EVERY tournament-winning football team deserves a majestic and grand trophy to celebrate with once all is said and done.
That’s exactly what Manchester United will be trying to do when they face Villarreal in the Europa League final in Gdansk on Wednesday evening.
Man Utd and Villarreal will battle for the Europa League trophy in GdanskCredit: Getty
The Europa League trophy is the heaviest in UEFA’s possessionCredit: Getty
One of the two sides will get the opportunity to lift one of the sleekest-looking trophies in world football with victory on what will be a momentous occasion.
What is the Europa League trophy made from?
The Europa League trophy itself is made from silver and it sits on a yellow marble plinth.
The Europa League trophy is a big one. It’s also the heaviest of any of the UEFA silverware uses in football today.
It tips the scales at a whopping 15kg.
The piece of silverware is also 65cm tall, 33cm at its widest point and 23cm deep.
Who designed the Europa League trophy?
The Europa League trophy was designed at the Bertoni workshop in Milan, Italy.
Unlike most traditional-looking trophies, the Europa League’s body does not include handles.
UEFA say that just above the marble plinth sits detailing which purports to show ‘a group of players seem to be jostling for the ball, when, in fact, they are supporting the octagonal ‘cup’ which is emblazoned with the UEFA emblem’.
Do clubs get to keep the Europa League trophy?
The original trophy remains with UEFA all the time, but teams receive full-sized replicas for winning the competition.
UEFA also make sure to give special recognition to teams who win the trophy three times consecutively or five times overall.
Sevilla achieved that feat last year when they overcame Inter Milan.
Man Utd and Villarreal will face each other on Wednesday, May 26 in GdanskCredit: AFP