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 Atletico Madrid: winners of the the first Europa league trophy in 2010

Atletico Madrid won the first Europa League trophy in 2010


The UEFA Europa League, until recently known as 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 presitigious European club football contest behind the UEFA Champions League. Clubs qualify for the UEFA Europa League based upon their performance in their respective national leagues and cup competitions.

Associations ranked 7-9 in the UEFA co-efficients will send their Cup winner and three other teams to the Europa LEague qualification, all other nations send only two other teams, except for Liechtenstein, Andorra and San Marino, who will only send a cup winner.

Normally those clubs that finish next highest, after the Champion's League places, will be sent for qualification, however, France and England will continue to use one spot for their League Cup Winner.

The competition has been known as the Europa League since its change of format in the 2009/10 season. For UEFA footballing records purposes, the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League are considered to be one and the same, with the name change being simply a rebranding, in a bid to increase the competition's profile.

In 2004-05 a group stage was added prior to the knockout stages, akin to the UEFA Champions League. In addition the the change of name, 2009 also saw the enlargement of the competition format, including expanded group stages and changes to the qualifying criteria. The winner of the UEFA Europa League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup, to face off against the winner of the same year's UEFA Champion's League.


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