UEFA Europa League

Formerly known as the UEFA Cup, the UEFA Europa League is the secondary club competition in Europe behind the UEFA Champions League. Clubs that qualify are usually the runners-up of domestic top-flight leagues, along with domestic cup competition winners.

Founded in 1971, the competition has seen Sevilla be the most successful, having won the competition six times. They are the current holders, after defeating Inter Milan 3-2 at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne on the 21st August 2020.

Format of the UEFA Europa League

There is a Preliminary Round, three Qualifying Round’s and a Play-off round between June and August before 48 teams compete in the Group Stage of the competition, lasting from September to December.

12 group winners and 12 runners-up then enter the knockout phase, along with eight 3rd place teams from the UEFA Champions League. The knockout phase runs from February to May, culminating in the Final in late May.

Winners of the UEFA Europa League play against the Champions League winner in the UEFA Super Cup, whilst also earning a place in the following season’s UEFA Champions League.

2020-2021 UEFA Europa League

The 48 teams that are competing in the 2020-2021 Europa League are listed below. Click the links (where available) for a guide to visiting each stadium.

Group A

Roma (Italy) – Stadio Olimpico

Young Boys (Switzerland) – Stadion Wankdorf

CFR Cluj (Romania) – Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu

CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria) – Vasil Levski National Stadium

Group B

Arsenal (England) – Emirates Stadium

Rapid Wien (Austria) – Allianz Stadion

Molde (Norway) – Aker Stadion

Dundalk (Ireland) – Aviva Stadium

Group C

Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) – BayArena

Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) – Sinobo Stadium

Hapoel Be’er Sheva (Israel) – HaMoshava Stadium

Nice (France) – Allianz Riviera

Group D

Benfica (Portugal) – Estádio da Luz

Standard Liège (Belgium) – Stade Maurice Dufrasne

Rangers (Scotland) – Ibrox Stadium

Lech Poznań (Poland) – Stadion Miejski

Group E

PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) – Philips Stadion

PAOK (Greece) – Toumba Stadium

Granada (Spain) – Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes

Omonia (Cyprus) – GSP Stadium

Group F

Napoli (Italy) – Stadio San Paolo

Real Sociedad (Spain) – Anoeta Stadium

AZ (Netherlands) – AFAS Stadion

Rijeka (Croatia) – Stadion Rujevica

Group G

Braga (Portugal) – Estádio Municipal de Braga

Leicester City (England) – King Power Stadium

AEK Athens (Greece) – Olympic Stadium (Athens)

Zorya Luhansk (Ukraine) – Slavutych-Arena

Group H

Celtic (Scotland) – Celtic Park

Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) – Stadion Letná

AC Milan (Italy) – San Siro

Lille (France) – Stade Pierre-Mauroy

Group I

Villarreal (Spain) – Estadio de la Cerámica

Qarabağ (Azerbaijan) – Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium

Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) – Bloomfield Stadium

Sivasspor (Turkey) – New Sivas 4 Eylül Stadium

Group J

Tottenham Hotspur (England) – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria) – Huvepharma Arena

LASK (Austria) – Linzer Stadion

Antwerp (Belgium) – Bosuilstadion

Group K

CSKA Moscow (Russia) – VEB Arena

Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) – Stadion Maksimir

Feyenoord (Netherlands) – De Kuip

Wolfsberger AC (Austria) – Wörthersee Stadion

Group L

Gent (Belgium) – Ghelamco Arena

Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) – Red Star Stadium

1899 Hoffenheim (Germany) – Rhein-Neckar-Arena

Slovan Liberec (Czech Republic) – Stadion u Nisy

2020-2021 Match Days

22nd October 2020: Matchday one

29th October 2020: Matchday two

5th November 2020: Matchday three

26th November 2020: Matchday four

3rd December 2020: Matchday five

10th December 2020: Matchday six

14th December 2020: Round of 32 draw

18th February 2021: Round of 32 first legs

25th February 2021: Round of 32 first legs

26th February 2021: Round of 16 draw

11th March 2021: Round of 16 first legs

18th March 2021: Round of 16 second legs

19th March 2021: Quarter-finals & Semi-finals draw

8th April 2021: Quarter-finals first leg

15th April 2021: Quarter-finals second leg

29th April 2021: Semi-finals first leg

6th May 2021: Semi-finals second leg

26th May 2021: Final (Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland))

Future UEFA Europa League Final’s

2020-2021 UEFA Europa League Final (26th May 2021) – Stadion Energa Gdańsk (Gdańsk, Poland)

2021-2022 UEFA Europa League Final (18th May 2022) Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán (Seville, Spain)

2022-2023 UEFA Europa League Final (May 2023) – Puskás Aréna (Budapest, Hungary)

Further Information

UEFA Europa League Official Website

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