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Europa League group stage records and statistics

Key facts

  • Record eighth Europa League group appearance for Salzburg
  • Salzburg are group stage’s all-time highest goal and point scorers
  • 9 debutants take total to grace Europa League group stage to 207
  • Dudelange are first team from Luxembourg to reach UEFA men’s club group stage
  • Other major group stage debutants: Akhisar Belediyespor, Jablonec, Spartak Trnava, Sarpsborg 08 
  • RB Leipzig 17th different German side in Europa League group stage



Most group appearances by club (UEFA Europa League only)
8: Salzburg*
7: FCSB, Lazio*, PAOK*, Rapid Wien*, Villarreal*
6: Anderlecht*, Athletic Club, Club Brugge, Dynamo Kyiv*, København*, PSV Eindhoven, Sparta Praha, Sporting CP

Most group appearances by club (including UEFA Cup)
9: AZ Alkmaar, Club Brugge, FCSB, Villarreal*
8: Beşiktaş*, Dinamo Zagreb*, København*, Partizan, Sparta Praha, Lazio*, PAOK*, Salzburg*, Sevilla*, Tottenham Hotspur
7: Anderlecht*, Athletic Club, Austria Wien, Basel, Lazio*, Rapid Wien*, Sparta Praha, Sporting CP*, Standard Liège*, Zenit*

Most points (UEFA Europa League only)
86: Salzburg*
69: Lazio*
66: PSV Eindhoven, Villarreal*

Most points (including UEFA Cup)
88: Tottenham Hotspur
86: Salzburg*
84: Villarreal*

Most group stage goals (UEFA Europa League only)
73: Salzburg*
64: Villarreal*
62: Athletic Club

Most group stage goals (including UEFA Cup)
79: Villarreal*
76: Tottenham Hotspur
73: Fiorentina, Salzburg*, Zenit*

UEFA Europa League group masters Salzburg

UEFA Europa League group masters Salzburg©Getty Images

Most qualifications from group stage (UEFA Europa League only)
6: Villarreal
5: Anderlecht, Athletic Club, Lazio, Salzburg

Most group stage first places (UEFA Europa League only)
4 Salzburg

Record margin of victory
Standard Liège 1-7 Athletic Club (16/12/2004)
Bayern München 6-0 Aris (19/12/2007)
FCSB 6-0 Aalborg (18/09/2014)
Vardar 0-6 Real Sociedad (19/10/2017)
Arsenal 6-0 BATE (07/12/2017)

Single season (UEFA Europa League only)

Most points
18: Salzburg (2009/10, 2013/14), Zenit (2010/11), Anderlecht (2011/12), Tottenham Hotspur (2013/14), Dinamo Moskva (2014/15), Napoli (2015/16), Shakhtar Donetsk (2016/17)

Biggest group-winning margin
11: Zenit (2010/11), Napoli (2015/16)

Fewest points to qualify
7: Anderlecht (2010/11), Napoli (2010/11), Maribor (2013/14), Dnipro (2014/15), Midtjylland (2015/16), Krasnodar (2016/17)

Most points without going through
10: Birmingham City (2011/12), Paris Saint-Germain (2011/12), Tottenham Hotspur (2011/12), Young Boys (2012/13), Lokeren (2014/15), Sparta Praha (2014/15)

Most goals scored in a group
22: Napoli (2015/16)

Fewest goals conceded in a group
1: Standard Liège (2011/12), Salzburg (2017/18)

Fulham went to the 2011/12 group stage from the first qualifying round

Fulham went to the 2011/12 group stage from the first qualifying round©Getty Images

Teams progressing to group stage from UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
Fulham (2011/12), Rosenborg (2012/13, 2015/16), Twente (2012/13), Tromsø (2013/14), Gabala (2015/16, 2016/17), Crvena zvezda (2017/18), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (2016/17, 2017/18), Skënderbeu (2017/18), Apollon Limassol (2018/19), København (2018/19), Rangers (2018/19), Sarpsborg (2018/19)


Most group stage appearances (UEFA Europa League only)
32: Mario Sonnleitner*
31: Jeremain Lens*, Andreas Ulmer*

Most group stage appearances (including UEFA Cup)
38: Dimitris Salpingidis
35: Atiba Hutchinson

Most group stage goals (UEFA Europa League only)
18: Aritz Aduriz
14: Guillaume Hoarau, Raul Rusescu

Most group stage goals (including UEFA Cup)
18: Aritz Aduriz
15: Jermain Defoe

Most goals in single game
5: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club 5-3 Genk, 03/11/2016)


Most campaigns by nations’ clubs (UEFA Europa League only)
31: Italy*
28: Spain*
27: Germany*
24: England*
23: France*, Netherlands

Most campaigns by nations’ clubs (including UEFA Cup)
45: Spain*
44: Germany*
43: Italy*
41: France*
39: Netherlands*

Most different national representatives (UEFA Europa League only)
17: Germany*
14: England*, Italy
12: Portugal
11: France

Most different national representatives (including UEFA Cup)
20: Germany*
19: England*
16: France , Italy
15: Spain

Nations never represented (UEFA Europa League only)
Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, San Marino, Wales**

Nations never represented (including UEFA Cup)
Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, San Marino, Wales**

*Includes 2018/19
**Welsh-based Swansea City represented England in 2013/14

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Manchester City players don’t need to apologise for Lyon loss

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero admitted he was very happy to extend his current contract at the club until 2021.
The FC crew explain how Pep Guardiola’s touchline ban combined with Mikel Arteta’s unpreparedness impacted Manchester City against Lyon.
Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta admits he has no idea if manager Pep Guardiola’s touchline ban would’ve had an effect on their 2-0 Champions League loss to Lyon.
Lyon coach Bruno Genesio is thrilled by Nabil Fekir and the whole side as they beat Manchester City.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — Pep Guardiola has defended his players after Manchester City’s surprise 2-1 home defeat to Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The City boss was banned from the touchline for the game and watched from the stands as his side conceded two first half goals before Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back in an improved second half.

Many of his players have taken to social media to apologise for the result and while Guardiola admitted they started slowly, he told a news conference that they have nothing to say sorry for.

“The players don’t have to apologise, why should they apologise, for what?” he said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Cardiff City. “They ran, they fought, they tried to make a comeback but this competition punishes the mistakes you make.

“We made a lot of mistakes and when we did that they punished us. But they don’t have to apologise, they put everything there.

“Of course, I was banned, I have to accept it but the next game I will be there.”

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Spanish FA unlikely to authorise moving Girona vs. Barcelona to U.S.

La Liga president Javier Tebas says that La Liga games in the USA will only benefit MLS.
With reports that Girona are set to face Barcelona in Miami this coming January, the FC crew share their varying opinions on La Liga coming to the U.S.

La Liga’s hopes to have a regular-season game staged overseas every year has taken a major setback as the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has indicated it will not allow that proposal to happen.

The RFEF received a formal request from La Liga, Girona and Barcelona earlier this month detailing plans to move a game to suburban Miami on Jan. 26 as part of a 15-year agreement with Relevent Sports to market the league in North America.

It has not finalised its stance on the proposal, but on Friday, it sent different letters to La Liga, UEFA, FIFA and the two clubs.

“In the letter sent to FIFA, the RFEF has explained its intention not to authorise the game,” the organisation told ESPN FC.

Moreover, in the letter addressed to UEFA and FIFA, the RFEF requested the governing bodies share their recommendations regarding the implications of staging a La Liga game outside of Spain.

The RFEF notified La Liga it is consulting with both organisations regarding which rules could be infringed if a league game was to be played abroad. It also requested La Liga present documents to show it has the approval of the necessary organisations as well as of all top-flight clubs — not just Girona and Barcelona — and has demanded more information regarding the organisation of the game.

It also reminded La Liga that a change of venue would affect television contracts and club members and could see certain teams benefit while others would be affected.

La Liga need the support of the RFEF as well as Spain’s Sports Council, UEFA, CONCACAF and U.S. Soccer in order to move the game away from Girona’s Estadi Montilivi.

FIFA, according to La Liga president Javier Tebas, does not have a say on the matter, has already expressed reservations regarding the location change.

The RFEF’s stance comes just 24 hours after the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) said it remains unconvinced that plans to hold a game in North America each year are in its best interest.

AFE insisted that La Liga had taken a unilateral decision without consulting the players and that their plans to play outside the country breached several articles of the collective agreement between the two entities.

Tebas told ESPN FC earlier this week that it would be hypocritical of the RFEF to turn down La Liga’s petition considering the Spanish Super Cup between Barcelona and Sevilla was played last month in Morocco.

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Who makes our Europa League Team of the Week?

UEFA Europa League Team of the Week - MD1

Sevilla are the only club with more than one representative in this season’s first UEFA Europa League Team of the Week.

Note: While the FedEx Performance Zone is a form tracker taking into account domestic and European games, the Team of the Week is based purely on form shown in the UEFA Europa League matchday in question.

Goalkeeper: Denis Scherbitski (BATE) – 122nd (FedEx Performance Zone ranking)

Defender: Joakim Mæhle (Genk) – 36th
Defender: Enzo Roco (Beşiktaş) – 26th
Defender: Aleksandr Martynovich (Krasnodar) – 8th
Defender: Mikael Lustig (Celtic) – 65th

Midfielder: Raphinha (Sporting CP) – 7th
Midfielder: Éver Banega (Sevilla) – 1st
Midfielder: Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – 11th
Midfielder: Izet Hajrovic (Dinamo Zagreb) – 5th

Forward: Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla) – 13th
Forward: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 10th


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