Hangeland fearless for final

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Brede Hangeland has vowed that his team will do everything in their power to win the Europa League.

Cottagers defender hopeful Hodgson will stay put

Fulham defender Brede Hangeland has vowed that the team will do everything in their power to win the Europa League trophy. The Cottagers end their season at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal on Sunday before travelling to Hamburg to face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the club's first European final in their history. The Norwegian centre back was full of praise for the club's inspirational manager Roy Hodgson, but admitted that if they were to win the trophy, the 62-year-old could well depart Craven Cottage for a bigger challenge this summer. "I hope Roy will stay for a long time. He's a great manager and we all enjoy working with him," said Hangeland. "I haven't thought about whether success could cost us our manager and that certainly won't stop us from trying our best.


"It's bit of a fairytale for this club and I'd say it's mostly down to him. You could write a book about what makes him special." Indeed, when Hodgson took over the club in January 2008, Fulham were languishing in the lower reaches of the Premier League, with a spirited fightback in the final games keeping them in the division. Since then, the club have gone from strength to strength, hitting the top half of the table last year, qualifying for Europe, and sitting comfortably in mid-table despite their exertions on the continent this term. "Roy's the main reason why we have come from battling relegation to playing in a European cup final," Hangeland added. "He works very well with the team, his organisation is good and he has brought in some big players. "I have learnt a lot from him tactically and about how to be a professional. He does all the work himself and doesn't tell others to do it. All the players buy into what he does." The 28-year-old also stated how much his side were looking forward to the final, hailing the achievement of his team-mates for getting to this stage. But the defender was adamant that Fulham were not there to make up the numbers, and would be more than a match for Atletico, who defeated Liverpool in the semi-final of the competition to reach this stage. "Hopefully we can top what we've achieved by winning the final. When we started we didn't even think about reaching the final. "The Europa League was almost a distraction to the Premier League but the closer you get the more you think about it. "It would be massive to win the final, though it's great to have got this far. "If we win it's a bonus and while we'll try to do our best, it's important to enjoy it."

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