• Villarreal's Nicola Sansone joined the youth department at Bayern München in 2002, the same year Osmanlıspor's Erdal Kılıçaslan made the step up to Bayern's reserve team. Both players are from Munich.

Links and trivia• The journey from Villarreal to Ankara is around 2,800km.

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• Akçay's run of 19 UEFA club competition games unbeaten – 12 with Trabzonspor and seven with Osmanlıspor – ended with matchday two's 2-1 loss at Zürich.

The first leg of the matches will be played on Aug. 18, while the second and decisive leg is set for Aug. 25.

The playoff round draw of the UEFA Europa League was held on Friday.

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Osmanlıspor will look to maintain their daunting home record in the UEFA Europa League as they welcome Villarreal, who top Group L after two matchdays.

Istanbul giant Fenerbahçe are paired with Swiss team Grasshoppers, while Ankara team Osmanlıspor are paired with Denmark's Midtjylland, and Başakşehir, another Istanbul side, will play against Ukraine's Shakthar Donetsk.

• UEFA Europa League semi-finalists last term, the Yellow Submarine have made it through to the round of 32 in all six of their previous UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stage forays.

• Villarreal's Cédric Bakambu knows Turkish football from his time at Bursaspor from 2014–15.

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After a grueling season, Tisdell will take a few weeks rest before returning to Liberia for camp ahead of the Lone Star’s AFCON 2017 qualifiers away to Togo in June.

• Former team-mates:Cheick Diabaté (Osmanlıspor) & Alfred N'Diaye (Villarreal) – Nancy, 2009–10Raul Rusescu (Osmalıspor) & Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal) – Sevilla, 2013–14Raul Rusescu (Osmalıspor) & Mariano Barbosa (Villarreal) – Sevilla, 2014–15

The televised draw revealed which football teams will be competing against each other to make it to the group stages of the 2016-2017 UEFA Europa League season.

Fenerbahçe's rival Galatasaray was excluded from the draw under a one-season ban from European competition for breaking financial fair play rules.

With that win, Osmalispor FK finished second in the PPT 1 Lig and they were automatically promoted to the Turkish Super Lig with 63 points from 33 matches with a game still to spare next week.

The coaches• Hired in July 2015, Mustafa Akçay earned Osmanlıspor a European spot with a fifth-placed finish last term. He had occupied the helm at several low-profile sides in Turkey before leading Trabzonspor through the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• This is Osmanlıspor's first UEFA group stage campaign; they previously competed in Europe under the name Ankaraspor.

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• On matchday two, Villarreal's Bruno Soriano became the first player to reach 40 UEFA Europa League appearances for a single club. He had previously shared the record with Sporting CP goalkeeper Rui Patrício.

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• Villarreal are without a win in three European away fixtures (D1 L2).

Tisdell scored one of the three goals for his club in their 3-2 win over Antalyaspor on Sunday in the penultimate match of the 2014-2015 PPT 1 Lig season.

• Fran Escribá took charge of Villarreal in August. Originally a playing trainee at Valencia, he had coached the Mestalla club's youth teams and had worked as Quique Sánchez Flores's assistant at Valencia, Getafe, Benfica and Atlético Madrid before going it alone with Elche and – last term – Getafe.

Osmanlıspor have won all four of their European home games this season without conceding as they welcome Villarreal, who are yet to lose in four encounters with Turkish sides.

Previous meetings• The sides are meeting for the first time and it is Osmanlıspor's first encounter with Spanish opposition.

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• Osmanlıspor's Pierre Webó (Osasuna, Legánes, Mallorca), Tiago Pinto (Deportivo La Coruña, Santander) and Raul Rusescu (Sevilla) all have Spanish league experience.

• Villarreal are yet to lose in four matches against Turkish teams (W2 D2 – W1 D1 in Turkey).

Liberian international midfielder Tonia Tisdell will be playing in the Turkish top flight after helping his club Osmanlispor gain promotion from the PTT 1 Lig.

Form guide• Osmanlıspor have won all four of their European home games this season without conceding.