23 February 2019
Who makes our Europa League Team of the Week?
The right to lift the distinctive UEFA Europa League trophy will be contested by the semi-final victors, so Frankfurt or Chelsea against Arsenal or Valencia. We will discover precisely who on 9 May.
The game will be played on Wednesday 29 May, kicking off at 21:00CET (11pm local time!). For the first time it takes place just four days before the UEFA Champions League final, ensuring it comes after the end of the domestic season.
Remember what happened in the 2018 final?
The winners of the Frankfurt/Chelsea tie are the nominal home team as a result of a draw made for administrative purposes back in March. Both sides may wear their first-choice colours but if there is a clash then the club designated as the away team (i.e. Arsenal/Valencia) must don an alternative kit.
For the first time a major UEFA title will be decided in Azerbaijan as the Baku Olympic Stadium stages this showpiece. The venue, opened in 2015, will also host three games at UEFA EURO 2020.
The stadium has a capacity of nearly 70,000 and anywhere near that figure would break the one-off final record for the competition of 62,000, set when Parma played Lazio in Moscow in 1999.
This will be the first UEFA Europa League fixture to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system. A fourth substitution will be permitted for each side if the final goes to extra time.
This will be confirmed closer to the final.
The UEFA Europa League trophy is, at 15kg, the heaviest of all UEFA silverware. To make things extra interesting, it comes without handles. There are 40 medals for players and staff. Then there is the not-insignificant matter of a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage.