Former Chelsea Defender Joins Mourinho in Completing European Treble

Former Chelsea Defender Joins Mourinho in Completing European Treble

Elijah Odetokun
June 8, 2023 at 7:43 AM
  • West Ham have beaten Fiorentina 2-1 to win the UEFA Europa Conference League
  • They won their first European trophy in 58 years and first trophy in over 40 years
  • Emerson Palmieri made history as the first player to complete the European treble

West Ham have succeeded AS Roma as the UEFA Europa Conference League holders after beating Fiorentina 2-1 at Eden Park, in Prague, the Czech Republic.

The Hammers took the lead in the second half through a penalty shot from Said Benrahma after opposition captain, Cristiano Biraghi handled the ball in the box.

Giacomo Bonaventura levelled up the scores five minutes later before English midfielder, Jarod Bowen scored a late winner to help the London club seal the victory.

Emerson Palmieri, West Ham, Fiorentina, Eden Park, Prague, Czech Republic, UEFA Europa Conference League.
Emerson Palmieri celebrates after winning the UEFA Europa Conference League with West Ham. Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt.
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According to Squawka, it was the Irons’ first major European trophy in 58 years. Their last competition success was the 1964/65 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

Emerson Palmieri makes history

Former Chelsea defender, Emerson Palmieri was on the cusp of history and eventually ended up on the winning side to add the UEFA third-tier competition to his list of honours.

According to GIFN, he became the first player to complete the European treble of major club competitions by the European football governing body.

He won the UEFA Europa League with Chelsea in 2019, the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea in 2021, and now adds the two-year-old competition to it.

The Brazil-born Italian defender has also won the UEFA Super Cup with the Blues in 2021 as well as winning the UEFA European Championship with Italy in 2021.

The only other person in football to complete this treble is former Blues boss, Jose Mourinho, who did it last year after leading Roma to win the inaugural competition.

Emerson's former Chelsea teammate, Tammy Abraham could have done it first if the Italian side had won the Europa League final against Sevilla last week.

Fans clash before ECL kickoff

Sports Brief reported that West Ham and Fiorentina fans clashed before the game and required police intervention to calm the situation.

The Italian club's ultras reportedly started the incident after cussing at English fans, leading to a brawl with chairs and bottles thrown.

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