The UEFA Europa League (abbreviated as UEL) is an annual football club competition assembled by UEFA since 1971 for entitled European football clubs. Clubs certified for the competition based on their execution in their cup competitions and national leagues. It is categorized above the UEFA Europa Conference League and below the UEFA Champions League as now the second-tier competition of European club football, and after being a third-tier competition from 1971 to 1999 before the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was break off. Earlier signify as the UEFA Cup, since the 2009–10 season, the competition has been familiar as the Europa League, succeeding a format change.
Before every television broadcast of a Europa League game, The Anthem, a musical theme for the competition, is played as a musical element of the competition's opening sequence and at a stadium, before every Europa League game hosting such an event.
In 1999, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was put an end to and merged with the UEFA Cup. For the 2004–05 competition a group stage was added earlier to the knockout phase. The 2009 revision involved a merge with the UEFA Intertoto Cup, give rise to an enlarged competition format, with a change in qualifying criteria and an expanded group stage.
Until 1997, The UEFA Cup finals were played over two legs. The first final was played in Wolverhampton and London. The first leg finished between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur was won 2–1 by the away side. The second leg as a 1–1 draw, denoted that Tottenham Hotspur became the first UEFA Cup winners. The first-ever winner of the revised Europa League was Atlético Madrid, beat up Premier League side Fulham 2–1 after taking extra time.
Spanish clubs have an excessive number of victories (12 wins), followed by Italy(9 wins each) and England. 13 of which have earned it more than once, The championship has been won by 28 clubs. with six titles, The mass victorious club in the competition is Sevilla. Sevilla is also the dominating champions, having defeated Inter Milan 3–2 in 2020 final.
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