10 Shocking Europa League Final Stats
Sports Gist: Top 10 UEFA Europa League Final Stats
1. Second final to be held in Lyon
After hosting the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1986 between Dynamo Kyiv and the Rojiblancos, Lyon is set to open its doors for its second European final.
2. No French team has managed to lift the Cup
Three French teams have managed to reach the final of the Europa League, but none have been able to win. Prior to the two finals of Marseille, neither Bordeaux or Bastia could overcome Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven, respectively.
3. Six finals went to penalties
Sevilla and Espanyol have played penalty roulette twice and while the Andalusians have managed to make the most of it, the Catalans were defeated in both. In total, there have been six finals that went to penalties.
4. Top scorer
Jupp Heynckes is the top scorer in the competition’s finals, as the German scored five goals in three games when he played for Borussia Monchengladbach. Kevin Keegan and Vicente Guillot follow him with four each.
5. Three saved penalties
Only three goalkeepers have been able to stop a penalty during normal time. The last to do so was Peter Disztl, who saved Jorge Valdano’s kick in the final of 1985 between Videoton and Real Madrid. Ray Clement and Wolfgang Kleff have also saved one each, both in the game between Liverpool and Borussia Monchengladbach.
6. Player with most titles
Jose Antonio Reyes has lifted the trophy five times> 2010,2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 – the first two as a player of Atletico Madrid and the rest at Sevilla.
7. The fastest sending off
Borussia Dortmund player, Jan Kohler, saw the fastest red card in the history of the competition in 2002. He was sent off in the 32nd minute of the match for committing a foul in the box on Feyenoord’s Jon Dahl Tomasson. Pierre van Hooijdonk netted from the spot and the Dutch team won the game 3-2 and also the title.
8. The fastest goal
In 1993 Borussia Dortmund player, Michael Rummenigge, managed to find the minute in the second minute of the final against Juventus. At that time the final was played over two legs, with the Italians emphatically lifting the trophy (3-1 and 3-0).
9. Eighth final for Simeone
Since his arrival on the bench at Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone has managed to get the team to eight finals – two in Champions League, one Copa del Rey, one European Supercup, two Supercopa de Espana and another couple in the Europa League. His record is four out of seven, heading into his eight on Wednesday.
10. Atletico lost all the finals decided on penalties
Simeone’s side have lost all the finals that went to penalties, two in the Copa del Rey, against Real Madrid and Real Sociedad, one in the Champions League, also against Los Blancos, and another in the Intertoto against Villarreal.
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