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19 September 2013

Latics prepare for their first European game

SV Zulte Waregem v Wigan Athletic
UEFA Europa League Group D - Matchday 1
Thursday 19 September 2013, kick off 6.00pm
Jan Breydel Stadium, Brugges

Match Coverage

The official club website will be bringing you full match commentary from the Jan Breydel Stadium on Latics Player.  If you are not yet a Latics Player subscriber, you can get full instant access to the sevice by [clicking here].

Match Preview

Latics will play their first European competitive fixture this Thursday when they travel to Belgium to take on SV Zulte Waregem. Our Belgian hosts play their home games at the Regenboogstadium (The Rainbow Stadium in Dutch) but the venue does not meet UEFA's requirements so the game will be played in Brugges at the Jan Breydel Stadium.

Despite Zulte Waregem having the more European experience they have never won a European home game although their play off draw with Apoel FC ended a run of three straight losses.  Add to that that no Belgian side has beaten English opposition in the last eight fixtures between English and Belgian sides, the omens would seem to favour the away side.

Both sides come into this fixture looking to bounce back from domestic defeats.  Latics suffered a 2-0 defeat at The King Power Stadium to Leicester while Zulte Waregem were beaten heavily 5-2 at Racing Genk.


12BET have the hosts as slight favourites at 2.39 with Latics at 2.71 for the win. 

Team News

Grant Holt remains on the sidelines for Latics as he continues his recovery from the knee injury he picked up against Middlesbrough just over three weeks ago.  Every other European squad player is fit and available but it remains to be seen whether Owen Coyle will shuffle his pack with one eye on a massive Sky Bet Championship game this Sunday.

Did you know

Zulte Waregem took on Newcastle United FC in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup round of 32, losing 3-1 at home and 1-0 at St James' Park.

No Belgian side has recorded a victory in the last eight European games between English and Belgian clubs (D3 L5) since R. Standard de Liege beat Everton FC 2-1 at home in the first round of the 2008/09 UEFA Cup.

Zulte Coach Francky Dury returned to Zulte Waregem at the end of 2011, and came close to leading them to a first title last season. A policeman while playing as a midfielder with amateur side Hulste Sport, he coached Zulte VV and became the new side's first coach when they merged with KSV Waregem to become Zulte Waregem in 2001. He finally handed in his police badge in 2007, having steered the club to the top division and won the 2005/06 Belgian Cup.

The Jan Breydel Stadium

Home to Club Brigge and Cercle Brugge, this multi-purpose stadium was constructed and opened in 1975 with further developments and expansion in 1998.  It has a capacity of 29,500 and prior to Euro 200 was known as the Olympic Stadium.

Travel Pack

For supporters travelling to Belgium for this game, we have produced a downloadable information pack containing some important information regarding the fixture and procedures surround the event.  The document also contains some key contact numbers and website that you may find useful.

[Click here] to download the document or view it online by [clicking here].

Zulte Waregem Europa League Squad: Sammy Bossut, Sebastien Bruzzese, Salvatore Crimi, Davy de Fauw, Steve Colpaert, Bryan Verboo,, Freferic Duplus, Bruno Godeau, Karel D'Haene, Thorgan, Hazard, Franck Berrier, Mamatou N'Diaye, Olafur Skulason, Ibrahima Conte, Hernan Hinostroza, Junior Malanda, Habib Habibou, Mbaye Leye, Ivan Lendric, Aleksandar Trakkovksi.

Latics UEFA Europa League Squad:  Scott Carson, Lee Nicholls, Stephen Crainey, Ryan Shotton, Thomas Rogne, Emmerson Boyce, Juan-Carlos Garcia, James Perch, Leon Barnett, Chris McCann, Ben Watson, Shaun Maloney, Callum McManaman, Jordi Gomez, James McArthur, Roger Espinoza, Nick Powell, Grant Holt, James McClean, Nouha Dicko, Mark Antoine Fortune.

Form Guide


Racing Genk (A)
Jupiter League
Anderlecht (H)
Jupiter League
Apoel Nicosia (A)
Europa League Play-off
KV Oostende (A)
Jupiter League
Apoel Nicosia
Europa League Play-off
RAEC Bergen Mons (H)
Jupiter League
Leicester City (A)
Sky Bet Championship
Nottingham Forest (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Middlesbrough (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Doncaster Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Bournemouth (A)
Sky Bet Championship
Manchester Utd (N)
Community Shield

Match Officials

Referee: Marcin BORSKI (POL)
Assistant 1:
Assistant 2: Sebastian MUCHA (POL)
4th Official: Krzysztof MYRMUS (POL)
Additional assistant referee 1: Daniel STEFANSKI (POL)
Additional assistant referee 2: Bartosz FRANKOWSKI (POL)

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