Tottenham face FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the round of 32 in the Europa League this Thursday. But who are they?

First of all, Liverpool fans may be familiar with the club, after they spent the January transfer window pursuing their star man - Yevhen Konoplyanka. He's a tricky Ukrainian winger who showed glimpses of his class when Ukraine played England a while ago - you can watch his highlights in that game here.

FC Dnipro play in Ukraine in the Ukrainian Premier League, where they finished 4th last season. They're managed by Juande Ramos, who Spurs fans will remember from his time as boss at White Hart Lane, during which he won the Carling Cup with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea in 2008.

The Ukrainian side play their football at Dnipro-Arena in Dnipropetrovsk, a ground with an impressive 31,003 capacity. They're currently rated 74th in UEFA rankings 2013/14.

FC Dnipro qualified comfortably for the Europa League group stages with a 5-1 aggregate win over two legs against Estonian side Kalju. They then went on to win 4 of their 6 group stage games, finishing with 12 points - second place in group E behind group leaders Fiorentina. They beat Pandurii 1-0 and 4-1 in their two matches against the Romanians, and overcame Portuguese side Pacos Ferreira 2-0 in both games. Their losses both came against eventually group winners Fiorentina, with the Italians winning 2-1 in both matches. Konoplyanka finished their top scorer with 3 goals in 5 games, with Ruslan Rotan scoring 2 in 5. 

They were drawn against Spurs in the round of 32, with the winner over two legs going on to face the winner of the match between PAOK and Benfica.

Their all-time record in European Competition isn't too shabby - in the Europa League, out of 78 games they have won 37, drawn 16 and lost 25. In the Champions League they have won 5, drawn 3 and lost 4 of the 12 games they've played in the competition.

Each of FC Dnipro's forwards have scored in the competition so far. Nikola Kalinic, who some may remember from his time at Blackburn, scored once, as did Yevhen Seleznyov, Roman Zozulya and Matheus - showing they have strength in depth and they're a team full of goals.

Tottenham will have their work cut out for them in their two games against FC Dnipro, who they would underestimate at their own risk.

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