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Conclusion of the UEFA Europa League series “Get in. Get up.” with West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen | UEFA Europa League

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Conclusion of the UEFA Europa League series “Get in. Get up.”  with West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen |  UEFA Europa League

Humble, down-to-earth and with a huge dose of determination: This is West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen, who appears in the third and final episode of the UEFA Europa League series “Get In. Get Up.” talks about his experiences on the international stage.

In 2022 he and his team narrowly missed the final, but a year later they were rewarded for their hard work by winning the UEFA Europa Conference League title. It suited Bowen’s career, which is also driven by desire and ambition.

Bowen grew up in Herefordshire and initially had to accept several setbacks as he was denied entry into the professional team at several clubs. So he signed up for Hereford United and used the station as a springboard to the Premier League. He demonstrated his goal-scoring ability at Hull City and was signed after West Ham were relegated. He has been under contract there since January 2020.

“Rejection and failure were big challenges for me. I didn’t make it past the trial training at various clubs, that was almost the end of my football career,” said Bowen. “But I stayed true to my path. I love football and if it doesn’t work out, then so be it.”

Bowen spent his childhood in a rural area. According to the striker, it was his family that gave him the values ​​to later become a bold and fearless player in the Europa League.

“The mottos I’ve always followed with my family are to not be afraid and to nurture that inner drive to be the best. It comes from within, that drive and that hunger to do really well.”

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“In pre-season I visit my family and do a week of intensive training with my father. He’s old school and since there’s a lot of farming back home, we do things like haul cement, flip tires and so on. We don’t talk from small tires, but from the big tractor tires! I always had to flip them from one side of the field to the other side. When I went home again, I was fit as a fiddle.”

Bowen in the game against Freiburg in the group stageGetty Images

It’s a long way from flipping tires under his father’s watchful eyes to the magical floodlit atmosphere of the Europa League and Bowen appreciates these exciting European Cup evenings.

“Playing in the European Cup is a very special feeling. Experiencing the different atmospheres, cultures and playing styles. Every team is different, but every game is a real challenge. We have never had an easy game in this competition. That’s what makes this competition so interesting.”

“You play against some really good teams and you can achieve big things in these competitions. I always want to compete with the best and hopefully that will continue to be the case in the future.”

Of course he didn’t forget his first goal. In the game against Genk during the 2021/22 group stage it happened: “I’m a striker and I want to score goals. My first goal in the UEFA Europa League was something very special because I never thought I would score in this competition .”

Resilience and determination are second nature to the versatile striker, but the Europa League has also brought disappointments, particularly when he and West Ham lost to Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals of the 2021/22 season.

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“When we were in the locker room after the game, no one said a word. There were tears. It was so devastating and heartbreaking, but I knew right then that we would use this setback to come back stronger.”

And that’s how it happened, because a year later the Hammers triumphed against Fiorentina in the final of the Europa Conference League in Prague.

Bowen before the game against OlympiacosUEFA via Getty Images

“I remember when we got a penalty after a handball, which Saïd Benrahma converted. I thought: ‘We’re close now.’ Five minutes later the opponent equalized 1-1.”

It was Bowen himself who made the difference when he scored the winning goal in the 90th minute. “Shortly beforehand I looked at the stadium clock and thought it was going into extra time.”

“Then we have a goal kick and the ball goes to Lucas [Paquetá]. I ran and suddenly found myself alone in front of the goalkeeper. I thought: ‘Just put it in and then you’ll win the European Cup.’ When the ball went into the net I probably had all the emotions at once.”

For West Ham it was their first European Cup title since winning the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965. If Bowen has his way, they could drastically shorten the gap to their next triumph.

“Winning this competition made me want more,” he said before the round of 16 against Freiburg. “We want to be there until the very end, but we also know that it is a very long way to get there. But we have always done it in the European Cup that we only think from game to game.”

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Click here for previous episodes of “Get In. Get Up.” the UEFA Europa League with Florian Wirtz from Leverkusen and Désiré Doué from Rennes.

Bowen: “We want to be there until the very end.”

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