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The 2010–11 UEFA Europa League was the second season of the UEFA Europa League, Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 40th edition overall including its predecessor, the UEFA Cup.[1] It began on 1 July 2010, with the first qualifying round matches, and concluded on 18 May 2011, with the final at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, between Porto and first-time finalists Braga. This was the first all-Portuguese final of a European competition and only the third time that two Portuguese teams faced each other in Europe, following Braga's elimination of Benfica in the semi-finals. Porto defeated Braga 1–0, with a goal from the competition's top goalscorer Radamel Falcao,[2] and won their second title in the competition, after victory in the 2002–03 UEFA Cup.

2010–11 UEFA Europa League
Aviva Stadium(Dublin Arena).JPG
Aviva Stadium in Dublin hosted the final.
Tournament details
Dates16 September 2010 – 18 May 2011 (competition proper)
1 July – 26 August 2010 (qualifying)
Teams48+8 (competition proper)
161+33 (total) (from 53 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsPortugal Porto (2nd title)
Runners-upPortugal Braga
Tournament statistics
Matches played205
Goals scored551 (2.69 per match)
Top scorer(s)Colombia Radamel Falcao
(17 goals)

Contents

Association team allocationEdit

A total of 194 teams from 53 UEFA associations participated in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League. Associations were allocated places according to their 2009 UEFA country coefficient, which took into account their performance in European competitions from 2004–05 to 2008–09.[3]

Below is the qualification scheme for the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League:[4]

  • Associations 1–6 each have three teams qualify
  • Associations 7–9 each have four teams qualify
  • Associations 10–51 each have three teams qualify, except Liechtenstein, which have one team qualify (as Liechtenstein only have a domestic cup and no domestic league)
  • Associations 52–53 each have two teams qualify (an increase from only one team in the previous season)
  • The top three associations of the 2009–10 UEFA Fair Play ranking each gain an additional berth
  • Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League.

Association rankingEdit

Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1   England 79.499 3
2   Spain 74.266 +1(UCL)
3   Italy 62.910 +1(UCL)
4   Germany 56.695
5   France 50.168
6   Russia 47.625 +3(UCL)
7   Ukraine 41.850 4 +1(UCL)
8   Netherlands 39.130 +2(UCL)
9   Romania 38.908 +1(UCL)
10   Portugal 36.462 3 +2(UCL)
11   Turkey 32.225 +1(UCL)
12   Greece 28.165 +1(UCL)
13   Scotland 27.875 +2(UCL)
14   Belgium 25.325 +2(UCL)
15   Switzerland 25.250 +2(UCL)
16   Denmark 24.450 +1(FP)
17   Bulgaria 21.250 +1(UCL)
18   Czech Republic 20.750 +1(UCL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
19   Norway 18.800 3 +1(UCL)
20   Austria 17.825 +1(UCL)
21   Serbia 15.250
22   Israel 15.250
23   Cyprus 15.082 +1(UCL)
24   Sweden 14.691 +1(FP)
+1(UCL)
25   Slovakia 14.665
26   Poland 12.916 +1(UCL)
27   Croatia 12.332 +1(UCL)
28   Finland 9.790 +1(FP)
+1(UCL)
29   Lithuania 9.666
30   Republic of Ireland 9.499
31   Latvia 9.164
32   Slovenia 9.082
33   Belarus 8.666 +1(UCL)
34   Bosnia and Herzegovina 8.665
35   Hungary 8.166 +1(UCL)
36   Iceland 6.665
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
37   Moldova 6.665 3 +1(UCL)
38   Georgia 6.664
39   Liechtenstein 5.500 1
40   Macedonia 5.165 3
41   Azerbaijan 4.498
42   Estonia 4.332
43   Albania 3.999
44   Kazakhstan 3.249 +1(UCL)
45   Armenia 2.999
46   Wales 2.331 +1(UCL)
47   Northern Ireland 2.165
48   Faroe Islands 2.165
49   Luxembourg 1.332
50   Montenegro 1.000
51   Andorra 0.500
52   Malta 0.499 2
53   San Marino 0.250
Notes
  • (FP): Additional fair play berth (Sweden, Denmark, Finland)[5]
  • (UCL): Additional teams transferred from the UEFA Champions League

DistributionEdit

The winners of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League, Atlético Madrid, were guaranteed a place in the group stage as the title holder, since they did not qualify for the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League. However, they also qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round through domestic performance, as they were the runners-up of the 2009–10 Copa del Rey to Champions League-qualified Sevilla. As a result, this place in the third qualifying round was vacated, which in turn led to the following changes to the default allocation system in order to compensate for this vacant spot:[6]

  • The domestic cup winners of association 28 (Finland) have been promoted from the second qualifying round to the third qualifying round.
  • The domestic cup winners of associations 52 and 53 (Malta and San Marino) have been promoted from the first qualifying to the second qualifying round.
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round Teams transferred from Champions League
First qualifying round
(52 teams)
  • 20 domestic league runners-up from associations 33–53 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 29 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 22–51 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 3 teams which qualified via Fair Play rankings
Second qualifying round
(80 teams)
  • 25 domestic cup winners from associations 29–53
  • 14 domestic league runners-up from associations 19–32
  • 6 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 16–21
  • 6 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 10–15
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 7–9
  • 26 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(70 teams)
  • 13 domestic cup winners from associations 16–28
  • 3 domestic league runners-up from associations 16–18
  • 6 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 10–15
  • 3 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 7–9
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 4–6 (League Cup winners for France)
  • 2 domestic league sixth-placed teams from associations 1–3 (League Cup winners for England)
    (minus the spot vacated by Atlético Madrid)
  • 40 winners from the second qualifying round
Play-off round
(74 teams)
  • 15 domestic cup winners from associations 1–15
  • 3 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 7–9
  • 3 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 4–6
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • 35 winners from the third qualifying round
  • 15 losers from the Champions League third qualifying round
Group stage
(48 teams)
  • Title holder
  • 37 winners from the play-off round
  • 10 losers from the Champions League play-off round
Knockout phase
(32 teams)
  • 12 group winners from the group stage
  • 12 group runners-up from the group stage
  • 8 third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage

Redistribution rulesEdit

A Europa League place is vacated when a team qualifies for both the Champions League and the Europa League, or qualifies for the Europa League by more than one method. When a place is vacated, it is redistributed within the national association by the following rules:[4]

  • When the domestic cup winners (considered as the "highest-placed" qualifiers within the national association) also qualify for the Champions League, their Europa League place is vacated, and the remaining Europa League qualifiers are moved up one place, with the final place (with the earliest starting round) taken by the domestic cup runners-up, provided they do not already qualify for the Champions League or the Europa League. Otherwise, this place is taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the Europa League.
  • When the domestic cup winners also qualify for the Europa League through league position, their place through the league position is vacated, and the Europa League qualifiers that finish lower in the league are moved up one place, with the final place taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the Europa League.
  • A place vacated by the League Cup winners is taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the Europa League.
  • A Fair Play place is taken by the highest-ranked team in the domestic Fair Play table that has not yet qualified for the Champions League or the Europa League.

TeamsEdit

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:[7]

  • TH: Title holders
  • CW: Cup winners
  • CR: Cup runners-up
  • LC: League Cup winners
  • Nth: League position
  • P-W: End-of-season European competition play-offs winners
  • FP: Fair play
  • UCL: Relegated from the Champions League
    • GS: Third-placed teams from the group stage
    • PO: Losers from the play-off round
    • Q3: Losers from the third qualifying round
Round of 32
  Twente (UCL GS)   Benfica (UCL GS)   Rangers (UCL GS)   Rubin Kazan (UCL GS)
  Basel (UCL GS)   Spartak Moscow (UCL GS)   Ajax (UCL GS)   Braga (UCL GS)
Group stage
  Atlético Madrid (TH)   Anderlecht (UCL PO)   Rosenborg (UCL PO)   Zenit St. Petersburg (UCL PO)
  Red Bull Salzburg (UCL PO)   Sevilla (UCL PO)   Sparta Prague (UCL PO)   Dynamo Kyiv (UCL PO)
  Sheriff Tiraspol (UCL PO)   Sampdoria (UCL PO)   Young Boys (UCL PO)
Play-off round
  Manchester City (5th)   Lokomotiv Moscow (4th)   AEK Athens (3rd)   Unirea Urziceni (UCL Q3)
  Aston Villa (6th)   CSKA Moscow (5th)   Dundee United (CW)   Dinamo Zagreb (UCL Q3)
  Getafe (6th)   Tavriya Simferopol (CW)   Club Brugge (3rd)   AIK (UCL Q3)
  Villarreal (7th)Note ESP   Metalist Kharkiv (3rd)   Grasshopper (3rd)   PAOK (UCL Q3)
  Palermo (5th)   PSV Eindhoven (3rd)   Aktobe (UCL Q3)   Celtic (UCL Q3)
  Napoli (6th)   Feyenoord (4th)   HJK Helsinki (UCL Q3)   Fenerbahçe (UCL Q3)
  Bayer Leverkusen (4th)   Vaslui (3rd)   The New Saints (UCL Q3)   Gent (UCL Q3)
  Borussia Dortmund (5th)   Steaua București (4th)   Litex Lovech (UCL Q3)   Omonia (UCL Q3)
  Paris Saint-Germain (CW)   Porto (CW)   BATE Borisov (UCL Q3)   Lech Poznań (UCL Q3)
  Lille (4th)   Trabzonspor (CW)   Debrecen (UCL Q3)
Third qualifying round
  Liverpool (7th)Note ENG   Sporting CP (4th)   Beroe Stara Zagora (CW)   Apollon (CW)
  Juventus (7th)   Galatasaray (3rd)   CSKA Sofia (2nd)   IFK Göteborg (2nd)
  Stuttgart (6th)   Aris (4th)   Viktoria Plzeň (CW)   Slovan Bratislava (CW)
  Montpellier (5th)   Hibernian (4th)   Jablonec (2nd)   Jagiellonia Białystok (CW)
  Sibir Novosibirsk (CR)   Genk (P-W)   Aalesund (CW)   Hajduk Split (CW)
  Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (4th)   Luzern (4th)   Sturm Graz (CW)   Inter Turku (CW)
  AZ (5th)   Nordsjælland (CW)   Red Star Belgrade (CW)
  Timișoara (5th)   Odense (2nd)   Maccabi Haifa (2nd)
Second qualifying round
  Karpaty Lviv (5th)   Austria Wien (2nd)   Shamrock Rovers (2nd)   Sillamäe Kalev (2nd)
  Utrecht (P-W)   Rapid Wien (3rd)   Jelgava (CW)   Besa (CW)
  Dinamo București (6th)   OFK Beograd (3rd)   Ventspils (2nd)   Atyrau (CW)
  Marítimo (5th)   Spartak Zlatibor Voda (4th)   Maribor (CW)   Mika (2nd)
  Beşiktaş (4th)   Maccabi Tel Aviv (3rd)   Gorica (3rd)   Bangor City (CW)
  Olympiacos (5th)   APOEL (2nd)   Dinamo Minsk (2nd)   Cliftonville (2nd)
  Motherwell (5th)   Elfsborg (3rd)   Borac Banja Luka (CW)   Víkingur Gøta (CW)
  Cercle Brugge (CR)   Dukla Banská Bystrica (3rd)   Videoton (2nd)   Differdange (CW)
  Lausanne-Sport (CR)   Wisła Kraków (2nd)   Breiðablik (CW)   Budućnost Podgorica (2nd)
  Brøndby (3rd)   Cibalia (3rd)   Iskra-Stal (2nd)   UE Sant Julià (CW)
  Levski Sofia (3rd)   Honka (2nd)   WIT Georgia (CW)   Valletta (CW)
  Baník Ostrava (3rd)   Sūduva Marijampolė (3rd)   Vaduz (CW)   Tre Penne (2nd)
  Molde (2nd)   Šiauliai (4th)Note LTU   Teteks (CW)
  Stabæk (3rd)   Sporting Fingal (CW)   Baku (CW)
First qualifying round
  Bnei Yehuda (CR)   Široki Brijeg (2nd)   Khazar (4th)   EB/Streymur (2nd)
  Anorthosis (3rd)   Zrinjski (4th)   Narva Trans (3rd)   NSÍ Runavík (4th)
  Kalmar FF (4th)   Győri ETO (3rd)   Flora (CR)   F91 Dudelange (2nd)
  Nitra (4th)   Zalaegerszeg (CR)   Tirana (3rd)   Grevenmacher (3rd)
  Ruch Chorzów (3rd)   KR Reykjavík (2nd)   Laçi (4th)   Mogren (3rd)
  Šibenik (4th)   Fylkir (3rd)   Shakhter Karagandy (3rd)   Zeta (4th)
  TPS (3rd)   Olimpia (3rd)   Tobol Kostanay (4th)   UE Santa Coloma (2nd)
  Tauras Tauragė (5th)Note LTU   Dacia (CR)   Ulisses (3rd)   Lusitanos (4th)
  Dundalk (5th)Note IRL   Dinamo Tbilisi (2nd)   Banants (CR)   Sliema Wanderers (3rd)
  Skonto (3rd)   Zestaponi (3rd)   Llanelli (2nd)   Faetano (3rd)
  Olimpija (4th)   Rabotnički (2nd)   Port Talbot Town (3rd)   Gefle (FP)[8]
  Dnepr Mogilev (3rd)   Metalurg Skopje (3rd)   Glentoran (3rd)   Randers (FP)[9]
  Torpedo Zhodino (CR)   Qarabağ (3rd)   Portadown (CR)   MYPA (FP)[10]
Notes
  • England (ENG): Portsmouth, the runners-up of the 2009–10 FA Cup to Champions League-qualified Chelsea, did not obtain a UEFA licence, meaning they could not qualify for Europe. Portsmouth had appealed to UEFA, the Premier League and the English FA, but the latter two would not allow late applications for the licence.[11] As a result, the seventh-placed team of the 2009–10 Premier League, Liverpool, claimed the Europa League spot in the third qualifying round.
  • Republic of Ireland (IRL): Since the third- and fourth-placed teams of the 2009 League of Ireland, Cork City and Derry City, were dissolved and expelled from the league respectively after the season was completed, the fifth-placed team, Dundalk, claimed the Europa League spot in the first qualifying round.[12]
  • Lithuania (LTU): Vėtra, the runners-up of the 2009 A Lyga and also the runners-up of the 2009–10 Lithuanian Football Cup to Champions League-qualified Ekranas, were denied the UEFA license for the 2010–11 season and therefore could not represent Lithuania in the UEFA Europa League.[13] As a result, all Europa League spots were awarded to teams based on their league positions. Therefore, the fourth-placed team, Šiauliai, were moved from the first qualifying round to the second qualifying round, while the fifth-placed team, Tauras Tauragė, claimed the Europa League spot in the first qualifying round.
  • Spain (ESP): Mallorca, the fifth-placed team of the 2009–10 La Liga, were not admitted to the UEFA Europa League due to being immersed in a creditor contest[14] (not by reason of having debt) a situation that does not meet the necessary admission criteria for participating in the UEFA competitions.[15] As a result, the seventh-placed team, Villarreal, claimed the Europa League spot in the play-off round. On 30 July, UEFA's Appeals Body dismissed Mallorca's appeal against the infraction.[16]

Round and draw datesEdit

All draws held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland unless stated otherwise.[6]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 21 June 2010 1 July 2010 8 July 2010
Second qualifying round 15 July 2010 22 July 2010
Third qualifying round 16 July 2010 29 July 2010 5 August 2010
Play-off Play-off round 6 August 2010 19 August 2010 26 August 2010
Group stage Matchday 1 27 August 2010
(Monaco)
16 September 2010
Matchday 2 30 September 2010
Matchday 3 21 October 2010
Matchday 4 4 November 2010
Matchday 5 1–2 December 2010
Matchday 6 15–16 December 2010
Knockout phase Round of 32 17 December 2010 17 February 2011 24 February 2011
Round of 16 10 March 2011 17 March 2011
Quarter-finals 18 March 2011 7 April 2011 14 April 2011
Semi-finals 28 April 2011 5 May 2011
Final 18 May 2011 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Matches in the qualifying, play-off, and knockout rounds may also be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays instead of the regular Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts.

SeedingEdit

The draws for the qualifying rounds, the play-off round and the group stage are all seeded based on the 2010 UEFA club coefficients.[17] The coefficients are calculated on the basis of a combination of 20% of the value of the respective national association’s coefficient for the period from 2005–06 to 2009–10 inclusive and the clubs' individual performances in the UEFA club competitions during the same period. Clubs are ordered by their coefficients and then divided into pots as required.[4][18]

In the draws for the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, the teams are divided evenly into one seeded and one unseeded pot, based on their club coefficients. A seeded team is drawn against an unseeded team, with the order of legs in each tie also being decided randomly. Due to the limited time between matches, the draws for the second and third qualifying rounds take place before the results of the previous round are known. The seeding in each draw is carried out under the assumption that all of the highest-ranked clubs of the previous round are victorious. If a lower-ranked club is victorious, it simply takes the place of its defeated opponent in the next round. Prior to these draws, UEFA may form "groups" in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee, but they are purely for convenience of the draw and do not resemble any real groupings in the sense of the competition, while ensuring that teams from the same association not drawn against each other.

In the draw for the group stage, the 48 teams are split into four pots of twelve teams, based on their club coefficients, with the title holder (if participating) automatically placed into Pot 1. Each group contains one team from each pot, but teams from the same association cannot be drawn into the same group.

In the draw for the first knockout stage, the twelve group winners and the four better third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage (based on their match record in the group stage) are seeded, and the twelve group runners-up and the other four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage are unseeded. A seeded team is drawn against an unseeded team, with the seeded team hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

In the draws for the round of 16 onwards, there are no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association may be drawn with each other.

Qualifying roundsEdit

In the qualifying and play-off rounds, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis.

The draw for the first two qualifying rounds was made on 21 June 2010,[19] while the draw for the third qualifying round was made on 16 July 2010.[20]

First qualifying roundEdit

The first legs were played on 1 July, and the second legs were played on 8 July 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
UE Santa Coloma   0–5   Mogren 0–3 0–2
Olimpija   0–5   Široki Brijeg 0–2 0–3
Anorthosis   4–0   Banants 3–0 1–0
Olimpia   1–1 (a)1   Khazar 0–0 1–1
Šibenik   3–0   Sliema Wanderers 0–0 3–0
Tobol   2–4   Zrinjski 1–2 1–2
Ulisses   0–1   Bnei Yehuda 0–0 0–1
Rabotnički   11–01   Lusitanos 5–0 6–0
KF Tirana   1–0   Zalaegerszeg 0–0 1–0 (aet)
Zestaponi   5–0   Faetano 5–0 0–0
NSÍ Runavík   1–4   Gefle 0–2 1–2
Torpedo Zhodino   6–1   Fylkir 3–0 3–1
Randers   7–3   F91 Dudelange 6–1 1–2
Portadown   2–1   Skonto 1–1 1–0
TPS   7–1   Port Talbot Town 3–1 4–0
KR Reykjavík   5–2   Glentoran 3–0 2–2
Grevenmacher   4–51   Dundalk 3–3 1–2
Kalmar FF   4–0   EB/Streymur 1–0 3–0
Llanelli   4–5   Tauras Tauragė 2–2 2–3 (aet)
Narva Trans   0–7   MYPA 0–2 0–5
Zeta   1–1 (a)1   Dacia 1–1 0–0
Laçi   2–8   Dnepr Mogilev 1–1 1–7
Shakhter Karaganda   1–3   Ruch Chorzów 1–2 0–1
Dinamo Tbilisi   2–1   Flora 2–1 0–0
Nitra   3–5   Győri ETO 2–2 1–3
Qarabağ   5–2   Metalurg Skopje 4–1 1–1
  • Note 1: Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Second qualifying roundEdit

The first legs were played on 15 July, and the second legs were played on 22 and 23 July 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cercle Brugge   2–2 (a)   TPS 0–1 2–1
Motherwell   2–0   Breiðablik 1–0 1–0
Anorthosis   3–22   Šibenik 0–2 3–0 (aet)
Lausanne-Sport   2–1   Borac Banja Luka 1–0 1–1
Šiauliai   0–7   Wisła Kraków 0–2 0–5
Kalmar FF   2–0   Dacia 0–0 2–0
Utrecht   5–1   KF Tirana 4–0 1–1
Gorica   1–4   Randers 0–3 1–1
Marítimo   6–4   Sporting Fingal 3–2 3–2
Sūduva Marijampolė   2–6   Rapid Wien 0–2 2–4
Ventspils   1–3   Teteks 0–0 1–3
OFK Beograd   3–2   Torpedo Zhodino 2–2 1–0
Olimpia   1–7   Dinamo București 0–2 1–5
MYPA   8–0   UE Sant Julià 3–0 5–03
Videoton   1–3   Maribor 1–1 0–2
Brøndby   3–0   Vaduz 3–0 0–0
Stabæk   3–3 (a)   Dnepr Mogilev 2–2 1–1
Shamrock Rovers   2–1   Bnei Yehuda 1–1 1–0
Elfsborg   3–1   Iskra-Stal 2–1 1–0
KR Reykjavík   2–6   Karpaty Lviv 0–3 2–3
Maccabi Tel Aviv   3–2   Mogren 2–0 1–2
Austria Wien   3–2   Široki Brijeg 2–2 1–0
Tauras Tauragė   1–6   APOEL 0–3 1–3
Molde   2–2 (a)   Jelgava 1–0 1–2
Zestaponi   3–1   Dukla Banská Bystrica 3–0 0–1
Honka   2–3   Bangor City 1–1 1–2
Levski Sofia   8–0   Dundalk 6–0 2–0
WIT Georgia   0–6   Baník Ostrava 0–6 0–0
Rabotnički   1–0   Mika 1–0 0–0
Atyrau   0–5   Győri ETO 0–34 0–2
Portadown   2–32   Qarabağ 1–2 1–1
Beşiktaş   7–0   Víkingur Gøta 3–0 4–0
Differdange   3–5   Spartak Zlatibor Voda 3–3 0–2
Dinamo Minsk   10–1   Sillamäe Kalev 5–1 5–0
Valletta   1–1 (a)   Ruch Chorzów 1–1 0–0
Baku   2–4   Budućnost Podgorica 0–35 2–1
Zrinjski   13–3   Tre Penne 4–1 9–2
Gefle   2–42   Dinamo Tbilisi 1–2 1–2
Cliftonville   1–02   Cibalia 1–0 0–0
Besa   1–11   Olympiacos 0–5 1–6
Notes
  • Note 2: Order of legs reversed after original draw.
  • Note 3: Original match abandoned in the 80th minute due to adverse weather conditions, with MYPA leading 1–0. The match was replayed on 23 July 2010 at 18:30 CEST from the beginning.[21]
  • Note 4: UEFA awarded Győri ETO a 3–0 win due to Atyrau fielding a suspended player in the first leg.[22] The original match had ended in a 2–0 win for Győri ETO.
  • Note 5: UEFA awarded Budućnost Podgorica a 3–0 win due to Baku fielding a suspended player in the first leg.[22] The original match had ended in a 2–1 win for Baku.

Third qualifying roundEdit

The first legs were played on 27 and 29 July, and the second legs were played on 3 and 5 August 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Odense   5–3   Zrinjski 5–3 0–0
Dnepr Mogilev   3–1   Baník Ostrava 1–0 2–1
Rabotnički   0–46   Liverpool 0–2 0–2
Marítimo   10–3   Bangor City 8–2 2–1
Beroe Stara Zagora   1–4   Rapid Wien 1–1 0–3
MYPA   4–56   Timișoara 1–2 3–3
CSKA Sofia   5–1   Cliftonville 3–0 2–1
Karpaty Lviv   2–0   Zestafoni 1–0 1–0
Shamrock Rovers   0–3   Juventus 0–2 0–1
Elfsborg   7–1   Teteks 5–0 2–1
Nordsjælland   1–3   Sporting CP 0–1 1–2
Maribor   6–2   Hibernian 3–0 3–2
Red Star Belgrade   2–3   Slovan Bratislava 1–2 1–1
Inter Turku   3–8   Genk 1–5 2–3
Ruch Chorzów   1–6   Austria Wien 1–3 0–3
Viktoria Plzeň   1–4   Beşiktaş 1–1 0–3
Olympiacos   2–2 (a)   Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–1 0–1
Wisła Kraków   2–4   Qarabağ 0–1 2–3
Sturm Graz   3–1   Dinamo Tbilisi 2–0 1–1
Cercle Brugge   2–36   Anorthosis 1–0 1–3
Budućnost Podgorica   1–3   Brøndby 1–2 0–1
Molde   4–5   Stuttgart 2–3 2–2
Maccabi Haifa   2–3   Dinamo Minsk 1–0 1–3
Utrecht   4–1   Luzern 1–0 3–1
Sibir Novosibirsk   2–2 (a)   Apollon 1–0 1–2
Randers   3–4   Lausanne-Sport 2–3 1–1
Dinamo București   3–4   Hajduk Split 3–1 0–3
AZ   2–1   IFK Göteborg 2–0 0–1
Spartak Zlatibor Voda   2–3   Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–1 0–2
Győri ETO   1–1 (4–3 p)   Montpellier 0–1 1–0 (aet)
Aalesund   1–4   Motherwell 1–1 0–3
Kalmar FF   3–6   Levski Sofia 1–1 2–5
Galatasaray   7–3   OFK Beograd 2–2 5–1
Jagiellonia Białystok   3–4   Aris 1–2 2–2
APOEL   4–1   Jablonec 1–0 3–1
Notes
  • Note 6: Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Play-off roundEdit

The draw for the play-off round was held on 6 August 2010.[23] The first legs were played on 17 and 19 August, and the second legs were played on 24 and 26 August 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Paris Saint-Germain   5–4   Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–0 3–4
Bayer Leverkusen   6–1   Tavriya Simferopol 3–0 3–1
CSKA Moscow   6–1   Anorthosis 4–0 2–1
Hajduk Split   5–2   Unirea Urziceni 4–1 1–1
Feyenoord   1–2   Gent 1–0 0–2
Genk   2–7   Porto 0–3 2–4
Debrecen   4–1   Litex Lovech 2–0 2–1
Aris   2–1   Austria Wien 1–0 1–1
Galatasaray   3–3 (a)   Karpaty Lviv 2–2 1–1
Palermo   5–3   Maribor 3–0 2–3
Club Brugge   5–3   Dinamo Minsk 2–1 3–2
Omonia   2–3   Metalist Kharkiv 0–1 2–2
Vaslui   0–2   Lille 0–0 0–2
Napoli   3–0   Elfsborg 1–0 2–0
Sporting CP   3–2   Brøndby 0–2 3–0
Steaua București   1–1 (4–3 p)7   Grasshopper 1–0 0–1 (aet)
Liverpool   3–1   Trabzonspor 1–0 2–1
Celtic   2–4   Utrecht 2–0 0–4
Borussia Dortmund   5–0   Qarabağ 4–0 1–0
AIK   1–2   Levski Sofia 0–0 1–2
Sturm Graz   1–3   Juventus 1–2 0–1
Getafe   2–1   APOEL 1–0 1–1 (aet)
Dundee United   1–2   AEK Athens 0–1 1–1
AZ   3–2   Aktobe 2–0 1–2
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk   0–1   Lech Poznań 0–1 0–0
Rapid Wien   4–3   Aston Villa 1–1 3–2
CSKA Sofia   5–2   The New Saints 3–0 2–2
Beşiktaş   6–0   HJK Helsinki 2–0 4–0
Slovan Bratislava   2–3   Stuttgart 0–1 2–2
Sibir Novosibirsk   1–5   PSV Eindhoven 1–0 0–5
BATE   5–1   Marítimo 3–0 2–1
Lausanne-Sport   2–2 (4–3 p)   Lokomotiv Moscow 1–1 1–1 (aet)
Győri ETO   1–4   Dinamo Zagreb 0–2 1–2
Odense   3–1   Motherwell 2–1 1–0
PAOK   2–1   Fenerbahçe 1–0 1–1 (aet)
Villarreal   7–1   Dnepr Mogilev 5–0 2–1
Timișoara   0–3   Manchester City 0–1 0–2
  • Note 7: Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League group stage.
  Red: Group A;   Yellow: Group B;   Green: Group C;   Dark green: Group D;
  Purple: Group E;   Pink: Group F;   Blue: Group G;   Orange: Group H;
  Brown: Group I;   Deep pink: Group J;   Cyan: Group K;   Spring green: Group L.

The 48 clubs were drawn into twelve groups of four on 27 August 2010 in Monaco.[24] In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The matchdays are 16 September, 30 September, 21 October, 4 November, 1–2 December, and 15–16 December 2010. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 32, where they are joined by the eight third-placed teams from the group stage of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings (in descending order):[4]

  1. higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question;
  3. higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  4. superior goal difference from all group matches played;
  5. higher number of goals scored;
  6. higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons.

Following a trial at last year's UEFA Europa League, UEFA have announced that in both this year's and the 2011–12 competition, two extra officials would be used – with one on each goal line.[25]

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 32

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Manchester City 6 3 2 1 11 6 +5 11
  Lech Poznań 6 3 2 1 11 8 +3 11
  Juventus 6 0 6 0 7 7 0 6
  Red Bull Salzburg 6 0 2 4 1 9 −8 2
  JUV LEC MC SAL
Juventus 3–3 1–1 0–0
Lech Poznań 1–1 3–1 2–0
Manchester City 1–1 3–1 3–0
Red Bull Salzburg 1–1 0–1 0–2

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Bayer Leverkusen 6 3 3 0 8 2 +6 12
  Aris 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 10
  Atlético Madrid 6 2 2 2 9 7 +2 8
  Rosenborg 6 1 0 5 3 13 −10 3
  ARI ATL LEV RBK
Aris 1–0 0–0 2–0
Atlético Madrid 2–3 1–1 3–0
Bayer Leverkusen 1–0 1–1 4–0
Rosenborg 2–1 1–2 0–1

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Sporting CP 6 4 0 2 14 6 +8 12
  Lille 6 2 2 2 8 6 +2 8
  Gent 6 2 1 3 8 13 −5 7
  Levski Sofia 6 2 1 3 6 11 −5 7
  GNT LS LIL SCP
Gent 1–0 1–1 3–1
Levski Sofia 3–2 2–2 1–0
Lille 3–0 1–0 1–2
Sporting CP 5–1 5–0 1–0

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Villarreal 6 4 0 2 8 5 +3 12
  PAOK 6 3 2 1 5 3 +2 11
  Dinamo Zagreb 6 2 1 3 4 5 −1 7
  Club Brugge 6 0 3 3 4 8 −4 3
  BRG DZ PAOK VLR
Club Brugge 0–2 1–1 1–2
Dinamo Zagreb 0–0 0–1 2–0
PAOK 1–1 1–0 1–0
Villarreal 2–1 3–0 1–0

Group EEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 2 1 10 6 +4 11
  BATE 6 3 1 2 11 11 0 10
  AZ 6 2 1 3 8 10 −2 7
  Sheriff Tiraspol 6 1 2 3 5 7 −2 5
  AZ BTE DK SHF
AZ 3–0 1–2 2–1
BATE 4–1 1–4 3–1
Dynamo Kyiv 2–0 2–2 0–0
Sheriff Tiraspol 1–1 0–1 2–0

Group FEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  CSKA Moscow 6 5 1 0 18 3 +15 16
  Sparta Prague 6 2 3 1 12 12 0 9
  Palermo 6 2 1 3 7 11 −4 7
  Lausanne-Sport 6 0 1 5 5 16 −11 1
  CSM LAU PAL SPP
CSKA Moscow 5–1 3–1 3–0
Lausanne-Sport 0–3 0–1 1–3
Palermo 0–3 1–0 2–2
Sparta Prague 1–1 3–3 3–2

Group GEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 6 0 0 18 6 +12 18
  Anderlecht 6 2 1 3 8 8 0 7
  AEK Athens 6 2 1 3 9 13 −4 7
  Hajduk Split 6 1 0 5 5 13 −8 3
  AEK AND HAJ ZNT
AEK Athens 1–1 3–1 0–3
Anderlecht 3–0 2–0 1–3
Hajduk Split 1–3 1–0 2–3
Zenit St. Petersburg 4–2 3–1 2–0

Group HEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Stuttgart 6 5 0 1 16 6 +10 15
  Young Boys 6 3 0 3 10 10 0 9
  Getafe 6 2 1 3 4 8 −4 7
  Odense 6 1 1 4 8 14 −6 4
  GET OB STU YB
Getafe 2–1 0–3 1–0
Odense 1–1 1–2 2–0
Stuttgart 1–0 5–1 3–0
Young Boys 2–0 4–2 4–2

Group IEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  PSV Eindhoven 6 4 2 0 10 3 +7 14
  Metalist Kharkiv 6 3 2 1 9 4 +5 11
  Sampdoria 6 1 2 3 4 7 −3 5
  Debrecen 6 1 0 5 4 13 −9 3
  DEB MET PSV SAM
Debrecen 0–5 1–2 2–0
Metalist Kharkiv 2–1 0–2 2–1
PSV Eindhoven 3–0 0–0 1–1
Sampdoria 1–0 0–0 1–2

Group JEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Paris Saint-Germain 6 3 3 0 9 4 +5 12
  Sevilla 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10
  Borussia Dortmund 6 2 3 1 10 7 +3 9
  Karpaty Lviv 6 0 1 5 4 15 −11 1
  DOR KAR PSG SEV
Borussia Dortmund 3–0 1–1 0–1
Karpaty Lviv 3–4 1–1 0–1
Paris Saint-Germain 0–0 2–0 4–2
Sevilla 2–2 4–0 0–1

Group KEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Liverpool 6 2 4 0 8 3 +5 10
  Napoli 6 1 4 1 8 9 −1 7
  Steaua București 6 1 3 2 9 11 −2 6
  Utrecht 6 0 5 1 5 7 −2 5
  LIV NAP STE UTR
Liverpool 3–1 4–1 0–0
Napoli 0–0 1–0 0–0
Steaua București 1–1 3–3 3–1
Utrecht 0–0 3–3 1–1

Group LEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Porto 6 5 1 0 14 4 +10 16
  Beşiktaş 6 4 1 1 9 6 +3 13
  Rapid Wien 6 1 0 5 5 12 −7 3
  CSKA Sofia 6 1 0 5 4 10 −6 3
  BJK CSS POR RPD
Beşiktaş 1–0 1–3 2–0
CSKA Sofia 1–2 0–1 0–2
Porto 1–1 3–1 3–0
Rapid Wien 1–2 1–2 1–3

Knockout phaseEdit

In the knockout phase, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final.

The draw for the round of 32 and round of 16 was held on 17 December 2010.[26] The draws for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final (to determine the "home" team) were held on 18 March 2011.[27]

BracketEdit

Round of 32   Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final
   PAOK 0 1 1  
   CSKA Moscow 1 1 2        CSKA Moscow 0 1 1  
   Sevilla 1 1 2      Porto 1 2 3  
   Porto (a) 2 0 2          Porto 5 5 10  
   Anderlecht 0 0 0          Spartak Moscow 1 2 3  
   Ajax 2 3 5        Ajax 0 0 0
   Basel 2 1 3      Spartak Moscow 1 3 4  
   Spartak Moscow 3 1 4          Porto 5 2 7  
   Metalist Kharkiv 0 0 0          Villarreal 1 3 4  
   Bayer Leverkusen 2 4 6        Bayer Leverkusen 2 1 3  
   Napoli 0 1 1      Villarreal 3 2 5  
   Villarreal 0 2 2          Villarreal 5 3 8
   Rubin Kazan 0 2 2          Twente 1 1 2  
   Twente 2 2 4        Twente 3 0 3
   Young Boys 2 1 3      Zenit Saint Petersburg 0 2 2  
   Zenit Saint Petersburg 1 3 4          Porto 1
   Benfica 2 2 4          Braga 0
   Stuttgart 1 0 1        Benfica 2 1 3  
   BATE Borisov 2 0 2      Paris Saint-Germain 1 1 2  
   Paris Saint-Germain (a) 2 0 2          Benfica 4 2 6  
   Lille 2 1 3          PSV Eindhoven 1 2 3  
   PSV Eindhoven 2 3 5        PSV Eindhoven 0 1 1
   Rangers (a) 1 2 3      Rangers 0 0 0  
   Sporting CP 1 2 3          Benfica 2 0 2
   Beşiktaş 1 0 1          Braga (a) 1 1 2  
   Dynamo Kyiv 4 4 8        Dynamo Kyiv 2 0 2  
   Aris 0 0 0      Manchester City 0 1 1  
   Manchester City 0 3 3          Dynamo Kyiv 1 0 1
   Lech Poznań 1 0 1          Braga (a) 1 0 1  
   Braga 0 2 2        Braga 1 0 1
   Sparta Prague 0 0 0      Liverpool 0 0 0  
   Liverpool 0 1 1  

Round of 32Edit

The first legs were played on 15 and 17 February, and the second legs were played on 22, 23 and 24 February 2011.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Napoli   1–2   Villarreal 0–0 1–2
Rangers   3–3 (a)   Sporting CP 1–1 2–2
Sparta Prague   0–1   Liverpool 0–0 0–1
Anderlecht   0–5   Ajax 0–3 0–2
Lech Poznań   1–2   Braga 1–0 0–2
Beşiktaş   1–8   Dynamo Kyiv 1–4 0–4
Basel   3–4   Spartak Moscow 2–3 1–1
Young Boys   3–4   Zenit Saint Petersburg 2–1 1–3
Aris   0–3   Manchester City 0–0 0–3
PAOK   1–2   CSKA Moscow 0–1 1–1
Sevilla   2–2 (a)   Porto 1–2 1–0
Rubin Kazan   2–4   Twente 0–2 2–2
Lille   3–5   PSV Eindhoven 2–2 1–3
Benfica   4–1   Stuttgart 2–1 2–0
BATE Borisov   2–2 (a)   Paris Saint-Germain 2–2 0–0
Metalist Kharkiv   0–6   Bayer Leverkusen 0–4 0–2

Round of 16Edit

The first legs were played on 10 March, and the second legs were played on 17 March 2011.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Benfica   3–2   Paris Saint-Germain 2–1 1–1
Dynamo Kyiv   2–1   Manchester City 2–0 0–1
Twente   3–2   Zenit Saint Petersburg 3–0 0–2
CSKA Moscow   1–3   Porto 0–1 1–2
PSV Eindhoven   1–0   Rangers 0–0 1–0
Bayer Leverkusen   3–5   Villarreal 2–3 1–2
Ajax   0–4   Spartak Moscow 0–1 0–3
Braga   1–08   Liverpool 1–0 0–0
  • Note 8: Order of legs reversed after original draw due to proximity between the cities of Porto and Braga.

Quarter-finalsEdit

The first legs were played on 7 April, and the second legs were played on 14 April 2011.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Porto   10–3   Spartak Moscow 5–1 5–2
Benfica   6–3   PSV Eindhoven 4–1 2–2
Villarreal   8–2   Twente 5–1 3–1
Dynamo Kyiv   1–1 (a)9   Braga 1–1 0–0
  • Note 9: Order of legs reversed after original draw due to proximity between the cities of Porto and Braga.

Semi-finalsEdit

The first legs were played on 28 April, and the second legs were played on 5 May 2011.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Benfica   2–2 (a)10   Braga 2–1 0–1
Porto   7–4   Villarreal 5–1 2–3
  • Note 10: Order of legs reversed after original draw due to proximity between the cities of Porto and Braga.

FinalEdit

The final was played on 18 May 2011 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Due to UEFA rules against corporate sponsorship outside the federation, for the final the stadium was referred to as the "Dublin Arena".

Porto  1–0  Braga
Falcao   44' Report

Top goalscorersEdit

The top scorers from the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League (excluding qualifying rounds and play-off round) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals Minutes played
1   Radamel Falcao   Porto 17 1098
2   Giuseppe Rossi   Villarreal 11 1037
3   Tomáš Necid   CSKA Moscow 6 526
4   Frédéric Kanouté   Sevilla 5 461
  Wilfried Bony   Sparta Prague 526
  Nilmar   Villarreal 572
  Artjoms Rudņevs   Lech Poznań 621
  Edinson Cavani   Napoli 667
  Fredy Guarín   Porto 808
  Artem Milevskiy   Dynamo Kyiv 967
  Balázs Dzsudzsák   PSV Eindhoven 973

See alsoEdit

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