UEFA Europa Conference League: 2021/22 season in numbers
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
UEFA.com picks out our favourite stats from a memorable inaugural campaign, featuring José Mourinho, Harry Kane, Cyriel Dessers and a pack of 16-year-olds.
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The inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League was a step into the unknown for many but, as we discover, there were more than a couple of familiar faces.
UEFA.com picks out a few top stats from a memorable inaugural campaign.
22 Final match winner Nicolò Zaniolo (22 years, 327 days) became the youngest Italian player to score in a major European showpiece since Alessandro Del Piero (22 years, 200 days) for Juventus against Dortmund in the 1997 UEFA Champions League decider.
4 Mourinho became the first coach to lead four different clubs to the final of a major European competition: Porto (2003 UEFA Cup, 2004 Champions League), Inter (2010 Champions League), Manchester United (2017 Europa League) and Roma (2022 Europa Conference League). He duly made it five wins out of five.
28 Feyenoord and Roma were the highest-scoring teams in the competition with 28 goals apiece.
10 Cyriel Dessers ended top scorer after hitting ten for Feyenoord, one more than Tammy Abraham of final opponents Roma.
1,008 When Roma went down 6-1 at Bodø/Glimt, it was the first time a José Mourinho side had conceded six in his 1,008 matches as coach.
6 Six sides went through the group stage unbeaten: Bodø/Glimt, LASK, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, Rennes and Basel. Austrian side LASK finished with a high of 16 points.
32 The number of goals in the three knockout ties involving Slavia Praha: against Fenerbahçe (6-4), LASK (7-5) and Feyenoord (4-6).
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16 Seven 16-year-olds have graced the competition over the course of the campaign, with Copenhagen's Roony Bardghji the youngest at 16 years 115 days – his debut was especially memorable, a 4-4 last-16 draw against PSV Eindhoven.
3 There were three hat-tricks in the inaugural season: Harry Kane (Tottenham 5-1 Mura), Gaëtan Laborde (Rennes 3-3 Vitesse) and Zaniolo (Roma 4-0 Bodø/Glimt).
26 Thirty-two teams from 26 different countries lined up in the group stage, with Alashkert, Flora and Lincoln Red Imps becoming the first teams from Armenia, Estonia and Gibraltar respectively to play in a UEFA group stage.
1 Arne Slot ended his first full season as a senior coach in a European final. He had a five-month spell at AZ Alkmaar in 2019/20 before taking the reins at Feyenoord last July.
307 Feyenoord began their campaign in the second qualifying round on 22 July with a goalless draw away to Drita in Kosovo in front of a crowd of 2,400. Some 307 days later, they lined up against Roma in the final.