The UEFA Europa League is the second-tier competition of European club football, ranking below the UEFA Champions League and above the UEFA Europa Conference League. It was previously known as the UEFA Cup, but was renamed to the UEFA Europa League prior to the 2009/10 season.
It was introduced in 1971 as the UEFA Cup, replacing the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and was the third-tier competition until 1999, when the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup was discontinued and merged with the UEFA Cup. Henrik Larsson is the highest-ever scorer in this competition with 31, adding a further four goals in qualifying rounds. His goals were spread across three different clubs, Feyenoord, Celtic, and Helsingborg.
A change in format in 2009 led to it taking on a new name, the Europa League, which included an expanded group stage.
Spanish clubs account for 14 Europa League victories, the most of any nation. Sevilla have seven of them, making them the most successful club in competition history. English and Italian clubs have both won it nine times each. In total, the trophy has been lifted by 29 different clubs, with almost half of them winning it more than once (14).
Atletico Madrid were the first winners of the newly formed Europa League in 2010, beating Fulham in the final, before Chelsea became the first-ever club to win the Champions League and Europa League in back-to-back seasons in 2013. Due to competition dates, they were holders of both trophies at the same time. Sevilla are the current holders having won their seventh title after beating Roma on penalties in May.