2006 UEFA Cup Final
Match programme cover
Event2005–06 UEFA Cup
Date10 May 2006
VenuePhilips Stadion, Eindhoven
Man of the MatchEnzo Maresca (Sevilla)
RefereeHerbert Fandel (Germany)

The 2006 UEFA Cup Final was a football match that took place at Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, Netherlands on 10 May 2006 as the culmination of the 2005–06 UEFA Cup. The match was contested by Middlesbrough of England and Sevilla of Spain. Both sides were making their first appearance in a European final; it was Middlesbrough's second season of European competition, while Sevilla had more previous experience in both the UEFA Cup and the European Cup. Both sides had qualified for the competition based on their domestic league positions the previous season, and entered in the first round. To reach the final, they subsequently had to progress through the group stage and knockout rounds to reach the final. Middlesbrough eliminated VfB Stuttgart, Roma, Basel and Steaua București in the knockout stages, while Sevilla beat Lokomotiv Moscow, Lille, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Schalke 04.

In front of a crowd of 36,500, Sevilla dominated the final. They took the lead in the 27th minute, when Luís Fabiano headed in a cross from Dani Alves. Middlesbrough switched to an attacking formation in the 70th minute, but Sevilla were able to counter-attack, and doubled their advantage when Enzo Maresca scored from a rebound. Maresca scored his second six minutes later, and Frédéric Kanouté added another for Sevilla in the final minute, to make them 4–0 winners.


The UEFA Cup was an annual football club competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. Clubs qualified for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. It was the second-tier competition of European club football, ranking below the UEFA Champions League.[1] In 2010, the UEFA Cup evolved into the Europa League.[2]

Middlesbrough had made their first appearance in European football the previous season, when they were eliminated 4–2 by Sporting Lisbon in the last-16. Sevilla's best European season had also been their first, when they reached the quarter-finals of the 1957–58 European Cup, before suffering a heavy 10–2 aggregate loss to Real Madrid. The two sides had never previously met. Middlesbrough qualified for the tournament due to their seventh-place finish in the 2004–05 FA Premier League,[3] while Sevilla had finished sixth in the 2004–05 La Liga.[4]

Route to the final

Further information: 2005–06 UEFA Cup

Middlesbrough Round Sevilla
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Initial phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Greece Skoda Xanthi 2–0 2–0 (H) 0–0 (A) First round Germany Mainz 05 2–0 0–0 (H) 2–0 (A)
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Switzerland Grasshopper 1–0 (A) Matchday 1 Bye
Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3–0 (H) Matchday 2 Turkey Beşiktaş 3–0 (H)
Netherlands AZ 0–0 (A) Matchday 3 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 1–2 (A)
Bye Matchday 4 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 3–1 (H)
Bulgaria Litex Lovech 2–0 (H) Matchday 5 England Bolton Wanderers 1–1 (A)
Group D winners
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 England Middlesbrough 4 3 1 0 6 0 +6 10 Advance to knockout stage
2 Netherlands AZ 4 3 1 0 5 1 +4 10
3 Bulgaria Litex Lovech 4 2 0 2 4 5 −1 6
4 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 4 1 0 3 4 9 −5 3
5 Switzerland Grasshoppers 4 0 0 4 3 7 −4 0
Final standings Group H winners
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Spain Sevilla 4 2 1 1 8 4 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7
3 England Bolton Wanderers 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 6
4 Turkey Beşiktaş 4 1 2 1 5 6 −1 5
5 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 4 0 1 3 4 9 −5 1
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Final phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Germany VfB Stuttgart 2–2 (a) 2–1 (A) 0–1 (H) Round of 32 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 3–0 1–0 (A) 2–0 (H)
Italy Roma 2–2 (a) 1–0 (H) 1–2 (A) Round of 16 France Lille 2–1 0–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
Switzerland Basel 4–3 0–2 (A) 4–1 (H) Quarter-finals Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 5–2 4–1 (H) 1–1 (A)
Romania Steaua București 4–3 0–1 (A) 4–2 (H) Semi-finals Germany Schalke 04 1–0 (a.e.t.) 0–0 (A) 1–0 (a.e.t.) (H)



The final was played at Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, Netherlands on 10 May 2006, and kicked off at 20:45 CEST.[3] The match was attended by 36,500 people.[5] Sevilla kicked off the match, and had the first attack in the second minute: Dani Alves shot wide. Two minutes later, the Sevilla defender Javi Navarro fouled Mark Viduka, conceding a free kick which Fábio Rochemback struck straight at the Sevilla goalkeeper, Andrés Palop. Sevilla attacked twice more in the opening ten minutes, but on both occasions, the Middlesbrough defender Chris Riggott was able to put the ball behind for a corner kick.[6] After 20 minutes, Sevilla attacked down their right wing;[7] Alves had the opportunity to shoot, but passed the ball across to Javier Saviola, whose shot was blocked by Gareth Southgate. Six minutes later, Sevilla attacked through Alves again. He crossed the ball to Luís Fabiano who headed the ball in off the post to give Sevilla a 1–0 lead. Three minutes later, Sevilla had another chance at goal, but Adriano shot went over the crossbar. In the 34th minute, Middlesbrough won another corner, but it was easily cleared by the Sevilla defence. In the final five minutes of the first half, Sevilla pressed hard for a second goal, consistently putting crosses in the Middlesbrough penalty area. Their closest effort came when Julien Escudé headed wide from a José Luis Martí free kick, but despite their pressure, it remained 1–0 at half-time.[6]

Both sides made changes at half-time: Middlesbrough replaced James Morrison with Massimo Maccarone, while Frédéric Kanouté replaced Saviola for Sevilla. The Spanish side continued to dominate the attacking play in the second half, and had two attacks in the first five minutes: Luís Fabiano could not connect with a cross from Alves, and shortly after Kanouté curled a shot wide.[6] In the 51st minute, Middlesbrough had a rare attack; a free-kick from Rochemback was headed on by Riggott for Mark Viduka, who fired a shot from close-range, which was saved by Palop.[5] Two minutes later, Alves was booked for foul on Stewart Downing. Middlesbrough had another chance at goal in the 59th minute, when Maccarone mishit a cross, which had to stopped at the near post by Palop.[6] An injury to the defender Queudrue saw him replaced in the 69th minute; the BBC Sport report said that "McClaren went for broke", by replacing him with a striker, Yakubu.[5] Sevilla also made a change, bringing on Renato to replace Fabiano. Alves penetrated the Middlesbrough defence again in the 73rd minute, and forced a save from Middlesbrough's goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer. Middlesbrough had two attacks in quick succession: Viduka missed the target in the 75th minute, and appealed for a penalty after a strong challenge from Navarro two minutes later; however, the referee, Herbert Fandel, was unmoved. Sevilla went on the counter-attack directly after the appeal;[6] outnumbering Middlesbrough, who had committed too many players to their attack, the ball was played wide to Jesús Navas, who passed it to Kanouté. The Malian striker shot was blocked by Schwarzer, but the rebound fell to Enzo Maresca, who scored to make it 2–0. Maresca scored his second six minutes later, with a low shot from 20 yards,[5] which The Guardian's Mike Adamson suggested Schwarzer should have saved. Both sides each made another substitution: Viduka was replaced by Lee Cattermole, and Antonio Puerta replaced Adriano. In the 89th minute, a shot from Navas was palmed away by Schwarzer, and Kanouté connected with the rebound to put Sevilla 4–0 ahead.[6]


Middlesbrough England0–4Spain Sevilla
Report Luís Fabiano 27'
Maresca 78', 84'
Kanouté 89'
Philips Stadion, Eindhoven
Attendance: 36,500
Referee: Herbert Fandel (Germany)
GK 1 Australia Mark Schwarzer
RB 21 England Stuart Parnaby
CB 5 England Chris Riggott
CB 6 England Gareth Southgate (c)
LB 3 France Franck Queudrue downward-facing red arrow 70'
RM 25 Scotland James Morrison downward-facing red arrow 46'
CM 10 Brazil Fábio Rochemback Yellow card 83'
CM 7 Netherlands George Boateng
LM 19 England Stewart Downing
CF 36 Australia Mark Viduka downward-facing red arrow 85'
CF 9 Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
GK 22 Australia Brad Jones
DF 4 England Ugo Ehiogu
DF 26 England Matthew Bates
MF 15 England Ray Parlour
MF 39 England Lee Cattermole upward-facing green arrow 85'
FW 18 Italy Massimo Maccarone upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 20 Nigeria Yakubu upward-facing green arrow 70'
England Steve McClaren
Middlesbrough vs Sevilla 2006-05-10.svg
GK 1 Spain Andrés Palop
RB 4 Brazil Dani Alves Yellow card 52'
CB 2 Spain Javi Navarro (c)
CB 6 France Julien Escudé Yellow card 81'
LB 3 Spain David Castedo
RM 15 Spain Jesús Navas
CM 18 Spain José Luis Martí
CM 25 Italy Enzo Maresca Yellow card 85'
LM 16 Brazil Adriano downward-facing red arrow 85'
CF 10 Brazil Luís Fabiano downward-facing red arrow 73'
CF 7 Argentina Javier Saviola downward-facing red arrow 46'
GK 13 Spain Antonio Notario
DF 20 Spain Aitor Ocio
MF 11 Brazil Renato upward-facing green arrow 73'
MF 22 Spain Fernando Sales
MF 27 Spain Antonio Puerta upward-facing green arrow 85'
FW 31 Spain Kepa
FW 12 Mali Frédéric Kanouté upward-facing green arrow 46'
Spain Juande Ramos

Man of the Match:
Enzo Maresca (Sevilla)

Assistant referee:
Volker Wezel (Germany)
Carsten Kadach (Germany)
Fourth official:
Florian Meyer (Germany)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions


See also

Notes and references


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  3. ^ a b Match Press Kit 2006, p. 1.
  4. ^ "Spain 2004/05". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d "Middlesbrough 0–4 Sevilla". BBC Sport. 10 May 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Adamson, Mike (10 May 2006). "Middlesbrough 0 – 4 Sevilla". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Middlesbrough vs. Sevilla – Football Match Commentary". ESPN Soccernet. 10 May 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Lineups – Final – Wednesday 10 May 2006" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 May 2006. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Half Time Report" (PDF). UEFA. Union of European Football Associations. 10 May 2006. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Full-Time Report" (PDF). UEFA. Union of European Football Associations. 10 May 2006. Retrieved 28 July 2014.