5 things you didn't know about Wolfsburg and Gent

Gent defied the odds domestically and in Europe and have it all to play for against Wolfsburg in the UEFA Champions League. Here are 5 things you didn't know about both sides heading into the Round of 16 second leg encounter at the VfL Wolfsburg Arena.

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1) K.A.A. Gent are on a 'Leicester City-like' run

Last season, Gent won the Belgian Pro League for the first time in their 116 year history and became the first Belgian side to reach the Champions League knockout stage with a  2-1 win over Zenit St Petersburg in December.

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Gent have captured the hearts of their fans, with players expressing a selfless commitment to the greater cause. Most notably, striker Kalifa Koulibaly who came off the bench twice to rescue Gent in their UCL fixtures.

The 24 year-old said "my philosophy as a player, even if i'm only playing for one or two minutes is to come on and give everything," a testament to Gent's unity under coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck.

2) Gent were nicknamed 'The Buffalos' after a visit form the original Buffalo Bill and his Wild West circus

William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody and his travelling Wild West circus visited Ghent in the early 20th century, from which the nickname The Buffalos for their local football team was born. 



3) VfL Wolfsburg began as a multi-sports club for Volkswagen workers

The city of Wolfsburg was founded in 1938 to house autoworkers building the car that would later become famous as the Volkswagen Beetle. And in 1945 a football club was formed.

The Bundesliga side still hold their Volkswagen roots close to their heart, as their main jersey sponsor and their home ground is called the Volkswagen Arena... just not in UEFA competition.

Unfortunately, striker Nicklas 'Lord Bendtner' didn't get the memo and was fined by the club for posting a photo of Volkswagen's German rival Mercedes Benz. Oops.



4) Expect a flurry of late goals

Four of Gent's last five Champions League goals have been scored in the final 15 minutes of play. Conversely, four of the last five goals conceded by Wolfsburg have come in that period.

After going 3-0 down in the first leg at home, Gent conjured up two goals in the last 10 minutes to set up an intriguing second-leg.

5) Julian Draxler is one of Wolfsburg's most experienced Champions League players

With 44 appearances, only three players in both squads have played more Champions League games than the 22 year-old Germany Prodigy.

With two stunning goals in the first leg, expect another breathtaking display from the Wolfsburg ace.

Dazzling draxler stole the show in the first leg► Julian Draxler stole the show the last time these sides squared off in the UEFA Champions League and based on the first leg, there's sure to be plenty of goals.Click 'Watch More' to launch the live stream of: VfL Wolfsburg v KAA Gent Posted by SBS The World Game on Monday, March 7, 2016



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Published 8 March 2016 at 2:36pm
By Basil Saab