When and Where: The Europa League final kicks-off from the National Arena in Bucharest at 2.45 p.m. ET. A live stream is available on UEFA.com, with a one-off payment of $9.95. TV coverage will be provided by DirecTV
Preview: It maybe an all-Spanish occasion in the Europa League final on Wednesday, but there will also be a heavy Argentinian influence hanging over proceedings.
Both Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid have been led impressively by their Argentinian coaches Marcelo Bielsa and Diego Simeone, respectively, this season and both men will be desperate to add a trophy to mark their impacts.
Long regarded as one of the finest coaches in soccer by those with a keen eye on the world game, particularly in South America, Bielsa has achieved wider recognition during Athletic's thrilling run to the Europa League final.
The 56-year-old's relentless attacking and high-pressing style has been fully-embraced by a Basque side packed with some of the finest young players in Spain and indeed Europe. Their finest moment coming in shocking Manchester United in the round-of-16 with a 3-2 win at Old Trafford, which Athletic then backed up with a 2-1 win at the San Mames.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone will relish pitting his young-coaching wits against the man he still calls El Profe (the professor). Simeone made 30 of his 106 appearances for Argentina under the management of Bielsa and still holds him in high regard.
Like I've always said, I have great admiration for him and great memories of a great professional person, he said, according to Uefa.com.
Both clubs may have paid the price for their European exploits as they look set to miss out on Champions League qualification next season. Atletico still have an outside chance, but must rely on other results going their way on La Liga's final round of fixtures on Sunday.
Team News: Atletico will be without Tiago after the Portuguese midfielder was sent off late on in the semi-final second-leg with Valencia. Simeone's side will be led by the attacking talents of Radamel Falco and Adrian Lopez, who have scored 18 goals between them in the Europa League this season.
Athletic rested a host of their strongest lineup for their La Liga match with Getafe at the weekend and should be refreshedfor Wednesday. Their main injury concern is Fernando Amorebieta, who will undergo a late fitness test on a calf injury.
Atletico Madrid (probable, 4-2-3-1): Courtois, Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, Luis, Gabi, Suarez, Adrian, Diego, Turan, Falcao.
Athletic Bilbao (probable, 4-2-3-1): Iraizoz, Iraola, Amorebieta, Javi Martinez, Aurtenetxe, Iturraspe, Herrera, Susaeta, De Marcos, Muniain, Llorente.
Prediction: Atletico have both form and Europa League pedigree going in their favor for the final. While Atletico are unbeaten in seven games, Athletic Bilbao has failed to win in three matches as they have slipped to 10th in La Liga. While it is just two years since Atletico won this competition and they have in their ranks the deadly Falcao, who triumphed last season with Porto.
Yet there is a feeling that having largely switched off in the league of late, Bielsa's men are better prepared for the clash in Bucharest. They have also saved their best performances for the Europa League this season and could well produce one last flourish on Wednesday in what could be a most-watchable final.
Atletico Madrid 2-3 Athletic Bilbao