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Who will win the Europa League 2021/22? We reveal fascinating facts about Europe’s second-highest club football competition, compare the best betting odds and take a look at the favorites and underdogs in the Europa League.
The UEFA Europa League is the second most important international competition for European club teams after the Champions League. The competition emerges from the UEFA Cup founded in 1971 and has had its current name since the 2008/09 season.
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So far, 29 different teams have won the Europa League or UEFA Cup, with Spanish clubs being particularly successful, winning the trophy a total of 13 times. The record winner is Sevilla FC, also a club from the Spanish Primera División.
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|2||Stade Rennais FC||6||3||3||0||11:8||3||12|
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Diego Maradona won the Serie A twice with SSC Napoli as well as the 1991 UEFA Cup final.
Europa League Infobox
|Name||UEFA Europa League|
|First edition||2009 or before since 1971 as UEFA Cup|
|Participating teams||32 (group stage), 58 incl. qualification|
|Record winner||Sevilla FC (6)|
|Record player||Giuseppe Bergomi (96)|
|Record scorer||Henrik Larsson (31)|
|Defending champion||FC Villarreal|
Who qualifies for the Europa League
Qualification for the Europa League is based on UEFA coefficients, with the higher-ranked nations being given more starting places.
With the creation of the Europa Conference League, the UEFA Europa League did receive a quality upgrade and qualification for Europe’s second-highest club competition became more difficult, with only 32 teams now represented in the group stage instead of 48.
Twelve clubs automatically qualify for the group stage on the basis of the UEFA coefficients. The remaining 20 teams must advance to the group stage via the qualifying matches. Most of these clubs previously failed to qualify for the Champions League.
The match format of the Europa League
The format of the Europa League is subject to numerous changes and football clubs and fans have to adapt to new rules every year. In the 2021/22 Europa League season, only 32 teams will play in the group stage instead of 48, and due to this reduction, the quality level of the participating teams will be higher.
The eight third-placed teams of the Europa League group stage will progress to the Europa Conference League, where they will meet the eight second-placed teams. The winner of this clash advances to the Conference League Round of 16. Similarly, the runners-up of the Europa League group stage will play the third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage in the final-round play-offs for a ticket to the last 16.
From the round of 16 onwards, the respective advancers are determined by a regular knockout system, whereby from the quarter-finals onwards two teams from the same national association can meet.
Europa League prize money 2021/22
Participation in the Europa League is not nearly as lucrative as the Champions League, but many clubs still rely on the prize money.
Clubs will receive an entry fee of €3,630,300 for successfully qualifying for the group stage. Each win in the group stage is worth €630,000 and each draw is worth €210,000.
The winning teams of the group stage receive an additional €1,100,000, the runner-up collects half. The winner of the final round play-off will receive half a million, the winner of the round of 16 will receive €1,100,000. The quarter-finals are worth €1,800,000, while winning the semi-finals is worth €2,800,000. The winner of the Europa League final will receive €8,600,000, the loser will get about half. The Europa League winner also qualifies for the Champions League group stage for the upcoming season.
|Entry fee group phase||€3.630.300.-|
|Victory in the group phase||€630.000.-|
|Draw in the group stage||€210.000.-|
|Final Round Playoff||€500.000.-|
|Round of 16||€1.100.000.-|
Which TV channel will broadcast the Europa League?
While the Champions League is almost only available on pay-TV, football fans in German-speaking countries can at least look forward to free-TV broadcasts of the Europa League. In Germany, the media group RTL secured the rights to the competition, with the matches also being broadcasted on the streaming platform TVNOW. In Austria, ORF and Servus TV won the contracts, while in Switzerland Teleclub and CH Media will broadcast the matches.
In many other countries, however, the Europa League can now only be seen on pay-TV. In England, BT Sport acquired the Europa League rights in addition to the Champions League, and the same applies in Spain for the subscription channel Movistar+. In Italy, the matches are broadcasted on DAZN and Sky. Like the Champions League, the Europa League matches can be received almost all over the world, for example in the USA (CBS), Japan (Wowow), Australia (Stan) or even Vietnam (FPT).
The most successful clubs in the Europa League
|Team||Number of titles|
Sevilla FC have reached the final of the Europa League six times in total and proved to be enormously efficient, winning all six matches. After triumphing in 2006 and 2007, the Spanish side won the Europa League three times in a row between 2014 and 2016. The sixth and to date last Europa League win followed in 2020.
FunFact: Sevilla FC were the first Spanish team ever to have eleven players on the starting line-up in a La Liga game, all of whom were born outside of Spain. The match took place in the 2016/17 season against Eibar and ended in a 1-1 draw.
Who won the Europa League 2021?
On 26 May 2021, Villarreal FC and Manchester United met at the Gdańsk Stadium in the Europa League final. The score was 1-1 after 90 minutes and no further goals were scored in extra time, so the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out.
It was a thriller as both sides converted their first ten penalties. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was unlucky that night as he missed his penalty, while Villarreal goalie Gerónimo Rulli safely converted his penalty kick. Winning the Europa League was the biggest achievement in Villarreal CF’s history.