The 2013 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, the 42nd season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 4th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. The match was played at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 15 May 2013.
The final was played between Portuguese team Benfica and English team Chelsea. Chelsea won 2–1 to secure their first title in this competition and will play against the winners of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup. With this victory, Chelsea became the first club to respectively win the Champions League and Europa League, including its precede, UEFA Cup (not Europa League and Champions League) in successive seasons since Champions League format was introduced. Chelsea also being the fourth club, after Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich, to have won all three major UEFA club titles, having also won the UEFA Champions League in 2012, and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1971 and 1998.
The Amsterdam Arena was announced as the venue of the 2013 UEFA Europa League final on 16 June 2011. The home stadium of Ajax since 1996, it staged the 1998 UEFA Champions League Final, where Real Madrid beat Juventus, and was also one of the UEFA Euro 2000 venues, hosting five games including a semi-final.
The previous home for Ajax's European matches, the Olympisch Stadion, also played host to European finals. One-legged finals include the 1962 European Cup Final, where Benfica defeated Real Madrid 5–3, and the 1977 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, where Anderlecht were beaten 2–0 by Hamburg. It also hosted the second legs of the 1981 UEFA Cup Final, between AZ '67 and Ipswich Town, and of the 1992 UEFA Cup Final, between Ajax and Torino.
Benfica qualified for their ninth European final, the first in 23 years since their 1–0 loss to Milan in the 1990 European Cup Final. Previous appearances include back-to-back victories in the 1961 and 1962 European Cup showpieces (3–2 against Barcelona and 5–3 against Real Madrid, respectively) and unsuccessful presences in five other European Cup finals – 1963 (1–2 to Milan), 1965 (0–1 to Inter Milan), 1968 (1–4 to Manchester United), 1988 (0–0, 5–6 on penalties to PSV Eindhoven) and 1990 (0–1 to Milan) – and one UEFA Cup final in 1983 (1–2 on aggregate to Anderlecht).
Before this season, Chelsea had never reached a final of the UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League. They previously appeared in two UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals in 1971 (2–1 win over Real Madrid) and 1998 (1–0 win over Stuttgart), and two UEFA Champions League finals in 2008 (1–1, lost 5–6 on penalties to Manchester United) and 2012 (1–1, won 4–3 on penalties over Bayern Munich). Chelsea were the first UEFA Champions League title holders to play in the following season's UEFA Europa League final, after becoming the first Champions League holders to be eliminated in the group stage. In case of a win, they would become the first club to respectively win the Champions League and Europa League in successive seasons.
The only previous meeting between Benfica and Chelsea in European competition was in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, which the English won 3–1 on aggregate (1–0 in Lisbon and 2–1 in London) en route to the title. Three players may face their former clubs in the final: Benfica's Nemanja Matić, who was transferred from Chelsea, and Chelsea's David Luiz and Ramires, who were transferred from Benfica.
Both Benfica and Chelsea finished third in the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League group stage, and entered the 2012–13 Europa League in the round of 32. This is the fourth time in the competition's history that both finalists featured in the Champions League group stage earlier in the season, after 2000, 2002 and 2009.
Road to the final 
Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first.
Former Dutch international Patrick Kluivert was appointed as the official ambassador for the final.
The international ticket sales phase for the general public ran from 3 December 2012 to 18 January 2013. Tickets were available in four price categories: €135, €100, €70, and €45. Each finalist club was allocated 9,800 tickets.
Team news 
Chelsea's Eden Hazard was ruled out of the final after not recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered in Chelsea's 2–1 Premier League victory against Aston Villa on 11 May.
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