Exhibition of the trophy for the winner of the UEFA European Conference League. FAČR chairman Petr Fousek and former Czech national team member and former Fiorentina player Tomáš Ujfaluši attended. June 6, 2023, Prague.
Prague, June 6 (ČTK) – President of the Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR) Petr Fousek and former Czech national team member Tomáš Ujfaluši this morning in Prague next to the Rudolfinum ceremonially unveiled the trophy for the winner of Wednesday's final of the second year of the European Conference League, which will be played at the Eden Stadium West Ham vs Fiorentina. The ceremony also attracted several fans of both teams to the center of the metropolis, two supporters of the London club came wearing jerseys with the name and number of the Czech “Hammers” midfielder Tomáš Souček.
Fousek and former Fiorentina defender Ujfaluš together brought the winning trophy to the stage, where two showcases with the jerseys of both finalists grew next to the pedestal. “The trophy is heavier than I thought, but it's beautiful,” Fousek told reporters.
In 2010, Ujfaluši won another European League competition with Atlético Madrid, with Fiorentina he reached the semi-finals during his previous engagement . “It was an amazing four years in my career. We reached the semi-finals then, it wasn't yet the Europa League, but the UEFA Cup. Amazing city, great fans. I believe that they will come to Prague in large numbers to support Fiorentina,” said the 45-year-old You fools.
The cup will be on display in the center of the metropolis until 18:00 on Wednesday, and those interested will be able to take a picture with it. They will then head to Eden where the final will begin at 9pm. “The final of the European Conference League means a huge success for the Czech Republic, it is the strongest moment for Czech football this year. It is the maximum that we could bring from the area of cup finals to this country, given the infrastructure that the Czech Republic has. It is promotion Prague, the Czech Republic, Czech football. It's a famous affair. UEFA's top brass will arrive, headed by chairman Čeferin,” said Fousek.
The exhibition of the trophy is one of several accompanying events surrounding the final. A fan zone is prepared for each of the clubs, where even those who do not have a ticket will be able to watch the match. West Ham supporters will gather at the Letenská plain and Fiorentina fans at the Exhibition Grounds.
“So far, everything is going according to plan to UEFA's satisfaction and especially to our satisfaction. The only thing I would like is slightly better weather. But that we still don't have it under our control,” Fousek pointed out about the current rainy weather.
According to the Italian media, around nine thousand Fiorentina fans could arrive in Prague, while both clubs only received over five thousand tickets. “(Estimated) numbers (of fans) are constantly changing. I don't know if the weather will affect it. Of course, on the other hand, they have purchased flights. We are ready, whatever the number may be. We have fan zones for fans from the camps with all the equipment, including the possibility to watch the game . We are ready for anything,” said Fousek.
He is happy that the Czech Republic will have at least one winner of the Conference League. For West Ham, national team captain Souček and defender Vladimír Coufal play, Fiorentina's colors are defended by midfielder Antonín Barák.
“It's the icing on the cake, the superstructure. But we already won by winning the final. I believe that everyone who visits it and those who visit Prague and the Czech Republic will enjoy it. Our main task is to manage it organizationally. I believe that the match will be successful. Whoever wins, we will be happy to hang a medal around their neck,” said Fousek.< /p>