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The UEFA Europa League

The UEFA Europa League


A Brief History Of The UEFA Europa League

The UEFA Cup was the original brainchild of Switzerland's Ernst Thommen, Italy's Ottorino Barrasi - both future FIFA vice-presidents - and England's Sir Stanley Rous, the future president of FIFA.

Their idea was to organise a tournament for representative sides from cities in Europe that regularly organised trade fairs. The concept was agreed upon and the forerunner to the UEFA Cup, namely the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup was founded on 18 April 1955, two weeks after the founding of the European Champion Clubs' Cup.

The first Fairs Cup involved teams from Barcelona, Basle, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Lausanne, Leipzig, London, Milan and Zagreb. Originally conceived as a two-year tournament, it lasted for three, during which time 23 games were played. Barcelona, using players purely from FC Barcelona, beat a London representative side 8-2 on aggregate in the final.

For the second tournament the organisers reverted to club participation with the knockout format continuing, but the teams still had to come from cities staging trade fairs. Sixteen clubs took part in the 1958-60 tournament, after which it was staged on an annual basis. By 1962 the number of entrants had risen to 32; there were 48 in 1967; 60 in 1968; and, as from the 1969-70 season, there were 64 teams on the starting grid. There are now more than 100. The 1971/72 tournament, was the first to be known as the UEFA Cup.

From 1999/2000, domestic cup winners also qualified for the UEFA Cup after the decision was made to end the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In addition, clubs eliminated from the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League and the eight third-placed finishers at the end of the group stage of the same competition move across to contest the UEFA Cup. The competition also includes three Fair Play representatives, three UEFA Intertoto Cup 'winners' and winners of some selected domestic league cup competitions.

From the 2009–10 season, the competition has been rebranded as the UEFA Europa League in a bid to increase the competition's profile. As well as changing the competition's name, an extra 16 teams now qualify for the main stages of the competition, with the group stage now consisting of 12 groups of four teams (in a double round robin), with the top two placed teams in each group progressing. The competition then progresses in much the same way as the previous format, with 4 rounds of two-legged knockout rounds and a one-off final held at a neutral ground meeting UEFA's Elite stadium criteria.
Previous Winners Of The UEFA Europa League
UEFA Europa League
2011
2010
Dublin Arena, Ireland
Hamburg, Germany
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Atlético Madrid 2–1 Fulham
UEFA Cup 1972 - 2009
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
1980
1979
1978
1977
1976
1975
1974
1973
1972
Istanbul Turkey
City of Manchester Std
Hampden Park
Eindhoven
Estadio Jose Alvalade
Gothenburg
Seville
Rotterdam
Dortmund
Copenhagen
Moscow
Paris
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 1 Werder Bremen (aet)
Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 Rangers
Espanyol 2-2 Sevilla (3-1 Pens)
Sevilla 4-0 Middlesbrough
CSKA Moscow 3-1 Sporting
Valencia CF 2-0 Olympique Marseille
Porto 3-2 Celtic
Feyenoord 3-2 Borussia Dortmund
Liverpool 5-4 Alavés
Galatasaray 0-0 Arsenal (4-1 Pens)
Parma 3-0 Olympique Marseille
Internazionale 3-0 Lazio
Schalke 1-1 Internazionale (4-1 Pens)
Bayern 5-1 Bordeaux
Parma 2-1 Juventus
Internazionale 2-0 Austria Salzburg
Juventus 6-1 Borussia Dortmund
Ajax 2-2 Torino (Away Goals)
Internazionale 2-1 Roma
Juventus 3-1 Fiorentina
Napoli 5-4 VfB Stuttgart
Leverkusen
Gothenburg 2-1 Dundee United
Real Madrid 5-3 FC Köln
Real Madrid 3-1 Videoton
Tottenham 2-2 Anderlecht (4-3 Pens)
Anderlecht 2-1 1-0 Benfica
Gothenburg 4-0 1-0 Hamburger SV
Ipswich 5-4 AZ '67
Frankfurt 3-3 Borussia MG (Away Goals)
Borussia MG 2-1 Crvena zvezda
PSV 3-0 Bastia
Juventus 2-2 Athletic Bilbao (Away Goals)
Liverpool 4-3 FC Brugge
Borussia MG 5-1 FC Twente
Feyenoord 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool 3-2 Borussia MG
Tottenham 3-2 Wolves Wanderers
European Fairs Cup 1967 - 1971
1971
1970
1969
1968
1967
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Leeds United 3-3 Juventus (Away Goals)
Arsenal 4-3 Anderlecht
Newcastle United 6-2 SC Budapest
Leeds United 1-0 Ferencvaros
Dynamo Zagreb 2-0 Leeds United
The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1958 - 1966
1966
1965
1964
1963
1962
1961
1960
1958
Two Leg Final
Turin
Nou Camp
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Barcelona 4-3 Real Zaragoza
Ferencváros 1-0 Juventus
Real Zaragosa 2-1 Valencia
Valencia 4-1 Dinamo Zagreb
Valencia 7-3 Barcelona
AS Roma 4-2 Birmingham
Barcelona 5-2 Birmingham City
Barcelona 8-2 London