What is the Europa League? What is the role of the Europa League for European football? Why is this tournament neglected by fans?
What is the Europa League?
The Europa League is a football tournament organized annually by the European Football Federation for clubs.
The conditions for participating in the Europa League are that the teams must win the highest rankings in national championships. Also, not entitled to participate in the UEFA Champions League Cup (Cup C1). Since then, the position of the Europa League is lower than the UEFA Champions League 1 level.
The history of the Europa League
The founders of this tournament include Ernst Thornmen (Switzerland), Sir Stanley Rous (England), and Ottorino Barassi (Italy). Participants included 10 football teams from 10 European cities.
From the first 10 teams to the last season called the Intercity Cup in 1971, this tournament had up to 64 teams participating. In 1971, this tournament was taken over by UEFA and renamed the UEFA Cup.
From the 2009-2010 season, based on the merger with the UEFA Intertoto Cup – UEFA’s third-place competition, this tournament officially became the Europa League. And this name has become the official name of the tournament so far.
Europa League is a football tournament that attracts many fans. Just like the Europa League, LaLiga is a dramatic tournament with a worldwide fan base. The football matches of this tournament are interested and watched by fans.
Europa League records
Sevilla won the Europa League five times. Liverpool, Inter Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, and Valencia have won three times. Feyenoord, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Monchengladbach, FC Porto, Parma vs Leeds Utd won twice.
After the tournament was renamed, only Sevilla successfully defended the championship. And only this team is eligible to have a special logo attached to the sleeve indicating the team has won three consecutive seasons.
Europa League format
Starting from the 2018-2019 season, the Europa League’s format and conditions have been changed as follows: All teams eliminated in the Champions League qualifiers must also move to the Europa League with the losing teams in the 3rd qualifying round.
The difference between Champions League and Europa League
The position of the Europa League is lower than that of the Champions League. Both tournaments are organized by UEFA and played by European clubs.
Both tournaments have group stage and knockout rounds. Champions League matches are played on Tuesday and Wednesday, Europa League matches on Thursday.