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UEFA Europa League

UEFA Europa League
Football Tournament
Founded1971 (2009 in its current format)
RegionUEFA (Europe)
Number of teams48 (group stage)
+8 clubs join after Champions League group stage
160 (total)
Current championsPT Porto (2nd title)
Most successful clubIT Juventus
IT Internazionale
GB Liverpool
(3 titles each)
Television broadcastersList of broadcasters
Current season2011 12 UEFA Europa League

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The UEFA Europa League (previously called the UEFA Cup) is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. It is the second most prestigious European club football contest after the UEFA Champions League. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions.

Previously called the UEFA Cup, the competition has been known as the UEFA Europa League since the 2009 10 season, following a change in format. For UEFA footballing records purposes, the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League are considered the same competition, with the change of name being simply a rebranding.

The competition replaced the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup; however, as the competition was not organised by UEFA, for their records purposes it is not considered a continuation of the same tournament. A prime example is Leeds United, who were twice winners of the Fairs Cup, but are not recognised by UEFA as having won any European trophies.

In 1999, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was abolished and merged with the UEFA Cup. For the 2004 05 competition a group stage was added prior to the knock out stage. The 2009 rebranding included a merge with the UEFA Intertoto Cup, producing an enlarged competition format, with an expanded group stage and changed qualifying criteria. The winner of the UEFA Europa League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup.

The title has been won by 26 different clubs, 11 of which have won the title more than once. The most successful clubs in the competition are Juventus, Internazionale and Liverpool with three titles apiece.

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