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Juventus in the Europa League
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Serie A in the Europa League
The 21st century may have been a barren spell for Serie A in the Europa League so far, but Italy’s top flight has a proud history in this competition. Known as the UEFA Cup prior to 2009, Italian teams have triumphed in Europe’s secondary club competition on nine occasions. That’s second only to Spain. Clubs from La Liga have won the tournament 13 times, with 10 of those triumphs coming since 2004.
Four different Serie A clubs have won the Europa League, although all of those victories were during the UEFA Cup era. Inter and Juventus have both lifted the trophy three times, while Parma have won the tournament twice and Napoli once. Incredibly, eight of those nine successes came between 1989 and 1999, when Serie A was arguably the strongest league in the world.
Qualification for the Europa League is relatively complex. UEFA coefficients come into play, giving higher ranked leagues more places and entry into later stages of the qualification play-offs. Most associations have three berths, with places handed out to clubs based on league and cup performance. Clubs that are knocked out of the Champions League qualifying rounds and group stage may also receive entry to the Europa League.
The draw for the group stage of the 2021-22 Europa League took place on Friday August 27 at 13:00 CET. This season’s final will be held at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville on 18 May, 2022. This is the home of Spanish outfit Sevilla, who have won the tournament a record six times, with all of those triumphs coming since 2006.