Europa League

Europa League.

Europa League

The Europa League is the successor tournament to the old UEFA Cup.

The Europa League is the second most important European football competition after the UEFA Champions League.

Europa League Qualification

The trophy awarded to the winning team is the same as the old UEFA Cup. Shakhtar Donetsk from Ukraine were the last UEFA Cup winners in 2009 before the rebranding of the competition.

Places in the Europa League are awarded to teams who finish in various runners-up places in the top European leagues and the winners of the main cup competitions and the league cup winners in both England and France. Places are also awarded to 3 teams who qualify from UEFA's Fair Play table. The previous Intertoto Cup has been discontinued.


The current format is of 12 groups (A-L) of four teams playing each other home and away after an initial qualification stage for smaller nations' teams and teams losing out in the qualification rounds for the Champions League.

The the top two teams in each group progress to two-legged knockout rounds together with eight third placed teams from the Champions League group stage.

The 2011 Final was played at the Aviva Arena in Dublin.

The 2010 one-off final was held at HSH Nordbank Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Latest Europa League News

Europa League 2013-2014: Benfica v Sevilla Preview

Will Benfica finally lift their curse when they face Sevilla in the Europa Cup FInal in Turin.

Europa League 2012-2013: Benfica v Chelsea Preview

Chelsea face Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena in the final of the Europa League.

Europa League 2011-2012: Manchester Clubs Drop To Europa League

Manchester United face Ajax while City take on Porto in the Round of 32.

Europa League 2011-2012

Both Stoke City and Fulham face Croatian opposition from the city of Split in the third qualifying round.

Europa League 2010-2011 Final Preview

Braga face Porto in the final of a competition now devalued in the eyes of many big clubs.

Europa League 2010-2011

All the latest action from the Europa League as all British interest in the competition ends for the season.

Europa League 2010-2011: Rounds of 32 and 16 Draw

See the full draws for the rounds of 32 and 16 in the 2010-2011 Europa League.

Europa League Final Preview

Fulham face Atletico in the final of the Europa League in Hamburg.

Europa League Round Up April 2010

The Europa League semifinalists are Liverpool, Fulham, Atletico and Hamburg.

Europa League Round Up March 2010

Fulham beat Juventus and Liverpool overcome Lille to progress to the next round.

Europa League Round of 16 Preview

Europa League Round of 16 Preview.

UEFA Cup 2009 Review

Shakhtar Donetsk lifted the last UEFA Cup before it becomes the Europa League next season.

UEFA Cup Final 2009

Uefa Cup Final - Shakhtar Donetsk beat Werder Bremen 2-1 in Istanbul, Turkey.

UEFA Cup Final 2009 Preview

Uefa Cup Final preview - Shakhtar Donetsk v Werder Bremen, Istanbul, Turkey.

UEFA Cup - all the previous match reports, news and analysis from the old UEFA Cup.