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2012 UEFA Europa League Final

2012 UEFA Europa League Final
File:2012 UEFA Europa League Final.jpg
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]
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The 2012 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, the 41st season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by 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.

Venue

For more details on this topic, see Arena Națională.

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

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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 European football, winning their remaining group games to top their group and then defeating four knockout opponents both home and away.

Road to final

For more details on this topic, see 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.
23x15px Atlético Madrid Round 23x15px Athletic Bilbao
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Qualifying phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
23x15px Strømsgodset 4–1 2–1 (H) 2–0 (A) Third qualifying round Bye
23x15px Vitória Guimarães 6–0 2–0 (H) 4–0 (A) Play-off round 23x15px Trabzonspor n/a 0–0 Cancelled
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
23x15px Celtic 2–0 (H) Matchday 1 23x15px Slovan Bratislava 2–1 (A)
23x15px Rennes 1–1 (A) Matchday 2 23x15px Paris Saint-Germain 2–0 (H)
23x15px Udinese 0–2 (A) Matchday 3 23x15px Red Bull Salzburg 2–2 (H)
23x15px Udinese 4–0 (H) Matchday 4 23x15px Red Bull Salzburg 1–0 (A)
23x15px Celtic 1–0 (A) Matchday 5 23x15px Slovan Bratislava 2–1 (H)
23x15px Rennes 3–1 (H) Matchday 6 23x15px Paris Saint-Germain 2–4 (A)
Group I winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Atlético Madrid 6 4 1 1 11 4 +7 13
23x15px Udinese 6 2 3 1 6 7 −1 9
23x15px Celtic 6 1 3 2 6 7 −1 6
23x15px Rennes 6 0 3 3 5 10 −5 3
Final standings Group F winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Athletic Bilbao 6 4 1 1 11 8 +3 13
23x15px Red Bull Salzburg 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10
23x15px Paris Saint-Germain 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
23x15px Slovan Bratislava 6 0 1 5 4 11 −7 1
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
23x15px Lazio 4–1 3–1 (A) 1–0 (H) Round of 32 23x15px Lokomotiv Moscow 2–2 (a) 1–2 (A) 1–0 (H)
23x15px Beşiktaş 6–1 3–1 (H) 3–0 (A) Round of 16 23x15px Manchester United 5–3 3–2 (A) 2–1 (H)
23x15px Hannover 96 4–2 2–1 (H) 2–1 (A) Quarter-finals 23x15px Schalke 04 6–4 4–2 (A) 2–2 (H)
23x15px Valencia 5–2 4–2 (H) 1–0 (A) Semi-finals 23x15px Sporting CP 4–3 1–2 (A) 3–1 (H)

Pre-match

Ticketing

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Athletic Bilbao fans in Bucharest before the match

The two finalist teams received 9,000 tickets each for distribution 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 RON and 500 RON. The remaining tickets are allocated to the local organising committee, UEFA’s 53 national football associations, and commercial and broadcast partners.[10]

Ambassador

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

Match

Details

GK 13 23x15px Thibaut Courtois
RB 20 23x15px Juanfran
CB 2 23x15px Diego Godín
CB 23 23x15px Miranda
LB 6 23x15px Filipe Luís
CM 4 23x15px Mario Suárez
CM 14 23x15px Gabi (c)
RW 22 23x15px Diego Substituted off 90'
AM 7 23x15px Adrián Substituted off 88'
LW 11 23x15px Arda Turan Substituted off 90+3'
CF 9 23x15px Radamel Falcao Booked 26'
Substitutes:
GK 25 23x15px Sergio Asenjo
DF 3 23x15px Antonio López
DF 18 23x15px Álvaro Domínguez Substituted in 90+3'
MF 8 23x15px Eduardo Salvio Substituted in 88'
MF 12 23x15px Paulo Assunção
MF 19 23x15px Koke Substituted in 90'
FW 41 23x15px Pedro Martín
Manager:
23x15px Diego Simeone
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GK 1 23x15px Gorka Iraizoz
RB 15 23x15px Andoni Iraola (c)
CB 24 23x15px Javi Martínez
CB 5 23x15px Fernando Amorebieta Booked 64'
LB 3 23x15px Jon Aurtenetxe Substituted off 46'
RM 21 23x15px Ander Herrera Booked 22' Substituted off 63'
CM 8 23x15px Ander Iturraspe Substituted off 46'
LM 10 23x15px Óscar de Marcos
RW 14 23x15px Markel Susaeta Booked 90+1'
LW 19 23x15px Iker Muniain
CF 9 23x15px Fernando Llorente
Substitutes:
GK 13 23x15px Raúl
DF 6 23x15px Mikel San José
MF 11 23x15px Igor Gabilondo
MF 17 23x15px Iñigo Pérez Booked 75' Substituted in 46'
MF 23 23x15px Borja Ekiza
FW 2 23x15px Gaizka Toquero Substituted in 63'
FW 28 23x15px Ibai Gómez Substituted in 46'
Manager:
23x15px Marcelo Bielsa

Man of the Match:
23x15px 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

Statistics

See also

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References

  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. 

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