2019-20 UEFA Europa League
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2019%E2%80%9320 UEFA Europa League
2019-20 UEFA Europa League
FIFA WM06 Stadion Koeln.jpg
The RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne hosted the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
27 June - 29 August 2019
Competition proper:
19 September 2019 - 21 August 2020
TeamsCompetition proper: 48+8
Total: 158+55 (from 55 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsSpain Sevilla
Runners-upItaly Inter Milan
Tournament statistics
Matches played197
Goals scored548 (2.78 per match)
Attendance4,069,102 (20,655 per match)
Top scorer(s)Portugal Bruno Fernandes
(8 goals)
Best player(s)Belgium Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan)[1]
2018-19
2020-21

The 2019-20 UEFA Europa League was the 49th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 11th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

Sevilla defeated Inter Milan in the final, played at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany, 3-2 for a record sixth title in the competition.[2] As winners, Sevilla earned the right to play against Bayern Munich, the winners of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League, in the 2020 UEFA Super Cup. Since they had already qualified for the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League group stage through their league performance, the berth originally reserved for the Europa League title holders was given to the third-placed team of the 2019-20 Ligue 1 (Rennes), the 5th-ranked association according to next season's access list.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament was suspended in mid-March 2020 and resumed in August. The quarter-finals onwards were played as a single match knockout ties at neutral venues in Germany (RheinEnergieStadion, MSV-Arena, Merkur Spiel-Arena, Arena AufSchalke) behind closed doors from 10 to 21 August.[3] The video assistant referee (VAR) system was used in the competition from the knockout stage onwards.[4]

As the title holders of the Europa League, Chelsea qualified for the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League, although they had already qualified before the final through their league performance. They were unable to defend their title as they advanced to the Champions League knockout stage.

Association team allocation

A total of 213 teams from all 55 UEFA member associations participated in the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League. The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients was used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[5]

  • Associations 1-51 (except Liechtenstein) each had three teams qualify.
  • Associations 52-54 each had two teams qualify.
  • Liechtenstein and Kosovo (association 55) each had one team qualify (Liechtenstein organised only a domestic cup and no domestic league; Kosovo as per decision by the UEFA Executive Committee).[6]
  • Moreover, 55 teams eliminated from the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League were transferred to the Europa League (default number was 57, but 2 fewer teams competed in the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League).

Association ranking

For the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League, the associations were allocated places according to their 2018 UEFA country coefficients, which took into account their performance in European competitions from 2013-14 to 2017-18.[7]

Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations could have additional teams participating in the Champions League, as noted below:

  • (UCL) - Additional teams transferred from the UEFA Champions League
Association ranking for 2019-20 UEFA Europa League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1  Spain 106.998 3
2  England 79.605
3  Italy 76.249 +1 (UCL)
4  Germany 71.427 +1 (UCL)
5  France 56.415
6  Russia 53.382 +1 (UCL)
7  Portugal 47.248 +2 (UCL)
8  Ukraine 41.133 +2 (UCL)
9  Belgium 38.500 +1 (UCL)
10  Turkey 35.800 +1 (UCL)
11  Austria 32.850 +2 (UCL)
12   Switzerland 30.200 +2 (UCL)
13  Czech Republic 30.175 +1 (UCL)
14  Netherlands 29.749 +2 (UCL)
15  Greece 28.600 +2 (UCL)
16  Croatia 26.000
17  Denmark 25.950 +1 (UCL)
18  Israel 21.750 +1 (UCL)
19  Cyprus 21.550 +1 (UCL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20  Romania 20.450 3 +1 (UCL)
21  Poland 20.125 +1 (UCL)
22  Sweden 19.975 +1 (UCL)
23  Azerbaijan 19.125 +1 (UCL)
24  Bulgaria 19.125 +1 (UCL)
25  Serbia 18.750
26  Scotland 18.625 +1 (UCL)
27  Belarus 18.625 +1 (UCL)
28  Kazakhstan 18.125 +1 (UCL)
29  Norway 17.425 +1 (UCL)
30  Slovenia 14.500 +1 (UCL)
31  Liechtenstein 13.000 1
32  Slovakia 12.125 3 +1 (UCL)
33  Moldova 10.000 +1 (UCL)
34  Albania 8.500 +1 (UCL)
35  Iceland 8.250 +1 (UCL)
36  Hungary 8.125 +1 (UCL)
37  North Macedonia 7.500 +1 (UCL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38  Finland 6.900 3 +1 (UCL)
39  Republic of Ireland 6.700 +1 (UCL)
40  Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.625 +1 (UCL)
41  Latvia 5.625 +1 (UCL)
42  Estonia 5.500 +1 (UCL)
43  Lithuania 5.375 +1 (UCL)
44  Montenegro 5.000 +1 (UCL)
45  Georgia 5.000 +1 (UCL)
46  Armenia 4.875 +1 (UCL)
47  Malta 4.500 +1 (UCL)
48  Luxembourg 4.375 +1 (UCL)
49  Northern Ireland 4.250 +1 (UCL)
50  Wales 3.875 +1 (UCL)
51  Faroe Islands 3.750 +1 (UCL)
52  Gibraltar 3.000 2 +1 (UCL)
53  Andorra 1.331 +1 (UCL)
54  San Marino 0.499 +1 (UCL)
55  Kosovo 0.000 1 +1 (UCL)

Distribution

The following is the access list for this season.[8]

Access list for 2019-20 UEFA Europa League
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round Teams transferred from Champions League
Preliminary round
(14 teams)
  • 4 domestic cup winners from associations 52-55
  • 6 domestic league runners-up from associations 49-54
  • 4 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 48-51
First qualifying round
(94 teams)
  • 26 domestic cup winners from associations 26-51
  • 30 domestic league runners-up from associations 18-48 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 31 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 16-47 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 7 winners from preliminary round
Second qualifying round Champions Path
(19 teams)
  • 16 losers from Champions League first qualifying round
  • 3 losers from Champions League preliminary round
Main Path
(74 teams)
  • 7 domestic cup winners from associations 19-25
  • 2 domestic league runners-up from associations 16-17
  • 3 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 13-15
  • 9 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 7-15
  • 2 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 5-6 (League Cup winners for France)
  • 4 domestic league sixth-placed teams from associations 1-4 (League Cup winners for England)
  • 47 winners from first qualifying round
Third qualifying round Champions Path
(20 teams)
  • 10 winners from second qualifying round (Champions Path)
  • 10 losers from Champions League second qualifying round (Champions Path)
Main Path
(52 teams)
  • 6 domestic cup winners from associations 13-18
  • 6 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 7-12
  • 1 domestic league fourth-placed team from association 6
  • 37 winners from second qualifying round (Main Path)
  • 2 losers from Champions League second qualifying round (League Path)
Play-off round Champions Path
(16 teams)
  • 10 winners from third qualifying round (Champions Path)
  • 6 losers from Champions League third qualifying round (Champions Path)
Main Path
(26 teams)
  • 26 winners from third qualifying round (Main Path)
Group stage
(48 teams)
  • 12 domestic cup winners from associations 1-12
  • 1 domestic league fourth-placed team from association 5
  • 4 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 1-4
  • 8 winners from play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 13 winners from play-off round (Main Path)
  • 4 losers from Champions League play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 2 losers from Champions League play-off round (League Path)
  • 4 losers from Champions League third qualifying round (League Path)
Knockout phase
(32 teams)
  • 12 group winners from group stage
  • 12 group runners-up from group stage
  • 8 third-placed teams from Champions League group stage

Changes were made to the default access list, if any of the teams that qualified for the Europa League via their domestic competitions also qualified for the Champions League as the Champions League or Europa League title holders, or if there were fewer teams transferred from the Champions League due to changes in the Champions League access list. In any case where a spot in the Europa League was vacated, cup winners of the highest-ranked associations in earlier rounds were promoted accordingly.

  • In the default access list, originally 17 losers from the Champions League first qualifying round were transferred to the Europa League second qualifying round (Champions Path). However, since the Champions League title holders (Liverpool) qualified for the Champions League group stage via their domestic league, only 16 losers from the Champions League first qualifying round were transferred to the Europa League second qualifying round (Champions Path). As a result, only 19 teams entered the Champions Path second qualifying round (one of the losers from the Champions League first qualifying round would be drawn to receive a bye to the third qualifying round).
  • In the default access list, originally three losers from the Champions League second qualifying round (League Path) were transferred to the Europa League third qualifying round (Main Path). However, since the Europa League title holders (Chelsea) qualified for the Champions League group stage via their domestic league, only two losers from the Champions League second qualifying round (League Path) were transferred to the Europa League third qualifying round (Main Path). As a result, the following changes to the access list were made:
    • The cup winners of association 18 (Israel) entered the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round.
    • The cup winners of association 25 (Serbia) entered the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round.
    • The cup winners of associations 50 and 51 (Wales and Faroe Islands) entered the first qualifying round instead of the preliminary round.

Redistribution rules

A Europa League place was vacated when a team qualified for both the Champions League and the Europa League, or qualified for the Europa League by more than one method. When a place was vacated, it was redistributed within the national association by the following rules:

  • When the domestic cup winners (considered as the "highest-placed" qualifier within the national association with the latest starting round) also qualified for the Champions League, their Europa League place was vacated. As a result, the highest-placed team in the league which had not yet qualified for European competitions qualified for the Europa League, with the Europa League qualifiers which finished above them in the league moving up one "place".
  • When the domestic cup winners also qualified for the Europa League through league position, their place through the league position was vacated. As a result, the highest-placed team in the league which had not yet qualified for European competitions qualified for the Europa League, with the Europa League qualifiers which finished above them in the league moving up one "place" if possible.
  • For associations where a Europa League place was reserved for either the League Cup or end-of-season European competition play-offs winners, they always qualified for the Europa League as the "lowest-placed" qualifier. If the League Cup winners had already qualified for European competitions through other methods, this reserved Europa League place was taken by the highest-placed team in the league which had not yet qualified for European competitions.

Teams

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:[8]

  • CW: Cup winners
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
  • LC: League Cup winners
  • RW: Regular season winners
  • PW: End-of-season Europa League play-offs winners
  • UCL: Transferred from the Champions League
    • GS: Third-placed teams from the group stage
    • PO: Losers from the play-off round
    • Q3: Losers from the third qualifying round
    • Q2: Losers from the second qualifying round
    • Q1: Losers from the first qualifying round
    • PR: Losers from the preliminary round (F: final; SF: semi-finals)
First qualifying round
Croatia Hajduk Split (4th) Belarus Dinamo Minsk (3rd) Iceland Breiðablik (2nd) Estonia Flora (3rd)
Denmark Brøndby (PW) Belarus Vitebsk (4th) Iceland KR (4th) Lithuania ?algiris (CW)
Israel Maccabi Haifa (2nd) Kazakhstan Kairat (CW) Hungary Fehérvár (CW) Lithuania Riteriai (3rd)
Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva (3rd) Kazakhstan Tobol (3rd) Hungary Debrecen (3rd) Lithuania Kauno ?algiris (5th)[Note LTU]
Cyprus AEK Larnaca (2nd) Kazakhstan Ordabasy (4th) Hungary Honvéd (4th) Montenegro Budu?nost Podgorica (CW)
Cyprus Apollon Limassol (3rd) Norway Molde (2nd) North Macedonia Akademija Pandev (CW) Montenegro Zeta (3rd)
Romania FCSB (2nd) Norway Brann (3rd) North Macedonia Shkupi (4th) Montenegro Titograd (4th)
Romania Universitatea Craiova (4th) Norway Haugesund (4th) North Macedonia Makedonija GP (5th)[Note MKD] Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi (CW)
Poland Legia Warsaw (2nd) Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana (CW) Finland Inter Turku (CW) Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi (2nd)
Poland Cracovia (4th) Slovenia Dom?ale (3rd) Finland RoPS (2nd) Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere (4th)
Sweden IFK Norrköping (2nd) Slovenia Mura (4th) Finland KuPS (3rd) Armenia Alashkert (CW)
Sweden Malmö FF (3rd) Liechtenstein Vaduz (CW) Republic of Ireland Cork City (2nd) Armenia Pyunik (2nd)
Azerbaijan Neftçi Baku (2nd) Slovakia Spartak Trnava (CW) Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers (3rd) Armenia Banants (3rd)
Azerbaijan Sabail (3rd) Slovakia DAC Dunajská Streda (2nd) Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic (5th)[Note IRL] Malta Balzan (CW)
Bulgaria CSKA Sofia (2nd) Slovakia Ru?omberok (3rd) Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar (2nd) Malta Hibernians (2nd)
Bulgaria Levski Sofia (PW) Moldova Milsami Orhei (2nd) Bosnia and Herzegovina ?iroki Brijeg (3rd) Malta G?ira United (3rd)
Serbia Radni?ki Ni? (2nd) Moldova Petrocub Hînce?ti (3rd) Bosnia and Herzegovina Radnik Bijeljina (5th)[Note BIH] Luxembourg Fola Esch (2nd)
Serbia ?ukari?ki (4th) Moldova Speran?a Nisporeni (4th) Latvia Ventspils (2nd) Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch (3rd)
Scotland Rangers (2nd) Albania Kukësi (CW) Latvia RFS (3rd) Northern Ireland Crusaders (CW)
Scotland Kilmarnock (3rd) Albania Teuta (3rd) Latvia Liep?ja (4th) Wales Connah's Quay Nomads (2nd)
Scotland Aberdeen (4th) Albania Laçi (6th)[Note ALB] Estonia Narva Trans (CW) Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn (CW)
Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk (CW) Iceland Stjarnan (CW) Estonia FCI Levadia (2nd)

One team not playing a national top division took part in the competition; Vaduz (representing Liechtenstein) played in 2019-20 Swiss Challenge League, which is Switzerland's 2nd tier.

Notes
  1. ^
    Albania (ALB): Skënderbeu would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the fourth-placed team of the 2018-19 Albanian Superliga, but were banned from entering UEFA competitions.[9] As a result, the berth was given to the sixth-placed team of the league, Laçi, since the fifth-placed team of the league, Flamurtari, failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[10]
  2. ^
    Belgium (BEL): Mechelen would have qualified for the Europa League group stage as the winners of the 2018-19 Belgian Cup, but were found guilty on match-fixing as part of the 2017-19 Belgian football fraud scandal, and thus prohibited by the Royal Belgian Football Association to take part in the 2019-20 European competitions. Mechelen appealed the decision,[11] but the final ruling was announced on 17 July 2019 by the Belgian Arbitration Court for Sports, and Mechelen remained banned,[12] and were subsequently replaced by UEFA.[13] As a result, the third-placed team of the 2018-19 Belgian First Division A, Standard Liège, entered the group stage instead of the third qualifying round, the Europa League play-off winners of the league, Antwerp, entered the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round, and the second qualifying round berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, Gent.[14]
  3. ^
    Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH): ?eljezni?ar would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the fourth placed team of the 2018-19 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[15] As a result, the berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, Radnik Bijeljina.
  4. ^
    Italy (ITA): Milan qualified for the Europa League group stage as the fifth-placed of the 2018-19 Serie A, but were found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play rules and were excluded from competing in European competitions in 2019-20.[16] As a result, the sixth-placed team of the 2018-19 Serie A, Roma, entered the group stage instead of the second qualifying round, and the second qualifying round berth was given to the seventh-placed team of the league, Torino.
  5. ^
    Lithuania (LTU): Stumbras would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the fourth placed team of the 2018 A Lyga, but had their UEFA licence stripped.[17] As a result, the berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, Kauno ?algiris.[18]
  6. ^
    North Macedonia (MKD): Vardar would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the runners-up of the 2018-19 Macedonian First Football League, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[19] As a result, the berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, Makedonija GP.
  7. ^
    Republic of Ireland (IRL): Waterford would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the fourth-placed team of the 2018 League of Ireland Premier Division, but were ruled by UEFA to have not passed the "three-year rule" as the club were reformed in 2016.[20] As a result, the berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, St Patrick's Athletic.
  8. ^
    Champions League (UCL Q1): Sarajevo were drawn to receive a bye to the third qualifying round, as one fewer loser from the Champions League first qualifying round were transferred to the Europa League second qualifying round (Champions Path), due to a Champions League group stage berth vacated by the Champions League title holders.

Round and draw dates

The schedule of the competition was as follows (all draws were held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[21] Matches could also be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays instead of the regular Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts.

The competition was suspended on 17 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.[22] A working group was set up by UEFA to decide the calendar of the remainder of the season.[23] On 17 June 2020, UEFA announced the revised schedule for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the competition, to be played in single-leg matches.[3]

Schedule for 2019-20 UEFA Europa League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 11 June 2019 27 June 2019 4 July 2019
First qualifying round 18 June 2019 11 July 2019 18 July 2019
Second qualifying round 19 June 2019 25 July 2019 1 August 2019
Third qualifying round 22 July 2019 8 August 2019 15 August 2019
Play-off Play-off round 5 August 2019 22 August 2019 29 August 2019
Group stage Matchday 1 30 August 2019
(Monaco)
19 September 2019
Matchday 2 3 October 2019
Matchday 3 24 October 2019
Matchday 4 7 November 2019
Matchday 5 28 November 2019
Matchday 6 12 December 2019
Knockout phase Round of 32 16 December 2019 20 February 2020 27 February 2020
Round of 16[a] 28 February 2020 12 March 2020 5-6 August 2020[b]
Quarter-finals 10 July 2020[c] 10-11 August 2020[d]
Semi-finals 16-17 August 2020[e]
Final 21 August 2020 at RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne[f]
  1. ^ The two round of 16 ties which did not play their first leg were played on 5-6 August 2020
  2. ^ Round of 16 second legs originally scheduled for 19 March 2020
  3. ^ Quarter-final, semi-final and final draws originally scheduled for 20 March 2020
  4. ^ Quarter-final first legs originally scheduled for 9 April, and second legs 16 April 2020
  5. ^ Semi-final first legs originally scheduled for 30 April, and second legs 7 May 2020
  6. ^ Final originally scheduled for 27 May 2020

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the varying rates of transmission of COVID-19 across European countries during the time of the Round of 16 first leg ties, different matches were affected in different ways. Because of this severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy at the time, the games involving Inter Milan and A.S. Roma were postponed,[24] whereas games hosted in Greece, Germany, and Austria went ahead but behind closed doors.[25] Games hosted in Turkey and Scotland went ahead as normal. On 15 March, UEFA announced that none of the Round of 16 second leg ties would go ahead in the following week, postponing them indefinitely,[26] with a taskforce convened to reschedule the rest of the season.[23] On 23 March, it was announced that the Stadion Energa Gda?sk in Gda?sk, Poland would no longer host the competition Final, originally scheduled for 27 May, but would host the 2021 Final instead.[27]

On 17 June it was announced that the Europa League would return on 5 August and conclude on 21 August,[3] with a last-eight tournament to be held across four venues in Germany.[28] The remainder of the competition would be played in a mini-tournament style with remaining fixture to be played as single legged ties except for the Round of 16 fixtures where the first leg had already been played.[29] All remaining ties of the competition were played behind closed doors due to the remaining presence of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.[25]

Final tournament venues

Cologne Duisburg
RheinEnergieStadion
(final venue)
MSV-Arena
Capacity: 49,698 Capacity: 31,514
FIFA WM06 Stadion Koeln.jpg MSV-Arena Stehtribüne.JPG
Düsseldorf Gelsenkirchen
Merkur Spiel-Arena Arena AufSchalke
Capacity: 54,600 Capacity: 62,271
ESPRIT arena in Duesseldorf-Stockum, von Sueden.jpg 080110 schalke arena germany.JPG

Preliminary round

In the preliminary round, teams were divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients,[30] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other.

The draw for the preliminary round was held on 11 June 2019.[31] The first legs were played on 27 June, and the second legs on 2 and 4 July 2019.

Notes

  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Qualifying rounds

In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams were divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients,[30] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other.

First qualifying round

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 18 June 2019.[32] The first legs were played on 9, 10 and 11 July, and the second legs on 16, 17 and 18 July 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Malmö FF Sweden 11-0 Northern Ireland Ballymena United 7-0 4-0
Connah's Quay Nomads Wales 3-2 Scotland Kilmarnock 1-2 2-0
KuPS Finland 3-1[A] Belarus Vitebsk 2-0 1-1
Breiðablik Iceland 1-2 Liechtenstein Vaduz 0-0 1-2
Brann Norway 3-4 Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 2-2 1-2
Ordabasy Kazakhstan 3-0 Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi 1-0 2-0
Europa Gibraltar 0-3 Poland Legia Warsaw 0-0 0-3
CSKA Sofia Bulgaria 4-0 Montenegro Titograd 4-0 0-0
G?ira United Malta 3-3 (a) Croatia Hajduk Split 0-2 3-1
Flora Estonia 4-2[A] Serbia Radni?ki Ni? 2-0 2-2
Maccabi Haifa Israel 5-2 Slovenia Mura 2-0 3-2
Debrecen Hungary 4-1 Albania Kukësi 3-0 1-1
?ukari?ki Serbia 8-0 Armenia Banants 3-0 5-0
Jeunesse Esch Luxembourg 1-1 (a) Kazakhstan Tobol 0-0 1-1
FCSB Romania 4-1 Moldova Milsami Orhei 2-0 2-1
Crusaders Northern Ireland 5-2 Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 2-0 3-2
Brøndby Denmark 4-3[A] Finland Inter Turku 4-1 0-2
Molde Norway 7-1 Iceland KR 7-1 0-0
St Joseph's Gibraltar 0-10 Scotland Rangers 0-4 0-6
Cork City Republic of Ireland 2-3 Luxembourg Progrès Niederkorn 0-2 2-1
Ru?omberok Slovakia 0-4[A] Bulgaria Levski Sofia 0-2 0-2
Akademija Pandev North Macedonia 0-6 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar 0-3 0-3
Speran?a Nisporeni Moldova 0-9[A] Azerbaijan Neftçi Baku 0-3 0-6
Zeta Montenegro 1-5 Hungary Fehérvár 1-5 0-0
Shakhtyor Soligorsk Belarus 2-0 Malta Hibernians 1-0 1-0
Olimpija Ljubljana Slovenia 4-3 Latvia RFS 2-3 2-0
Honvéd Hungary 4-2 Lithuania ?algiris 3-1 1-1
Alashkert Armenia 6-1 North Macedonia Makedonija GP 3-1 3-0
Radnik Bijeljina Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-2 (2-3 p) Slovakia Spartak Trnava 2-0 0-2 (a.e.t.)
Fola Esch Luxembourg 2-4 Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere 1-2 1-2
Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country) 7-0 Andorra Engordany 6-0 1-0
?iroki Brijeg Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-4 Kazakhstan Kairat 1-2 1-2
DAC Dunajská Streda Slovakia 3-3 (a)[A] Poland Cracovia 1-1 2-2 (a.e.t.)
Kauno ?algiris Lithuania 0-6 Cyprus Apollon Limassol 0-2 0-4
Ventspils Latvia 3-1 Albania Teuta 3-0 0-1
Stjarnan Iceland 4-4 (a) Estonia FCI Levadia 2-1 2-3 (a.e.t.)
Cliftonville Northern Ireland 1-6 Norway Haugesund 0-1 1-5
Riteriai Lithuania 1-1 (a) Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík 1-1 0-0
Liep?ja Latvia 3-2[A] Belarus Dinamo Minsk 1-1 2-1
St Patrick's Athletic Republic of Ireland 1-4[A] Sweden IFK Norrköping 0-2 1-2
Aberdeen Scotland 4-2 Finland RoPS 2-1 2-1
Balzan Malta 3-5[A] Slovenia Dom?ale 3-4 0-1
Laçi Albania 1-2 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1-1 0-1
Narva Trans Estonia 1-6[A] Montenegro Budu?nost Podgorica 0-2 1-4
Sabail Azerbaijan 4-6 Romania Universitatea Craiova 2-3 2-3
Pyunik Armenia 5-4 North Macedonia Shkupi 3-3 2-1
AEK Larnaca Cyprus 2-0 Moldova Petrocub Hînce?ti 1-0 1-0

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Second qualifying round

The second qualifying round was split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for cup winners and league non-champions).

The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 19 June 2019.[33] The first legs were played on 23, 24 and 25 July, and the second legs on 30, 31 July and 1 August 2019.

Notes

  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Third qualifying round

The third qualifying round was split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for cup winners and league non-champions).

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 22 July 2019.[34] The first legs were played on 6, 7 and 8 August, and the second legs on 13, 14 and 15 August 2019.

Play-off round

The play-off round was split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for cup winners and league non-champions).

The draw for the play-off round was held on 5 August 2019.[35] The first legs were played on 22 August, and the second legs will be played on 29 August 2019.

Group stage

Location of teams of the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League group stage.
Brown pog.svg Brown: Group A; Green pog.svg Green: Group B; DeepPink pog.svg Deep Pink: Group C; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group D;
Red pog.svg Red: Group E; Cyan pog.svg Cyan: Group F; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group G; Purple pog.svg Purple: Group H;
Pink pog.svg Pink: Group I; Turquoise pog.svg Turquoise: Group J; SpringGreen pog.svg Spring Green: Group K; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group L.

The draw for the group stage was held on 30 August 2019, 13:00 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.[36] The 48 teams were drawn into twelve groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots based on their 2019 UEFA club coefficients.[30]

In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 32, where they were joined by the eight third-placed teams of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group stage. The matchdays were 19 September, 3 October, 24 October, 7 November, 28 November, and 12 December 2019.

A total of 26 national associations were represented in the group stage. Espanyol, Ferencváros, LASK, Oleksandriya, Wolfsberger AC and Wolverhampton Wanderers made their debut appearances in the group stage (although Espanyol and Ferencváros had appeared in the UEFA Cup group stage).

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SEV APO QRB DUD
1 Spain Sevilla 6 5 0 1 14 3 +11 15 Advance to knockout phase 1-0 2-0 3-0
2 Cyprus APOEL 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10 1-0 2-1 3-4
3 Azerbaijan Qaraba? 6 1 2 3 8 11 −3 5 0-3 2-2 1-1
4 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 6 1 1 4 8 18 −10 4 2-5 0-2 1-4
Source: UEFA

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MAL KOB DKV LUG
1 Sweden Malmö FF 6 3 2 1 8 6 +2 11 Advance to knockout phase 1-1 4-3 2-1
2 Denmark Copenhagen 6 2 3 1 5 4 +1 9 0-1 1-1 1-0
3 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 1 4 1 7 7 0 7 1-0 1-1 1-1
4 Switzerland Lugano 6 0 3 3 2 5 −3 3 0-0 0-1 0-0
Source: UEFA

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BSL GET KRA TRA
1 Switzerland Basel 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 13 Advance to knockout phase 2-1 5-0 2-0
2 Spain Getafe 6 4 0 2 8 4 +4 12 0-1 3-0 1-0
3 Russia Krasnodar 6 3 0 3 7 11 −4 9 1-0 1-2 3-1
4 Turkey Trabzonspor 6 0 1 5 3 11 −8 1 2-2 0-1 0-2
Source: UEFA

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LASK SPO PSV ROS
1 Austria LASK 6 4 1 1 11 4 +7 13 Advance to knockout phase 3-0 4-1 1-0
2 Portugal Sporting CP 6 4 0 2 11 7 +4 12 2-1 4-0 1-0
3 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 2 2 2 9 12 −3 8 0-0 3-2 1-1
4 Norway Rosenborg 6 0 1 5 3 11 −8 1 1-2 0-2 1-4
Source: UEFA

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CEL CLJ LAZ REN
1 Scotland Celtic 6 4 1 1 10 6 +4 13 Advance to knockout phase 2-0 2-1 3-1
2 Romania CFR Cluj 6 4 0 2 6 4 +2 12 2-0 2-1 1-0
3 Italy Lazio 6 2 0 4 6 9 −3 6 1-2 1-0 2-1
4 France Rennes 6 1 1 4 5 8 −3 4 1-1 0-1 2-0
Source: UEFA

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ARS FRA STL VSC
1 England Arsenal 6 3 2 1 14 7 +7 11 Advance to knockout phase 1-2 4-0 3-2
2 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 6 3 0 3 8 10 −2 9 0-3 2-1 2-3
3 Belgium Standard Liège 6 2 2 2 8 10 −2 8 2-2 2-1 2-0
4 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 6 1 2 3 7 10 −3 5 1-1 0-1 1-1
Source: UEFA

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification POR RAN YB FEY
1 Portugal Porto 6 3 1 2 8 9 −1 10 Advance to knockout phase 1-1 2-1 3-2
2 Scotland Rangers 6 2 3 1 8 6 +2 9 2-0 1-1 1-0
3 Switzerland Young Boys 6 2 2 2 8 7 +1 8 1-2 2-1 2-0
4 Netherlands Feyenoord 6 1 2 3 7 9 −2 5 2-0 2-2 1-1
Source: UEFA

Group H

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ESP LUD FER CSKA
1 Spain Espanyol 6 3 2 1 12 4 +8 11 Advance to knockout phase 6-0 1-1 0-1
2 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 6 2 2 2 10 10 0 8 0-1 1-1 5-1
3 Hungary Ferencváros 6 1 4 1 5 7 −2 7 2-2 0-3 0-0
4 Russia CSKA Moscow 6 1 2 3 3 9 −6 5 0-2 1-1 0-1
Source: UEFA

Group I

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GNT WLF STE OLE
1 Belgium Gent 6 3 3 0 11 7 +4 12 Advance to knockout phase 2-2 3-2 2-1
2 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 6 3 2 1 9 7 +2 11 1-3 1-0 3-1
3 France Saint-Étienne 6 0 4 2 6 8 −2 4 0-0 1-1 1-1
4 Ukraine Oleksandriya 6 0 3 3 6 10 −4 3 1-1 0-1 2-2
Source: UEFA

Group J

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification IBS ROM MGB WLB
1 Turkey ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir 6 3 1 2 7 9 −2 10 Advance to knockout phase 0-3 1-1 1-0
2 Italy Roma 6 2 3 1 12 6 +6 9 4-0 1-1 2-2
3 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 6 2 2 2 6 9 −3 8 1-2 2-1 0-4
4 Austria Wolfsberger AC 6 1 2 3 7 8 −1 5 0-3 1-1 0-1
Source: UEFA

Group K

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BRA WOL SLO BES
1 Portugal Braga 6 4 2 0 15 9 +6 14 Advance to knockout phase 3-3 2-2 3-1
2 England Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13 0-1 1-0 4-0
3 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 6 1 1 4 10 13 −3 4 2-4 1-2 4-2
4 Turkey Be?ikta? 6 1 0 5 6 15 −9 3 1-2 0-1 2-1
Source: UEFA

Group L

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MUN AZ PAR AST
1 England Manchester United 6 4 1 1 10 2 +8 13 Advance to knockout phase 4-0 3-0 1-0
2 Netherlands AZ 6 2 3 1 15 8 +7 9 0-0 2-2 6-0
3 Serbia Partizan 6 2 2 2 10 10 0 8 0-1 2-2 4-1
4 Kazakhstan Astana 6 1 0 5 4 19 −15 3 2-1 0-5 1-2
Source: UEFA

Knockout phase

In the knockout phase, teams played against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final. The mechanism of the draws for each round was as follows:

  • In the draw for the round of 32, the twelve group winners and the four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage with the better group records were seeded, and the twelve group runners-up and the other four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage were unseeded. The seeded teams were drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association could not be drawn against each other.
  • In the draws for the round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals, there were no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association could be drawn against each other. As the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals were held together before the quarter-finals were played, the identity of the quarter-final winners was not known at the time of the semi-final draw. A draw was also held to determine which semi-final winner was designated as the "home" team for the final (for administrative purposes as it was played at a neutral venue).

On 17 June 2020, UEFA announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the final stages of the competition would feature a format change. The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final would be played in a single-leg format from 10 to 21 August 2020 in the German cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg and Gelsenkirchen. The matches were tentatively played behind closed doors, though spectators could be allowed subject to a review of the situation and the decisions of the national and local government.

Following the competition restart in August 2020, a maximum of five substitutions were allowed, with a sixth allowed in extra time. However, each team was only given three opportunities to make substitutions, with a fourth opportunity in extra time, excluding substitutions made at half-time, before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time. This followed a proposal from FIFA and approval by IFAB to lessen the impact of fixture congestion.[37]

Bracket

Round of 32

The draw for the round of 32 was held on 16 December 2019, 13:00 CET.[38] The first legs were played on 20 February, and the second legs were played on 26, 27 and 28 February 2020.

Round of 16

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 28 February 2020, 13:00 CET.[39] Six of the eight first leg matches were played on 12 March, while the remaining first legs and all second leg fixtures were postponed by UEFA due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.[40] On 17 June 2020, UEFA announced that the second legs would be played on 5-6 August 2020. In July 2020, they confirmed that the second legs would be played at the home team's stadium as normal. For the two ties that had not played their first legs, the matches were instead played in a single-leg format, at neutral venues in Germany.[41][42]

Quarter-finals

The draw for the quarter-finals took place on 10 July 2020.[40][43] The matches were played on 10 and 11 August 2020.

Semi-finals

The draw for the semi-finals took place on 10 July 2020 (after the quarter-final draw). The matches were played on 16 and 17 August 2020.

Final

The final was played at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne. The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the quarter-final and semi-final draws.[43]

Sevilla Spain3-2Italy Inter Milan
Report

Statistics

Statistics exclude qualifying rounds and play-off round.

Top goalscorers

Notes

  1. ^ Bruno Fernandes played for Sporting CP in the group stage and for Manchester United in the knockout stage, after his transfer during the January transfer window.
  2. ^ Andra? ?porar played for Slovan Bratislava in the group stage and for Sporting CP in the knockout stage, after his transfer during the January transfer window.

Source:[46]

Top assists

Rank Player Team(s) Assists Minutes played
1 Brazil Galeno Portugal Braga 6 567
2 Spain Juan Mata England Manchester United 5 767
3 Serbia Uro? Mati? Cyprus APOEL 4 720
Portugal Bruno Fernandes[A] Portugal Sporting CP
England Manchester United
811
5 23 players 3 N/A
  1. ^ Bruno Fernandes played for Sporting CP in the group stage and for Manchester United in the knockout stage, after his transfer during the January transfer window.

Source:[47]

Squad of the Season

The UEFA technical study group selected the following 23 players as the squad of the tournament.[48]

Notes

  1. ^ Bruno Fernandes played for Sporting CP in the group stage and for Manchester United in the knockout stage, after his transfer during the January transfer window.

Player of the Season

Votes were cast by coaches of the 48 teams in the group stage, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams. Jury members selected their top three players, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. The shortlist of the top three players was announced on 17 September 2020.[49] The award winner was announced during the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League group stage draw in Switzerland on 2 October 2020.

Notes

  1. ^ Bruno Fernandes played for Sporting CP in the group stage and for Manchester United in the knockout stage, after his transfer during the January transfer window.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The remainder of the competition, held in August 2020, was played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.[45]

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