Roma vs Feyenoord Europa Conference League final preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, line-ups
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
When is it? How can you watch it? All you need to know about the UEFA Europa Conference League final between Roma and Feyenoord.
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Roma and Feyenoord meet in the UEFA Europa Conference League final on Wednesday 25 May.
Roma vs Feyenoord at a glance
When: Wednesday 25 May (21:00 local time)
Where: Arena Kombëtare, Tirana, Albania
What: Inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League final
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage will appear here
Where to watch Roma vs Feyenoord on TV
Fans can find their local UEFA Europa Conference League broadcast partner(s) here.
What do you need to know?
Having won the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League twice, José Mourinho has the chance to clinch a third major UEFA club competition trophy. European Cup runners-up in 1984, Roma lost out to Serie A rivals Inter in their only other major UEFA final (the two-legged 1991 UEFA Cup decider) but have a chance to take their first major continental trophy in Tirana.
European Cup winners in 1970, Feyenoord lifted the UEFA Cup in 1974 and 2002 and could thus become the first club to have had their hands on all three of the current major UEFA club competition trophies. Arne Slot's side have the competition's top scorer, ten-goal Cyriel Dessers, but lost 3-2 on aggregate to Roma in their only previous meeting, in the 2014/15 UEFA Cup round of 32.
Roma: Rui Patrício; Mancini, Smalling, Ibañez; Mkhitaryan, Cristante; Karsdorp, Zaniolo, Pellegrini, Zalewski; Abraham
Feyenoord: Bijlow; Geertruida, Trauner, Senesi, Malacia; Til, Aursnes, Orkun Kökçü; Nelson, Desserts, Sinisterra
Form (all competitions, most recent first): WDLWDD
Where they stand: 6th in Italian Serie A
Form (all competitions, most recent first): LWDDWW
Where they finished: 3rd in Dutch Eredivisie
Vieri Capretta, Roma reporter
If Roma get a strong start like in the semi-final second leg against Leicester, it will be very hard to see Feyenoord recover. Mourinho doesn’t tend to get much wrong in finals, so we can expect Roma to be peaking at just the right time. The Giallorossi have everything it takes to put in a solid performance and come out on top.
Derek Brookman, Feyenoord reporter
Dessers and Co showed how they can punish defensive uncertainty in the semi-final first leg against Marseille, while the Feyenoord back line looked robust and disciplined in the second leg in France. A combination of these two qualities should see this brand-new trophy heading to Rotterdam.
View from the camps
José Mourinho, Roma coach: "I don’t believe in magical potions, I don’t believe in magical spells [...] There’s nothing special to be done, just us to be us as a team. Knowing the qualities we have, knowing the limitations we have. For me, no matter how the final ends, this is a positive season for us."
Gianluca Mancini, Roma defender: "The two best teams in the tournament face each other, it's 50-50. We know what we have to do, and we know their strengths and weaknesses."
Arne Slot, Feyenoord coach: "We know what to expect [from Roma], but you never know, sometimes their coach has a little twitch in his game plan. But we’ve seen a lot, so we hope we’re prepared in the right way, and if he does surprise us […] we’ve played 55 games [this season] so I’d be a bit surprised if he could think of something that we haven’t had yet."
Gernot Trauner, Feyenoord defender: "Of course, I've prepared to play against [Tammy] Abraham. He's physically strong, has good technique and knows how to score goals, He’s one of the key players for Roma. We have to try to keep him out of the end zone."
What do the 2022 Europa Conference League winners get?
The UEFA Europa Conference League trophy stands at 57.5cm tall and weighs 11kg. It consists of 32 hexagonal spines – one for each team in the group stage of the competition – twisting and curving from the base.
The winning team are presented with 40 gold medals and the runners-up with 40 silver medals.
The winners gain a place in the 2022/23 UEFA Europa League group stage, if they have not qualified via their domestic competition.