Two teams who started their campaign in the European Conference League under new management in the qualifying phase, before winning their groups and qualifying through the three knockout rounds, meet in the inaugural final. He faces Roma led by Jose Mourinho and Feyenoord player Arne Slot in the Albanian capital Tirana.
• Roma are looking for their first win in the UEFA Final, having lost their previous wins – against Liverpool in the Champions Cup in 1984 and Inter in the UEFA Cup in 1991. UEFA major finals, the first three winning the European Cup in 1970 (against Celtic) and in the UEFA Cup in 1974 (against Tottenham Hotspur) and 2002 (against Borussia Dortmund).
• While Roma lost twice in the European Conference League – both away to Bodo / Glimt of Norway – Feyenoord has not been defeated since the start of the group stage.
• The runners-up are the two teams that scored the most goals in the competition, as Feyenoord scored 28 times in 12 matches, more than Roma. These two clubs also have the top scorers in the competition, Cyril Dessers (Fyenoord) with ten goals, and Tammy Abraham (Roma, 9).
• Despite taking only one point from Bodo/Glimt in their fall encounter, losing 6-1 away and drawing 2-2 at home, Roma outperformed their Norwegian rival for first place in Group C, scoring 18 goals – best group attack – Before beating Vitesse in the round of 16 (1-0 away, 1-1 at home). Facing Bodou/Glimt again in the quarter-finals, Mourinho’s side lost again in Norway, 2-1, but recovered to win 4-0 in Rome. The Romans then faced Leicester City in the semi-finals, drawing 1-1 away before winning 1-0 at home.
• Feyenoord finished six points behind Slavia Braha and was undefeated at the top of Group E to advance directly to the round of 16, with two more wins as they comfortably beat Partizan 8-3 on aggregate (5-2 away, 3-1 at home). Slot met the champions of the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals and beat them 6-4 on aggregate (3-3 at home, 3-1 away) before losing to Marseille (3-2 at home, 0-0 away) in the last four matches.
• There was only one UEFA meeting between the two clubs. Roma won 3-2 on aggregate in the round of 16 of the 2014/15 European League, after a 1-1 first-leg draw at Stadio Olimpico and a 2-1 victory in Rotterdam, marked by incidents involving three players – one from Feyenoord led by Fred Rotten, two From Rome led by Rudi Garcia – they were expelled.
• Roma’s record in the UEFA competition against Dutch clubs is 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. The Romans have won their last four knockout matches against the Netherlands, the last against Vitesse in the round of 16 this season, and are undefeated in their last seven matches against Eredivisie teams, with four draws at home and three away victories.
• Feyenoord faced Italian opposition in 14 UEFA matches (5 wins, 4 draws, 5 defeats). Roma’s exit seven years ago was their only loss in the round of 16 against a Serie A side, with the other two encounters yielding wins, including in the semi-finals of the 2001 UEFA Cup/02 season, when Bert van Marwijk’s side were eliminating Inter (1-0 away, 2-2 at home).
about the difference
• Roma finished seventh in the Italian Serie A last season, 29 points behind champion Inter, to become the first Italian representative in the UEFA Champions League. After winning their group in the 2020/21 European League, which included Young Boys, Cluj and CSKA-Sofia, Paulo Fonseca’s men ousted arch rivals Braga, Shakhtar Donetsk and Ajax de Feyenoord, in the knockout stage, to lose in the semi-finals. Final against Manchester United.
• Led by another Portuguese coach, Mourinho, Roma won the two legs of the UEFA Europa Conference League match against Trabzonspor, and although Bodø / Glimt came out on top in the Group C meeting, the Giallorossi scored the most points against CSKA Sofia. (5-1 at home, 3-2 away) and Zorya Luhansk (3-0 away, 4-0 at home) to finish the match by one point over their Norwegian opponent at the top of the group. Abraham scored the decisive goal against Vitesse and Leicester, and also opened the scoring in the quarter-final at home against Bodo/Glimt, where Nicolo Zaniolo scored a hat-trick. Roma’s record in the competition is 7 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses.
• While this is Roma’s third appearance in a major UEFA final, and the first in 31 years, it is Mourinho’s fifth. He has triumphed in each of the previous four – with Porto in the 2003 UEFA Cup and the 2004 UEFA Champions League, with Inter in the 2010 UEFA Champions League and with Manchester United in the 2017 UEFA Europa League.
• Despite conceding six goals against Manchester United and Bodo / Glimt in the last away matches, Roma have managed to score in the last 14 European matches outside the Italian capital (9 wins, 1 draw, 4 defeats). The last time the Romans failed to score away from home in Europe was when they last met on neutral ground, when they lost 2-0 to Sevilla in Duisburg in the last 16 of the 2019/20 Europa League.
• This is Roma’s first match in UEFA in Albania.
• Fifth in the Eredivisie last season, 29 points behind the champion Ajax. Feyenoord secured his fifth appearance in the European group stage in six seasons by advancing through three qualifying rounds in the European League at the expense of Drita, Lucerne and Elfsburg.
• FC Rotterdam have failed to qualify in four consecutive European group stage matches until this season, the last time they finished third in their UEFA Europa League group last season under coach Dick Advocaat, but he has not faced such difficulties with Slot at UEFA Europa Group E of the Conference League, I scored four points from Slavia (2-1 at home, 2-2 away) and Maccabi Haifa (0-0 away, 2-1 at home) and six points in Union Berlin (3-1 at home, 2-1). away) before passing 17 goals in Partizan, Slavia and Marseille in the playoffs. Feyenoord is unbeaten in the competition with eight wins and four draws.
• This is Feyenoord’s first European final since lifting the European Cup for the second time 20 years ago, defeating Dortmund 3-2 at the Koep Stadium in Rotterdam with two goals from Pierre van Hooydonk (two goals) and John Dal Tomasson. The only previous major UEFA final on neutral ground was a 2-1 win over Celtic in 1970, despite their losing the 2002 UEFA Super Cup 3-1 to Madrid in Monaco.
• Feyenoord’s away record in the UEFA Champions League is 5 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss, with their only defeat, at home or away, in the competition being a 1-3 loss at Elfsborg in the second leg of qualifying after a 5-0 win in Rotterdam.
• The Dutch club previously visited Albania once in the UEFA competition, where it drew 0-0 with Partizani at Kemal Staffa Stadium in Tirana – since it was demolished and replaced at the same location in the National Arena – in the first-round first leg. 1991/1992 European Cup Winners’ Cup. Feyenoord won the second leg 1-0 in Rotterdam.
Previous UEFA Finals
1984 Champions Cup, 1-1 against Liverpool (3-4 pens)
1991 UEFA Cup, 1-2 on aggregate against Inter
Feyenoord (4 wins, 1 loss)
1970 European Cup, 2-1 against Celtic (AP)
1970 Copa América, 3-2 on aggregate against Estudiantes
1974 UEFA Cup, 4-2 on aggregate against Tottenham Hotspur
2002 UEFA Cup, 3-2 against Borussia Dortmund
2002 European Super Cup, 1-3 x Real Madrid
We know each other…
• Roma right-back Rick Karsdorp played in Feyenoord from 2014 to 17 before moving to Italy. He also spent the year 2019/20 on loan at FC Rotterdam. During his two terms, he played 123 matches (3 goals).
• Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Roma) and Reiss Nelson (Fyenoord) are both on loan from Arsenal to their clubs.
• Nelson and Abraham are two former England Under-21 teammates, while on loan from Feyenoord he also played with Roma player Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Arsenal in the second half of 2017/18.
• Roma defender Marash Kumbula played twice for Albania at the National Arena in Tirana – a 2022 World Cup qualifier match against Poland (0-1) in October 2021 and a friendly match against Georgia (0-0) in March of this year.
• Although Roma did not win the UEFA competition, they did win the Fairs Cup in 1961, beating Birmingham City 4-2 (2-0 at home, 2-2 away).
• Dessers and Abraham have scored at least once against every opponent their teams have faced since the start of the group stage.
Shoot the net
• Roma’s record in four penalties in the European Football Association is one win and three defeats.
4-2 vs Norrkoping, 1982/83 UEFA Cup Second Round
3-4 vs Liverpool, Champions Cup Final 1983/84
3-4 – Real Zaragoza 1986/87 first round in the European Cup Winners’ Cup
6-7 vs Arsenal, 2008/09 UEFA Champions League Round of 16
• Feyenoord’s record in penalty shootouts twice in the European Football Association is two victories.
5-3 vs Sion, 1991/92 European Cup Winners’ Cup Second Round
5-4 against PSV Eindhoven, 2001/02 UEFA Cup Quarter-finals