Europa Conference League Final 2024 – Everything You Need to Know

By Ian John
May 20, 2024

After the thrilling Europa League Final, the stage is set for the next major European football event: the Europa Conference League Final. Returning for a second shot at glory are last year’s runners-up, Fiorentina, who will face off against the formidable Greek side Olympiacos.

In this article, we will explore everything that you need to know about the forthcoming final, including the game, the venue, and, of course, a more detailed look at the two teams competing.

Finally, we will also look at the odds available on the game across major markets, with the odds provided by bet365 Sport.

But first, let’s explore a little more about how this newest of UEFA’s European club competitions came into existence.

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What is the Europa Conference League?

The Europa Conference League followed the establishment of the Champions League and Europa League as the third tier of club competition across Europe.

Founded only in 2021, the tournament was developed primarily to offer more competitive football for the lower-ranked club teams of European football nations.

These teams would often be eliminated from the preliminary round of the Champions League and Europa League. To allow them a chance to play and develop against teams around their ability, the Europa Conference League was founded.

In contrast to the other two UEFA club competitions, top nations only enter one team directly, with others potentially dropping into the tournament from the Europa League.

After an extensive preliminary round, there is a group stage and after the group stages, there is a single round of playoff games, followed by the Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final.

Who Has Contested Previous Europa Conference League Finals?

The previous Europa Conference League Finals are outlined below with the venue, teams, score and scorers for each team.

  • 2021/22 – Tirana – AS Roma 1-0 Feyenoord (Zainolo 32)
  • 2022/23 – Prague – Fiorentina 1-2 West Ham (Bonaventura 67),(Benrahma 62(p), Bowen 90)
  • 2023/24 – Athens – Fiorentina v Olympiacos

Other Europa Conference League Awards

Each year, there has been a couple of Europa Conference League awards. A player of the season and a young player of the season. The coaches of the clubs competing in the Group Stages of the tournament vote for these, along with 55 journalists picked by the European Sports Media group—one journalist per each UEFA member association.

The winners of these accolades and the team they were with when they won the award are listed below.

Player of the Tournament

  • 2021/22 – Lorenzo Pellegrini (AS Roma)
  • 2022/23 – Declan Rice (West Ham United)

Young Player of the Tournament

  • 2021/22 – Luis Sinisterra (Feyenoord)
  • 2022/23 – Andy Diouf (FC Basel)

What Are The Main Details of The Europa Conference League Final 2024?

This year’s Europa Conference League Final will take place at the Agia Sophia Stadium in Athens, Greece on Wednesday 29th May 2024 (kick-off 8pm UK Time).

Italian Serie A side Fiorentina are back after losing last year’s final to West Ham. This time they will take on Greek side Olympiacos, who will be playing in their home city, although at the home of rivals AEK Athens.

Artur Soares Dias (Portugal) will be the referee for the game.

Fiorentina

Europa Conference League Final

Fiorentina currently occupy eighth place in the Serie A table at the time of writing, with two games of the season remaining. They could potentially finish as high as sixth, but that is extremely unlikely and they could finish as low as tenth in the table.

They reached the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, losing 4-2 on aggregate to Atalanta.

  • Manager – Vincenzo Italiano
  • Goalkeepers – 1. Pietro Terracciano, 30. Tommaso Marinelli, 40. Tommaso Vanucchi, 53. Oliver Christensen.
  • Defenders – 2. Dodo, 3. Cristiano Brighi (Capt), 4. Nikola Milenkovic, 16. Luca Ranieri, 22. David Faraoni, 28. Lucas Martinez Quarta, 33. Michael Kayode, 37. Pietro Comuzzo, 65. Fabiano Parisi.
  • Midfielders – 5. Giacomo Bonaventura, 6. Arthur Melo, 8. Maxime Lopez, 17. Gaetano Castrovilli, 19. Gianni Infantino, 32. Alfred Duncan, 38. Rolando Mandragora, 72. Antonin Barak.
  • Attackers – 7. Riccardo Sottil, 9. Lucas Beltran, 10. Nicolas Gonzalez, 11. Jonathan Ikone, 18.. M’Bala Nzola, 20. Andrea Belotti, 99. Christian Kouame.
  • Preferred Formation – 4-2-3-1
  • Possible Starting XI – GK Terracciano, DR, Dodo, DL Biraghi, DC Ranieri, DC, Milenkovic, DMC Bonaventura, DMC Mandragora, AMR – Gonzalez, AML Kouame, AMC Beltran, AC Belotti

How Fiorentina Reached The Europa Conference League Final

Europa Conference League Playoff

  • V Rapid Vienna (A) – L 0-1
  • V Rapid Vienna (H) – W 2-0 (W 2-1) (Gonzalez 59,90 (p))

Group Stage

  • Matchday 1 – v Genk (A) D 2-2 (Ranieri 7,23)
  • Matchday 2 – v Ferencvaros (H) D 2-2 (Barak 66, Ikone 90+3)
  • Matchday 3 – v Cukaricki (H) W 6-0 (Beltran 6,10, Ikone 29, Sottil 65, Quarta 73, Lopez 83)
  • Matchday 4 – v Cukaricki (A) W 1-0 (N’Zola 8(p))
  • Matchday 5 – v Genk (H) W 2-1 (Quarta 45+4, Gonzalez 82(p))
  • Matchday 6 – v Ferencvaros (A) D 1-1 (Ranieri 73)

Round 16 Playoff

N/A – By winning their group Fiorentina qualified directly for the Round of 16.

Round of 16

  • V Maccabi Haifa (A) – W 4-3 (N’Zola 2, Beltran 58, Mandragora 73, Barak 90+5)
  • V Maccabi Haifa (H) – D 1-1 (W 5-4) (Barak 59)

Quarter-finals

  • V Viktoria Plzen (A) – D 0-0
  • V Viktoria Plzen (H) – W 2-0 (W 2-0 aet) (Gonzalez 92, Biraghi 108)

Semi-finals

  • V Club Brugge (H) – W 3-2 (Sottil 5, Belotti 37, N’Zola 90+1)
  • V Club Brugge (A) – D 1-1 (W 4-3) (Beltran 85(p))

Olympiacos

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Olympiacos were one of four teams in with a realistic chance of winning the Greek title as the competition reached the Championship phase. But they lost a crucial playoff game to PAOK which means that the best they can finish in the table is third.

They were defeated by rivals Panathinaikos in the Round of 16 of the Greek Cup, losing 7-6 on penalties after a 1-1 draw on aggregate in the two-legged tie.

  • Manager – Jose Luis Mendilibar
  • Goalkeepers – 1. Alexandro Paschalakis, 88. Konstantinos Tzolakis, 99. Athanasios Papadoudis
  • Defenders – 3. Francisco Ortega, 14. Ruben Vezo, 16. David Carmo, 18. Quini, 23. Rodinei, 27. Omar Richards, 36. Nelson Abbey, 41. Giuliano Biancone, 45. Panagiotis Retsos, 74. Andreas Ntoi
  • Midfielders – 5. Andre Horta, 6. Chiquinho, 7. Kostas Fortounis (Capt), 8. Vicente Iborra, 10. Gelson Martins, 15. Sotiros Alexandropoulos, 1. Jovane Cabral, 19. Georgios Masouras, 20. Joao Carvalho, 32. Santiago Hezze, 56. Daniel Podence, 77. Ivan Brnic
  • Attackers – 9. Ayoub El Kaabi, 11. Youssef El Arabi, 22. Stevan Jovetic, 29. Fran Navarro,
  • Preferred Formation – 4-2-3-1
  • Possible Starting XI – GK Tzolakis, DR, Rodinei, DL Quini, DC Carmo, DC Retsos, DMC Iborra, DMC Hezze, AMR Fortounis, AML Podence, AMC Chiquinho, AC El Kaabi

How Olympiacos Reached The Europa Conference League Final

Europa League Third Qualifying Round

  • V Genk (H) – W 1-0 (Fortounis 1)
  • V Genk (A) – D 1-1 (W 2-1) (Alexandropoulos 90+5)

Europa League Playoff

  • VCukaricki (H) – W 3-1 (El Kaabi 3, 40), Fortounis (15)
  • V Cukaricki (A) – W 3-0 (W 6-1) (Masouras 34, Biel 45, Retsos 52)

Europa League Group Stage

  • Matchday 1 – v SC Freiburg (H) – L 2-3 (El Kaabi 40,74)
  • Matchday 2 – v Backa Topola (A) – D 2-2 (Masouras 16, Podence 57)
  • Matchday 3 – v West Ham (H) – W 2-1 (Fortounis 33, Rodinei 45+1)
  • Matchday 4 – v West Ham (A) – L 0-1
  • Matchday 5 – v SC Freiburg (A) – L 0-5
  • Matchday 6 – v Backa Topola (H) – W 5-2 (El Kaabi 21, Podence 40,42, Ilic 46 (og), El-Arabi 67)

Olympiacos finished third in the group dropping into the Europa Conference League Round of 16 Playoffs

Round 16 Playoff

  • V Ferencvaros (H) – W 1-0 (El Kaabi 83)
  • V Ferencvaros (A) – W 1-0 (W 2-0) (El Kaabi 45)

Round of 16

  • V Maccabi Tel Aviv (H) – L 1-4 (El Kaabi 13)
  • V Maccabi Tel Aviv (A) – W 6-1 (W 7-5) (Podence 10, Fortounis 36, El Kaabi 45+3, 65, Jovetic 93, El-Arabi 103)

Quarter-finals

  • V Fenerbahce (H) – W 3-2 (Fortounis 8, Jovetic 32, Chiquinho 57)
  • V Fenerbahce (A) – L 0-1 (D 3-3 – W 3-2 on pens)

Semi-finals

  • V Aston Villa (A) – W 4-2 (El Kaabi 16, 29, 56 (pen), Hezze 67)
  • V Aston Villa (H) – W 2-0 (W 6-2) (El Kaabi 10,78)

Latest Europa Conference League Final 2024 Betting

Bet365 Sports

Bet365 Sport are offering the following odds for the three Full full-time result markets.

  • Fiorentina to win – 2.5
  • Draw – 3.23
  • Olympiacos to win – 3.1

You can also bet on either of the teams to win the tournament, either in normal time, extra time or via penalties at the following odds:

  • Fiorentina to win the Europa Conference League – 1.75
  • Olympiacos to win the Europa Conference League – 2.25

Our Best Bets For The Europa Conference League Final 2024

The fact that Olympiacos are playing this final in their home city gives them a healthy advantage in this tie. However, it is not one large enough to see them as the favourites with the bookmakers.

That could be a mistake as winning in Greece against Greek teams is never easy.

So, our best bets for the final are as follows:

  • To Win the Europa Conference League – Olympiacos – 2.25
  • Full Time Result – Olympiacos – 3.1
  • Match Result and Both Teams To Score – Olympiacos and Yes – 7.00

All odds shown above were available with bet365 Sport at the time of writing, but the odds may change in the run up to the final.

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