Unai Emery, Mr Europa League after winning this trophy three times in a row as coach of Sevilla, is looking for the fourth of his own record this Wednesday, this time as coach of Villarreal, a club for which it would be his first major European title. The rival in the Gdansk final, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United. The second Europa League was also won by Emery in Poland, in Warsaw.
Unai Emery missed what would have constituted his fourth Europa League when coaching Arsenal, as they lost the 2018-19 final against Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea 4-1. A defeat that marked his time as coach of the ‘gunner’ team, which ended on November 29, 2019. It had started on May 23, 2018.
In Gdansk the Basque coach may remember these days how his finals were won. The first on penalties against Benfica in Turin, the second against Dnipro in Warsaw and the third against Liverpool by Júrgen Klopp, against whom a double by Coke and before a goal by Gameiro allowed Sevilla to come back from Sturridge. Klopp’s first final as coach of the ‘reds’, with whom he won the Champions League in 2018-19.
Sevilla holds the record for UEFA Cups / Europa Leagues: they have 6 in their record, those of 2005-06, 2006-07, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2019-20.
The first, in 2013-14 against Benfica
Juventus Stadium, Turin, May 14, 2014
Sevilla-Benfica 0-0 (4-2 on penalties)
The second, in 2014-15 against Dnipro
Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, May 27, 2015
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk-Sevilla 2-3
Kalinic (7 ‘), Rotan (44’) / Krychowiak (28 ‘), Bacca (31’, 73 ‘)
The third, 2015-16 against Liverpool
St-Jakob Park, Basel, May 18, 2016
Sturridge (35 ‘) / Gameiro (46’), Coke (64 ‘, 70’)