Our match prediction:
It’s been a long wait for Polish teams in the Champions League, but it is now over with Legia Warsaw becoming the first Polish side to take group stage participation in last 20 years. It does not really matter that Legia have been thrown into the same mix with Sporting, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, the success of getting to the group stage has already been achieved and any positive result would only be an addition to the overall experience. The Polish titleholders will have a hard time repeating their 1995-96 result when they reached the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition and are likely to copy the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League scenario, finishing bottom of the group. Legia have never beaten German opposition in eight attempts, which is a reassuring piece of information for Borussia Dortmund. Bundesliga heavyweights travel to Poland injury-depleted and on the back of the 1-0 loss to RB Leipzig which marked an end to a four-match winning run. Dortmund are still the better team with more individual quality and we are keen to predict an away win for Thomas Tuchel’s men.
Highligted Player (Nemanja Nikolic):
Serbian-born 28-year-old striker Nemanja Nikolic is the Hungarian international currently playing Legia Warsaw. Nikolic began his career at Serbian side FK Senta, but his professional debut came in Hungarian club Barcs where he spent one year before he moved to Kaposvoglye. His career took a turn upwards upon the arrival to Kaposvar in 2008. Nikolic managed to notch thirty goals in just 49 appearances, attracting attention from Hungarian biggest sides. His fine form earned him a transfer to heavyweights Videoton in 2010. Almost 150 matches later and 87 goals to hi name, Nemanja Nikolic joined Polish giants Legia, where he continued his fine form by finishing the 2015-16 Ekstraklasa season as the league’s top scorer with 28 goals in 37 matches. Hungarian striker has been linked with a move away from Legia with Premier League sides such as Hull City expressing interest in acquiring his services, but Nikolic remained with his club to take part in Legia’s Champions League campaign.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football. Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.