The UEFA Europa League represents an annual competition organized by UEFA since 1971 for European soccer clubs. Based on their results in their national leagues and cup competitions, teams qualify for the yearly tournament.
It is the second-tier European club soccer competition, which ranks a rank below the UEFA Champions League. The UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was discontinued in 1999 and it was merged with the UEFA Cup.
Thus, it was previously named the UEFA Cup. However, after a format change in the 2009-10 season, the tournament was renamed as the UEFA Europa League. The UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League are considered the same competition, with the change of name being merely a re-branding.
28. Manchester United – 1 title
Manchester United have featured in only one Europa League final and they managed to lift the title afterward. They faced Ajax in the 2017 UEFA Europa League Final on May 24, 2017, at the Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden. The final score was 2-0 for the Red Devils, as Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan got their names on the scoresheet.
Through this success, they became the fifth team to have won all three main European trophies (European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, and the now-extinct Cup Winners' Cup), following the footsteps of Juventus, Ajax, Bayern, and Chelsea.
27. Shakhtar Donetsk – 1 title
Shakhtar Donetsk also have one title, which they won at the 2009 UEFA Cup Final. They met with Werder Bremen in the final which was contested at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on 20 May 2009.
This was the first time that the UEFA Cup Final was contested in Turkey, followed by the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, contested at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. The Ukrainian club were the better side against Werder Bremen, thanks to an extra-time strike by Jadson. Thus, Shakhtar won 2-1.
26. Zenit Saint Petersburg – 1 title
Zenit Saint Petersburg have one UEFA Cup/Europa League trophy so far in their history. The Russian side have played in one final, the 2008 UEFA Cup Final.
They clashed off with Rangers on May 14, 2008, at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, England. Igor Vladimirovich Denisov opened the score in the 72nd minute, and Konstantin Zyryanov scored a late goal to give Zenit their first European title ever.
25. CSKA Moscow – 1 title
CSKA Moscow faced Sporting Lisbon in the 2005 UEFA Cup Final. The game was played at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 18, 2005. During this season, the structure of the tournament was modified from the previous seasons, with the effect that an additional qualification stage and a group round after the first round were added.
Sporting’s Rogero opened the score in the 29th minute. However, his strike was canceled by Aleksei Berezutskiy in the 56th minute, followed by Yuti Zhirkov, who added another one nine minutes later. It was Vagner Love who scored the final goal of the game. Thus, CSKA won 3-1.
24. Valencia – 1 title
Valencia featured in the 2004 UEFA Cup Final where they met Marseille on the opposite side. The match was contested on May 19, 2004, at the Ullevi in Gothenburg, Sweden.
It was Vincente who scored the first goal for the Bats in the 45th minutes after a successful penalty-kick. Then, in the 58th minute, Mista closed the game as he bagged his club’s second goal, which proved to be the second and final goal of the game as well. Valencia won 2-0.
23. Galatasaray – 1 title
Interestingly enough, Galatasaray met with Arsenal in the 2000 UEFA Cup Final. They faced off at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 17, 2000. Both sides were equally strong and didn’t manage to beat the other club’s goalkeeper after 120 played minutes.
As a result, the winner had to be decided after a session of penalty-kicks. The Galatasaray players converted all of their penalties, while Davor Suker and Patrick Viera missed theirs. The Turkish outfit won 4-1 on penalties.
22. Schalke 04 – 1 title
German side Schalke 04 and Italian club Inter went head-to-head in the two-legged 1997 UEFA Cup Final. Schalke won 1-0 in the first leg which was played on May 7, 1997, at the Parkstadion in Gelsenkirchen, thanks to a goal by Marc Wilmots.
On the other hand, the second match belonged to Inter, as the Nerazzurri triumphed 1-0 two weeks later, at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan. Ivan Zamorano scored the only goal of the game in the 84th minute, so the winner had to be decided on penalties. Schalke won 4-1 on penalties.
21. Bayern – 1 title
The two-legged 1996 UEFA Cup Final saw Bayern come up against French outfit Bordeaux. In the first game, which was played on May 1, 1996, at the Olympiastadion in Munich, Bayern triumphed 2-0. Thomas Helmer and Mehmet Scholl scored the two goals.
Two weeks later, the two sides met in the second leg, at the Stade du Parc Lescure in Bordeaux. Bayern won again, this time 3-1. Mehmet Scholl, Emil Kostadinov, and Jurgen Klinsmann netted for the Bavarians, while Daniel Dutuel scored the lone goal for the Frenchmen.
20. Napoli – 1 title
Napoli were the better side against Stuttgart in the 1989 European Cup Finals. Back then, two games were played to determine the winner. Napoli won the first leg 2-1, played on May 3, 1989, on their home ground.
Then, in the second leg, which was played in Germany, the two sides drew 3-3. However, Nthe Partenopei won 5–4 on aggregate to lift their first and only UEFA Cup.
19. Bayer Leverkusen – 1 title
Bayer Leverkusen faced Espanyol in the 1988 UEFA Cup Finals. In the first leg, played on May 4, 1988, at the Estadi de Sarria in Barcelona, Spain, the Spanish side won 3-0.
Then, the Spaniards were shocked by Bayer as the Germans won the second leg with an equal result of 3-0. The second leg was played 14 days later, at the Ulrich-Haberland-Stadion in Leverkusen, Germany. It was 3-3 on aggregate but Bayer Leverkusen won 3-2 on penalties.
18. Ipswich Town – 1 title
Ipswich may currently be playing in League One, the third tier of the English soccer league system, but they used to rule the UEFA Cup at the beginning of the ‘80s. In the 1981 UEFA Cup Finals, they faced AZ Alkmaar for the Netherlands.
On May 6, 1981, they beat AZ 3-0 in the first leg at the Portman Road in Ipswich, England. Then, to their surprise, Az Alkmaar didn’t give up without a fight. The Dutch outfit managed to beat them 4-2 in the second leg. However, that was not enough as Ipswich Town won 5–4 on aggregate.
17. Eintracht Frankfurt – 1 title
Eintracht Frankfurt met with their fellow German side, Borussia Monchengladbach in the battle to lift the 1980 UEFA Cup trophy. On May 7, 1980, the two clubs faced off at the Bokelbergstadion in Monchengladbach.
Monchengladbach were the superior side in the first leg and they celebrated a 3-2 victory. Then the second leg, Eintracht Frankfurt got back into the game thanks to a 1-0 win. It was 3-3 on aggregate but Frankfurt won on the away goals rule.
16. PSV Eindhoven – 1 title
PSV Eindhoven featured in the 1978 UEFA Cup Finals alongside French side SC Bastia. Bastia are currently playing in Championnat National, French soccer's third division. The first leg was played on April 26, 1978, at the Stade Armand Cesari in Bastia.
It ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw for both sides. Then on May 9, 1978, PSV hosted Bastia at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. They lifted their first and only UEFA Cup thanks to a 3-0 victory.
15. Ajax – 1 title
The 1992 finals saw Ajax and Torino come against each other to determine the winner of that season’s UEFA Cup. The first game was set in Italy, on April 29, 1992, at the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin. It ended in a 2-2 draw.
On May 13, the two sides faced again for the second leg of the final, this time at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This time, none of them managed to score a goal but Ajax took the crown on the away goals rule. The Eredivisie giants have one lost final, in 2017, when they lost to Manchester United.
14. Anderlecht – 1 title
Belgian club Anderlecht and Portuguese side Benfica clashed off in the 1983 UEFA Cup Finals. The first leg, which was scheduled for May 4, 1983, at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, saw the home side get away with a 1-0 win.
Exactly two weeks later, it was Benfica’s turn to host the second leg, at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, thus Anderlecht won 2-1 on aggregate. The Belgians managed to reach the final the next season as well. However, they failed to lift the trophy again, after losing to Tottenham on penalties.
13. Chelsea – 2 titles
The English side has won this competition twice in their history so far. The first time was in the 2012-13 season when they met with Benfica. Since it was in the frames of the re-branded UEFA Europa League, there was only one final. It was played on May 15, 2013, at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Chelsea won the title thanks to a late Branislav Ivanovic strike when the score was 1-1. Then, they played an all-English derby final vs Arsenal in 2019. The Blues were the better side, triumphing 4-1 at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.
12. Porto – 2 titles
Porto’s first success came at the 2003 UEFA Cup Final vs Celtic. The game was played on May 21, 2003, at the Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla in Seville, Spain. Porto won the game in extra-time, managing a 3-2 victory.
Eight years later, they made another appearance in a UEFA Europa League Final. They met with their Portuguese rivals, Braga in a game played at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. Radamel Falcao was the only scorer in the game.
11. Parma – 2 titles
Parma have had a troubling run in the 21st century but they used to rock in the ‘90s. They won their first UEFA Cup trophy, after beating their Serie A rivals, Juventus. They first met at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma, on May 3, 1995, when Parma won 1-0.
Later, in the second leg, they faced off at the San Siro in Milan, and it ended in a 1-1 draw. Thus, Parma won 2–1 on aggregate. Then, they faced Marseille in the 1999 UEFA Cup Final, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. The Italian side celebrated their second UEFA Cup victory thanks to a 3-0 win over the Frenchmen.
10. Real Madrid – 2 titles
Real Madrid are known for being the most successful club in the UEFA Champions League, but they also have two UEFA Cup titles out of two consecutive finals. The Whites played against Videoton at the 1985 UEFA Cup Finals. They won 3-0 in the first leg and lost 1-0 in the second. Nevertheless, Real Madrid won 3-1 on aggregate.
The next year they came against FC Koln in the 1986 UEFA Cup Finals. They already did the majority of the job, after securing a 5-1 win at home in the first game. FC Koln managed to relieve the title loss with a 2-0 victory in Germany but it was Real Madrid who won 5-3 on aggregate.
9. IFK Goteborg – 2 titles
IFK Goteborg have also featured in two UEFA Cup finals, and they have emerged victorious in both of them. The Swedish side hosed Hamburger SV on May 5, 1982, for the 1982 UEFA Cup Finals. They won 1-0 in the first leg and they also triumphed 3-0 away in the second leg.
Also, The Swedish side and Dundee United played in the 1987 UEFA Cup Finals. Goteborg won the first match 1-0 at home on May 6, 1987. In the second leg, they drew 1-1 in Scotland. Thus, Goteborg won 2–1 on aggregate.
8. Feyenoord – 2 titles
Feyenoord played two final games against Tottenham in the 1974 UEFA Cup Final. The first one was at the White Hart Lane in London, England, on May 21, 1974, and it ended in a 2-2 draw. Then, just eight days later, they clashed off again in the Netherlands, when the home side won 2-0. As a result, Feyenoord won 4-2 on aggregate.
Feyenoord were also the finalists in the 2002 UEFA Cup Final. On the other side, their opponents were Borussia Dortmund. The final was played on May 8, 2002, at the De Kuip in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. They won their second UEFA Cup trophy thanks to a 3-2 win.
7. Tottenham – 2 titles
Tottenham met with their current Premier League rivals, Wolves for the 1972 UEFA Cup Final. The first leg was played on May 3, 1972, at the Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, and Tottenham won 2-1. Then, two weeks later, they faced again, this time at the White Hart Lane, London for a 1-1 draw. Tottenham won 3-2 on aggregate.
1984 UEFA Cup Final saw the Spurs claiming their second title, after facing Anderlecht in the two finals. The first leg, played on May 9, 1984, at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock, Brussels ended without a winner, 1-1. Then, Tottenham hosted the Belgian club, as they won 4-3 on penalties. The Englishmen have one unsuccessful final, as they lost to Feyenoord in 1974.
6. Borussia Monchengladbach – 2 titles
The 1975 UEFA Cup Final saw Borussia Monchengladbach and Twente battling for the trophy. The first leg, which was was played at the Rheinstadion in Dusseldorf, saw the two sides failing to register any goal. Then, in May 1975, Borussia trashed Twente 5-1 at the Diekman Stadion in Enschede, the Netherlands.
Four years later, Monchengladbach got into another UEFA Cup final. They faced Red Star Belgrade in the 1979 UEFA Cup Final. The first leg, played in May, at the Red Star Stadium in Belgrade, ended in a 1-1 draw. The second game saw the German side winning 1-0, and thus, claiming their second trophy. They also have two lost finals, in 1973 and 1980.
5. Atletico Madrid – 3 titles
Atletico Madrid have emerged victorious in all three of the finals they have played in. Firstly, they met Fulham in the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final. In the game played on May 10, at the HSH Nordbank Arena in Hamburg, Germany, they won 2-1 after extra-time.
Their second title came when they overcame their fellow Spanish side, Athletic Bilbao, in May 2012, at the Arena Naționala in Bucharest, Romania. The Madrid outfit won the game 3-0. Then, six years later, they featured in another final, this time vs Marseille. The match, which was played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in France, ended with a 3-0 win for Atletico.
4. Juventus – 3 titles
Juventus have won this competition three times out of four possible times. In the 1977 UEFA Cup Finals, they played against Athletic Bilbao. The first leg ended 1-0 for Juve, while they lost 2-1 in the second. It was 2-2 on aggregate, but Juventus won on away goals. In the 1990 UEFA Cup Finals against Fiorentina, the Bianconeri managed to claim a 3-1 win in the first game at home.
The second game ended in a 0-0 draw, thus letting Juve lift their second trophy. In the 1993 UEFA Cup Final, Borussia Dortmund failed to stop them as the Italians won both games, 3-1 in the first leg, and 3-0 in the second. Juventus lost one final when they were defeated by Parma in 1995.
3. Liverpool – 3 titles
The Merseyside team have won the UEFA Cup/Europa League on three different occasions. Liverpool's first win came in 1973, as they beat Borussia Monchengladbach 3-2 on aggregate. In the first leg, they won 3-0 but they lost 2-0 in the second match. Three years later, in 1976, the Reds came against Club Brugge.
The first game ended in a 3-2 win for Liverpool, and the second one was a 1-1 draw. So, Liverpool won 4-3 on aggregate. Their latest win happened in the 2001 UEFA Cup Final vs Deportivo Alaves, at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, Germany. The English side won 5-4 in the dying minutes of the extra-time. Liverpool also have one failed final in 2016, as they lost to Sevilla.
2. Inter – 3 titles
Inter faced their Italian opponents, Roma in the 1991 UEFA Cup Finals. The first game, which was played at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, saw the home side win 2-0. Roma then hosted the Nerazzuri in the second game and won 1-0 but it wasn’t enough to stop Inter from winning 2-1 on aggregate. In 1994, they played against Austria Salzburg, known now as RB Salzburg.
Inter won both games, at home and away, with an equal result of 1-0. Their last title came four years later, at the 1998 UEFA Cup Final against Lazio. This was a one-off game as Inter triumphed 3-0 at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France. The Serie A giants have also been runners-up on two occasions, in 1997, and 2020.
1.Sevilla – 6 titles
Sevilla have been the absolute kings of the UEFA Cup and the reformed UEFA Europa League with six total titles, out of six finals. First, they met with Middlesbrough in the 2006 UEFA Cup Final, as the Spanish side won 4-0. The next year, the Seville club beat Espanyol on penalties at the 2007 UEFA Cup Final. Four of Sevilla's most recent wins have come in the last decade: 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2020.
After defeating Benfica on penalties at the 2014 UEFA Europa League Final, their perfect run began. They continued counting to four when they beat Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3-2 the next season. In the 2016 UEFA Europa League Final, they defeated Liverpool 3-1. SFC didn’t stop there, as they claimed their last title thanks to a 3-2 win over Inter in August 2020.