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Inside West Ham’s jubilant Europa Conference League celebrations


Inside West Ham’s Europa Conference League party: Players live in a private room until the early hours of the morning, after dancing with fans in the streets after a stunning last-gasp win in Prague

  • West Ham clinched the Europa Conference League title after beating Fiorentina
  • A 2-1 win was sealed for the Hammers after Jarrod Bowen’s last winner
  • After the match, chaotic scenes ensued as players and staff celebrated

After ending their 43-year wait for a major trophy, West Ham players and staff partied the night away in Prague on Wednesday night.

The Hammers lifted the Europa Conference League trophy with a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina in the final, which ended with a late strike from Jarrod Bowen.

David Moyes’ side had taken the lead with a Said Benrahma penalty but were caught soon after by Giacomo Bonaventura’s 67th-minute goal.

But Bowen was able to seal the victory for the Hammers late on and in doing so sparked wild celebrations among the players and team staff.

Clips of the chaotic scenes began circulating on social media shortly after the game and fans were not disappointed with the hilarious antics that followed.

The striker showed the chaotic scenes that followed at their hotel

Michail Antonio shared clips of West Ham’s celebrations from inside their hotel after the game

Lucas Paqueta and his wife Duda Fournier showcased the party vibe on Instagram

Lucas Paqueta and his wife Duda Fournier showcased the party vibe on Instagram

Star striker Michail Antonio shared a clip on his Instagram page which showed the West Ham players partying in their private rooms in their hotel.

The song ‘Freed From Desire’ can be heard in the background. Players and staff sing but with their edited version, suggesting Jarrod Bowen is “on fire” and referring to his girlfriend.

Elsewhere, the wife of Lucas Paqueta – Duda Fournier – shared a clip on his social media of themselves dancing with the Conference League medal around their necks.

Young Divin Mubamba, who made two appearances throughout the competition, showcased defender Kurt Zouma’s dance via a video on his Instagram.

The French centre-back can be seen dancing in his full kit, inside the dressing room, shortly after lifting the Conference League title.

Thilo Kehrer – who came on at half-time to replace Zouma – shared similar scenes on his instagram page, as the players partied on the bus back to their hotel.

There were plenty of videos of the Hammers returning to their hotel that started popping up on social media, with Declan Rice and David Moyes leading the antics.

As the team got off the bus, goalkeeper Alphonse Areola produced a portable music player and even manager David Moyes joined in the impromptu bop in front of two dozen happy fans after 2am early today.

And striker Bowen was all smiles, laughing as his teammates danced to a song that lovingly celebrates his relationship with Dani Dyer, with whom he recently had twins.

Centre-back Thilo Kehrer showed the celebrations from inside the bus

Kurt Zouma danced the night away after his Conference League success

Centre-backs Thilo Kehrer (left) and Kurt Zouma (right) partied the night away in Prague

Club captain Declan Rice was seen jumping in the hotel lobby

The England international gestures for the cameras as he celebrates

Club captain Declan Rice gestured for the camera as he got involved in the celebrations

West Ham boss David Moyes (middle) got involved in the antics outside the hotel

West Ham boss David Moyes (middle) got involved in the antics outside the hotel

The chaotic scenes were sparked by Bowen’s winner in the dying moments of the match, as he flicked the ball past Pietro Terracciano.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Bowen said: “Obviously I dreamed of scoring, but scoring the winner at the last minute – that’s what you always say.” And to do it in front of those fans – I thought I was going to cry.

‘I’m just happy. I can’t put it into words. We had a dream – we didn’t have the best season, myself included.

“But to do what we did tonight for these fans – to give them this moment, I’m over the moon.”

Jarrod Bowen's last-minute strike helped seal a historic European title for the Hammers

Jarrod Bowen’s last-minute strike helped seal a historic European title for the Hammers

Combative midfielder Rice, who covered every blade of grass in the thrilling final, said: “Honestly, that means absolutely everything.” The guys have been on it so much. We had a real conviction. I am not only happy for us, for the manager, but for the fans.

“I’m also happy for (the back office staff).”

On Bowen’s goal, he added: “I said when he ran to goal, ‘it’s your moment’. As soon as you see him hit the back of the net, you don’t know what to do – I’m still in shock!

“I love this club. They made me one of their own. I’m so, so happy.

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