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Twenty years after the last European final, today was the day, Wednesday 25 May 2022. A European final, the final of the Conference League. Tirana!

It’s just another cliché, but who would have ever thought we’d end up here?
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Albania, Tirana. Beforehand, there were wild stories about 100,000 Roma supporters leaving for Tirana.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Nothing is less true. Outside the airport and in the stadium there was hardly an Italian, Feyenoord was in the majority and that is good for the atmosphere in the city.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Look, you can blame UEFA for everything about the choice of location for the final.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
But those Albanians are proud. They turned it into a beautiful setting, every free piece of wall was covered with posters from the final, the logos of Feyenoord and AS Roma meters high throughout the city. They have worked out beautifully.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Three fan zones, a neutral one where you could play football games on a sweltering hot square and have your picture taken with a replica of the cup.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Feyenoord’s fan zone was set up in the center along a street with terraces and a stone’s throw from the stadium. The Romans were tucked away in a park somewhere outside the center. Don’t bother. They weren’t there anyway.
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The mood of the Feyenoord supporters is very good.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Also take a look at the setting. It is 35 degrees, the trees provide the necessary shade, drinks are very cheap and from 13:00 in the afternoon Rotterdam beats come from the speakers 3000 kilometers from home.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Everyone makes it a fantastic party.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The local monuments are being brightened up a bit.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
And the police see from a distance that things are going great.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The street with terraces is bursting at the seams on all sides, but there is plenty of drink!
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The trees offer a good solution against the scorching heat.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
We made it after twenty years of misery. Often we didn’t even make it to a main tournament… Now we’re going to close it.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The longer the party lasts, the more supporters gather, the more open-mouthed Albanians stand from the six-lane road (which was closed like the rest of the center) to watch, film and above all listen with flapping ears to music they probably never heard of it and may never hear it again.
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Cheering with a corner flag!
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The sun does its best to make it difficult for us but with enough to drink it is fantastic to endure.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
What an experience it must be.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Peter Houtman came to have a look and of course he was immediately dragged onto the podium.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
After which DJ Panic takes over and everything really goes wild.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
What a fantastic club. The togetherness.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Around a quarter to six we quietly leave for the stadium.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
It’s really going to happen. Dreamed of as a child, now finally here.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
After three searches where everything had to be handed in.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
No coins, no power banks, no charging cables, no lighters (luckily torches were allowed) we could enter.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
It resembles Calypso in Rotterdam. Only then a kind of Ali express copy.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
It should resemble an Albanian rug.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
It can serve as a shopping center, that is.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The UEFA merchandise is not cheap, but cheaper in euros than in the Albanian lek.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Up the bare cold stairs.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
And then you can scan your digital ticket in an app there.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
It is of course a great shame that such a poster should have such a small stadium, but it does give you goosebumps because it is a final.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Two hours before the game, the players come to feel the field.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Tension is clearly visible on the faces.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
From Varkenoord to a European final.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The cup is placed prominently in front of the Feyenoord supporters.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The Legion is warming up.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The man everyone has been talking about for the past week.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Another Pig North pupil.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
At the start of the warm-up, the Feyenoord songs sound loud through the stadium.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Karsdorp with some lost madmen.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
That banner has become iconic.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The eleven heroes of the red and white.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The players drive us crazy and vice versa. The atmosphere is fantastic.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Until the warm-up is over.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Then the Italians sing something about fountains and knives or something.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
In De Kuip, Lee Towers sings to 45,000 supporters.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
This bastard managed to ruin the atmosphere quite nicely.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Applause is heard when the Feyenoord logo comes onto the field.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
It is also a kind of carnival procession. ‘Spectacular preshow’.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The show is about to start now! Hundreds of flags go up in the air as soon as the players enter the field.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Truly a beautiful banner unfolds on the second ring.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
There are also fireworks in De Kuip.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
After which supporters also contribute here.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The fireworks also go up in Tirana.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The Feyenoord supporters go completely crazy.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
FEYENOORD ROTTERDAM!
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The tension is unbearable.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
And the tension sometimes accidentally throws a torch out of your hands. Can happen of course.
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The whistle sounds, we’ve started.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Feyenoord gets full possession of AS Roma.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Often also has to play back to the back because the solution to the front is not always there.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Slot sees it all happening from the side.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The few chances Feyenoord get are not enough to become dangerous in the first half.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
After 32 minutes Feyenoord makes one mistake in the back. One mistake and it’s enough for them….
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Karsdorp is not cheering. Not crazy with a tattoo like that.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Disappointment.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
But the competition is still long.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The Legion remains fully behind the team.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Take a breather. Despite the fact that there is no longer any normal catering for the supporters in the heat that is still present, no one in the stands gives up.
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Being one block behind Feyenoord and on the field, that results in huge opportunities.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Twice against the woodwork, great opportunities for Linssen and Dessers, but always just a little too short.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
As if it shouldn’t be.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The fact that those Italians went to the grass with every mosquito on their head and always got the free kick didn’t help, of course.
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But Feyenoord can no longer get through to score a goal…
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The ME surrounds the entire field with shields and batons to prevent supporters from launching a pitch invasion.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
So they are not crazy.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Five minutes is honestly a joke, that’s not even enough to cover all the substitutions.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
And it’s not enough for Feyenoord either.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
They fought incredibly hard, but today just wasn’t good enough.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The Legion sings loudly to the players.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
The tears flow profusely. We saw the silverware, we just came up short.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
It was a fantastic tournament.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
It still hurts for all of us, but we can be proud.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Proud of our boys from Varkenoord, the players from outside, they always gave everything for this team.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Feyenoord, thank you, thank you for all the beautiful dreams, the adventures, the trips, the stories. We will never, ever forget it.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Losing the number eleven of the UEFA ranking is no shame.
Photo report AS Roma - Feyenoord online
Feyenoord finished the season as number 42 in the same ranking. Also a wonderful result. Only 41 clubs have outperformed Feyenoord in Europe in the past five years.
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Tirana, you were a fantastic place to be. We wouldn’t have missed this for anything.
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Feyenoord forever, until next season.