As we approach the semi-finals of the 2021/22 Europa League, the four remaining teams in the competition will be eyeing a spot in the showpiece final.
With the final four games taking place on April 28 and May 5, the two teams advancing to the finals have less than two weeks to wait for the main event.
Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a reshuffle in the European football calendar, the hosts of the grand finals have seen some changes.
The Sporting News has gathered all the details about the 2022 Europa League final.
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Where is the 2022 Europa League final?
The final of the Europa League will take place in Seville, at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. The stadium will be best known by most fans as the home of Sevilla, a club closely linked to the Europa League, having won the competition more than any other team.
The stadium can accommodate approximately 43,000 spectators, making it the ninth largest in Spain in terms of capacity. Sevilla will not be able to compete for the trophy at home as they were knocked out by West Ham in the last 16 leg.
Initially, the stadium was intended to host the 2021 Europa League final. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 final was moved to Cologne and Gdansk was given the hosting rights for 2021. The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan will therefore host this year’s event.
This will be the first Europa League final to be held here, but the stadium has previously hosted a European Cup final. In 1986, Steaua Bucharest defeated Barcelona 2-0 on penalties to take home the trophy, the precursor to the modern Champions League. The stadium also hosted matches during the 1986 World Cup, including a group match where Brazil defeated the USSR team 2-1. It also hosted an action-packed semi-final where France was eliminated 5-4 by West Germany after a 3-3 draw.
The city of Seville has also previously hosted a UEFA Cup final, the old version of the Europa League, but it took place in a different stadium. Estadio La Cartuja saw Porto beat Celtic 3-2 after extra time to win the 2003 edition of the competition.
When is the 2022 Europa League final?
The final will take place on Wednesday, May 18, starting at 9 p.m. local time.
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The Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, will host the 2023 final. It will return to Spain in 2025, with the final in San Mames in Bilbao.
Buy tickets for the 2022 Europa League final
Unlike the other stages of the competition, tickets for the Europa League final are sold and managed by UEFA. European football’s governing body holds an official vote to sell tickets to the final, with each team receiving a fan award.
The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium can accommodate approximately 43,000 fans, with most of the Europa League finals being held in stadiums between 40,000 and 50,000.
More information on ticket sales for the final is expected in due course, as the event draws closer.
Where is the next Europa League final?
As mentioned, there has been a reshuffle in the hosts of the Europa League final for the next few years, after the 2020 event was moved to Cologne due to the pandemic:
- 2022: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium – Seville, Spain
- 2023: Puskas Arena – Budapest, Hungary
- 2024: Aviva Stadium – Dublin, Ireland
- 2025: San Mames – Bilbao, Spain
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) Apr 14, 2022
Host cities and stadiums UEFA Europa League final
The first UEFA Cup final took place in the 1971/72 season, when Tottenham defeated Wolves 3-2. Until 1997/98, the final was a two-legged affair, with each team playing home and away. The showpiece of 2022 will be the 25th edition since the switch to a single-legged format.
As mentioned, the city of Seville previously hosted the final, but it took place in the larger La Cartuja. It is the only time since 1997 that the final has been held in Spain. The single-legged finals took place in 24 different cities, in 17 different countries.
The final with the highest attendance since the format change was in 1998/99 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, where 61,000 spectators saw Parma beat Marseille 3-0. Excluding those affected by COVID-19, the final with the lowest attendance in 2005/06 was held at the PSV Stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands. 33,100 fans were in attendance as Sevilla took the first of their six wins in this competition, beating Middlesbrough 4-0.