Europa Conference League final 2021/22: Roma vs Feyenoord facts | UEFA Europa Conference League


Two teams who kicked off their UEFA Europa Conference League campaign under new head coaches in the qualifying phase before winning their groups and going through three knockout rounds meet in the inaugural final then as José Mourinho’s Roma and Arne Slot’s Feyenoord face off in the Albanian capital Tirana.

• Roma are aiming for their first UEFA final victory, having lost their previous two – against Liverpool in the 1984 European Cup and against Inter in the 1991 UEFA Cup. Feyenoord are aiming for four wins from four in the big leagues UEFA finals, his first three having won the 1970 European Cup (against Celtic) and the UEFA Cups of 1974 (against Tottenham Hotspur) and 2002 (against Borussia Dortmund).

• While Roma have lost twice in the UEFA Europa Conference League (both to Norway’s Bodø/Glimt), Feyenoord are unbeaten since the start of the group stage.

• The runners-up are the two best sides in the competition proper, with Feyenoord having found the net 28 times in 12 matches, one more than Roma. They also have the two best individual shooters in the competition, with Feyenoord’s Cyriel Dessers scoring ten goals, one more than Roma’s Tammy Abraham.

• Despite taking just one point from Bodø/Glimt in their two autumn encounters, losing 6-1 away before drawing 2-2 at home, Roma propelled their Norwegian rivals to top spot in Group C, scoring 18 goals, the most of all. team in the group stage – before edging out Vitesse in the round of 16 (1-0 a, 1-1 h). Partnered once again with Bodø/Glimt in the quarter-finals, Mourinho’s side again lost in Norway, 2-1, but rallied to win 4-0 in Rome. They then overcame Leicester City in the semi-finals, drawing 1-1 away before winning 1-0 at home.

• Feyenoord finished six points clear of Slavia Praha to top unbeaten Group E and progress directly to the round of 16, where they added two more wins as they comfortably eliminated Partizan 8-3 on aggregate (5-2 a, 3-1h). Slot’s team met the Czech champions in the quarter-finals and beat them 6-4 on aggregate (3-3h, 3-1a) before edging Marseille (3-2h, 0-0a) in the last four.

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Previous meetings

• There has been just one UEFA game between the clubs, with Roma winning 3-2 on aggregate in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League Round of 32 after a 1-1 draw 1 at the Stadio Olimpico with an incident. – 2-1 victory in Rotterdam in which three players – one from Fred Rutten’s Feyenoord, two from Rudi Garcia’s Roma – were sent off.

• Roma’s record in UEFA competition against Dutch clubs is W4 D4 L2. They have won their previous four knockout ties against opponents Netherlands, the last against Vitesse in this season’s round of 16, and are unbeaten in their last seven games against Eredivisie sides, drawing at home and winning all three away.

• Feyenoord have faced Italian opponents in 14 UEFA fixtures (W5 D4 L5). Roma’s exit seven years ago was their only knockout loss to a Serie A side, with the other two encounters both claiming victory, including in the semi-finals of their triumphant 2001 UEFA Cup campaign /02, when the team of Bert van Marwijk Inter eliminated (1-0 a, 2-2 h).

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Roma’s road to the Conference League final

• Roma finished seventh in Serie A last season, 29 points behind champions Inter, to become the first Italian representatives in the UEFA Europa Conference League. After dominating their 2020/21 UEFA Europa League group, which included Young Boys, CFR Cluj and CSKA-Sofia, Paulo Fonseca’s side knocked out Braga, Shakhtar Donetsk and rivals Feyenoord, l ‘Ajax, in the knockout phase, before withdrawing against Manchester United in the semi-finals.

• Now led by another Portuguese manager, Mourinho, Roma won both UEFA Europa Conference League play-offs against Trabzonspor, and although Bodø/Glimt got the better of them in their Group C encounters, the Giallorossi took maximum points from CSKA-Sofia (5-1h, 3-2a) and Zorya Luhansk (3-0a, 4-0h) to finish one point ahead of their Norwegian rivals in head of the group. Abraham scored the decisive goal against Vitesse and Leicester and opened the scoring in the quarter-final second leg at home to Bodø/Glimt, in which Nicolò Zaniolo scored a hat-trick. Roma’s record in the competition proper is W7 D3 L2.

• While this is Roma’s third appearance in a major UEFA final, and the first for 31 years, it is Mourinho’s fifth. He has triumphed in each of the previous four – with Porto in the 2003 UEFA Cup and 2004 UEFA Champions League, Inter in the 2010 UEFA Champions League and Manchester United in the 2017 UEFA Europa League. UEFA.

• Although Manchester United and Bodø/Glimt have scored six goals on recent trips abroad, Roma have found the net in their last 14 European matches away from the Italian capital (W9 D1 L4). The last time they failed to score on the road in Europe was when they last met on neutral territory, when they lost 2-0 to Sevilla in the German city of Duisburg in the round of 16. 2019/20 UEFA Europa League final.

• This is Roma’s first UEFA game in Albania.


Highlights: Marseille 0-0 Feyenoord

Highlights: Marseille 0-0 Feyenoord

• Fifth in the Dutch Eredivisie last season, also 29 points behind defending champions Ajax, Feyenoord secured their fifth appearance in the European group stage in six seasons by making three qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa Conference League at the expense of Drita, Luzern and Elfsborg. .

• The Rotterdam club had failed to progress in four successive European group stage appearances until this season, most recently finishing third in their UEFA Europa League section last term under Dick Advocaat, but failed to he had no such difficulties with Slot at the helm of UEFA Europa. Conference League Group E, taking four points from Slavia (2-1h, 2-2a) and Maccabi Haifa (0-0a, 2-1h) and all six from Union Berlin (3- 1h, 2-1 a) before scoring 17 goals in total against Partizan, Slavia and Marseille in the knockout stage. Feyenoord are unbeaten in the competition proper with eight wins and four draws.

• This is Feyenoord’s first European final since winning the UEFA Cup for the second time 20 years ago, beating Dortmund 3-2 at their home stadium in Rotterdam thanks to goals from Pierre van Hooijdonk (two) and Jon Dahl Tomasson. Their only major UEFA final in neutral territory was their 2-1 win over Celtic in 1970, although they lost the 2002 UEFA Super Cup 3-1 to Madrid in Monaco.

• Feyenoord’s record on the road in the UEFA Europa Conference League is W5 D3 L1, their only defeat, home or away, in the competition a 1-3 loss at Elfsborg in the second leg of the qualifying play-offs after won 5-0 in Rotterdam.

• The Dutch club made a previous visit to Albania in UEFA club competition, drawing 0-0 against Partizani at the Qemal Stafa stadium in Tirana – since demolished and replaced at the same location by the National Arena – during the first leg of the 1991/92 season. First round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Feyenoord won the second leg 1-0 in Rotterdam.

Previous UEFA finals

Highlights: Roma 1-0 Leicester

Highlights: Roma 1-0 Leicester

Roma (W0 L2)
1984 European Cup 1-1 v Liverpool (ap; 3-4 on pens)
1991 UEFA Cup 1-2 agg against Inter

Feyenoord (W4 L1)
1970 European Cup 2-1 v Celtic (ap)
1970 European/South American Cup 3-2 ag v Estudiantes
1974 UEFA Cup 4-2 tot against Tottenham Hotspur
2002 UEFA Cup 3-2 v Borussia Dortmund
2002 UEFA Super Cup 1-3 v Real Madrid

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• Roma Dutch right-back Rick Karsdorp played at Feyenoord from 2014-2017 before moving to Italy and also spent the 2019/20 season on loan at the Rotterdam club. In his two spells, he made 123 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals.

• Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Roma and Reiss Nelson of Feyenoord are both on loan to their respective clubs from Arsenal.

• Nelson and Abraham are former England Under-21 teammates, while the Feyenoord loanee also played for Roma Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Arsenal in the second half of 2017/18.

• Roma defender Marash Kumbulla has played twice for Albania at the National Arena in Tirana: a FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier against Poland (0-1) in October 2021 and a friendly against Georgia (0-0) in March of this year.

• Although Roma have never won UEFA club competition, they did win the Inter-Cities Inter-Cities Cup in 1961, beating Birmingham City 4-2 on aggregate in the final (2-0h, 2-2 has).

• Both Dessers and Abraham have scored at least once against every opponent their teams have faced since the start of the group stage.

Shoot to the net
• Roma’s UEFA record for four shots on goal is W1 L3:
4-2 v Norrköping, 1982/83 UEFA Cup second round
3-4 v Liverpool, 1983/84 European Champion Clubs’ Cup final
3-4 v Real Zaragoza, 1986/87 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup first round
6-7 v Arsenal, 2008/09 UEFA Champions League Round of 16

• Feyenoord’s record in two UEFA penalty kicks is W2 L0:
5-3 v Sion, 1991/92 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup second round
5-4 v PSV Eindhoven, 2001/02 UEFA Cup quarter-final

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