Established since 1971 by UEFA, earlier known as the UEFA Cup is the Second most important international competition for each and every European Clubs after the UEFA Champions league. The Europa Cup originated from the year 1955 where Inter-Cities Cup was formed which included a number of European clubs, namely London, Milan, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Birmingham, Basel, Leipzig, Zagreb, Lausanne and Copenhagen in the inaugural tournament.
Since the start of the tournament, the Finals also included 2 legs each both Home and Away and on the basis of the aggregate winners was decided but in 1998, scenario changed and only one legged Finals were declared as Internazionale defeated Lazio in the competition’s Final, at the Parc des
The tournament started advancing and developed further in the year 1962 when participation expanded to include 32 entries in the tournament by 1962 and at present there are over 48 Clubs participating. This tournament was then Officially was taken over by the UEFA and named as the UEFA Cup for 1971-72 season when Tottenham Hotspur won the inaugural competition in 1972, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–2 on aggregate in Finals.
In the 2008-09 Season, the UEFA Europa Cup was Renamed as the UEFA Europa league by the governing body itself. Let us take a complete look at the winners of UEFA Europa Cup which is now known as the UEFA Europa League.
UEFA Europa League Winners List
|2012||Atletico Madrid||Athletic Bilbao|
|2011||FC Porto||SC Braga|
|2009||Shakhtar Donetsk||Werder Bremen|
|2005||CSKA Moscow||Sporting Lisbon|
|1997||FC Schalke||Inter Milan|
|1994||Inter Milan||Casino Salzburg|
|1991||Inter Milan||As Roma|
|1987||IFK Göteborg||Dundee UTD|
|1986||Real Madrid||FC Köln|
|1981||Ipswich Town||AZ Alkmaar|
|1980||Eintracht Frankfurt||B. M’gladbach|
|1979||Borussia M’gladbach||Red Star Belgrade|
|1975||Borussia M’gladbach||FC Twenty|
|Inter-Cities Fairs Cup|
|1969||Newcastle United||Újpesti Dózsa|
|1967||Dinamo Zagreb||Leeds United|
|1966||FC Barcelona||Real Zaragoza|
|1963||Valencia CF||Dinamo Zagreb|
|1961||AS Roma||Birmingham City|
|1958-60||Barcelona XI||Birmingham City|
|1955-58||Barcelona XI||London XI|
UEFA CUP Most Victories by Teams
When we talk about the UEFA Europa league, Sevilla is the team that automatically comes in our mind and yes there is a reason behind it. The only European Club to win a Hatrick of UEFA Europa League title back to back from the year 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 consistently 3 back to back UEFA Europa trophies and also winning back in the year 2005-06 Season and 2006-07 Season back to back. With this, the underrated Spanish Club Sevilla becomes 5 times UEFA Europa League winner.
Liverpool (1973,1976,2001), Inter Milan (1991,1994,1998) and Juventus (1977,1990,1993) have won Three UEFA Europa League titles while Atletico Madrid(2010,2012), Real Madrid(1985,1986),Borussia Monchengladbach(1975,1979), Tottenham Hotspur (1972,1984), Feyenoord (1974,2002), IFK Goteborg (1982,1987), Parma(1995, 1999) and FC Porto(2003,2011) has won the UEFA Europa league title Twice.
However, the Big Reputed Giant Clubs mostly proceed to the UEFA Champions league here we explain you the qualification method of UEFA Europa league.
How to Qualify Europa League?
Here are few ways European Clubs can qualify for the Champions League and Europa League.
5th and 6th position clubs of their respective leagues directly qualify for the UEFA Europa League Group Stage while Seventh position League team qualifies for the Europa League qualifiers.
- League Cup win – secures a Europa League third qualifying round spot.
- League position – League Winners will head to the Champions League group stage. Second and third also make the group stages. A fourth position Club will qualify for Champions League play-off round.
- Champions League win – guarantees a place in the group stage of the Champions League for the next season.
- Europa League win – guarantees a place in the Champions League group stage for the following season.
UEFA Europa League Goal Scorers
Swedish international striker Henrik Larsson is the all-time UEFA Europa League Top Goalscorer with 40 goals in 56 match appearances. Performed majorly for the Scottish side Celtic, Henrik has also served clubs like Manchester United and Barcelona during his entire Football career.
|1||Henrik Larsson||Sweden||40||56||Feyenoord (1), Celtic (27), Helsingborg (12)|
|2||Klaas-Jan Huntelaar||Netherlands||33||40||Heerenveen (5), Ajax (11), Schalke04 (17)|
|3||Radamel Falcao||Colombia||30||31||Porto (17), Atletico Madrid (13)|
|4||Dieter Muller||West Germany||29||36||Koln (25), Stuttgart (1), Saarbrucken (3)|
|5||Shota Arveladze||Georgia||27||44||Dinamo Tbilisi (2), Trabzonspor (4), Ajax (10), Rangers (2), AZ (9)|
Dutch international striker Huntelaar is the second top scorer in the UEFA Europa League. the Hunter has scored 33 goals in 40 appearances for Ajax and who know he can beat the records ahead. He currently plays for Schalke, who are competing in the group stages of the Europa League this 2016-17 season.