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The UEFA Europa League is an annual men's association football club competition organized by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. It is the second most prestigious European club football contest after the UEFA Champions League. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions.

Since the 2009/10 season following a change in format, the competition has been known as the UEFA Europa League, replacing the UEFA Cup. For UEFA footballing records purposes, the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League are considered the same competition, with the change of name being simply a rebranding.

In 1999, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was abolished and merged with the UEFA Cup. For the 2004/05 competition a group stage was added prior to the knockout phase. The 2009 re-branding included a merge with the UEFA Intertoto Cup, producing an enlarged competition format, with an expanded group stage and changed qualifying criteria. The winner of the UEFA Europa League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup.

From the 2015-2016 season onwards the winners of the previous season's UEFA Europa League will qualify for the UEFA Champions League, the winner entering at least at the play-off round (assuming they do not already qualify through domestic performance), and will enter the group stage if the berth reserved for the Champions League title holders is not used.

The title has been won by 27 different clubs, 12 of which have won the title more than once. The most successful clubs in the competition are Juventus, Inter Milan and Liverpool with three titles apiece. Since the tournament changed name and structure in 2009, no club has managed consecutive wins.


Season Teams Champions Runners-up Final
Total Group
Stage
Knockout
Stage
2014/15 195 48
(12 groups)
32       GER Stadion Narodowy
Warsaw
2013/14 194 48
(12 groups)
32   ESP Sevilla   POR Benfica   ITA Juventus Stadium
Turin
2012/13 193 48
(12 groups)
32   ENG Chelsea   POR Benfica   NED Amsterdam Arena
Amsterdam
2011/12 193 48
(12 groups)
32   ESP Atlético Madrid   ESP Athletic Bilbao   ROU Arena Națională
Bucharest
2010/11 194 48
(12 groups)
32   POR Porto   POR Braga   IRL Lansdowne Road
Dublin
2009/10 194 48
(12 groups)
32   ESP Atlético Madrid   ENG Fulham   GER Volksparkstadion
Hamburg

UEFA CUP

Season Teams Champions Runners-up Final
Total Group
Stage
Knockout
Stage
2008/09 157 40
(8 groups)
32   UKR Shakhtar Donetsk   GER Werder Bremen   TUR Şükrü Saracoğlu
Istanbul


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