Europa League Final in Warsaw: Dnipro – Sevilla Preview

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FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk will look to add another notable scalp to their collection as they take on holders Sevilla FC, who are looking to get their hands on the trophy for a fourth time at the UEFA Europa League final in Warsaw.

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Previous meetings
• The sides are meeting for the first time.

• Dnipro’s only previous encounter with Spanish opponents was a 2-1 defeat at Real Zaragoza in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup group stage under Yevhen Kucherevskiy.

• Sevilla are unbeaten in four meetings with Ukrainian sides, a draw followed by three wins. Notably, they beat FC Shakhtar Donetsk 5-4 on aggregate in the round of 16 en route to winning their second UEFA Cup in 2006/07.

• In 46 meetings between the nations’ clubs in UEFA competitions, the Ukrainian sides have recorded nine wins to the Spanish sides 24, with 13 games ending in draws. The Spanish sides are unbeaten in the most recent four games (W2 D2).

• Spanish and Ukrainian sides have met in one previous UEFA final, FC Dynamo Kyiv beating Club Atlético de Madrid 3-0 in Lyon to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986.

• In the only previous meeting between the nations’ clubs this season, Athletic Club held FC Shakhtar Donetsk to a 0-0 draw in Bilbao in the UEFA Champions League group stage, and won 1-0 away.




Form guide
• This is Dnipro’s first UEFA final; prior to this season, their biggest European successes were making it to the quarter-finals of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup in 1984/85 and 1989/90 as Soviet title-holders.

• Sevilla reached three previous finals in this competition and won all of them – in Eindhoven (v Middesbrough FC, 2006), Glasgow (v RCD Espanyol, 2007) and Turin (v SL Benfica, 2014). They have been less successful in their three UEFA Super Cups (W1 L2).

• Sevilla are unbeaten in their last nine European games since their only UEFA Europa League defeat this season, 2-0 at Feyenoord in the group stage.

• Dnipro have not lost in their last four UEFA Europa League games (W2 D2), scoring three goals in that time.

• Sevilla have won the most games in this season’s UEFA Europa League (W10 D3 L1). Dnipro’s record since the start of the group stage is W6 D4 L4.

• Sevilla and SSC Napoli are the top scorers in this season’s competition with 26 goals in 14 games, an average of 1.88 per match. Dnipro have scored just 13 in the same period (an average of 0.93 per game).

• Unai Emery’s team have already surpassed last season’s goal total (22). The record for a single campaign is Porto’s 37 in 2010/11.

• Sevilla have conceded 12 goals since the start of the group stage; Dnipro have shipped ten.

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Player facts
• Sevilla’s Daniel Carriço has made more UEFA Europa League appearances (group stage to final) than any other player in the competition’s history: 47.

• Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak is the only Polish player who can feature in the final in his home country, though French team-mate Timothée Kolodziejczak is of Polish extraction.

• Dnipro goalkeeper Denys Boyko and central defender Douglas have featured in every minute of their campaign since the start of the group stage – 1290 minutes of football in total.

• Carlos Bacca is the only player to have featured in all 14 of Sevilla’s games.

• Everton FC’s Romelu Lukaku and former FC Salzburg forward Alan are this season’s UEFA Europa League top scorers with eight goals each. Sevilla’s most prolific forward Bacca has scored five while Dnipro’s most successful marksman is Nikola Kalinić with three.

• Dnipro’s Ruslan Rotan (31) has committed more fouls than anyone else in this season’s UEFA Europa League. Sevilla’s Stéphane Mbia is running him close, having been penalised 29 times.

• Four of the five most-booked players in this season’s competition represent Dnipro: Artem Fedetskiy (seven yellow cards), Ruslan Rotan (six), Jaba Kankava (six) and Roman Zozulya (five).

• Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka is the most fouled player in this season’s competition by some distance; he has been impeded 45 times, 19 more than any other player.

• Portuguese midfielder Bruno Gama is the only Dnipro player with Spanish experience; he represented RC Deportivo La Coruña from 2011–13, winning promotion to the Liga in his first campaign.

• Sevilla’s French defender Benoît Trémoulinas started the last two seasons at FC Dynamo Kyiv; he featured in a 1-1 home draw against Dnipro in 2013/14.

• Midfielder José Antonio Reyes is Sevilla’s most experienced European campaigner with 90 UEFA club competition games to his name; Dnipro’s top appearance-maker is Ruslan Rotan with 63.

• Dnipro’s Ruslan Rotan, Artem Fedetskiy and Yevhen Konoplyanka all started in Ukraine’s 1-0 loss to Spain on 27 March, while Denys Boyko and Roman Bezus were unused substitutes. Sevilla’s Vitolo was an unused substitute for Spain.

• Nikola Kalinić was an unused substitute in Croatia’s 1-0 defeat by Spain at UEFA EURO 2012. Jesús Navas, then a Sevilla player, scored the winner.

Club facts
• Sevilla are hoping to become the first side to win the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League for a fourth time. FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus and Liverpool FC also have three victories.

• Dnipro could become the third Ukrainian side to win a major UEFA trophy following FC Dynamo Kyiv (European Cup Winners’ Cup 1975, 1986) and FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UEFA Cup 2009).

• Sevilla could become Spain’s fourth winners in six UEFA Europa League campaigns. No Liga side has yet lost to foreign opposition in a UEFA Europa League final.

• Italian sides have won the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League nine times, more than any other nation, though there have been no wins since Parma FC took the trophy in 1998/99. However, Spain is catching up fast, with eight victories to date – six in the last 11 years.

• Dnipro started 2014/15 in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, meaning they had by far longest journey (18 games, compared to Sevilla’s 14) to make it to the final.

• Dnipro have committed (247) and suffered (230) the most fouls in this season’s competition. They have also received the most yellow cards: 51, 18 more than any other side, and 20 more than Sevilla.

• Sevilla have played 138 UEFA club competition games to Dnipro’s 114.

International angles
• A total of 13 nations are represented in the two finalists’ squads, with Ukrainians (18) just pipping Spanish players (17) in terms of the largest single contingent.

• Other UEFA nations represented include the Czech Republic, Croatia, Georgia, Portugal, Romania, France and Poland.

• The only nation represented in both teams is Portugal; Dnipro have one Portuguese player, and Sevilla three.

• Dnipro’s Jaba Kankava could become the first Georgian to feature in a UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League final.

• Sevilla’s Stéphan Mbia became the first Cameroonian to win the UEFA Cup/ UEFA Europa League last season.

• Carlos Bacca has made more UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League appearances than any other Colombian, 37 in total. He could become the third Colombian to win the competition for a second time after Faustino Asprilla (Parma FC 1995, 1998) and Radamel Falcao (FC Porto 2011, Club Atlético de Madrid 2012).

• Encouragingly for Sevilla, every side who have fielded a Colombian in the final has won the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League.

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Warsaw connections
• This is Sevilla’s first competitive game in Warsaw, but they scored the first goals at the new National Stadium Warsaw on 17 April 2012 as they beat Legia Warszawa 2-0 in a friendly fixture, Baba Diawara on target twice. Fernando Navarro is the only member of the current Sevilla squad that featured in that game. The only previous friendly was a 0-0 draw between Poland and Portugal.

• Dnipro have been to the Polish capital once before for a UEFA game. Featuring Soviet internationals Hennadiy Lytovchenko and Oleh Protasov, Dnipro earned a 0-0 draw against Legia Warszawa in the 1986/87 UEFA Cup first round, but lost the return leg 1-0.

• Dnipro coach Myron Markevych has Polish connections. His home town of Lviv in western Ukraine has strong Polish traditions, he is a fluent Polish speaker and he has been linked to club jobs in Poland on many occasions. A keen piano player, he is also said to be a fan of one of Warsaw’s favourite sons, composer Frédéric – or Fryderyk as the Poles know him – Chopin.

• Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak faced a number of Dnipro players at the National Stadium Warsaw as Poland lost 3-1 to their neighbours in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Ruslan Rotan, Roman Zozulya and Artem Fedetskiy all started, with Zozulya one of the scorers. Roman Bezus came on as a late substitute, while Serhiy Kravchenko and Yevhen Seleznyov remained on the bench.

• Dnipro reserve goalkeeper Jan Laštůvka and Sevilla counterpart Beto were on their nations’ respective benches as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 to Portugal at the National Stadium Warsaw in the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012.

Kick off at the National Stadium in Warsaw is at 20:45 CET.

Source: UEFA Press Release

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