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UEFA Champions League

  • September 18, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: B. Kuipers
  • • Attendance: 42536

Champions League Preview: Paris Saint-Germain - Dinamo Kiev

Champions League Preview: Paris Saint-Germain - Dinamo Kiev


The big-spending French welcome the eastern Europeans to Parc des Princes on matchday one, and is eager to make a big impression on Europe's elite



Paris Saint-Germain
Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Verratti, Motta
Menez, Pastore, Lavezzi

Danilo, Mykhalyk, Khacheridi, Taiwo
Garmash, Miguel Veloso
Yarmolenko, Kranjcar, Gusev

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti will have Brazil center back Thiago Silva at his disposal for the first time, confirming before the 2-0 win over Toulouse FC, that the former AC Milan defender would make his debut for the visit of Dinamo Kiev.

Ezequiel Lavezzi should feature in his first game for three weeks after being rested on Friday, having just returned from international duty, while the impressive Marco Verratti should be in line for his Champions League debut.

Club captain Christophe Jallet will be the preferred choice at right back over Gregory van der Viel, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to become the first man to play for six clubs in the Champions League.

Kiev coach Yury Semin isn't expected to make wholesale changes for the trip to the French capital, with Andriy Yarmolenko and Denys Garmash set to return after being omitted from the starting lineup in the 3-1 win over Karpaty Lviv.

Taye Taiwo played against PSG for Marseille as recently as 2011, with Ideye Brown a familiar face for many Ligue 1 aficionados. Niko Kranjcar meanwhile, scored a brace for the Ukrainian giants at the weekend.

  • Paris Saint-Germain qualified for the group stage of the Champions League, by virtue of its second place finish in the 2011-12 Ligue 1 season.
  • Les Parisiens last featured in the group stage in 2004-05, finishing bottom in a group containing CSKA Moscow, Chelsea, and 2012-13 rivals FC Porto.
  • PSG has only won two of their last 13 Champions League games.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 28 Champions League goals to his name, only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more among the players set to feature this season.
  • Dinamo Kiev qualified for the group stage by beating Borussia Monchengladbach 4-3 on aggregate in the playoff.
  • The Ukrainian side have not progressed past the group stage in their last 10 attempts.
  • Yury Semin's men have failed to win 26 out of their last 28 games on the road in this competition.
  • Taye Taiwo, Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva all featured for AC Milan last season.


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Available Squads
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
26Christophe JalletDefender
4Thiago SilvaDefender
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
5Mathieu BodmerMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
11Kevin GameiroStriker
-Maksym KovalGoalkeeper
2Danilo SilvaMidfielder
3Taye TaiwoDefender
34Yevhen KhacheridiDefender
-Taras MykhalykDefender
19Denys GarmashMidfielder
4Miguel VelosoMidfielder
21Niko KranjcarMidfielder
9Andriy YarmolenkoStriker
-B. IdeyeStriker
1Oleksander ShovkovskiGoalkeeper
-Andriy BogdanovMidfielder
-Milos NinkovicMidfielder
20Oleh HusyevMidfielder
-Ognjen VukojevicMidfielder
14Admir MehmediStriker

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