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UEFA Europa Conference League Final 2021/22, Roma-Feyenoord, facts and stats | UEFA Europa Conference League

Two teams that started their UEFA Europa Conference League campaign under new management in the qualifying phase, before winning their groups and progressing through the three knockout rounds, meet in the inaugural final. José Mourinho’s Roma and Arne Slot’s Feyenoord face off in the Albanian capital, Tirana.

• Roma are looking for their first victory in a UEFA final, having lost their previous two – against Liverpool in the 1984 Champions Cup and Inter in the 1991 UEFA Cup. UEFA major finals, the first three having been won in the 1970 European Cup (against Celtic) and in the 1974 UEFA Cup (against Tottenham Hotspur) and 2002 (against Borussia Dortmund).

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

• The runners-up are the two teams with the most goals in the competition proper, with Feyenoord having found the net 28 times in 12 matches, one more than Roma. These two clubs also have the two top scorers in the competition, Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord) with ten goals, and Tammy Abraham (Roma, 9).

• Despite taking just one point from Bodø/Glimt in their two autumn encounters, losing 6-1 away and drawing 2-2 at home, Roma edged their Norwegian rivals in first place in Group C, scoring 18 goals – best attack of the groups – before winning against Vitesse in the round of 16 (1-0 away, 1-1 at home). Facing Bodø/Glimt again in the quarter-finals, Mourinho’s side lost again in Norway, 2-1, but rallied 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 clear of Slavia Praha and unbeaten at the top of Group E to progress directly to the round of 16, where they earned two more wins as they comfortably edged Partizan 8-3 at the aggregate of the two matches (5-2 away, 3-1 at home). Slot’s team met the Czech Republic champions in the quarter-finals and beat them 6-4 on aggregate (3-3 home, 3-1 away) before eliminating Marseille ( 3-2 home, 0-0 away) in the last four.

Previous meetings
• There has been only one UEFA meeting between the two clubs. Roma won 3-2 on aggregate in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League Round of 16, following a 1-1 first-leg draw at the Stadio Olimpico and a 2-1 victory in Rotterdam, marked by incidents 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 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. The Romans have won their last four knockout ties against Dutch opponents, the last against Vitesse in the round of 16 this season, and are unbeaten in their last seven games against Eredivisie sides, with four draws at home and three away wins.

• Feyenoord have faced Italian opposition in 14 UEFA matches (5 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses). Roma’s exit seven years ago was their only Round of 16 defeat to a Serie A side, with the other two encounters resulting in a win, including in the semi-finals of their 2001 UEFA Cup-winning campaign /02, when Bert van Marwijk’s team eliminated Inter (1-0 away, 2-2 at home).

About the teams
• 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 winning their 2020/21 UEFA Europa League group, which included Young Boys, CFR Cluj and CSKA-Sofia, Paulo Fonseca’s men knocked out arch-rivals Braga, Shakhtar Donetsk and Ajax de Feyenoord, in the knockout stage, to lose in the semi-final against Manchester United.

• Led by another Portuguese manager, Mourinho, Roma won both legs of their UEFA Europa Conference League play-off against Trabzonspor, and although Bodø/Glimt came out on top in their Group encounter C, the Giallorossi took maximum points against CSKA-Sofia (5-1 at home, 3-2 away) and Zorya Luhansk (3-0 away, 4-0 at home) to finish one point ahead of their Norwegian rivals at the top of the group. Abraham scored the decisive goal against Vitesse and Leicester and also opened the scoring in the home quarter-final against Bodø/Glimt, in which Nicolò Zaniolo scored a hat-trick. Roma’s record in the competition proper is 7 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses.

• While this is Roma’s third appearance in a UEFA major 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, with Inter in the 2010 UEFA Champions League and with Manchester United in the 2017 UEFA Europa League. ‘.

• Despite conceding six goals past Manchester United and Bodø/Glimt in recent away games, Roma have found the net in their last 14 European games away from the Italian capital (9 wins, 1 draw, 4 defeats). The last time the Romans failed to score away in Europe was when they last met on neutral territory, when they lost 2-0 to Sevilla in the German city of Duisburg in 2019/20 UEFA Europa League Round of 16.

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

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

• The Rotterdam club had failed to qualify in four successive appearances in a European group stage until this season, the last time finishing third in their UEFA Europa League group last term under manager Dick Advocaat, but he had no such difficulties with Slot in UEFA Europa Conference League Group E, taking four points from Slavia (2-1 home, 2-2 away) and Maccabi Haifa (0-0 away, 2-1 home) and the six at Union Berlin (3-1 home, 2-1 away) before passing 17 goals at Partizan, Slavia and in 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 lifting the UEFA Cup for the second time 20 years ago, beating Dortmund 3-2 at their Kuip stadium in Rotterdam with goals by Pierre van Hooijdonk (two) and Jon Dahl Tomasson. Their only previous major UEFA final in neutral territory was a 2–1 win over Celtic in 1970, although they lost the 2002 UEFA Super Cup 3–1 to Madrid in Monaco.

• Feyenoord’s away record in the UEFA Europa Conference League is 5 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss, with their only defeat, home or away, in the competition being a 1-3 defeat at Elfsborg in the second leg of the qualifying play-offs after a 5-0 victory in Rotterdam.

• The Dutch club have already visited Albania once in UEFA competition, drawing 0-0 against Partizani at the Qemal Stafa stadium in Tirana – since demolished and replaced in the same location by the National Arena – in the first leg of the first leg. round of the 1991/92 European Cup Winners’ Cup. Feyenoord won the second leg 1-0 in Rotterdam.

Previous UEFA finals

Roma (2 losses)
1984 Champions Cup, 1-1 v Liverpool (ap; 3-4 pens)
1991 UEFA Cup, 1-2 on aggregate against Inter

Feyenoord (4 wins, 1 loss)
1970 European Cup, 2-1 v Celtic (ap)
1970 South American European Cup, 3-2 on aggregate against Estudiantes
1974 UEFA Cup, 4-2 on aggregate against Tottenham Hotspur
2002 UEFA Cup, 3-2 v Borussia Dortmund
2002 UEFA Super Cup, 1-3 v Real Madrid

We know each other…
• Roma Dutch right-back Rick Karsdorp played at Feyenoord from 2014-17 before moving to Italy. He also spent the 2019/20 year on loan at the Rotterdam club. During his two stints, he played 123 matches (3 goals).

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

• Nelson and Abraham are former England Under-21 team-mates, while the loanee from Feyenoord also played with Roma’s 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 competition, they did win the Fairs Cup in 1961, beating Birmingham City 4-2 (2-0 home, 2-2 away).

• 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 record in four UEFA penalty shootouts is one win and three losses.
4-2 v Norrköping, 1982/83 UEFA Cup second round
3-4 v Liverpool, 1983/84 Champions Cup final
3-4 v Real Zaragoza, 1986/87 European Cup Winners’ Cup first round
6-7 v Arsenal, 2008/09 UEFA Champions League Round of 16

• Feyenoord’s record in two UEFA penalty shootouts is 2 wins.
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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