The UEFA Europa League is a Club competition played annually between clubs across the European continent.
This tournament began in 1971-1972 season in its former name the UEFA Cup. In 2009 it changed its name and format. 78 clubs enter the qualification rounds of the Europa League each year (either through their domestic league position or by winning a domestic cup) with afinal 48 reaching the group stages.
The knockout stage includes 24 clubs qualifying from the group stages and an additional 8 clubs from the Champions League after reaching the 3rd place in their group.
The tournament’s most successful clubs are Juventus, Inter Milan, Liverpool, and Sevilla. The last won the tournament a record of 5 times, the others have all won it 3 times. Italian Clubs have won the tournament collectively on 9 occasions, while Spanish teams have won it 10 times collectively and English clubs have won the tournament 7 times. From the 2015-16 season, the Europa League winners will automatically qualify for the following season’s Champions League.