The UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) represents competitions including UEFA European Championship, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
UEFA Europa League was previously referred to as ‘’UEFA Cup’’ which was first played in 1971-72 season. Prior to this during 1955-1958 the European inter-Cities cup was held and included 11 teams competing for the ‘’Fairs Cup’’. It was held annually and grew rapidly in popularity to increase to 64 teams competing by the last cup which was played in 1970-71. At this point UEFA took over and relaunched the football competition as the ‘’UEFA Cup’’. It was due to a rebrand in 2009-10 season that the competition is known today as the ‘Europa League’’ but still considered the same competition.
So whilst betting online at Paddy Power can help you get an idea of the favourites to lift the Europa League trophy, could the previous wins throughout the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League give you a better insight?
The Most Important Past Wins since 1971/72
The Most (club) Wins – Sevilla (5)
|Team||Winners||Runners – Up|
Sevilla, one of the oldest football clubs in Spain, can boast in knowing that they are the most successful club in the Europa league competition having won the title five times:
|2016||Sevilla 3 – 1 Liverpool|
|2015||Sevilla 3 – 1 Dnipro|
|2014||Sevilla 4 – 2 Benfica|
|2007||Sevilla 3 – 1 Espanyol|
|2006||Sevilla 4 – 0 Middlesbrough|
The Most (club) Finals – Held by Sevilla (5)
The Biggest Game Win – Sevilla 4 – 0 Middlesbrough (2006)
With the most wins you also get the most (club) defeats – Benfica (3)
|2014||Sevilla 4 – 2 Benfica|
|2013||Chelsea 2 – 1 Benfica|
|1983||Anderlecht 2 – 1 Benfica|
The Most Wins (player) – Jose Antonio Reyes (5)
Top player Jose Antonio Reyes has reached record five UEFA Cup/Europa League winner’s medals. Reyes played in Atletico Madrid wins in 2010 and 2012 and in Sevilla during 2014,2015 and lifting the trophy in 2016.
The Most Wins (managers)
Giovanni Trapattoni (3)
One of the most successful managers, Giovanni Trapattoni has won seven UEFA competition titles, matching Alex Furguson and Carlo Ancelotti wins. Including three wins in the Europa League with Juventus 1976/77 and 1992/93 and FC Internazionale Milano in 1990/91.
Unail Emery (3) – Winning 3 times in a row with Sevilla in 2014, 2015 and 2016
The Most Wins by Country
Spain holds the most wins with the following 4 teams:
Sevilla – 5 Wins (2006, 2007, 2014, 2015, and 2016)
Real Madrid – 2 Wins (1985, 1986)
Atlectico Madrid – 2 Wins (2010, 2012)
Valencia – 1 Win (2004)
The Youngest Winners (players)
|Robin van Persie||18||2002||Feyenoord 3 – 2 Dortmund|
|David de Gea||19||2010||Atletico Madrid 2 – 1 Fulham|
The Most Gaols scored in a Match - In 2001 a match between Liverpool 5 – 4 Alaves saw the highest number of gaols scored to date in the Europa league at a single match.
The Most Goals scored by a player – 40 goals in total by Henrik Larsson (playing for Feyenoord, Celtic FC & Hetsingborgs IF ).