How Marseille, Atletico Madrid and the Europa League gear up for a final on Twitter

The Europa League final takes place tonight in the new Parc OL stadium in Lyon.

Built in the run up to Euro 2016, where it saw some great games, the home of Olympique Lyonnais will play host to Atletico Madrid and OL’s bitter Ligue 1 rivals Olympique de Marseille.

There’s a lot to love about this final.

For one thing, it involves two huge European names, both of whom have been in Champions League finals (Marseille have even won that competition once before) and both of home have some big name, in-form players who will be on show tonight.

The build-up to the final is underway, then and excitement is building. For both sides, this is the end of a long season, and is the next step in their illustrious histories. And although the Spanish giants will be the favourites, Marseille’s ability to spring a surprise will keep them on their toes.

It is, as the French side point out, their biggest game in 14 years. In the 2004 UEFA Cup final Marseille were beaten by another Spanish side, Valencia, then managed by Rafael Benitez.

For Atletico Madrid, they started out this season hoping to triumph in the Champions League rather than the Europa League. The club from the Spanish capital were knocked out of that competition in the group stages by Chelsea and Roma earlier on this season.

This is still a big prize, though. And one which is very much worth winning – indeed, it can be a springboard to bigger successes further down the line.

For the official Europa League account, which obviously has to stay neutral, there are some big stars to boost their coverage.

There are few names in football bigger than Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres, and the official account has been able to harness that star power into their own output as well as that of Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin from Marseille.

Those getting involved on social media will find the #UELFinal hashtag useful tonight. You may also notice that the Europa League has even changed its Twitter screen name to the hashtag, meaning anyone searching for it will also find the tweets from the tournament organisers. We’ll be on the look-out for some great content then!

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