2024 UEFA Europa Conference League final

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2024 UEFA Europa Conference League final
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Event2023–24 UEFA Europa Conference League
After extra time
Date29 May 2024 (2024-05-29)
VenueAgia Sophia Stadium, Athens
Man of the MatchAyoub El Kaabi (Olympiacos)
RefereeArtur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Attendance26,842
WeatherPartly cloudy night
21 °C (70 °F)
51% humidity

The 2024 UEFA Europa Conference League final was the final match of the 2023–24 UEFA Europa Conference League, the third season of Europe's tertiary club football tournament organised by UEFA. It was held at the Agia Sophia Stadium in Athens, Greece, on 29 May 2024, between Greek club Olympiacos and Italian club Fiorentina.

Olympiacos won the match 1–0 after extra time for their first UEFA Europa Conference League title, becoming the first Greek club to win a European trophy. As winners, they qualified for the league phase of the 2024–25 UEFA Europa League. Meanwhile, Fiorentina lost their second Europa Conference League final in a row, becoming the first team to lose two consecutive European finals since Benfica in the 2013 and 2014 UEFA Europa League finals.

Background

This was Olympiacos' first European final. Only the second European final to feature a Greek team, this was the first since Panathinaikos lost the 1971 European Cup final. Fiorentina became the first club to play in two UEFA Europa Conference League finals and the first to contest them consecutively. Fiorentina were looking to win their first major trophy since winning the 2000–01 Coppa Italia and the first European title since winning the 1960–61 European Cup Winners' Cup. Both managers were seeking their first Europa Conference League title, with Olympiacos' José Luis Mendilibar the more experienced in winning a European trophy, having won the previous year's Europa League final with Sevilla. With a win, Mendilibar would become the first manager to win two different major European trophies in consecutive seasons since fellow Spaniard Rafael Benítez won the 2003–04 UEFA Cup with Valencia and the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League with Liverpool.

Previous finals

Team Previous final appearances (bold indicates winners)
Greece Olympiacos None
Italy Fiorentina 1 (2023)

Venue

The Agia Sophia Stadium in Athens, known as the OPAP Arena for sponsorship reasons, was home of AEK Athens, one of Olympiacos' local rivals. The stadium opened in September 2022, and had a capacity of 31,100. The match was the eighth single-leg UEFA club final to be played in Greece, having hosted three European Cup/Champions League finals (in 1983, 1994 and 2007), three Cup Winners' Cup finals (in 1971, 1973 and 1987) and the 2023 UEFA Super Cup.

Host selection

On 21 June 2022, UEFA opened the bidding process for the final, which was held in parallel with that of the 2025 final. Interested bidders could bid for either one or both of the finals. The proposed venues had to include natural grass and be ranked as a UEFA category four stadium, with a gross capacity of between 30,000 and 50,000 preferred. The bidding timeline was as follows:

The UEFA Executive Committee appointed the Agia Sophia Stadium as the host during their meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, on 28 June 2023. As the stadium is new and has never been operated by the club for international competitions, the venue is subject to an observation period until November 2023 for matches played in UEFA club competitions and UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying. Should the venue meet the requirements, the appointment will be officially confirmed in December 2023.

Road to the final

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

Greece Olympiacos Round Italy Fiorentina
Europa League Europa Conference League
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Qualifying phase (EL, ECL) Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Belgium Genk 2–1 1–0 (H) 1–1 (A) Third qualifying round Bye
Serbia Čukarički 6–1 3–1 (H) 3–0 (A) Play-off round Austria Rapid Wien 2–1 0–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
Opponent Result Group stage (EL, ECL) Opponent Result
Germany SC Freiburg 2–3 (H) Matchday 1 Belgium Genk 2–2 (A)
Serbia TSC 2–2 (A) Matchday 2 Hungary Ferencváros 2–2 (H)
England West Ham United 2–1 (H) Matchday 3 Serbia Čukarički 6–0 (H)
England West Ham United 0–1 (A) Matchday 4 Serbia Čukarički 1–0 (A)
Germany SC Freiburg 0–5 (A) Matchday 5 Belgium Genk 2–1 (H)
Serbia TSC 5–2 (H) Matchday 6 Hungary Ferencváros 1–1 (A)
Group A third place
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 England West Ham United 6 15
2 Germany SC Freiburg 6 12
3 Greece Olympiacos 6 7
4 Serbia TSC 6 1
Source: UEFA
Final standings Group F winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Italy Fiorentina 6 12
2 Hungary Ferencváros 6 10
3 Belgium Genk 6 9
4 Serbia Čukarički 6 0
Source: UEFA
Europa Conference League
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Hungary Ferencváros 2–0 1–0 (H) 1–0 (A) Knockout round play-offs Bye
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 7–5 1–4 (H) 6–1 (a.e.t.) (A) Round of 16 Israel Maccabi Haifa 5–4 4–3 (A) 1–1 (H)
Turkey Fenerbahçe 3–3 (3–2 p) 3–2 (H) 0–1 (a.e.t.) (A) Quarter-finals Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 2–0 0–0 (A) 2–0 (a.e.t.) (H)
England Aston Villa 6–2 4–2 (A) 2–0 (H) Semi-finals Belgium Club Brugge 4–3 3–2 (H) 1–1 (A)

Pre-match

Identity

The original identity of the 2024 UEFA Europa Conference League final was unveiled at the group stage draw on 1 September 2023.

Ticketing

The stadium has a capacity of 32,500, and 27,100 were made available of which 21,000 were on sale to the general public. Each club in the final received an allocation of 9,000 tickets each.

Match

Summary

After a goalless ninety minutes, the match went into extra-time. In the 116th minute Olympiacos went in front when Ayoub El Kaabi got the only goal of the match when he stooped low to head the ball into the left corner of the net after a cross from the left by Santiago Hezze. After a lengthy VAR check the goal was eventually awarded and Olympiacos went on to win their first European trophy.

Details

The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the quarter-final and semi-final draws.

29 May 2024 (2024-05-29)22:00 EEST
Olympiacos Greece1–0 (a.e.t.)Italy Fiorentina
Report
Agia Sophia Stadium, AthensAttendance: 26,842Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Olympiacos Fiorentina
GK 88 Greece Konstantinos Tzolakis
RB 23 Brazil Rodinei
CB 45 Greece Panagiotis Retsos
CB 16 Angola David Carmo
LB 3 Argentina Francisco Ortega downward-facing red arrow 91'
DM 32 Argentina Santiago Hezze
DM 8 Spain Vicente Iborra
RW 56 Portugal Daniel Podence Yellow card 28' downward-facing red arrow 106'
AM 6 Portugal Chiquinho downward-facing red arrow 77'
LW 7 Greece Kostas Fortounis (c) downward-facing red arrow 73'
CF 9 Morocco Ayoub El Kaabi Yellow card 117' downward-facing red arrow 120+2'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Greece Alexandros Paschalakis Yellow card 95'
GK 99 Greece Athanasios Papadoudis
DF 18 Spain Quini upward-facing green arrow 91'
DF 27 England Omar Richards
DF 65 Greece Apostolos Apostolopoulos
DF 74 Greece Andreas Ndoj
MF 5 Portugal André Horta upward-facing green arrow 77'
MF 15 Greece Sotiris Alexandropoulos
MF 19 Greece Georgios Masouras upward-facing green arrow 106'
MF 20 Portugal João Carvalho
FW 11 Morocco Youssef El-Arabi upward-facing green arrow 120+2'
FW 22 Montenegro Stevan Jovetić Yellow card 94' upward-facing green arrow 73'
Manager:
Spain José Luis Mendilibar
GK 1 Italy Pietro Terracciano
RB 2 Brazil Dodô
CB 4 Serbia Nikola Milenković
CB 28 Argentina Lucas Martínez Quarta Yellow card 42'
LB 3 Italy Cristiano Biraghi (c) Yellow card 99' downward-facing red arrow 106'
DM 6 Brazil Arthur downward-facing red arrow 74'
DM 38 Italy Rolando Mandragora
RW 10 Argentina Nicolás González downward-facing red arrow 106'
AM 5 Italy Giacomo Bonaventura downward-facing red arrow 82'
LW 99 Ivory Coast Christian Kouamé Yellow card 79' downward-facing red arrow 82'
CF 20 Italy Andrea Belotti downward-facing red arrow 59'
Substitutes:
GK 53 Denmark Oliver Christensen
DF 16 Italy Luca Ranieri upward-facing green arrow 106'
DF 22 Italy Davide Faraoni
DF 33 Italy Michael Kayode
DF 65 Italy Fabiano Parisi
MF 8 France Maxime Lopez
MF 19 Argentina Gino Infantino
MF 32 Ghana Alfred Duncan upward-facing green arrow 74'
MF 72 Czech Republic Antonín Barák upward-facing green arrow 82'
FW 9 Argentina Lucas Beltrán upward-facing green arrow 106'
FW 11 France Jonathan Ikoné upward-facing green arrow 82'
FW 18 Angola M'Bala Nzola upward-facing green arrow 59'
Manager:
Italy Vincenzo Italiano

Man of the Match:
Ayoub El Kaabi (Olympiacos)

Assistant referees:
Paulo Soares (Portugal)
Pedro Ribeiro (Portugal)
Fourth official:
Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)
Reserve assistant referee:
Mahbod Beigi (Sweden)
Video assistant referee:
Tiago Martins (Portugal)
Assistant video assistant referee:
Christian Dingert (Germany)
Support video assistant referee:
Marco Fritz (Germany)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Maximum of twelve named substitutes
  • Maximum of five substitutions, with a sixth allowed in extra time
  • Maximum of three substitution opportunities, with a fourth allowed in extra time

Statistics

Aftermath

After the match Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis made a post on social media platform X, describing Olympiacos as “a true legend”. This win caused a big celebration with several thousand Olympiacos fans gathered in Piraeus, Greece.

See also

References

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