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DERRY'S OPPONENTS: TRABZONSPOR (Turkey)

WHO ARE THEY?

A classy, well-funded and well-supported side who have resources beyond the wildest dreams of any Irish club. Not too used to winning trophies – they last won the Turkish league in 1984 – they are still a massive club and regulars in Europe.

ANY FAMOUS NAMES?

Some very tasty names with Turkey star Hamit Altintop among those who stand out. The squad could of course have changed considerably by the time they play Derry but the club have a batch of internationals who have vast experience in various leagues, like Marc Janko (Austria), Marek Cech and Marek Sapara (Slovakia), Sol Bamba and Didier Zokora (Ivory Coast).

CURRENT FORM?

Their domestic league has yet to start. They finished ninth last season but did win the Turkish Cup.

EUROPEAN RECORD?

Ranked 93rd of all clubs in Europe when it comes to UEFA matches, Trabzonspor have a superb home record, as teams like Liverpool, Inter Milan and Barcelona have all lost there. Recently made the Champions League group stages, and they have also played in Ireland before, beating Bray Wanderers in 1990.

GOOD DRAW FOR THE FANS? Not ideal as Trabzon is not that easy to reach, this trip will test the pockets of City fans. The home game will be a money-spinner for City though, with Trabzonspor likely to bring a large travelling support, especially from the Turkish community in Ireland and Britain.

HAVE DERRY A CHANCE? Not much. With a side packed full of senior internationals, clubs like Trabzonspor usually breeze through challenges like this. Hardest of the four draws for Irish clubs in terms of the standard, the tie also affords Derry the best chance for a financial reward in terms of TV rights, gate receipts etc.


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