The finals of Europe’s three biggest club competitions (and the Super Cup) have concluded, and we had three different kit manufacturers emerging as winners.
UECL– Roma (New Balance) 1-0 Feyenoord (Adidas)
UEL– Eintracht Frankfurt (Nike) 1-1 Rangers (Castore)- Frankfurt won on penalties
UCL– Real Madrid (Adidas) 1-0 Liverpool (Nike)
Super Cup– Real Madrid (Adidas) 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt (Nike)
Roma won the first ever Conference League crown, beating Dutch side Feyenoord Rotterdam 1-0 in Tirana. The Giallorossi’s long wait for a European trophy was broken by New Balance. Somewhat interestingly, Liverpool had also worn NB when they beat Spurs in the 2019 Champions League final.
The Reds, wearing Nike, were beaten 1-0 by Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid, who won their fourteenth European Cup crown in Paris. Jurgen Klopp’s men had already unveiled their 22/23 home kit a few weeks ago, but wore the 21/22 home strip, as had been the case on the final day of the season against Wolves.
Liverpool dominated all aspects of the game, but failed to make it count where it mattered the most- on the scoreboard, with Thibault Courtois a warrior in goal for Real Madrid. Los Blancos only had one real decent opportunity in the game, but they made it count, with Vinicius Jr. taking advantage of some poor positioning from Trent Alexander-Arnold to score the winner just before the hour mark.
LFC may have fallen marginally short in their quest for a historic quadruple, but their gaffer’s hunger remains strong as ever. Klopp recently penned a new contract and already appears to be working on continuing the Reds’ recent success- the signing of exciting youngster Fabio Carvalho being one such example.
Liverpool’s season was a definite success- they participated in a mammoth 63 games across the season (the maximum that was theoretically possible at the start), won both Cups, and were inches away from winning both the Premier League and the Champions League. In the Prem, Man City were trailing 2-0 on the final day with fifteen minutes to go, but produced an incredible comeback to win 3-2 and defend their league title.
Eintracht Frankfurt, wearing Nike, edged Rangers on penalties at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to win their first Europa League title (and their second since 1980, if you count the old two-legged version of the Cup). Despite their struggles domestically, this was a fine result for Frankfurt- beating Barcelona and West Ham en route to the title, and even better, assuring themselves of a place in next season’s Champions League as a result. Like with the CL final, the MOTM here was the winning team’s goalkeeper- Kevin Trapp. Aaron Ramsey was the only one of the ten who missed his spot kick in the shootout as Rangers lost 5-4 in Seville.
Three different kit manufacturers & three different countries (Spain, Italy and Germany) as winners. Trophies for two well known European managers in Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti and a maiden one for Oliver Glasner, making him the first Austrian manager since Ernst Happel to lift the crown.