The Europa League is the second-biggest club competition in European soccer. Launched in 1971 as the UEFA Cup, it has been held on an annual basis ever since and was rebranded as the Europa League in 2009.
The tournament begins with a group stage featuring 32 teams, who book their places either through the qualifying rounds or by securing an automatic spot via their performance in their domestic league or cup competitions.
The winner of each group goes straight through to the round of 16, while the runners-up and eight Champions League dropouts take part in the knockout round play-offs. The winners of those play-offs advance to the round of 16, which is followed by two-legged quarter-finals and semi-finals.
This season’s final will take place on 31 May 2023 – a few weeks later than usual due to the pause for the 2022 World Cup in November and December.
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Manchester United are the favorites to win the Europa League in 2022/23. The Red Devils lifted this trophy under Jose Mourinho in 2017 and reached the final four years later. Erik ten Hag will be keen to win a trophy in his debut campaign at Old Trafford.
United will face competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal, who narrowly missed out on a top-four finish last time out. Mourinho’s Roma, the winners of the inaugural edition of the Europa Conference League, will also hope to challenge for the trophy.
Spanish duo Real Betis and Real Sociedad are outsiders at this stage, while Union Berlin and Freiburg will be flying the flag for Germany and the Bundesliga following Eintracht Frankfurt’s triumph last term.
The Europa League final 2022, which was held at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville, was won by Eintracht Frankfurt, who triumphed over Rangers on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of action.
The German outfit reached the final by beating Real Betis, Barcelona and West Ham United in the knockout stage. Rangers reached the final by overcoming Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade, Braga and RB Leipzig in the knockouts.
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Sevilla are the most successful team in the history of the UEFA Cup/Europa League. The Spanish side are way out in front with six triumphs, all of which have come since 2006. Sevilla won three in a row between 2014 and 2016.
Inter, Liverpool, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are joint-second on the list with three successes apiece, followed by nine clubs with two trophies each. A total of 29 teams from 11 countries have won the UEFA Cup/Europa League.
England and Germany have provided the largest number of individual winners, with five clubs from each country having triumphed, but the success of Sevilla means Spain has supplied the most victors overall with 13.
Benfica and Marseille have finished as runners-up more often than any other teams, with three defeats in the final each. Neither side has won the trophy. Sevilla have a 100 per cent winning record in the six finals they have contested to date.
|Round||Draw Date||Match Date|
|Group Stage, Matchday One||26 August 2022||8 September 2022|
|Group Stage, Matchday Two||26 August 2022||15 September 2022|
|Group Stage, Matchday Three||26 August 2022||6 October 2022|
|Group Stage, Matchday Four||26 August 2022||13 October 2022|
|Group Stage, Matchday Five||26 August 2022||27 October 2022|
|Group Stage, Matchday Six||26 August 2022||3 November 2022|
|Knockout Round Play-Offs||7 November 2022||16 & 23 February 2023|
|Round of 16||24 February 2023||9 & 16 March 2023|
|Quarter-Finals||17 March 2023||13 & 20 April 2023|
|Semi-Finals||17 March 2023||11 & 18 May 2023|
|Final||17 March 2023||31 May 2023|
Since the 2014/15 season, the Europa League winners have automatically qualified for the group stage of the following campaign’s Champions League. This provides a further incentive to win Europe’s secondary club competition.
The Europa League final 2023 will be held at the Puskas Arena in Budapest. The stadium can hold 67,215 fans and was used for four matches at Euro 2020.
Soccer fans based in the United States can watch the Europa League on Paramount+. Kick-off times are usually 3.00 PM (EDT).
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