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The 2011-12 UEFA Europa League was the 3rd season of the competition replacing the UEFA Cup. Over the course of the season, nearly 200 teams from 53 UEFA member associations participated in the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League.

QualifyingEdit

The 2011-12 competition had 4 qualification rounds to reach the group stage.

New non-UCL teams Teams in
Europa League
New teams from UCL
1st
Qualifying
50 teams >>>    50 teams  
2nd
Qualifying
55 teams >>>
 
   25 winners from 1st Q
   55 new teams
   -—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—
   80 teams
 
3rd
Qualifying
30 teams >>>
 
   40 winners from 2nd Q
   30 new teams
   -—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—
   70 teams
 
Play-offs 26 teams >>>
 
 
   35 winners from 3rd Q
   26 new teams
   15 UCL teams
   -—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—
   76 teams
 
<<< 15 losing teams from 3rd Qualifying Round
Group Stage    38 winners from Play-offs
   10 UCL teams
   -—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—
   48 teams
<<< 10 losing teams from Play-off Round
Knockout Stage    12 Group Stage winners
   12 Group Stage runners-up
     8 UCL teams
   -—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—
   32 teams
 
<<< 8 third place Group Stage teams

Group StageEdit

The 48 teams form 12 groups of 4 teams, playing a home and away series.

Knockout StageEdit

The top 2 teams from each group are joined by the 8 third-place finishers (indicated by ³) from each group of the UEFA Champions League to form a 32 team knockout stage. Each team play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis.

Country Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
   AUT AUT   Salzburg
   BEL BEL   Anderlecht
  Club Brugge
  Standard Liège
 
 
  Standard Liège
   CZE CZE   Viktoria Plzeň 3
   ENG ENG   Man City 3
  Man United 3
  Stoke City
  Man City 3
  Man United 3
   GER GER   Hannover
  Schalke
  Hannover
  Schalke
  Hannover
  Schalke
   GRE GRE   Olympiacos 3
  PAOK
  Olympiacos 3
   ITA ITA   Lazio
  Udinese
 
  Udinese
   NED NED   Ajax 3
  AZ Alkmaar
  PSV Eindhoven
  Twente
 
  AZ Alkmaar
  PSV Eindhoven
  Twente
 
  AZ Alkmaar
   POL POL   Legia Warsaw
  Wisła Kraków
   POR POR   Braga
  Porto 3
  Sporting Lisbon
 
 
  Sporting Lisbon
 
 
  Sporting Lisbon
 
 
  Sporting Lisbon
   ROU ROU   Steaua București
   RUS RUS   Lokomotiv Moscow
  Rubin Kazan
   ESP ESP   Athletic Bilbao
  Atlético Madrid
  Valencia 3
  Athletic Bilbao
  Atlético Madrid
  Valencia 3
  Athletic Bilbao
  Atlético Madrid
  Valencia 3
  Athletic Bilbao
  Atlético Madrid
  Valencia 3
  Athletic Bilbao
  Atlético Madrid
   TUR TUR   Beşiktaş
  Trabzonspor 3
  Beşiktaş
   UKR UKR   Metalist Kharkiv   Metalist Kharkiv   Metalist Kharkiv

Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
   GRE   PAOK
   ITA   Udinese    ITA   Udinese
   NED   AZ Alkmaar    NED   AZ Alkmaar    NED   AZ Alkmaar
   BEL   Anderlecht
   ENG   Stoke City
   ESP   Valencia 3    ESP   Valencia 3    ESP   Valencia 3    ESP   Valencia 3
   NED   PSV Eindhoven    NED   PSV Eindhoven
   TUR   Trabzonspor 3
   POR   Braga
   TUR   Beşiktaş    TUR   Beşiktaş
   ESP   Atlético Madrid    ESP   Atlético Madrid    ESP   Atlético Madrid    ESP   Atlético Madrid    ESP   Atlético Madrid
  (CHAMPIONS)
   ITA   Lazio
   BEL   Club Brugge
   GER   Hannover    GER   Hannover    GER   Hannover
   BEL   Standard Liège    BEL   Standard Liège
   POL   Wisła Kraków
   ROU   Steaua
   NED   Twente    NED   Twente
   GER   Schalke    GER   Schalke    GER   Schalke
   CZE   Viktoria Plzeň 3
   RUS   Lokomotiv
   ESP   Athletic Bilbao    ESP   Athletic Bilbao    ESP   Athletic Bilbao    ESP   Athletic Bilbao    ESP   Athletic Bilbao
   ENG   Man United 3    ENG   Man United 3
   NED   Ajax 3
   POR   Porto 3
   ENG   Man City 3    ENG   Man City 3
   POR   Sporting    POR   Sporting    POR   Sporting    POR   Sporting
   POL   Legia Warsaw
   AUT   Salzburg
   UKR   Metalist Kharkiv    UKR   Metalist Kharkiv    UKR   Metalist Kharkiv
   GRE   Olympiacos 3    GRE   Olympiacos 3
   RUS   Rubin Kazan

³ Third place finishers in UEFA Champions League Group Stage

FinalEdit

The final this season was played at Arena Națională, Bucharest where in an all-Spanish final Atlético Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao.


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