2015 UEFA Europa League Final
|Event||2014–15 UEFA Europa League|
|Date||27 May 2015|
|Venue||Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw|
|Referee||Martin Atkinson (England)|
The 2015 UEFA Europa League Final will be the final match of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, the 44th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the sixth season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. It will be played at the Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw, Poland, on 27 May 2015, between Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and the title holders, Spanish side Sevilla.
The winners will earn the right to play against the winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup. They will also, for the first time, automatically qualify for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League even if they do not qualify through their domestic league position. They are guaranteed to enter at the group stage, since the 2015 Champions League finalists (Juventus and Barcelona) have already qualified for the group stage via their domestic leagues and therefore the space in the group stage reserved for the Champions League title holders will not be used.
The Stadion Narodowy is a retractable roof football stadium located in Warsaw, Poland. It is used mostly for football matches and it is the home stadium of Poland national football team. The stadium has a seating capacity of 58,145 which makes it the largest association football arena in Poland. Its construction started in 2008 and finished in November 2011. It is located on the site of the former Stadion Dziesięciolecia, on Aleja Zieleniecka in Praga Południe district, near the city centre. It hosted three group matches (including the opening match), a quarter-final, and a semi-final in UEFA Euro 2012, co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
This will be Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk's first European final. They are the second Ukrainian team to reach the UEFA Cup/Europa League final, after Shakhtar Donetsk, who defeated Werder Bremen in the 2009 final in Istanbul, and the third Ukrainian team to play a European final, after Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv, who won two Cup Winners' Cup finals in 1975 and 1986 during the Soviet Union era.
This will be Sevilla's fourth UEFA Cup/Europa League final. They won all three of their previous finals (in 2006, 2007 and 2014), and if they win their fourth title, they will become the outright record holder, breaking a tie with Juventus, Internazionale and Liverpool.
Sevilla manager Unai Emery, who was their winning manager in 2014, will have the chance to become the fifth coach to win the title twice or more, after Giovanni Trapattoni (Juventus in 1977 and 1993, Internazionale in 1991), Luis Molowny (Real Madrid in 1985 and 1986), Juande Ramos (Sevilla in 2006 and 2007) and Rafael Benítez (Valencia in 2004, Chelsea in 2013).
The two sides have never met in UEFA club competitions.
Road to the final
Note: In the table, the score of the finalist is given first (H = home; A = away).
|Champions League||Europa League|
|Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg||Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Copenhagen||0–2||0–0 (H)||0–2 (A)||Third qualifying round||Bye|
|Hajduk Split||2–1||2–1 (H)||0–0 (A)||Play-off round|
|Internazionale||0–1 (H)||Matchday 1||Feyenoord||2–0 (H)|
|Saint-Étienne||0–0 (A)||Matchday 2||Rijeka||2–2 (A)|
|Qarabağ||0–1 (H)||Matchday 3||Standard Liège||0–0 (A)|
|Qarabağ||2–1 (A)||Matchday 4||Standard Liège||3–1 (H)|
|Internazionale||1–2 (A)||Matchday 5||Feyenoord||0–2 (A)|
|Saint-Étienne||1–0 (H)||Matchday 6||Rijeka||1–0 (H)|
|Group F runner-up
|Final standings||Group G runner-up
|Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg||Knockout phase||Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Olympiacos||4–2||2–0 (H)||2–2 (A)||Round of 32||Borussia Mönchengladbach||4–2||1–0 (H)||3–2 (A)|
|Ajax||2–2 (a)||1–0 (H)||1–2 (a.e.t.) (A)||Round of 16||Villarreal||5–2||3–1 (A)||2–1 (H)|
|Club Brugge||1–0||0–0 (A)||1–0 (H)||Quarter-finals||Zenit Saint Petersburg||4–3||2–1 (H)||2–2 (A)|
|Napoli||2–1||1–1 (A)||1–0 (H)||Semi-finals||Fiorentina||5–0||3–0 (H)||2–0 (A)|
As runners-up of the 2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League behind Shakhtar, Dnipro were awarded a spot in the third qualifying round of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. They were drawn against Danish runners-up FC Copenhagen, but a draw in the first leg at home, followed by a 2–0 in Denmark, meant they dropped down into the Europa League play-off, where they defeated Hajduk Split to reach the group stage for the third time in a row.
Dnipro were drawn in Group F with Internazionale, Saint-Étienne, and Qarabağ. The group stage campaign started disastrously for the Ukrainians, who earned only a single point in their first three games with a 0–0 draw away to Saint-Étienne and 1–0 home defeats to both Inter and Qarabağ. On matchday 4, a 2–1 away win over the Azerbaijani team ended a winless run, but Dnipro were again defeated by Inter 2–1 in Milan, despite taking a 1–0 lead through Ruslan Rotan's early goal. Dnipro went into their final group match at home to Saint-Étienne at the bottom of the Group F table and needing a win to stand a chance of qualifying; Artem Fedetskyi scored the only goal of the match midway through the second half to secure a 1–0 win. With Qarabağ only managing a 0–0 draw against group winners Inter, Dnipro finished the group stage in second place with seven points.
As title holders, Sevilla qualified for the group stage automatically, and were placed in Group G with Feyenoord, Rijeka and Standard Liège. They began their campaign with a 2–0 win over Feyenoord, with first-half goals from Grzegorz Krychowiak and Stéphane Mbia. Two weeks later, Mbia earned a 2–2 draw at Rijeka. Sevilla then played Liège twice, a goalless away draw and a 3–1 home victory with goals from Kévin Gameiro, José Antonio Reyes and Carlos Bacca. They then lost 2–0 away to Feyenoord, sending the Dutch side to the knockout stage ahead of Sevilla. The Spanish side secured second place in the final game with a home victory over Rijeka via Denis Suárez's first European goal.
UEFA unveiled the visual identity of the final on 29 August 2014.
With a stadium capacity of 56,000, a total of 44,000 tickets were made available to fans and the general public, with the two finalist teams receiving 9,500 tickets each and 25,000 tickets sold to fans worldwide via the UEFA website from 26 February to 25 March 2015 in four price categories: €130, €90, €65, and €40.
At the behest of club president José Castro, Sevilla have chosen to wear their red away kit, which will feature their badge rather than the "SFC" monogram which they had previously been sporting.
27 May 2015
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