Wolfsburg (AP) – The history of the VfL World Cup in Wolfsburg is not long, but successful. The Volkswagen club has already reached the quarterfinals three times in the Champions League, in the Europa League and in the previous UEFA Cup.
Also tonight (18:55 / DAZN), the Bundesliga football could prematurely make perfect entry into the knockout stages of the Europa League. The prerequisite is that the "wolves" win their match at PFK Olexandrija in Ukraine and that AS Saint-Etienne play in parallel a draw against KAA Gent.
Even in his second Bundesliga, the VfL has qualified for the UEFA Cup, which then went on without a group stage. The final was in the third round Atletico Madrid (2: 3, 1: 2), who fell sensational from the Spanish league at the end of this season.
Under the leadership of Felix Magath, the VfL has survived in the UEFA Cup in a well-known group consisting of qualifiers such as AC Milan (2: 2) and the winner of the UEFA Cup. England FC Portsmouth (3: 2). In the round of 16, Paris Saint-Germain was too strong (0: 2, 1: 3).
As a German champion, he played against Wolfsburg for the first time in the Champions League. As a member of the group behind Manchester United and CSKA Moscow after the winter break, he was allowed to play only in the Europa League. After the success against Villarreal FC and Rubin Kazan, the quarter-final against FC Fulham (1: 2, 0: 1) followed.
The UEFA Cup has long been known as the Europa League this season, but most opponents in Wolfsburg had the format of the Champions League. In the preliminary round, the VfL let OSC Lille and FK Krasnodar lag behind. In the round of 16, he beat Sporting Lisbon and Inter Milan. It was only in the quarterfinals that the "wolves" failed at SSC Naples (1: 4, 2: 2).
Wolfsburg started this time also in the Champions League. After the preliminary round, they were ahead of PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United and CSKA Moscow. In the second round, KAA Gent was an easy race. Even against Real Madrid, the VfL won the first leg in the quarterfinals 2-0. After three goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, he was called 0-3 in the second leg.