Teenage kicks: six players eyeing Europa League final history

Youth is a theme of the 2017 UEFA Europa League, running through both Ajax and Manchester United. It means a few records are on the line in Stockholm.

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Youngest player to appear in a final

New: Matthijs de Ligt (17 years 285 days) – Ajax v Manchester United, 2017

Was: João Moutinho (18 years 252 days) – Sporting CP v CSKA Moskva, 2005

Youngest scorer in a final

2005 final highlights: Love conquers all
2005 final highlights: Love conquers all

Current: Vágner Love (20 years 341 days) – Sporting CP v CSKA Moskva, 2005

Six players can break this if they score:
Matthijs de Ligt (17 years 285 days)
Justin Kluivert (18 years 19 days)
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (19 years 142 days)
Kasper Dolberg (19 years 230 days)
Marcus Rashford (19 years 205 days)
Jairo Riedewald (20 years 257 days)

Youngest UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League winner

Current: Robin van Persie (18 years 275 days) – Feyenoord v Dortmund, 2002

Two players can break this if they play:
Matthijs de Ligt (17 years 285 days)
Justin Kluivert (18 years 19 days)

*All statistics are for one-off finals. Before 1997/98, UEFA Cup finals were decided over two legs.

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