On Wednesday night, the second-ever Europa Conference League final takes place at the Fortuna Arena in Prague, as Italian Serie A outfit Fiorentina takes on West Ham United.
This will be Fiorentina’s second cup final of the season, having fallen short in the Coppa Italia final to Inter Milan by a 2-1 scoreline. La Viola are looking for their first European trophy since the 1960/61 Cup Winners Cup, while their last piece of silverware came in the shape of the 2000/2001 Coppa Italia back in the days of Rui Costa and Nuno Gomes.
Fiorentina finished their league season in eighth, six points behind Juventus who were eventually docked 10 points for their club’s transfer dealings. This means that the Italian side will have to win the final in order to qualify for Europe next season.
On the other hand, West Ham’s season has seemingly been geared up towards this final, with the Irons finishing their Premier League campaign in 14th place - maintaining their top-flight status for another season, perhaps seeing them rewarded for sticking by David Moyes who has done a tremendous job at the London Stadium.
The Clarets and Blues haven’t won a major trophy since the 1999 Intertoto Cup, while their most notable success on a European stage was all the way back in 1964/65 when they won the UEFA Cup Winners Cup against 1860 Munich, as Alan Sealey scored a brace in the final.