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The Outstanding Lineups From Fulham's Europa League Final Against Atletico Madrid

The Outstanding Lineups From Fulham's Europa League Final Against Atletico Madrid
By Mikey Traynor

Manchester United will contest the 2017 Europa League final against Ajax on Wednesday evening, which will be the second consecutive season in which a Premier League club has competed for the trophy.

The last before that was Chelsea who defeated Benfica in 2013, but you have to go back three years prior to that to find the last time a Premier League outfit reached the final of the competition having not treated it as a consolation prize for missing out on the Champions League.

Fulham faced Atletico Madrid in 2010 after a sensational run that saw them eliminate the likes of Wolfsburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Juventus along the way. And it was a fantstic final, with Roy Hodgson's men taking Quique Sanchez Flores' Atleti to extra time before eventually going down 2-1 to a Diego Forlan brace.

The former Man Utd man was not the only notable name on show, and having gone back to look at the 2010 Europa League final there's immense nostalgia to be taken from the lineups of both sides on the day, as some players have retired, while others have gone on to reach the top.

Lets have a look at the Fulham team from the final:

What a team!

Bobby Zamora leading the line with Hungarian hero Zoltan Gera in behind him, and Duffer and Simon Davies providing assistance from the wings. You've got the man-mountain that was Dickson Etuhu joining Danny Murphy in midfield for a little-and-large combo that integral to the side's success.

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At the back, it was all about Brede Hangeland as he towered above the Northern Irish pairing of Aaron Hughes and Chris Baird. The less said about Paul Konchesky the better, although he was solid on that run, and Mark Schwarzer was so good that he earned a spot in Damien Duff's all time teammate XI ahead of Petr Cech and Shay Given.

Now, onto Atletico:

Wow, that partnership up top!

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So much young talent in that team, most notably the soon-to-be Manchester bound David De Gea and Sergio Aguero who were establishing their name around Europe. Diego Forlan was the leader, and indeed match-winner up front, and it's been far too long since we heard about Simao, a cracking signing for Atleti at the time, who manned the wings with Jose Antonio Reyes.

It was a cracking final, and you can check out the highlights below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubMNkOeasHM

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SEE ALSO: The Middlesbrough Team From That Incredible 2006 UEFA Cup Run - Where Are They Now?

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