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Europa League: The UEFA Europa League entails a yearly club football contest that is arranged by the Union of European Football Association since 1971. The UEFA Europa League is organized mainly
for clubs in Europe that are qualified. The premise on which the Clubs in Europe are eligible
for the Europa League competition is based on these club’s national leagues and cup
competition achievement. UEFA Europa league is the second ranking of leagues in Europe,
after the UEFA Champions league.
The UEFA Europa League was prior to this time known as the UEFA Cup, but as at 2009-
2010 season, the UEFA contest was named UEFA Europa league. It is germane to add that
for the purposes of record-keeping the Union of Europa Football Association, Europa League
and UEFA Cup, are regarded as the same contest and with each nomenclature considered
simply a change of brand name.
However, toeing the path of history in the Europa league, in the era of 1955-1971, the Inter-
Cities Fairs Cup, was the competition played at that time and which has been argued to have
preceded the UEFA Cup, which is now known as the Europa league, the Inter- Cities Fairs
Cup skyrocketed from eleven teams (11) teams which it was at its inception, between 1955-
1958 to sixty-four (64) between the time of 1970-1971. The Inter Cities Fairs was so
pertinent and apt for the Union of European Football Association (UEFA), that the
aforementioned association took over the competition and kick-started it as UEFA Cup.
Furthermore, still toeing the path of history for an apt understanding of UEFA Europa league,
it is apposite to state that UEFA Cup as was called at its inception, was in 1971-1972 season,
first played and in which clubs from the England league played the final. These clubs that
were pioneer finalist of the UEFA Finalist at the time of its inception were Wolverhampton
Wanderers that played against Tottenham Hostpur and of which Tottenham Hostpur, became
the first pioneer champions of the club.
Moreover, still on the path of history and flowing from the last preceding paragraph, after the
pioneer championship of Tottenham Hostpur, in 1973, Liverpool in a game against Broussia
Monchenglabach, conquered the aforementioned club and won the UEFA Europa League that
year. In 1975 and 1979, Gladbach won the Europa league and certainly got to the final stage
in 1980. In 1974, Feyenoord after conquering Tottenham Hotspur with a pathetic 4-2 in total
which entails (2-0 in Rotterdam and 2-2 in London). In 1976, Liverpool for the second time
in the UEFA Europa League became the champion.
Progressively, between the period of 1982 and 1987, IFK Göteborg won the UEFA Europa
League two times in succession and also in the same 1980’s Real Madrid a Spanish club,
equally in two succession, were the champions of the UEFA Europa league and which is
between 1985 and 1986. Also on the champions of the UEFA Europa League thus far,
Anderlecht also in getting to finals in two successions was the champion of the league in
1983, but were defeated out rightly by Tottenham Hotspur in 1984.
The Italian clubs tool the control of the league in the198. Italian clubs such as Napoli, of
which Diego Maradona played for as at them, conquered VFB Stuttgart. Also in the finals,
two Italian clubs, Torino and Ajax in the Europa League’s finals contested against each other
for the championship of the league, but Ajax won the championship on the premise of away
goals rule.
Still flowing from the preceding paragraph on the sequence of championship in the UEFA
Europa Cup, formally knowns as League Cup, in 1993 Juventus became the champions for
the third time in the league and of which 1994, Internazionale an Italian Club, retained the
championship of the league for the Italians. In 1995, the Italian clubs also played the finals
for the third time and of which and which Parma in proving their mettle and stability became
the champions of the league for the year in question.
It is apropos to mention that the 1990’s the Italian clubs monopolized the finals and which
one of the Italian clubs definitely becomes the champion, but in 1996 none of the Italian
clubs got to the finals of the competition. In 1997, an Italian club, Internazionale got to the
finals but were defeated by Schalke 04, though the defeat was typically based on a penalty
shootout. Internazionale in their persistence and consistency, also reached what can also be
described an Italian club finals and also became the champion of the third time in a space of
eight years, in the UEFA Europa League.
In 1999, Parma became the champions and which equally on same footing terminated the
supremacy of the Italian Clubs in the UEFA Europa League.
It is instructive to mention, that in 1999, UEFA Cup Winners Cup was scrapped and the
UEFA Cup Winners were combined with UEFA Cup.
Nevertheless, there was total refurbishment of the league as at 2004 -200 season, in the sense
that a group stage was added before the Knock-out stage, which was not the state of the
league prior to 2004/2005 season. The further 2009 refurbishment of the UEFA Europa
League entails the unifying of UEFA Intertoto Cup into the UEFA Europa League, which
however gave rise to a variant eligibility
Notably, for a club to be eligible for the UEFA Super Cup, the club must be a champion of
the UEFA Europa League. However, from 2014-2015 seasons, and the other seasons after the
aforementioned seasons, the champions of UEFA Europa League because eligible for the
UEFA Champions league and automatically goes in the group stage of the Europa
Champions League. The championship of the aforementioned have been taken by twenty (28)
clubs and which at least thirteen (13) of the clubs won the champion more than twice. In the
UEFA Europa League, the most coherent all-encompassing club is Sevilla, that have been the
Champion on 5 consecutive times.
Additionally, the most recent club that have been the champion of the league, is Chelsea, that
won Arsenal, after conquering the Arsenal Club, 4-1 in the finals played in 2019.
From the establishment of UEFA Europa League, it is germane to state that the league has
over time consolidated competitive and entertaining substitute for teams in Europe that were
are not eligible for the UEFA Champions League.
As regards to the eligibility of players to join the UEFA Europa League, the procedure for
eligibility has significantly changed ever since 2009. The clubs involve in the Europa League
are eligible for the league through coherent two means, and they are: the performance of the
clubs in their home cup competition and the respective finals standing in the home leagues.
Also, it is apropos to state that the UEFA coefficients aids in identifying the process of
eligibility of teams in the UEFA Europa league. The higher the teams are categorized in the
UEFA coefficients, the higher the eligibility status of the teams. There are four rounds in
total, to make teams eligible for Europa League.
The UEFA Coefficient is gotten via outcome of clubs that are representing each association
in the preceding five UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League seasons.
Also, besides the clubs that are eligible to be admitted straight to the Europa League, every
club that is removed from the eligibility stage of the UEFA Champions league, is given
another chance of engaging in the competitions of the Europeans, by being attached to the
Europa league qualification. The losing teams in the Champions league qualifying stage, that
is normally six are added to Europa league group stage.
It is imperative to have a perusal of how the 48 teams in the Europa league are gotten and
they listed as follows:
i. Clubs that are eligible to be admitted straight to the group stage of the Europa due to
the coefficients and their association and which is always 17 clubs.
ii. Twenty-one clubs (21) UEFA Europa League qualifiers
iii. The fourth qualifying round of UEFA Champions League and which entails 6 losers
iv. The third qualifying of the UEFA Champion League 4 non-domestic cup-winning
After the qualification of the forty-eight teams, they are divided into ‘pots’ of 4 and every of
the pot is categorized from number 1 to 4. However, the team that is appraised to have the
highest coefficient will be admitted into Pot one (1), the next appraised team with a
coefficient following the highest, will be admitted to Pot 2 and this is how it is done till it gets
to the final pot, which is pot five (5).
The clubs are taken from every of the above mentioned pots, till twelve (12) groups of four
(4). It is germane to state that clubs of the same association cannot be put in the same club
In evaluating how the group stage works, that are in the same group, contest in a double
round-robin set-up known as the group stage, with the champions in the group stage and
those that took the second place in the group state of the UEFA Europa league entering
another round, constituting of 32 teams and which constitutes the first series of the knock out
The twenty-four (24) UEFA Europa League will at the round thirty-two (32) admit the eight
third place clubs from the UEFA Champions league at the group stage.
The appraisal of the team is appraised by points achieved at the group stage. There is no point
allotted to any loss, one point is allotted to a draw and three points is allotted to a win.
Generally, in the Union of European Football Association (UEFA), resolves a draw through
the following tie-breaking procedures:
i. The number of points gotten by the particular team in question at the group stage, that
are high will be considered.
ii. High ranking goal distinction will that are identified at the group stage among the
particular teams will also be put into consideration.
iii. The group stage matches of the teams involved will be analysed, in order to see which
of the teams has higher number of goals that the other.
iv. The higher away goals, that is those games played away from home, that were scored
by the parties will also be considered among the particular teams in question.
Also on resolving the draw game among the teams, having applied the standard for resolving
draw games from 1 to 4 and there is still a tie, the standard set out in are applied again to the
football matches played among the teams that are remaining to identify the final rating, the
standard set out in below, that is starting with 5 to 12 will apply.
v. The group matches will be evaluated to identify high ranking goals.
vi. The group matches will also be appraised to identify the higher number of goals,
vii. Also the whole group matches will be analysed to identify the higher number of
viii. The group matches played away from home will also be analysed to identify
the victories in all group matches.
ix. The disciplinary points will equally be considered to identify the teams that had a
lower disciplinary measure than the other. The aforementioned is usually premised on
red and yellow cards that were gotten from all group matches, such as: ejection for
two yellow cards in one match- 3 points, yellow card- 1 point and red card- 3 points.
x. Coefficient of higher club will be checked.
It is imperative to appraise how the knock out stage in the UEFA Europa League works. the
round 32 entails making a draw and which constitutes the first round of the knock out stage.
It is important to mention that the round 32 constitutes of clubs that are divided into two
divergent pots of 16, of which one of the pots entails eight (8) clubs that are of third-place
clubs from the UEFA Champions’ league group stage and the eight (8) finest UEFA Europa
League champions and on the other polarity, the remaining four points contains four (4)
defeated or worst Europa League group winners and the Europa league group runner- up.
The teams that make up the knock out stage taken from each pot to decide what the
combination of clubs in the knock out stage will be done and with a constraint that a
champion and the club that took the second place in the same group at the group stage eill not
be paired together. Also of interest that clubs that in the same home league, will not be drawn
The round 16, quarter-final and the semi-final of the UEFA Europa league do not entail
dividing the teams involve in the Europa League, into distinct pots. The aforementioned
simply entails that the clubs that are left in the tournament can be paired together irrespective
of whether they are of the same home leagues or the position taken in the group stage or they
were grouped under the same group in the UEFA Europa League.
It is important to mention that though the pairing of the quarterfinals and semi-finals are done
at the same time, but is pertinent to mention that the clubs that won the quarter final are not
divulged, until the conclusion of the semi-final draw.
At the knock phase legs and tie breakers, clubs are combined together for every of the clubs
for the knock out stage, besides the finals, the clubs at this stage, will engage themselves in
two matches at each other’s domestic stadium. Every of the aforementioned match played at
that stage is known as a leg, with the champions at the group stage making arranging a
second leg in the round 32. The club that scores the highest number of goals at the two legs
played will proceed to the next stage or round of the game.
Nevertheless, if the total score is the same after the both legs have been played, the rule that
will be applied to break the tie, is apply the away goal rules. The aforementioned entails that
the team that has the highest number of goals in the football that is played away after the two
legs, is eligible for the next round of the tournament. If the goals that were played away from
home are the same, then an added time of 30 minutes will be given to break the tie.
Fundamentally, the away goal rule is equally used to decide the winner after the extra time
have been played. In a nutshell, what the aforementioned means, is that if the total number of
goals given are still the same, the team that visited will proceed to the next round of the game
on the basis of the away goal rule.
Also, if none of the particular teams score any goal, during the added time, the match will be
decided through a penalty shootout. The club that has the scores like five goals in the penalty
shoot-out wins and which is mostly five. If the penalty shootout didn’t break the tie, the
teams will continue till the tie is broken.
Finally, in the final match, which is just a single match, if there is a tie, additional time will
be added and if the tie is not broken, then a penalty shoot-out will be apt for resolving the tie

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