2022 Finalissima

The 2022 Finalissima (lit.'Grand Final'; Spanish: Finalísima) was the third edition of the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions, an intercontinental football match between the winners of the previous South American and European championships. The match featured Italy, winners of UEFA Euro 2020 (held in 2021), and Argentina, winners of the 2021 Copa América. It was played at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on 1 June 2022. The match, a revival of the Artemio Franchi Cup last played 29 years prior, was organised by UEFA and CONMEBOL as part of a renewed partnership between the two confederations.

2022 Finalissima
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EventCONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions
Date1 June 2022 (2022-06-01)
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchLionel Messi (Argentina)[1]
RefereePiero Maza (Chile)[2]
Attendance87,112[3]
WeatherClear night
17 °C (63 °F)
47% humidity[4]
1993
2025

Argentina won the match 3–0 for their second CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions title.[5]

BackgroundEdit

In 1985 and 1993, the winners of the prior UEFA European Championship and Copa América tournaments played in the Artemio Franchi Cup (also known as the European/South American Nations Cup), a one-off match organised by UEFA and CONMEBOL.[6] It was the national team equivalent to the former Intercontinental Cup on the club level, which was played between the winners of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and Copa Libertadores. France won the 1985 Artemio Franchi Cup in Paris, while Argentina won the 1993 match in Mar del Plata. However, the competition was discontinued thereafter.[7] The Artemio Franchi Cup can be considered a precursor of the King Fahd Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup, played in 1992 for the first time and organised by FIFA from 1997, which featured the title holders of all the continental championships and FIFA World Cup.[8] After the 2017 edition, FIFA announced on 15 March 2019 that the tournament would be abolished.[9]

On 12 February 2020, UEFA and CONMEBOL signed a renewed memorandum of understanding meant to enhance cooperation between the two organisations. As part of the agreement, a joint UEFA–CONMEBOL committee examined the possibility of staging European–South American intercontinental matches, for both men's and women's football and across various age groups.[10] On 28 September 2021, UEFA and CONMEBOL confirmed that the UEFA European Championship and Copa América winners would face each other in an intercontinental match, with the agreement initially covering three editions starting in 2022. The first edition was confirmed to take place during the June 2022 international window at a venue to be confirmed.[11] On 15 December 2021, UEFA and CONMEBOL again signed a renewed memorandum of understanding lasting until 2028, which included specific provisions on opening a joint office in London and the potential organisation of various football events. The match was confirmed to take place in London on 1 June 2022, with the venue yet to be decided.[12] On 22 March 2022, UEFA announced the match would take place at Wembley Stadium.[13] At the same time, the brand identity was revealed, and UEFA announced that the "CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions" was the new name for the Artemio Franchi Cup.[14]

TeamsEdit

Team Confederation Qualification Previous participations
(bold indicates winners)
FIFA Rankings
March 2022[15]
  Italy UEFA Winners of UEFA Euro 2020 None 7
  ArgentinaTH CONMEBOL Winners of the 2021 Copa América 1 (1993) 3

Italy qualified for the match by virtue of winning UEFA Euro 2020 (held in 2021), having defeated England on penalties in the final, also held at Wembley, for their second UEFA European Championship title.[16] Argentina qualified by winning the 2021 Copa América, defeating Brazil 1–0 in the final for a record-equalling 15th Copa América title, their first trophy in 28 years.[17][18]

VenueEdit

 
Wembley Stadium in London, the venue of the match

The match was held at Wembley Stadium in London, England.[19] Wembley Stadium opened in 2007 on the site of the original stadium, the demolition of which took place between 2002 and 2003.[20][21] Owned by the Football Association (FA), it serves as England's national football stadium. The stadium was a host venue of UEFA Euro 2020, including the final, won by Italy on penalties over England. The original stadium, formerly known as the Empire Stadium, opened in 1923 and hosted matches at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, including the final, which saw hosts England beat West Germany 4–2 after extra time, and at UEFA Euro 1996, including the final, in which Germany defeated the Czech Republic. Wembley also hosts the annual FA Cup Final, doing so since the White Horse Final of 1923 (excluding 2001 to 2006, when the stadium was being rebuilt).[22]

SquadsEdit

Both national teams had to submit a squad of 23 players – of which three had to be goalkeepers – by 29 May 2022, three days prior to the match.[23]

ItalyEdit

Italy announced a 39-man preliminary squad on 23 May 2022.[24] The squad was extended to 45 players on 27 May, with eight players added while Domenico Berardi and Andrea Pinamonti withdrew injured.[25] The final squad was announced on 30 May.

Manager: Roberto Mancini

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Alessio Cragno (1994-06-28)28 June 1994 (aged 27) 2 0   Cagliari
2 2DF Giovanni Di Lorenzo (1993-08-04)4 August 1993 (aged 28) 19 2   Napoli
3 2DF Giorgio Chiellini (captain) (1984-08-14)14 August 1984 (aged 37) 116 8   Juventus
4 2DF Leonardo Spinazzola (1993-03-25)25 March 1993 (aged 29) 18 0   Roma
5 3MF Manuel Locatelli (1998-01-08)8 January 1998 (aged 24) 21 3   Juventus
6 2DF Manuel Lazzari (1993-11-29)29 November 1993 (aged 28) 2 0   Lazio
7 2DF Alessandro Florenzi (1991-03-11)11 March 1991 (aged 31) 47 2   Milan
8 3MF Jorginho (1991-12-20)20 December 1991 (aged 30) 43 5   Chelsea
9 4FW Andrea Belotti (1993-12-20)20 December 1993 (aged 28) 42 12   Torino
10 3MF Federico Bernardeschi (1994-02-16)16 February 1994 (aged 28) 38 6   Juventus
11 4FW Matteo Politano (1993-08-03)3 August 1993 (aged 28) 4 3   Napoli
12 3MF Matteo Pessina (1997-04-21)21 April 1997 (aged 25) 12 4   Atalanta
13 2DF Emerson Palmieri (1994-08-03)3 August 1994 (aged 27) 26 0   Lyon
14 1GK Alex Meret (1997-03-22)22 March 1997 (aged 25) 2 0   Napoli
15 2DF Francesco Acerbi (1988-02-10)10 February 1988 (aged 34) 23 1   Lazio
16 3MF Bryan Cristante (1995-03-03)3 March 1995 (aged 27) 23 2   Roma
17 4FW Gianluca Scamacca (1999-01-01)1 January 1999 (aged 23) 3 0   Sassuolo
18 3MF Nicolò Barella (1997-02-07)7 February 1997 (aged 25) 36 7   Internazionale
19 2DF Leonardo Bonucci (1987-05-01)1 May 1987 (aged 35) 115 8   Juventus
20 3MF Lorenzo Pellegrini (1996-06-19)19 June 1996 (aged 25) 21 3   Roma
21 1GK Gianluigi Donnarumma (1999-02-25)25 February 1999 (aged 23) 42 0   Paris Saint-Germain
22 4FW Giacomo Raspadori (2000-02-18)18 February 2000 (aged 22) 9 3   Sassuolo
23 2DF Alessandro Bastoni (1999-04-13)13 April 1999 (aged 23) 11 0   Internazionale

ArgentinaEdit

Argentina announced a 35-man preliminary squad on 13 May 2022.[26] The squad was reduced to 29 players on 20 May.[27] The final squad was announced on 1 June.

Manager: Lionel Scaloni

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Franco Armani (1986-10-16)16 October 1986 (aged 35) 17 0   River Plate
2 2DF Juan Foyth (1998-01-12)12 January 1998 (aged 24) 14 0   Villarreal
3 2DF Nicolás Tagliafico (1992-08-31)31 August 1992 (aged 29) 39 0   Ajax
4 2DF Nahuel Molina (1998-04-06)6 April 1998 (aged 24) 15 0   Udinese
5 3MF Alexis Mac Allister (1998-12-24)24 December 1998 (aged 23) 4 0   Brighton & Hove Albion
6 2DF Germán Pezzella (1991-06-27)27 June 1991 (aged 30) 28 2   Real Betis
7 3MF Rodrigo De Paul (1994-05-24)24 May 1994 (aged 28) 39 2   Atlético Madrid
8 2DF Marcos Acuña (1991-10-28)28 October 1991 (aged 30) 41 0   Sevilla
9 4FW Julián Álvarez (2000-01-31)31 January 2000 (aged 22) 7 1   River Plate
10 4FW Lionel Messi (captain) (1987-06-24)24 June 1987 (aged 34) 160 81   Paris Saint-Germain
11 4FW Ángel Di María (1988-02-14)14 February 1988 (aged 34) 121 24   Paris Saint-Germain
12 1GK Gerónimo Rulli (1992-05-20)20 May 1992 (aged 30) 3 0   Villarreal
13 2DF Cristian Romero (1998-04-27)27 April 1998 (aged 24) 10 1   Tottenham Hotspur
14 3MF Exequiel Palacios (1998-10-05)5 October 1998 (aged 23) 18 0   Bayer Leverkusen
15 3MF Nicolás González (1998-04-06)6 April 1998 (aged 24) 19 3   Fiorentina
16 2DF Lisandro Martínez (1998-01-18)18 January 1998 (aged 24) 6 0   Ajax
17 4FW Papu Gómez (1988-02-15)15 February 1988 (aged 34) 13 3   Sevilla
18 3MF Guido Rodríguez (1994-04-12)12 April 1994 (aged 28) 23 1   Real Betis
19 2DF Nicolás Otamendi (1988-02-12)12 February 1988 (aged 34) 90 4   Benfica
20 3MF Giovani Lo Celso (1996-04-09)9 April 1996 (aged 26) 38 2   Villarreal
21 4FW Paulo Dybala (1993-11-15)15 November 1993 (aged 28) 32 2   Juventus
22 4FW Lautaro Martínez (1997-08-22)22 August 1997 (aged 24) 37 19   Internazionale
23 1GK Emiliano Martínez (1992-09-02)2 September 1992 (aged 29) 16 0   Aston Villa

Pre-matchEdit

IdentityEdit

UEFA revealed the brand identity for the match on 22 March 2022. The match was known as the Finalissima, Italian for "grand final". The logo was based on the laurel wreath, a symbol of victory. It features ribbons in the colours of the competing nations, the green, white and red of Italy on the left, and the white and light blue of Argentina. In addition, several ribbons are in platinum and gold, intended to highlight the significance of the match. According to UEFA, the ribbons are "symbolic of the strong bonds between CONMEBOL and UEFA, and of their commitment to the development of football beyond their geographical zones".[14]

TicketingEdit

The stadium capacity was 86,000 for the match, with tickets sold to fans and the general public on a first-come, first-served basis via UEFA.com. Available from 24 March 2022, the tickets were available in four price categories: £25, £40, £55 and £99.[28]

OfficialsEdit

On 30 May 2022, 37-year-old Chilean referee Piero Maza was announced as the referee for the match, made as a joint appointment by CONMEBOL and UEFA.[29] Maza had been a FIFA referee since 2018,[30] though the match was his first senior international fixture as a referee.[31] However, Maza did previously serve as a fourth official and VAR assistant at the 2019 Copa América,[32] as well as a VAR at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[33] He was joined by his fellow countrymen Christian Schiemann and Claudio Ríos as assistant referees. Spanish referee Jesús Gil Manzano served as the fourth official, with his compatriots Alejandro Hernández Hernández and Juan Martínez Munuera serving as the VAR and one of the VAR assistants, respectively. Tiago Martins of Portugal was the other VAR assistant.[2]

MatchEdit

DetailsEdit

Italy  0–3  Argentina
Report
Attendance: 87,112[3]
Referee: Piero Maza (Chile)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Italy[4]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina[4]
GK 21 Gianluigi Donnarumma
RB 2 Giovanni Di Lorenzo   72'
CB 19 Leonardo Bonucci   39'
CB 3 Giorgio Chiellini (c)   46'
LB 13 Emerson Palmieri   77'
DM 8 Jorginho
CM 12 Matteo Pessina   62'
CM 18 Nicolò Barella   77'
RF 10 Federico Bernardeschi   46'
CF 9 Andrea Belotti   46'
LF 22 Giacomo Raspadori
Substitutions:
DF 6 Manuel Lazzari   46'
FW 17 Gianluca Scamacca   46'
MF 5 Manuel Locatelli   46'
DF 4 Leonardo Spinazzola   62'
DF 23 Alessandro Bastoni   77'
Manager:
Roberto Mancini
 
GK 23 Emiliano Martínez
RB 4 Nahuel Molina
CB 13 Cristian Romero   85'
CB 19 Nicolás Otamendi   22'
LB 3 Nicolás Tagliafico
DM 18 Guido Rodríguez
CM 20 Giovani Lo Celso   90+1'
CM 7 Rodrigo De Paul   76'
RF 10 Lionel Messi (c)
CF 22 Lautaro Martínez   85'
LF 11 Ángel Di María   90+1'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Exequiel Palacios   76'
DF 6 Germán Pezzella   85'
FW 9 Julián Álvarez   85'
MF 15 Nicolás González   90+1'
FW 21 Paulo Dybala   90+1'
Manager:
Lionel Scaloni

Man of the Match:
Lionel Messi (Argentina)[1]

Assistant referees:[2]
Christian Schiemann (Chile)
Claudio Ríos (Chile)
Fourth official:
Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
Video assistant referee:
Alejandro Hernández Hernández (Spain)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Juan Martínez Munuera (Spain)
Tiago Martins (Portugal)

Match rules[29]

StatisticsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Each team was given only three opportunities to make substitutions, excluding substitutions made at half-time.

ReferencesEdit

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