinaikos, Olympic Stadium, Athens - Thursday, October 4, 6pm

Matchday Three v Maribor, Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor - Thursday, October 25, 6pm

Matchday Four v Maribor, White Hart Lane - Thursday, November 8, 8.05pm

Matchday Five v Lazio, Stadio Olympio, Rome - Thursday, November 22, 6pm

Matchday Six v Panathinaikos, White Hart Lane - Thursday, December 6, 8.05pm

All kick-off times are UK times.

Here are a few details on our opponents...

Panathinaikos (Greece)
Stadium name: Olympic Stadium
Capacity: 69,618
Kit colours: Home - Green with white trim, Away - White with green trim, Third - Black with white trim
Formed: 1908
Nickname: To Trifylli (The Shamrock), Oi Prasinoi (The Greens)
Coach: Jesualdo Ferreira (POR)
20 league titles
Qualified for competition following loss to Malaga at the Champions League Play-Offs.
Begin their league campaign later this month.
The Club have faced Greek opposition on two previous occasions, beating Olympiacos 4-1 (on aggregate) during a run to the UEFA Cup Semi-Finals in 1972 and last year’s Europa League group games against PAOK.

Maribor (Slovenia)
Founded in 1960
Based in Maribor, Slovenia
Ground: Stadion Ljudski vrt (Capacity 12,994)
Most successful side in Slovenia - 10 league titles
Manager - Darko Milanic
Reigning Slovenian league champions
Eliminated from UEFA CL play offs by Dinamo Zagreb, 3-1 on aggregate
Season began in July, unbeaten in opening seven games and currently top by three points
Home kit - all purple with yellow trim
Away kit - all yellow with purple trim

SS Lazio (Italy)
Stadium name: Stadio Olimpico
Capacity: 72,481
Kit colours (home - light blue shirts, white shorts, white socks / away - All black with blue stripe across shirt)
Formed: 9 January 1900 as Società Podistica Lazio
1910 (football section)
Nicknames: Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues)
Biancazzurri (The White and Blues)
Aquile (The Eagles)
Aquilotti (The Young Eagles)
La prima squadra della capitale (The first team of the capital)
Padroni di Roma (The Masters of Rome)
Previous encounter with Italian opposition - Beat AC Milan 1-0 on aggregate after Peter Crouch goal at the San Siro in the 1st leg in CL last 16 2010-11
Coach: Vladimir Petković
Two league titles, previous European success came in the 1998-99 Cup Winners Cup
Finished fourth in Serie A last season
Qualified for group stage after play-off win against Mura of Slovenia
Former club of Paul Gascoigne
We played Lazio in the Capital Cup as part of the Paul Gascoigne deal in 1992, we lost 3-0 away and 2-0 at home
We also beat Lazio 3-2 in the Makita Tournament in 1993 and drew 2-2 in a friendly at the Lane in 2002