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2012 UEFA Europa League Final

2012 UEFA Europa League Final
Event 2011–12 UEFA Europa League
Date 9 May 2012
Venue Arena Națională, Bucharest
Man of the Match Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid)[1]
Referee Wolfgang Stark (Germany)[2]
Attendance 52,347[3]
Weather Cloudy
15 °C (59 °F)
100% humidity

The 2012 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the UEFA (after the UEFA Champions League), and the 3rd season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. The match was played on 9 May 2012 at the Arena Națională in Bucharest, Romania,[4][5] and was contested between two Spanish sides – Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. The match ended with Atlético Madrid winning 3–0, with Radamel Falcao scoring two goals and Diego scoring another.

The winners earned the right to play against Chelsea, the winners of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup.

Contents

  • Venue 1
  • Background 2
  • Road to final 3
  • Pre-match 4
    • Ticketing 4.1
    • Ambassador 4.2
  • Match 5
    • Details 5.1
    • Statistics 5.2
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Venue

The Arena Națională was announced by UEFA as the venue of the 2012 final on 30 January 2010.[6] This was the first final of a European football club competition hosted by Romania.

The stadium was built on the site of the former national stadium, and opened on 6 September 2011 with a UEFA Euro 2012 Group D qualifier match between Romania and France.

Background

The final was preceded by an opening ceremony.

This was the second consecutive Europa League final contested by two teams from the same nation, and the ninth time overall (including UEFA Cup).[7] The only other all-Spanish final of UEFA's second club competition was the 2007 UEFA Cup Final, when Sevilla defeated Espanyol. That was also the last final where both finalist teams had played only in the UEFA Cup/Europa League in their routes to the final (rather than dropping down from the UEFA Champions League, either after the early knockout rounds or after the group stage).

Both teams have played in one previous Europa League/UEFA Cup final. Atlético Madrid won the first Europa League final after its renaming in 2010, beating Fulham 2–1 after extra time. Athletic Bilbao lost in 1977 to Juventus on away goals after the tie finished 2–2 on aggregate. The two teams have never met in European competition before. They have met each other in three Copa del Rey finals, with Athletic Bilbao winning two and Atlético Madrid winning one. In the 2011–12 La Liga season, Athletic Bilbao won their home fixture 3–0 and Atlético Madrid won their home fixture 2–1.[8]

After losing to Udinese on 20 October 2011, Atlético Madrid went on a run of 11 straight victories to the final, a record in the European football, winning their remaining group games to top their group and then defeating four knockout opponents both home and away.

Road to final

Atlético Madrid Round Athletic Bilbao
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Qualifying phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Strømsgodset 4–1 2–1 (H) 2–0 (A) Third qualifying round Bye
Vitória Guimarães 6–0 2–0 (H) 4–0 (A) Play-off round Trabzonspor n/a 0–0 Cancelled
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Celtic 2–0 (H) Matchday 1 Slovan Bratislava 2–1 (A)
Rennes 1–1 (A) Matchday 2 Paris Saint-Germain 2–0 (H)
Udinese 0–2 (A) Matchday 3 Red Bull Salzburg 2–2 (H)
Udinese 4–0 (H) Matchday 4 Red Bull Salzburg 1–0 (A)
Celtic 1–0 (A) Matchday 5 Slovan Bratislava 2–1 (H)
Rennes 3–1 (H) Matchday 6 Paris Saint-Germain 2–4 (A)
Group I winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Atlético Madrid 6 4 1 1 11 4 +7 13
Udinese 6 2 3 1 6 7 −1 9
Celtic 6 1 3 2 6 7 −1 6
Rennes 6 0 3 3 5 10 −5 3
Final standings Group F winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Athletic Bilbao 6 4 1 1 11 8 +3 13
Red Bull Salzburg 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10
Paris Saint-Germain 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
Slovan Bratislava 6 0 1 5 4 11 −7 1
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Lazio 4–1 3–1 (A) 1–0 (H) Round of 32 Lokomotiv Moscow 2–2 (a) 1–2 (A) 1–0 (H)
Beşiktaş 6–1 3–1 (H) 3–0 (A) Round of 16 Manchester United 5–3 3–2 (A) 2–1 (H)
Hannover 96 4–2 2–1 (H) 2–1 (A) Quarter-finals Schalke 04 6–4 4–2 (A) 2–2 (H)
Valencia 5–2 4–2 (H) 1–0 (A) Semi-finals Sporting CP 4–3 1–2 (A) 3–1 (H)

Pre-match

Ticketing

Athletic Bilbao fans in Bucharest before the match

The two finalist teams received 9,000 tickets each for distributing to their supporters. 20,000 tickets have been sold to local football fans with a further 3,000 tickets available for sale to fans worldwide via UEFA.com, with prices between 100

  • 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, UEFA.com
  • 2012 final: National Stadium, Bucharest, UEFA.com

External links

  1. ^ a b Atkin, John (9 May 2012). "Falcao at double as Atlético march to title". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Stark gets Bucharest call-up". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 7 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Full Time Summary" (PDF). UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 7 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "2011/12 draw and match calendar". UEFA.com. 
  5. ^ "UEFA Europa League trophy handed to Bucharest". UEFA.com. 11 April 2012. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "UEFA unveil 2011 and 2012 final venues". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 30 January 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Final shining spotlight on local rivalries". UEFA.com. 7 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bucharest stage set for all-Spanish showpiece". UEFA.com. 27 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Fenerbahçe replaced in UEFA Champions League". UEFA. 24 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "UEFA Europa League Final 2012 ticket sales launched". UEFA.com. 7 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ambassador: Miodrag Belodedici". UEFA.com. 1 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA Europa League 2011/12" (PDF). Nyon: Union of European Football Associations. March 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c "Team statistics" (PDF). UEFA. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

References

See also

Statistics

Man of the Match:
Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid)[1]

Assistant referees:
Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany)
Mike Pickel (Germany)
Fourth official:
Stéphane Lannoy (France)
Additional assistant referees:
Florian Meyer (Germany)
Deniz Aytekin (Germany)

Match rules[12]

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions
GK 13 Thibaut Courtois
RB 20 Juanfran
CB 2 Diego Godín
CB 23 Miranda
LB 6 Filipe Luís
CM 4 Mario Suárez
CM 14 Gabi (c)
RW 22 Diego Substituted off 90'
AM 7 Adrián Substituted off 88'
LW 11 Arda Turan Substituted off 90+3'
CF 9 Radamel Falcao Booked 26'
Substitutes:
GK 25 Sergio Asenjo
DF 3 Antonio López
DF 18 Álvaro Domínguez Substituted in 90+3'
MF 8 Eduardo Salvio Substituted in 88'
MF 12 Paulo Assunção
MF 19 Koke Substituted in 90'
FW 41 Pedro Martín
Manager:
Diego Simeone
GK 1 Gorka Iraizoz
RB 15 Andoni Iraola (c)
CB 24 Javi Martínez
CB 5 Fernando Amorebieta Booked 64'
LB 3 Jon Aurtenetxe Substituted off 46'
RM 21 Ander Herrera Booked 22' Substituted off 63'
CM 8 Ander Iturraspe Substituted off 46'
LM 10 Óscar de Marcos
RW 14 Markel Susaeta Booked 90+1'
LW 19 Iker Muniain
CF 9 Fernando Llorente
Substitutes:
GK 13 Raúl
DF 6 Mikel San José
MF 11 Igor Gabilondo
MF 17 Iñigo Pérez Booked 75' Substituted in 46'
MF 23 Borja Ekiza
FW 2 Gaizka Toquero Substituted in 63'
FW 28 Ibai Gómez Substituted in 46'
Manager:
Marcelo Bielsa
Atlético Madrid
Athletic Bilbao
9 May 2012
21:45 EEST
Atlético Madrid 3–0 Athletic Bilbao
Falcao Goal 7'34'
Diego Goal 85'
Report
Arena Națională, Bucharest
Attendance: 52,347[3]
Referee: Wolfgang Stark[2] (Germany)

Details

Match

Former Romanian player Miodrag Belodedici was named as the ambassador for the final.[11]

Ambassador

[10]

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