A look at what’s happening in European football on Wednesday: EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE FINAL: The final of the first Europa…
A preview of what’s happening in European football on Wednesday:
EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE FINAL:
The inaugural Europa Conference League final pits two established clubs against each other, with Roma taking on Feyenoord in the Albanian capital Tirana. Up to 100,000 Italian and Dutch fans are expected in Tirana even though each club has only received 4,000 tickets, raising concerns about possible fan violence. The capacity of the national arena is only about 20,000 people. Feyenoord fans clashed with Italian police and damaged a historic fountain near the Spanish Steps before a Europa League game in Rome in 2015, raising the possibility of retaliation.
For his first season in Rome, José Mourinho will coach the fifth European final of his career. He has won all four victories he has featured in so far, over a span of nearly two decades: the 2003 UEFA Cup and 2004 Champions League finals with Porto; the 2010 Champions League final with Inter Milan; and the 2017 Europa League final with Manchester United.
This will be Roma’s first European final since losing the 1991 UEFA Cup trophy to domestic rivals Inter Milan. Roma also lost a penalty shootout against Liverpool in the 1984 European Cup final at their home stadium. The only European trophy Roma won was in 1961 in the Intercity Fairs Cup – a tournament considered the forerunner of the UEFA Cup and Europa League.
Dutch side Feyenoord are aiming to win four out of four UEFA Grand Finals, with their first three winning the 1970 European Cup and the 1974 and 2002 UEFA Cups. The final will also feature the top two goalscorers in the competition, with Feyenoord’s Cyriel Dessers having tallied 10 goals, one more than Roma’s Tammy Abraham.
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