Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Watch Europa League Final between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao - 9 May 2012

The game of sports is unpredictable, challenging, exciting and winning with many wonders and surprises.

When the season started last summer, no one would of thought of names like Real Madrid or Barcelona not in the finals. But as the season progressed, it was all surprises and surprises.

Wednesday today, when the Europa League Final is being played - it is a different ball game altogether, or should I say an all-Spanish affair as both finalists are from Spain: Atletico Madrid VS Athletic Bilbao.

And what could else be the honour for the finalists as this is the first time Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao are playing in a European competition. This will also be the the second consecutive season that the final is being played between clubs from the same country. Last year, Porto defeated Braga in Dublin.

Who is going to lift the silverware tongiht? Well this is always the most difficult and touchy question. Keeping the past in view, both teams have lmost won equally with Atletico Madrid having a slight margin of five matches. Both teams have met for almost 150 times, in which Atletico Madrid won 64 times, while Athletic Bilbao triumphed 59 times. And one more first thing: this is the first European final being played in Romania. 

This will be Atletico's seventh European final. They won three of their previous six - so I do not need to elaborate much on the winner - but remember anything can happen in football.

The final is being played Wednesday 9 May 2012 at Bucharest between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. The Kick Off ime is: 18:45 GMT