Mar­seilles ‘home’ for Europa fi­nal

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The sec­ond tier Europe League fi­nal pits two pow­er­house na­tions against each other as Dim­itri Payet and Mar­seille chase his­tory when they front Span­ish gi­ant Atletico Madrid. With­out do­ing any­thing, Mar­seille have some sort of home ad­van­tage, with the fi­nal be­ing hosted at Lyon's Parc Olympique, which won host­ing rights in De­cem­ber 2016. That gives the French club some­thing in their favour as they chase their first suc­cess af­ter two failed ap­pear­ances in the fi­nal (in

1999 and 2004). No French club has won the com­pe­ti­tion. On the other hand, Spain has had 10 wins (and been five-time run­ners-up) with Atletico win­ning their only two fi­nals (in 2010 and 2012). To reach the de­cider Mar­seille, who en­tered the third qual­i­fy­ing round, have played 18 games (lost four) whereas Atletico came in at the knock­out phase, played eight games los­ing one and draw­ing one. Europa League, Thurs­day 6am.

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Dim­itri Payet came back to Mar­seilles from West Ham as part of the club’s re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion project un­der Amier­i­can owner Frank McCourt.

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