Bavaria v Dolny Śląsk in Wednesday's final

Bavaria's last-gasp win against Istanbul took the hosts into Wednesday's final, where they play 2007 champions Dolny Śląsk.

Dolny Śląsk celebrate reaching the final
Dolny Śląsk celebrate reaching the final ©Sportsfile

Bavaria hope to become the sixth UEFA Regions' Cup host to win the European amateur title in Wednesday's final in Burghausen as they take on 2007 champions Dolny Śląsk of Poland.

The final

A group-stage record crown in Landshut on Sunday enjoyed watching Bavaria reach the final
A group-stage record crown in Landshut on Sunday enjoyed watching Bavaria reach the final©Sportsfile
  • Bavaria (who had never represented Germany before this season) are the seventh hosts to reach the final and hope to be the sixth to win.
  • Only one team has beaten a home side in a final  Dolny Śląsk, who defeated South-East Bulgaria 2-1 after extra time in Sliven in 2007 (the only other final played on 26 June)
  • Dolny Śląsk can become only the second two-time winners after Veneto (1999 and 2003, both as hosts). Poland can match Spain on two titles, with Italy having three.
  • That 2007 final attracted the record crowd for a decider of 3,500. Bavaria’s dramatic win against Istanbul on Sunday was watched by the biggest attendance ever for a finals group game of 2,463, The competition record crowd is 5,000 for Tbilisi v Ukraine's Kahovka-Kzeso in the 2004/05 intermediate round at Olimpiysky Stadium, Kakhovka.
  • Bavaria reaching the final means Germany can join Italy (3), Spain (2), the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland and Croatia in winning the trophy.
  • There have also been finalists from France, Bulgaria and Romania, meaning 11 different countries have had teams in the 11 deciders since 1999.
  • The final can go to extra time and penalties. Four of the previous ten finals have gone to extra time, including Dolny Śląsk’s 2007 triumph against South-East Bulgaria, with two needing shoot-outs, both won by hosts (Moravia 4-2 Braga in 2001 and Veneto 5-4 Catalonia in 2013).
  • Bavaria's Arif Ekin, who has represented both Germany and Turkey at youth level, is joint finals top scorer on two goals with Istanbul's Yunus Topal and Ligue de Normandie’s Abdejalil Sahloune. Including qualifying, Aretas Gėgžna of Lithuania's Nevėžis leads the way on seven goals.

The groups

Bavaria celebrate their late winner against Istanbul
Bavaria celebrate their late winner against Istanbul©Sportsfile

Group A: Bavaria (GER, hosts), Istanbul (TUR), West Slovakia (SVK), Ligue de Normandie (FRA)

  • Bavaria's last-gasp win against Istanbul on Sunday through Henri Koudousso (the youngest player in the finals) took the hosts into the decider. Istanbul (the 2017 hosts) share bronze for the second tournament running.

Group B: Dolny Śląsk (POL), Castilla y León (ESP), Hradec Králové (CZE), South Region – Chayka (RUS)

  • Dolny Śląsk's 2-2 draw against Hradec Králové sent the 2007 champions through as Castilla y León were beaten by the eliminated Russian side nand were forced to settle for bronze. The group lead changed hands several times on Sunday.

The matches (all times CET)

Group stage

Tuesday 18 June:
Group A

West Slovakia 1-3 Istanbul (Kelheim)
Bavaria 1-0 Ligue de Normandie (Kelheim)

Group B
Hradec Králové 0-3 Castilla y León (Neustadt)
South Region – Chayka 0-1 Dolny Śląsk (Neustadt)

Thursday 20 June:
Group A
Istanbul 2-1 Ligue de Normandie (Hankofen)
Bavaria 1-1 West Slovakia (Landshut)

Group B
Hradec Králové 1-0 South Region – Chayka (Kelheim)
Dolny Śląsk 1-1 Castilla y León (Hankofen)

Sunday 23 June:
Group A
Istanbul 0-1 Bavaria (Landshut)
Ligue de Normandie 2-0 West Slovakia (Neustadt)

Polish celebrations after reaching the final
Polish celebrations after reaching the final©Sportsfile

Group B
Dolny Śląsk 2-2 Hradec Králové (Neustadt)
Castilla y León 1-2 South Region – Chayka (Hankofen)

Final

Wednesday 26 June
Bavaria v Dolny Śląsk (18:30, Burghausen)

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