The first UEFA Europa Conference League final, between Roma and Feyenoord, is an opportunity for two seasoned contenders to complete a unique collection of winners’ medals, and for two in-form strikers to finish top of the table.
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Will Mourinho complete his collection of trophies?
José Mourinho, who is not used to expressing his feelings, cried after Roma qualified for the final: “I shed a tear because my emotions were with everyone who loves this club. is a giant club without the trophy room that goes with it”.
Roma are yet to win a major European trophy – they were European Cup runners-up in 1984 and defeated in the UEFA Cup final in 1991 – but Mourinho has plenty: two UEFA Champions Leagues (with Porto in 2004 and Inter in 2010) and two UEFA/Europa League Cups (Porto 2003, Manchester United 2017). If they win the UEFA Europa Conference League trophy, the “Special One” will have won all three major UEFA club competitions.
… or will Feyenoord be the first?
Strangely, Feyenoord are looking to complete the same collection as Mourinho; he won the UEFA Champions League trophy when it was still the European Cup in 1970, and took the UEFA Cup, which became the UEFA Europa League , in 1974 and 2002.
If they managed to shatter Mourinho’s dream, the Rotterdamois would thus be the first club to have had the three most prestigious trophies in UEFA’s men’s competition in their showcase.
Battle of scorers
Tammy Abraham told UEFA.com that Mourinho persuaded him to leave Chelsea for Italy this summer, asking: “Would you rather stay in rainy England or come to sunny Rome?” The move has proven to be a winner so far, as the 24-year-old has netted over 20 goals in all competitions in his debut campaign, including nine in the UEFA Europa League.
The only player to get more in this new competition is Feyenoord’s Cyriel Dessers, who has netted ten since the start of the group stage. “Who would have thought at the start of the season that we would reach a European final?” said the striker, who joined the club on loan in August from Genk in his native Belgium. “It’s incredible.”
A meeting that promises to be tight
Roma and Feyenoord have met before, with long-serving midfielder Jens Toornstra among the players involved when the Rotterdam club lost to the Giallorossi 3-2 on aggregate in the Round of 32. the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League. However, the Europa Conference League final is a game on another level.
Feyenoord come to the final without having lost since the start of the group stage (8V 4N). Roma’s record, on the other hand, is 7V, 3N and 2D. Unlike Roma, the Rotterdammers have already come to Tirana; they drew 0-0 with Partizani in the 1991/92 Cup Winners’ Cup first round at the Qemal Stafa Stadium, which was destroyed to build the National Arena.
When and where to see the Conference League final?
The final of this season will take place at National Arena in Tirana. The match will kick off on Wednesday May 25 at 9:00 p.m.