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Last Updated: Monday, 8 May 2006, 13:13 GMT 14:13 UK
Boro v Sevilla head-to-head
Middlesbrough meet Sevilla in the Uefa Cup final on Wednesday, with both clubs bidding for their first European honours.

As the Eindhoven showpiece approaches, BBC Sport looks at how the two sides compare.

LEAGUE FORM

Middlesbrough ended a largely disappointing Premiership campaign in 14th. They managed wins over Chelsea and Manchester United but also suffered a 7-0 hammering by Arsenal as well as humiliating defeats to local rivals Sunderland and struggling Aston Villa.

Sevilla head to Eindhoven with Uefa Cup football already assured for next season. They lie fifth in La Liga and could yet pip Osasuna to fourth and Champions League qualification - although their remaining two games are against Real Madrid and Barcelona.

ROUTES TO THE FINAL

After coming through their group quite comfortably, Middlesbrough reached the final the hard way. They crept past Stuttgart and Roma on away goals and then twice left themselves needing four goals to win and twice had Massimo Maccarone to thank for last-gasp efforts as they stunned Basle and Steaua Bucharest.

Only a draw with Bolton spoiled Sevilla's unblemished record on their way to the knock-out stages, where they thrashed Lokomotiv Moscow in the opening round. There followed victories over Lille and Zenit St Petersburg before a stunning extra-time goal from Antonio Puerta settled a nervy semi-final against Schalke.

MANAGERS

Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren has enjoyed a zero-to-hero season. February's 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa left Boro hovering above the relegation zone but a remarkable win over Chelsea helped ease those fears and the scintillating Uefa Cup run led to the Boro boss winning the England manager's position.

Seville boss Juande Ramos
Veteran coach Juande Ramos took over last summer after Joaquin Caparros left for Deportivo La Coruna. He had to cope with the departures of star striker Juan Baptista and highly-rated defender Sergio Ramos but against the odds, Seville are set to at least match last season's sixth place.

CAPTAINS

Middlesbrough captain Gareth Southgate
The rock of Middlesbrough's defence, 35-year-old Gareth Southgate was the first Boro captain to lift a major trophy with the 2004 League Cup success and has been tipped to join the coaching staff when his playing career finishes.

Seville captain Javi Navarro
Defender Javi Navarro could not be more different to his mild-mannered Middlesbrough counterpart. The 32-year-old Sevilla icon was once banned for five matches for elbowing an opponent, leaving him unconscious and suffering from spasms.

KEY MEN

Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing
England winger Stewart Downing's return to the side after a five-month spell on the sidelines coincided with Boro's run of form in both the Uefa and FA Cups. His crosses could be crucial to Boro's hopes in Wednesday's final.

Seville playmaker Javier Saviola
Argentine playmaker Javier Saviola pulls the strings for Sevilla. The one-time teenage prodigy is now a Barcelona outcast but is relishing his loan spell at the Andalusian club and, like Downing, is a World Cup hopeful.

TOP SCORERS

Middlesbroigh striker Yakubu
Yakubu tops Middlesbrough's scoring chart with 13 in the Premiership and 19 overall. The 22-year-old Nigerian was in sparkling form earlier in the season but has been below par of late, and faces a battle to start the Uefa Cup final.

Seville midfielder Enzo Maresca
One of the signings of the season, Enzo Maresca, a former Italy under-20 team-mate of Boro's Massimo Maccarone, has flourished at Sevilla after arriving from Juventus. The midfielder's eight La Liga goals make him the club's top scorer.

HONOURS

Middlesbrough have captured only major honour in their history - the 2004 Carling Cup.

Seville have not won a league title since 1946, and it is 44 years since they last reached a major final.




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