Sevilla delighted with centenary success
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, May 10 (Reuters) - Sevilla's players and officials were united in celebration on Wednesday as they beat Middlesbrough 4-0 to win the UEFA Cup in their first European final in their centenary season.
A 26th-minute header by Luis Fabiano, two goals by Italian midfielder Enzo Maresca and a late Frederic Kanoute effort secured victory against the English side also tasting a European final for the first time.
It was Sevilla's first major trophy since they won the King's Cup in 1948, that coming two years after their solitary Spanish league success.
'We've won nothing since 1948 and now we're UEFA (Cup) champions,' Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido told Spanish TV.
'Today I'm the proudest man in the world. The best is yet to come for this club. Now we hope that Barcelona beat Arsenal so that we can play them in the European Super Cup in Monaco.'
'It worked out perfectly and we achieved our aim of winning the trophy in the year of our centenary,' said midfielder Pep Marti.
'For the fans and at least half of the city of Seville this will be a great day of celebration.'
'We have achieved something very important,' said Marseca, whose double after 78 and 84 minutes killed the match.
'It was a perfect day. I think we deserve it and so do the fans. It is important that they enjoy this moment.'
Coach Juande Ramos added: 'There was a lot of tension and a lot of pressure, but the suffering was all worth it to bring some joy to our fans.'