UEFA Europa League


 

History of UEFA Europa League:


The Europa League is a professional football club competition that is organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). It is the second-tier competition in European club football, below the UEFA Champions League. The competition is open to clubs from all UEFA member associations, and the winner of the Europa League qualifies for the following season's UEFA Champions League.



The Europa League was first introduced in the 1971-72 season under the name UEFA Cup, and it was initially designed for the clubs that were not able to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. The competition has undergone several format changes over the years, and in 1999 it was renamed the UEFA Europa League. The competition features a group stage followed by knockout rounds, with the final played at a neutral venue. Sevilla FC of Spain has won the most Europa League titles, with a total of six wins.




Europa League Winners and Runner up Teams:

Here is a list of Europa League winners and runners-up teams since the competition was renamed from UEFA Cup to UEFA Europa League in 2009:


2022: Villarreal (Spain) beat Manchester United (England) 11-10 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the final.


2021: Villarreal (Spain) beat Manchester United (England) 11-10 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the final.


2020: Sevilla (Spain) beat Inter Milan (Italy) 3-2 in the final.


2019: Chelsea (England) beat Arsenal (England) 4-1 in the final.


2018: Atletico Madrid (Spain) beat Marseille (France) 3-0 in the final.


2017: Manchester United (England) beat Ajax (Netherlands) 2-0 in the final.


2016: Sevilla (Spain) beat Liverpool (England) 3-1 in the final.


2015: Sevilla (Spain) beat Dnipro (Ukraine) 3-2 in the final.


2014: Sevilla (Spain) beat Benfica (Portugal) 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the final.


2013: Chelsea (England) beat Benfica (Portugal) 2-1 in the final.


2012: Atletico Madrid (Spain) beat Athletic Bilbao (Spain) 3-0 in the final.


2011: Porto (Portugal) beat Braga (Portugal) 1-0 in the final.


2010: Atletico Madrid (Spain) beat Fulham (England) 2-1 after extra time in the final.


2009: Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) beat Werder Bremen (Germany) 2-1 in the final.


2008: Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia) beat Rangers (Scotland) 2-0 in the final.


2007: Sevilla (Spain) beat Espanyol (Spain) 3-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the final.


2006: Sevilla (Spain) beat Middlesbrough (England) 4-0 in the final.


2005: CSKA Moscow (Russia) beat Sporting CP (Portugal) 3-1 in the final.


2004: Valencia (Spain) beat Marseille (France) 2-0 in the final.


2003: Porto (Portugal) beat Celtic (Scotland) 3-2 in the final.


2002: Feyenoord (Netherlands) beat Borussia Dortmund (Germany) 3-2 in the final.


2001: Liverpool (England) beat Alaves (Spain) 5-4 after extra time in the final.


2000: Galatasaray (Turkey) beat Arsenal (England) 4-1 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the final.


1999: Parma (Italy) beat Marseille (France) 3-0 in the final.


Prior to 1999, the UEFA Cup was known as the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, which was a competition for the winners of domestic cup competitions in European countries. Some of the most successful clubs in the history of the UEFA Cup include Juventus, Inter Milan, Liverpool, and Sevilla.




Europa League Teams:

The participating teams in the Europa League can vary from season to season, depending on their performance in their respective domestic leagues and cup competitions. However, here are some examples of teams that have participated in the Europa League in recent seasons:



Tottenham Hotspur (England):

Tottenham have participated in the Europa League several times in recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They finished second in their group and reached the Round of 16 before being knocked out by Dinamo Zagreb.




AC Milan (Italy):

Milan have also been regular participants in the Europa League in recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They finished top of their group and reached the Round of 16 before being knocked out by Manchester United.




Villarreal (Spain): 

Villarreal won the Europa League in the 2020-21 season, defeating Manchester United in the final. They also finished fifth in La Liga, which qualified them for the competition.




Bayer Leverkusen (Germany):

Leverkusen have participated in the Europa League several times in recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They finished top of their group and reached the Round of 16 before being knocked out by Young Boys.




Olympiacos (Greece):

Olympiacos have participated in the Europa League in several recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They finished second in their group and reached the Round of 32 before being knocked out by PSV Eindhoven.




Arsenal (England):

Arsenal have participated in the Europa League several times in recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They reached the semifinals before being knocked out by eventual winners Villarreal.




Napoli (Italy):

Napoli have also been regular participants in the Europa League in recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They finished second in their group and reached the Round of 32 before being knocked out by Granada.




Rangers (Scotland):

Rangers have participated in the Europa League in several recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They finished top of their group and reached the Round of 16 before being knocked out by Slavia Prague.




Red Star Belgrade (Serbia):

Red Star Belgrade have also been regular participants in the Europa League in recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They finished third in their group and were knocked out of the competition.




AS Roma (Italy):

AS Roma have participated in the Europa League several times in recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They reached the Round of 16 before being knocked out by Shakhtar Donetsk.




Sevilla (Spain): 

Sevilla are one of the most successful teams in the history of the Europa League, having won the competition a record 6 times, most recently in the 2019-20 season. They  finished also as runners-up on two occasions. Sevilla are known for their strong performances in the Europa League and have made it to at least the quarterfinals in each of the past 7 seasons.




Benfica (Portugal):

Benfica have also been regular participants in the Europa League in recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They reached the Round of 32 before being knocked out by Arsenal. Benfica have won the Europa League twice, most recently in the 2012-13 season.




Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine):

Shakhtar Donetsk have participated in the Europa League in several recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They reached the quarterfinals before being knocked out by Roma. Shakhtar Donetsk have won the Europa League once, in the 2008-09 season.




Feyenoord (Netherlands):

Feyenoord have participated in the Europa League in several recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They finished third in their group and were knocked out of the competition. Feyenoord have won the Europa League twice, most recently in the 2001-02 season.




Manchester United (England):

Manchester United have participated in the Europa League several times in recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They reached the final, where they were defeated by Villarreal on penalties. Manchester United have won the Europa League once, in the 2016-17 season.




Lazio (Italy):

Lazio have also been regular participants in the Europa League in recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They finished second in their group and reached the Round of 16 before being knocked out by Bayern Munich. Lazio have won the Europa League once, in the 1998-99 season.





Ajax (Netherlands):

Ajax have participated in the Europa League in several recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They reached the quarterfinals before being knocked out by Roma. Ajax have won the Europa League once, in the 1991-92 season.




Celtic (Scotland):

Celtic have participated in the Europa League in several recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They finished third in their group and were knocked out of the competition. Celtic have won the Europa League once, in the 1966-67 season.




Sporting CP (Portugal):

Sporting CP have also been regular participants in the Europa League in recent seasons, including the 2020-21 season. They finished first in their group and reached the Round of 32 before being knocked out by Shakhtar Donetsk.





Europa League Best Players:

Here are some details about some of the best players in the history of the Europa League:



Radamel Falcao (Colombia): 

Falcao is widely considered one of the best players in the history of the Europa League. He has won the competition twice, with Porto in the 2010-11 season and with Atletico Madrid in the 2011-12 season. In both campaigns, he finished as the competition's top scorer. In total, Falcao scored 31 goals in 33 Europa League appearances, a remarkable scoring rate.




Antoine Griezmann (France):

Griezmann played a key role in Atletico Madrid's Europa League triumphs in the 2017-18 and 2011-12 seasons. He scored 8 goals in the 2017-18 campaign, including 2 in the final against Marseille. Griezmann's performances in the Europa League helped establish him as one of the best attacking players in the world.




Steven Gerrard (England):

Gerrard is one of the most iconic players in the history of Liverpool and also had a significant impact in the Europa League. He helped Liverpool win the competition in the 2000-01 season, scoring in the final against Alaves. Gerrard also played a key role in Liverpool's run to the final in the 2015-16 season, scoring several important goals along the way.




Dimitri Payet (France):

Payet has been one of the most impressive players in the Europa League in recent years. He helped Marseille reach the final in the 2017-18 season, scoring several important goals along the way. Payet is known for his exceptional dribbling skills and creativity, which have made him a dangerous attacking threat in the Europa League.




Fernando Torres (Spain):

Torres is another player who has enjoyed success in the Europa League, winning the competition twice with Atletico Madrid in the 2011-12 and 2017-18 seasons. Torres was a key player for Atletico in both campaigns, scoring crucial goals in the latter stages of the competition. His performances in the Europa League helped establish him as one of the best strikers in the world.




Diego Forlan (Uruguay): 

Forlan was a key player for Atletico Madrid in their Europa League triumphs in the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons. He finished as the competition's top scorer in the 2009-10 campaign, scoring a total of 8 goals. Forlan's performances in the Europa League helped establish him as one of the best strikers in the world at the time.




Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands):

Huntelaar has been a prolific goalscorer in the Europa League throughout his career. He scored a total of 34 goals in the competition, the second-highest total of all time. Huntelaar played for several different clubs in the Europa League, including Ajax, Schalke, and AC Milan.




Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia):

Mkhitaryan has been one of the most consistent performers in the Europa League in recent years. He helped Manchester United win the competition in the 2016-17 season, scoring in the final against Ajax. Mkhitaryan also played a key role in Arsenal's run to the final in the 2018-19 season, scoring several important goals along the way.




Diego Costa (Spain):

Costa played a pivotal role in Atletico Madrid's Europa League triumphs in the 2011-12 and 2017-18 seasons. He finished as the competition's joint-top scorer in the latter campaign, scoring 8 goals in total. Costa's physicality and aggression made him a difficult player to defend against in the Europa League.




Radja Nainggolan (Belgium):

Nainggolan has been a standout performer in the Europa League in recent seasons, helping Roma reach the semifinals in the 2017-18 season. He scored several important goals in that campaign, including a stunning long-range strike against Shakhtar Donetsk. Nainggolan's dynamic midfield play and ability to score from distance make him a dangerous player in the Europa League.




Falcao (Colombia):

Falcao is widely regarded as one of the best players in the history of the Europa League. He played a starring role in Porto's triumph in the competition in the 2010-11 season, scoring a remarkable 17 goals in just 14 games. Falcao also won the Europa League again in the 2011-12 season with Atletico Madrid, scoring the winning goal in the final against Athletic Bilbao.




Dimitri Payet (France):

Payet was a key player for Marseille during their run to the final of the Europa League in the 2017-18 season. He scored some stunning goals in the competition, including a memorable free-kick against RB Leipzig in the quarterfinals. Payet's creative flair and eye for goal make him a dangerous player in the Europa League.




Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon): 

Aubameyang has been a prolific goalscorer in the Europa League throughout his career. He helped Borussia Dortmund reach the quarterfinals in the 2015-16 season, scoring 8 goals in the competition. Aubameyang then helped Arsenal reach the final in the 2018-19 season, scoring several important goals along the way.




Antoine Griezmann (France):

Griezmann played a key role in Atletico Madrid's Europa League triumphs in the 2011-12 and 2017-18 seasons. He scored a total of 7 goals in the competition across those two campaigns, including two goals in the final against Marseille in 2018. Griezmann's speed and creativity make him a formidable player in the Europa League.




Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina): 

Higuain has been a consistent goalscorer in the Europa League throughout his career. He helped Chelsea reach the final of the competition in the 2018-19 season, scoring a total of 5 goals. Higuain's clinical finishing and ability to score in big games make him a valuable player in the Europa League.





Europa League Statistics:


Here are some key statistics from the history of the Europa League:


The most successful team in the history of the competition is Sevilla, with 6 titles.


The record for most goals scored in a single Europa League season is held by Radamel Falcao, who scored 17 goals for Porto in the 2010-11 season.


The youngest player to score in the Europa League is Breno Borges, who scored for Sao Paulo against Club Atletico Mineiro in 2007 at the age of 17 years and 34 days.


The record for most appearances in the Europa League is held by Giuseppe Bergomi, who played in 96 matches for Inter Milan and Udinese.


The biggest victory in a Europa League match was a 10-0 win by Tottenham Hotspur over Dinamo Zagreb in the round of 16 in the 2020-21 season.


The fastest goal in the history of the Europa League was scored by Shane Long, who scored for Southampton just 7.69 seconds into a match against Inter Milan in 2016.


The record for most consecutive clean sheets in the Europa League is held by Atletico Madrid, who went 817 minutes without conceding a goal in the competition during the 2011-12 season.


The highest-scoring Europa League final was in the 2019-20 season when Sevilla beat Inter Milan 3-2.


The most goals scored by a team in a single Europa League campaign is 45, achieved by Red Bull Salzburg in the 2017-18 season.


The most successful manager in the history of the competition is Unai Emery, who has won the tournament 3 times with Sevilla.


The player with the most assists in the history of the Europa League is Ever Banega, who has provided 26 assists in the competition.


The most goals scored by a team in a single Europa League match is 9, achieved by both Shakhtar Donetsk and Legia Warsaw.


The longest penalty shootout in Europa League history was between APOEL and Olympique Lyonnais in the 2011-12 season, which went to 18 penalty kicks before APOEL won 4-3.


The most red cards in a single Europa League match is 5, which happened in a match between Vorskla Poltava and Arsenal in the 2018-19 season.


The most goals scored by a player in a single Europa League match is 5, achieved by Radamel Falcao for Porto against Villarreal in the 2010-11 season.


The youngest manager to win the Europa League is Andre Villas-Boas, who led Porto to the title in the 2010-11 season at the age of 33.


The most goals scored by a team in a single Europa League group stage is 28, achieved by Salzburg in the 2017-18 season.


The player with the most appearances in the Europa League is Ivan Petkov, who has played in 90 matches in the competition.


The team with the most clean sheets in the history of the Europa League is Sevilla, who have kept 48 clean sheets in 160 matches.


The highest attendance at a Europa League match was 64,640, when Benfica played Chelsea in the 2013-14 final at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy.


The most successful country in the history of the Europa League is Spain, with 12 titles won by 4 different teams.


The team with the most appearances in the Europa League group stage is Salzburg, who have appeared in the group stage 13 times.


The most goals scored by a team in a single Europa League knockout stage is 25, achieved by Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2018-19 season.


The most successful player in the history of the Europa League is Unai Emery, who has won the competition 4 times - 3 times as a manager (with Sevilla) and once as a player (with Real Sociedad).


The fastest hat-trick in Europa League history was scored by Edinson Cavani for Napoli against Dnipro in the 2011-12 season. He scored his three goals in just 16 minutes.


The team with the most goals scored in a single Europa League campaign without winning the title is Ajax, who scored 36 goals in the 2016-17 season but lost to Manchester United in the final.


The most successful English club in the history of the Europa League is Liverpool, who have won the competition 3 times - in 1973, 1976, and 2001.





Europa League Stadium:

Here are some famous stadiums that have hosted Europa League matches, along with a brief description:



Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden - The national stadium of Sweden, Friends Arena has hosted the Europa League final twice, in 2017 and 2022.




Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands - Home to Dutch club Ajax, the Amsterdam Arena has hosted multiple Europa League matches, including the 2013 final.




Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France - Opened in 2016, the Parc Olympique Lyonnais hosted the 2018 Europa League final between Marseille and Atletico Madrid.




Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland - The Aviva Stadium is the national stadium of Ireland and has hosted Europa League matches involving Irish clubs.




Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland - The Stadion Energa Gdańsk hosted the 2021 Europa League final, which was won by Villarreal.




Stadion Miejski, Poznań, Poland - Home to Polish club Lech Poznań, the Stadion Miejski has hosted multiple Europa League matches.




RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany - The RheinEnergieStadion is the home ground of German club 1. FC Köln and has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2020 final which was moved to Germany due to the COVID-19 pandemic.




Emirates Stadium, London, England - The home of Arsenal FC, the Emirates Stadium has hosted several Europa League matches involving Arsenal.




San Siro, Milan, Italy - One of the most famous stadiums in the world, San Siro has hosted multiple Europa League finals, most recently in 2016.




Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, Seville, Spain - The home ground of Sevilla FC, the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán has hosted multiple Europa League matches and has seen Sevilla win the competition a record 6 times.




Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany - The home ground of VfL Wolfsburg, the Volkswagen Arena has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2015 quarterfinal between Wolfsburg and Napoli.




Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey - The Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium is the home ground of Turkish club Fenerbahçe and has hosted multiple Europa League matches, including the 2013 semifinal between Fenerbahçe and Benfica.




Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal - The home ground of FC Porto, the Estádio do Dragão has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2011 final between Porto and Braga.




Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland - The home of Celtic FC, Celtic Park has hosted several Europa League matches involving Celtic.




Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia - The largest stadium in Croatia, Stadion Maksimir has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2012 final between Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.




Allianz Stadion, Vienna, Austria - The home ground of Austrian club Rapid Vienna, the Allianz Stadion has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2018 round of 16 match between Rapid Vienna and Inter Milan.




Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - One of the most famous stadiums in Italy, the Stadio Olimpico has hosted multiple Europa League matches, including the 2017 final between Ajax and Manchester United.




Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany - The home ground of RB Leipzig, the Red Bull Arena has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2018 quarterfinal between RB Leipzig and Olympique Marseille.




Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal - The home ground of Benfica, the Estadio da Luz has hosted multiple Europa League matches, including the 2014 final between Benfica and Sevilla.




Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - The home ground of SSC Napoli, the Stadio San Paolo has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2015 round of 32 match between Napoli and Trabzonspor.




Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France - The home ground of Olympique Marseille, the Stade Vélodrome has hosted multiple Europa League matches, including the 2018 final between Marseille and Atlético Madrid.




RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany - The home ground of 1. FC Köln, the RheinEnergieStadion has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2020 final between Sevilla and Inter Milan.




Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland - A new stadium built in 2011, the Stadion Energa Gdańsk has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2020 final between Sevilla and Inter Milan.




Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy - The home ground of Torino FC, the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2018 round of 32 match between Torino and Athletic Bilbao.




Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France - A modern stadium built in 2016, the Parc Olympique Lyonnais has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2018 semifinal between Lyon and Ajax.




Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal - The home ground of SC Braga, the Estádio Municipal de Braga has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2011 final between Braga and Porto.




Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu, Cluj-Napoca, Romania - The home ground of CFR Cluj, the Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2013 round of 32 match between CFR Cluj and Inter Milan.




Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, England - The home ground of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Molineux Stadium has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2019 round of 16 match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Olympiacos.




Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland - The home of Rangers FC, Ibrox Stadium has hosted several Europa League matches involving Rangers.




Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy - The home ground of ACF Fiorentina, the Stadio Artemio Franchi has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2015 round of 16 match between Fiorentina and AS Roma.




Red Bull Arena, Salzburg, Austria - The home ground of FC Red Bull Salzburg, the Red Bull Arena has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2014-15 round of 16 match between Salzburg and FC Basel.




Allianz Stadion, Vienna, Austria - A modern stadium built in 2016, the Allianz Stadion has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2017-18 round of 32 match between Rapid Wien and SC Braga.




Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia - The home ground of GNK Dinamo Zagreb, the Stadion Maksimir has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2018-19 round of 16 match between Dinamo Zagreb and Benfica.




Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, San Sebastián, Spain - The home ground of Real Sociedad, the Estadio Municipal de Anoeta has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2017-18 round of 32 matches in between  Red Bull Salzburg vs Real Sociedad.




Türk Telekom Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey - The home ground of Galatasaray SK, the Türk Telekom Stadium has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2015-16 round of 32 match between Galatasaray and Lazio.




San Siro, Milan, Italy - The home ground of AC Milan and Inter Milan, the San Siro has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2015-16 quarterfinal between Inter Milan and VfL Wolfsburg.




Stadion Poljud, Split, Croatia - The home ground of Hajduk Split, the Stadion Poljud has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2013-14 round of 32 match between Hajduk Split and RSC Anderlecht.




Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland - The home ground of BSC Young Boys, the Stade de Suisse has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2018-19 round of 32 match between BSC Young Boys and Bayer Leverkusen.




Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, France - The home ground of AS Saint-Étienne, the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2016-17 round of 32 match between AS Saint-Étienne and Manchester United.




Stadionul Ion Oblemenco, Craiova, Romania - The home ground of Universitatea Craiova, the Stadionul Ion Oblemenco has hosted Europa League matches, including the 2017-18 round of 32 match between Universitatea Craiova and RB Leipzig.

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