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2015–16 UEFA Europa League

The 2015–16 UEFA Europa League was the 45th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the seventh season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

2015–16 UEFA Europa League
St-Jakob-Park.jpg
The St. Jakob-Park in Basel hosted the final.
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
30 June – 27 August 2015
Competition proper:
17 September 2015 – 18 May 2016
TeamsCompetition proper: 48+8
Total: 158+33 (from 54 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsSpain Sevilla (5th title)
Runners-upEngland Liverpool
Tournament statistics
Matches played205
Goals scored536 (2.61 per match)
Attendance4,487,160 (21,889 per match)
Top scorer(s)Spain Aritz Aduriz (10 goals)

The 2016 UEFA Europa League Final was played between Liverpool and Sevilla at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland,[1] and won by Sevilla, their fifth title (extending their own record) and third win in a row (also a tournament record).[2]

Sevilla initially started the 2015–16 European club season in the Champions League as the Europa League title holders, but qualified for the Europa League by finishing third in the Champions League group stage, and successfully defended their title. As the winners of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, they qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League,[3] and also earned the right to play against the winners of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid, in the 2016 UEFA Super Cup.[4]

Format changesEdit

The UEFA Executive Committee held in May and September 2013 approved the following changes to the UEFA Europa League starting from the 2015–16 season (for the three-year cycle until the 2017–18 season):[5]

  • The title holders of the UEFA Europa League will qualify for the UEFA Champions League, and therefore no Europa League berth will be reserved for them (although it is still possible for them to defend their title if they drop down to the Europa League after Champions League elimination).
  • All associations will have a maximum of three teams entering the Europa League (excluding those transferred from the Champions League); previously associations 7–9 each had four entrants (the only exception is when both the Champions League title holders and the Europa League title holders are from the same top three ranked association and do not qualify for either the Champions League or Europa League through domestic competitions, and the fourth-placed team of their association enter the Europa League instead of the Champions League because a maximum of five teams from one association can enter the Champions League, meaning in this case, four teams from their association enter the Europa League).
  • The number of teams directly qualifying for the group stage will be increased to 16 teams (from the top 12 associations); previously six teams (from the top six associations) directly qualified for the group stage.
  • Should the domestic cup winners qualify for the Champions League, the cup runners-up will no longer be granted a spot in the Europa League, and the spot will be given to the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions.[6]

Association team allocationEdit

A total of 191 teams from all 54 UEFA member associations participated in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League. The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients was used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[7]

  • Associations 1–51 (except Liechtenstein) each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 52–53 each have two teams qualify.
  • Liechtenstein and Gibraltar each have one team qualify (Liechtenstein organises only a domestic cup and no domestic league; Gibraltar as per decision by the UEFA Executive Committee).[6]
  • The top three associations of the 2014–15 UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking each gain an additional berth (the 2015–16 season will be the last where Fair Play berths are allocated to the Europa League).[8]
  • Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League.

Association rankingEdit

For the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, the associations were allocated places according to their 2014 UEFA country coefficients, which took into account their performance in European competitions from 2009–10 to 2013–14.[9][10]

Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Europa League, as noted below:

  • (FP) – Additional berth via Fair Play ranking (Netherlands, England, Republic of Ireland)[11]
  • (CL) – Additional teams transferred from Champions League
  • (EL) – Vacated berth due to Europa League title holders playing in Champions League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1   Spain 97.713 3 −1(EL)
+2(CL)
2   England 84.748 +1(FP)
+1(CL)
3   Germany 81.641 +1(CL)
4   Italy 66.938 +1(CL)
5   Portugal 62.299 +2(CL)
6   France 56.500 +1(CL)
7   Russia 46.998
8   Netherlands 44.312 +1(FP)
+1(CL)
9   Ukraine 40.966 +1(CL)
10   Belgium 36.300 +1(CL)
11   Turkey 34.200 +2(CL)
12   Greece 33.600 +2(CL)
13   Switzerland 33.225 +2(CL)
14   Austria 30.925 +2(CL)
15   Czech Republic 29.350 +2(CL)
16   Romania 27.257 +1(CL)
17   Israel 26.875
18   Cyprus 23.250 +1(CL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
19   Denmark 21.300 3 +1(CL)
20   Croatia 19.625
21   Poland 18.875 +1(CL)
22   Belarus 18.625
23   Scotland 16.566 +1(CL)
24   Sweden 16.325
25   Bulgaria 15.625
26   Norway 14.275 +1(CL)
27   Serbia 14.125 +1(CL)
28   Hungary 11.625 +1(CL)
29   Slovenia 11.000
30   Slovakia 11.000
31   Moldova 10.375 +1(CL)
32   Azerbaijan 10.375 +1(CL)
33   Georgia 9.875
34   Kazakhstan 8.250
35   Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.500
36   Finland 7.175 +1(CL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
37   Iceland 6.750 3
38   Latvia 6.250
39   Montenegro 6.000
40   Albania 5.500 +1(CL)
41   Lithuania 5.250
42   Macedonia 5.250
43   Republic of Ireland 5.125 +1(FP)
44   Luxembourg 4.875
45   Malta 4.833
46   Liechtenstein 4.500 1
47   Northern Ireland 3.625 3
48   Wales 3.000
49   Armenia 2.875
50   Estonia 2.875
51   Faroe Islands 2.125
52   San Marino 0.999 2
53   Andorra 0.833
54   Gibraltar 0.000 1

DistributionEdit

In the default access list, Sevilla enter the group stage (as the fifth-placed team of the 2014–15 La Liga).[12][13] However, since they qualified for the Champions League as the Europa League title holders, the spot which they qualified for in the Europa League group stage is vacated, and the following changes to the default allocation system are made:[14][15]

  • The domestic cup winners of association 13 (Switzerland) are promoted from the third qualifying round to the group stage.
  • The domestic cup winners of association 18 (Cyprus) are promoted from the second qualifying round to the third qualifying round.
  • The domestic cup winners of associations 24 and 25 (Sweden and Bulgaria) are promoted from the first qualifying round to the second qualifying round.
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round Teams transferred from Champions League
First qualifying round
(102 teams)
  • 29 domestic cup winners from associations 26–54
  • 35 domestic league runners-up from associations 18–53 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 35 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 16–51 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 3 teams which qualified via Fair Play ranking
Second qualifying round
(66 teams)
  • 7 domestic cup winners from associations 19–25
  • 2 domestic league runners-up from associations 16–17
  • 6 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 10–15
  • 51 winners from first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(58 teams)
  • 5 domestic cup winners from associations 14–18
  • 9 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 7–15
  • 5 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 5–9
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 4–6 (League Cup winners for France)
  • 3 domestic league sixth-placed teams from associations 1–3 (League Cup winners for England)
  • 33 winners from second qualifying round
Play-off round
(44 teams)
  • 29 winners from third qualifying round
  • 15 losers from Champions League third qualifying round
Group stage
(48 teams)
  • 13 domestic cup winners from associations 1–13
  • 1 domestic league fourth-placed team from association 4
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • −1 Europa League title holders
  • 22 winners from play-off round
  • 10 losers from Champions League play-off round
Knockout phase
(32 teams)
  • 12 group winners from group stage
  • 12 group runners-up from group stage
  • 8 third-placed teams from 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 (regulations Articles 3.03 and 3.04):[7]

  • When the domestic cup winners (considered as the "highest-placed" qualifier within the national association with the latest starting round) also qualify for the Champions League, their Europa League place is vacated. As a result, the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions qualify for the Europa League, with the Europa League qualifiers which finish above them in the league moved up one "place" (the 2015–16 season will be the first with this particular arrangement where the domestic cup runners-up are no longer guaranteed a place in the Europa League in this scenario).
  • When the domestic cup winners also qualify for the Europa League through league position, their place through the league position is vacated. As a result, the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions qualify for the Europa League, with the Europa League qualifiers which finish above them in the league moved up one "place" if possible.
  • For associations where a Europa League place is reserved for the League Cup winners, they always qualify for the Europa League as the "lowest-placed" qualifier. If the League Cup winners have already qualified for European competitions through other methods, this reserved Europa League place is taken by the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions.
  • A Fair Play place is taken by the highest-ranked team in the domestic Fair Play table which have not yet qualified for European competitions.

TeamsEdit

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:[16][17]

  • TH: Title holders
  • CW: Cup winners
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
  • LC: League Cup winners
  • PW: End-of-season Europa League play-off winners
  • FP: Fair Play
  • CL: Transferred from Champions League
    • GS: Third-placed teams from group stage
    • PO: Losers from play-off round
    • Q3: Losers from third qualifying round
Round of 32
  Shakhtar Donetsk (CL GS)   Galatasaray (CL GS)   Bayer Leverkusen (CL GS)   Porto (CL GS)
  Manchester United (CL GS)   SevillaTH (CL GS)   Olympiacos (CL GS)   Valencia (CL GS)
Group stage
  Villarreal (6th)   Braga (4th)   Asteras Tripoli (3rd)   Lazio (CL PO)
  Tottenham Hotspur (5th)   Marseille (4th)   Sion (CW)   Club Brugge (CL PO)
  Liverpool (6th)   Lokomotiv Moscow (CW)   APOEL (CL PO)   Sporting CP (CL PO)
  Augsburg (5th)   Groningen (CW)   Skënderbeu (CL PO)   Rapid Wien (CL PO)
  Schalke 04 (6th)   Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (3rd)   Celtic (CL PO)   Monaco (CL PO)
  Fiorentina (4th)   Anderlecht (3rd)   Basel (CL PO)
  Napoli (5th)   Beşiktaş (3rd)   Partizan (CL PO)
Play-off round
  Lech Poznań (CL Q3)   Steaua București (CL Q3)   Videoton (CL Q3)   Sparta Prague (CL Q3)
  Milsami Orhei (CL Q3)   Midtjylland (CL Q3)   Red Bull Salzburg (CL Q3)   Ajax (CL Q3)
  HJK (CL Q3)   Viktoria Plzeň (CL Q3)   Panathinaikos (CL Q3)   Fenerbahçe (CL Q3)
  Qarabağ (CL Q3)   Molde (CL Q3)   Young Boys (CL Q3)
Third qualifying round
  Athletic Bilbao (7th)   Bordeaux (6th)   Standard Liège (4th)   Jablonec (3rd)
  Southampton (7th)   Krasnodar (3rd)   İstanbul Başakşehir (4th)   Târgu Mureș (2nd)
  Borussia Dortmund (7th)   Rubin Kazan (5th)[Note RUS]   Atromitos (4th)   Ironi Kiryat Shmona (2nd)
  Sampdoria (7th)[Note ITA]   AZ (3rd)   Zürich (3rd)   AEK Larnaca (2nd)
  Vitória de Guimarães (5th)   Vitesse (PW)   Rheindorf Altach (3rd)
  Belenenses (6th)   Zorya Luhansk (4th)   Sturm Graz (4th)
  Saint-Étienne (5th)   Vorskla Poltava (5th)   Slovan Liberec (CW)
Second qualifying round
  Charleroi (PW)   Wolfsberger AC (5th)   Copenhagen (CW)   Inverness CT (CW)
  Trabzonspor (5th)   Mladá Boleslav (4th)   Rijeka (2nd)   IFK Göteborg (CW)
  PAOK (5th)   Astra Giurgiu (4th)[Note ROU]   Legia Warsaw (CW)   Cherno More Varna (CW)
  Thun (4th)   Hapoel Be'er Sheva (3rd)   Dinamo Minsk (2nd)
First qualifying round
  Botoșani (8th)[Note ROU]   Debrecen (4th)   FH (2nd)   Vaduz (CW)
  Beitar Jerusalem (4th)   Koper (CW)   Víkingur Reykjavík (4th)   Glentoran (CW)
  Apollon Limassol (3rd)   Celje (2nd)   Jelgava (CW)   Linfield (2nd)
  Omonia (4th)   Domžale (3rd)   Skonto (2nd)   Glenavon (3rd)
  Brøndby (3rd)   Žilina (2nd)   Spartaks Jūrmala (6th)[Note LVA]   Bala Town (2nd)
  Randers (4th)   Slovan Bratislava (3rd)   Mladost Podgorica (CW)   Airbus UK Broughton (3rd)
  Hajduk Split (3rd)   Spartak Trnava (4th)   Sutjeska Nikšić (2nd)   Newtown (PW)
  Lokomotiva (4th)   Sheriff Tiraspol (CW)   Budućnost Podgorica (3rd)   Ulisses (2nd)
  Jagiellonia Białystok (3rd)   Dacia Chișinău (2nd)   Laçi (CW)   Shirak (3rd)
  Śląsk Wrocław (4th)   Saxan (5th)[Note MDA]   Kukësi (2nd)   Alashkert (4th)
  Shakhtyor Soligorsk (3rd)   Inter Baku (2nd)   Partizani (3rd)   Nõmme Kalju (CW)
  Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino (4th)   Gabala (3rd)   Kruoja Pakruojis (2nd)   Sillamäe Kalev (2nd)
  Aberdeen (2nd)   Neftchi Baku (4th)   Atlantas (3rd)   Flora Tallinn (3rd)
  St Johnstone (4th)   Dinamo Tbilisi (CW)   Trakai (4th)   Víkingur Gøta (CW)
  AIK (3rd)   Dinamo Batumi (2nd)   Rabotnički (CW)   HB (2nd)
  Elfsborg (4th)   Tskhinvali (4th)   Shkëndija (3rd)   NSÍ Runavík (4th)
  Beroe Stara Zagora (2nd)   Kairat (CW)   Renova (4th)   Juvenes/Dogana (2nd)
  Litex Lovech (4th)[Note BUL]   Aktobe (2nd)   St Patrick's Athletic (CW)   La Fiorita (3rd)
  Rosenborg (2nd)   Ordabasy (4th)   Cork City (2nd)   Sant Julià (CW)
  Odd (3rd)   Olimpic (CW)   Shamrock Rovers (4th)   Lusitanos (2nd)
  Strømsgodset (4th)   Željezničar (2nd)   Differdange 03 (CW)   Europa FC (2nd)
  Čukarički (CW)   Zrinjski Mostar (3rd)   F91 Dudelange (3rd)   Go Ahead Eagles (FP)[18]
  Red Star Belgrade (2nd)   SJK (2nd)   Progrès Niederkorn (4th)   West Ham United (FP)[19]
  Vojvodina (4th)   Lahti (3rd)   Birkirkara (CW)   UCD (FP)[20][21]
  Ferencváros (CW)   VPS (4th)   Valletta (2nd)
  MTK Budapest (3rd)   KR (CW)   Balzan (4th)

Notably two teams took part in the competition that were not playing in their national top-division. They were Go Ahead Eagles (2nd tier) and UCD (2nd tier).

Notes
  1. ^ Bulgaria (BUL): Lokomotiv Sofia, the third-placed team of the 2014–15 A Group, would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the berth was given to Litex Lovech, the fourth-placed team of the league.[22][23] An appeal was denied on 1 June 2015.[24]
  2. ^ Italy (ITA): Genoa, the sixth-placed team of the 2014–15 Serie A, would have qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the berth was given to Sampdoria, the seventh-placed team of the league. Genoa withdrew their appeal on 3 June 2015.[25]
  3. ^ Latvia (LVA): Liepāja, the fourth-placed team of the 2014 Latvian Higher League, would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence as they were affiliated with the Latvian Football Federation for less than three years after reforming from the dissolved Liepājas Metalurgs. As a result, the berth was given to Spartaks Jūrmala, the sixth-placed team of the league, as Daugava Daugavpils, the fifth-placed team, also failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[26]
  4. ^ Moldova (MDA): Tiraspol, the fourth-placed team of the 2014–15 Moldovan National Division, would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but were dissolved at the end of the 2014–15 season.[27] As a result, the berth was given to Saxan, the fifth-placed team of the league.[28]
  5. ^ Romania (ROU): CFR Cluj, the third-placed team of the 2014–15 Liga I, would have qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round, but were banned by UEFA after failing to settle overdue payables.[29] As a result, Astra Giurgiu, the fourth-placed team of the league, entered the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round, while the first qualifying round berth was given to Botoșani, the eighth-placed team of the league, as Petrolul Ploiești, Universitatea Craiova and Dinamo București, the fifth-, sixth- and seventh-placed teams of the league respectively, all failed to obtain UEFA licences.[30][31]
  6. ^ Russia (RUS): Dynamo Moscow, the fourth-placed team of the 2014–15 Russian Premier League, would have qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round, but they were referred to the UEFA's Club Financial Control Body adjudicatory chamber on 24 April 2015 for violating the Financial Fair Play break-even requirements after the club was not able to reach the settlement with UEFA.[32] The meeting regarding the sanctions for the violation was held on 16 June 2015,[33] and on 19 June 2015, it was announced that Dynamo Moscow were excluded from the UEFA Europa League for the 2015–16 season.[34] As a result, the berth was given to Rubin Kazan, the fifth-placed team of the league.

Round and draw datesEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[12][35][36]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 22 June 2015 2 July 2015 9 July 2015
Second qualifying round 16 July 2015 23 July 2015
Third qualifying round 17 July 2015 30 July 2015 6 August 2015
Play-off Play-off round 7 August 2015 20 August 2015 27 August 2015
Group stage Matchday 1 28 August 2015
(Monaco)
17 September 2015
Matchday 2 1 October 2015
Matchday 3 22 October 2015
Matchday 4 5 November 2015
Matchday 5 26 November 2015
Matchday 6 10 December 2015
Knockout phase Round of 32 14 December 2015 18 February 2016 25 February 2016
Round of 16 26 February 2016 10 March 2016 17 March 2016
Quarter-finals 18 March 2016 7 April 2016 14 April 2016
Semi-finals 15 April 2016 28 April 2016 5 May 2016
Final 18 May 2016 at St. Jakob-Park, Basel

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.

Qualifying roundsEdit

In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2015 UEFA club coefficients,[37][38][39] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

First qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the first and second qualifying round was held on 22 June 2015.[40][41][42] With 102 teams involved, it was UEFA's biggest ever tournament draw. The first legs were played on 30 June and 2 July, and the second legs were played on 7 and 9 July 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Víkingur Reykjavík   2–3   Koper 0–1 2–2
Sheriff Tiraspol   0–3   Odd 0–3 0–0
Kukësi   2–0   Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino 2–0 0–0
Alashkert   2–2 (a)   St Johnstone 1–0 1–2
Jelgava   3–3 (a)   Litex Lovech 1–1 2–2
Newtown   4–2   Valletta 2–1 2–1
Dinamo Tbilisi   2–3   Gabala 2–1 0–2
Renova   1–5   Dacia Chișinău 0–1 1–4
Olimpic   1–1 (a)   Spartak Trnava 1–1 0–0
West Ham United   4–0[A]   Lusitanos 3–0 1–0
Glenavon   1–5   Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1–2 0–3
Differdange 03   4–3   Bala Town 3–1 1–2
Shkëndija   1–1 (a)   Aberdeen 1–1 0–0
Víkingur Gøta   0–2   Rosenborg 0–2 0–0
SJK   0–2   FH 0–1 0–1
Linfield   5–4[A]   NSÍ Runavík 2–0 3–4
Brøndby   11–0   Juvenes/Dogana 9–0 2–0
MTK Budapest   1–3   Vojvodina 0–0 1–3
Skonto   4–1   St Patrick's Athletic 2–1 2–0
Lahti   2–7   Elfsborg 2–2 0–5
Atlantas   1–5   Beroe Stara Zagora 0–2 1–3
Debrecen   3–2   Sutjeska Nikšić 3–0 0–2
Ordabasy   1–2   Beitar Jerusalem 0–0 1–2
Balzan   0–3   Željezničar 0–2 0–1
Sillamäe Kalev   3–7   Hajduk Split 1–1 2–6
Budućnost Podgorica   1–3[A]   Spartaks Jūrmala 1–3 0–0
Red Star Belgrade   1–4   Kairat 0–2 1–2
Flora Tallinn   1–2   Rabotnički 1–0 0–2
Sant Julià   0–4   Randers 0–1 0–3
Saxan   0–4   Apollon Limassol 0–2 0–2
Progrès Niederkorn   0–3   Shamrock Rovers 0–0 0–3
Aktobe   0–1   Nõmme Kalju 0–1 0–0
Dinamo Batumi   1–2   Omonia 1–0 0–2
Kruoja Pakruojis   0–9   Jagiellonia Białystok 0–1 0–8
Shirak   3–2   Zrinjski Mostar 2–0 1–2
Cork City   2–3   KR 1–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)
Go Ahead Eagles   2–5   Ferencváros 1–1 1–4
Trakai   7–1   HB 3–0 4–1
Laçi   1–1 (a)   Inter Baku 1–1 0–0
VPS   2–6   AIK 2–2 0–4
UCD   2–2 (a)   F91 Dudelange 1–0 1–2
Domžale   0–1   Čukarički 0–1 0–0
Glentoran   1–7   Žilina 1–4 0–3
Strømsgodset   4–1[A]   Partizani 3–1 1–0
Neftchi Baku   3–3 (a)[A]   Mladost Podgorica 2–2 1–1
Celje   1–4   Śląsk Wrocław 0–1 1–3
La Fiorita   1–10   Vaduz 0–5 1–5
Birkirkara   3–1   Ulisses 0–0 3–1
Airbus UK Broughton   3–5   Lokomotiva 1–3 2–2
Botoșani   4–2   Tskhinvali 1–1 3–1
Europa FC   0–9   Slovan Bratislava 0–6 0–3
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Second qualifying roundEdit

The first legs were played on 16 July, and the second legs were played on 21 and 23 July 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Kukësi   4–3   Mladost Podgorica 0–1 4–2
Lokomotiva   2–7   PAOK 2–1 0–6
Slovan Bratislava   6–1   UCD 1–0 5–1
Ferencváros   0–3   Željezničar 0–1 0–2
Vaduz   5–1   Nõmme Kalju 3–1 2–0
Beroe Stara Zagora   0–1   Brøndby 0–1 0–0
KR   0–4   Rosenborg 0–1 0–3
AIK   4–0   Shirak 2–0 2–0
Legia Warsaw   4–0   Botoșani 1–0 3–0
Dacia Chișinău   3–6   Žilina 1–2 2–4
Shamrock Rovers   1–4   Odd 0–2 1–2
Hapoel Be'er Sheva   2–3   Thun 1–1 1–2
Kairat   4–2   Alashkert 3–0 1–2
Vojvodina   4–1   Spartaks Jūrmala 3–0 1–1
Jagiellonia Białystok   0–1   Omonia 0–0 0–1
Jelgava   1–2   Rabotnički 1–0 0–2
Čukarički   1–2   Gabala 1–0 0–2
Shakhtyor Soligorsk   0–3   Wolfsberger AC 0–1 0–2
Trabzonspor   3–1   Differdange 03 1–0 2–1
Charleroi   9–2   Beitar Jerusalem 5–1 4–1
Randers   0–1   Elfsborg 0–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Mladá Boleslav   2–2 (a)   Strømsgodset 1–2 1–0
Cherno More Varna   1–5   Dinamo Minsk 1–1 0–4
Rijeka   2–5   Aberdeen 0–3 2–2
West Ham United   1–1 (5–3 p)   Birkirkara 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Apollon Limassol   4–0   Trakai 4–0 0–0
Koper   4–6   Hajduk Split 3–2 1–4
FH   3–4   Inter Baku 1–2 2–2 (a.e.t.)
Inverness CT   0–1   Astra Giurgiu 0–1 0–0
Spartak Trnava   5–2   Linfield 2–1 3–1
Copenhagen   5–1   Newtown 2–0 3–1
Śląsk Wrocław   0–2   IFK Göteborg 0–0 0–2
Skonto   4–11   Debrecen 2–2 2–9

Third qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 17 July 2015.[43][44] The first legs were played on 29 and 30 July, and the second legs were played on 6 August 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Zürich   1–2   Dinamo Minsk 0–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Kairat   3–2   Aberdeen 2–1 1–1
Žilina   3–3 (a)   Vorskla Poltava 2–0 1–3 (a.e.t.)
AZ   4–1   İstanbul Başakşehir 2–0 2–1
Bordeaux   4–0   AEK Larnaca 3–0 1–0
PAOK   2–1   Spartak Trnava 1–0 1–1
Târgu Mureș   2–4   Saint-Étienne 0–3 2–1
Debrecen   3–6   Rosenborg 2–3 1–3
Jablonec   3–3 (a)   Copenhagen 0–1 3–2
Thun   2–2 (a)   Vaduz 0–0 2–2
Belenenses   2–1   IFK Göteborg 2–1 0–0
Sampdoria   2–4   Vojvodina 0–4 2–0
Kukësi   0–4   Legia Warsaw 0–3[C] 0–1
Charleroi   0–5   Zorya Luhansk 0–2 0–3
Sturm Graz   3–4   Rubin Kazan 2–3 1–1
Elfsborg   2–3   Odd 2–1 0–2
Southampton   5–0   Vitesse 3–0 2–0
Slovan Liberec   5–1   Ironi Kiryat Shmona 2–1 3–0
Apollon Limassol   1–2[B]   Gabala 1–1 0–1
Wolfsberger AC   0–6   Borussia Dortmund 0–1 0–5
AIK   1–4   Atromitos 1–3 0–1
Standard Liège   3–1   Željezničar 2–1 1–0
West Ham United   3–4   Astra Giurgiu 2–2 1–2
Athletic Bilbao   2–0   Inter Baku 2–0 0–0
Rabotnički   2–1   Trabzonspor 1–0 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Brøndby   2–2 (a)   Omonia 0–0 2–2
Rheindorf Altach   6–2   Vitória de Guimarães 2–1 4–1
Hajduk Split   4–0   Strømsgodset 2–0 2–0
Krasnodar   5–3   Slovan Bratislava 2–0 3–3
Notes
  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.
  2. ^ UEFA awarded Legia Warsaw with a 3–0 win against Kukësi after a Legia Warsaw player was hit in the head by an object thrown from the crowd. The original match was abandoned in the 52nd minute with a 2–1 lead for Legia Warsaw.[45][46]

Play-off roundEdit

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2015–16 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 draw for the group stage was held in Monaco on 28 August 2015.[49][50] The 48 teams were drawn into twelve groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots based on their 2015 UEFA club coefficients.[37][38][39]

In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 32, where they were joined by the eight third-placed teams of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage. The matchdays were 17 September, 1 October, 22 October, 5 November, 26 November, and 10 December 2015.

A total of 24 national associations were represented in the group stage. Augsburg, Belenenses, Gabala, Groningen, Midtjylland, Monaco, Sion and Skënderbeu Korçë made their debut appearances in the group stage (although Monaco have appeared in the UEFA Cup group stage). Skënderbeu Korçë were the first team from Albania to play in the group stage of any UEFA club competition.[51]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MOL FEN AJX CEL
1   Molde 6 3 2 1 10 7 +3 11 Advance to knockout phase 0–2 1–1 3–1
2   Fenerbahçe 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 9 1–3 1–0 1–1
3   Ajax 6 1 4 1 6 6 0 7 1–1 0–0 2–2
4   Celtic 6 0 3 3 8 12 −4 3 1–2 2–2 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LIV SIO RUB BOR
1   Liverpool 6 2 4 0 6 4 +2 10 Advance to knockout phase 1–1 1–1 2–1
2   Sion 6 2 3 1 5 5 0 9 0–0 2–1 1–1
3   Rubin Kazan 6 1 3 2 6 6 0 6 0–1 2–0 0–0
4   Bordeaux 6 0 4 2 5 7 −2 4 1–1 0–1 2–2
Source: UEFA

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification KRA DOR PAOK QAB
1   Krasnodar 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 2–1 2–1
2   Borussia Dortmund 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5 10 2–1 0–1 4–0
3   PAOK 6 1 4 1 3 3 0 7 0–0 1–1 0–0
4   Gabala 6 0 2 4 2 12 −10 2 0–3 1–3 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification NAP MID BRU LEG
1   Napoli 6 6 0 0 22 3 +19 18 Advance to knockout phase 5–0 5–0 5–2
2   Midtjylland 6 2 1 3 6 12 −6 7 1–4 1–1 1–0
3   Club Brugge 6 1 2 3 4 11 −7 5 0–1 1–3 1–0
4   Legia Warsaw 6 1 1 4 4 10 −6 4 0–2 1–0 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RW VIL PLZ DMI
1   Rapid Wien 6 5 0 1 10 6 +4 15 Advance to knockout phase 2–1 3–2 2–1
2   Villarreal 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 13 1–0 1–0 4–0
3   Viktoria Plzeň 6 1 1 4 8 10 −2 4 1–2 3–3 2–0
4   Dinamo Minsk 6 1 0 5 3 11 −8 3 0–1 1–2 1–0
Source: UEFA

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BRA MAR LIB GRO
1   Braga 6 4 1 1 7 4 +3 13 Advance to knockout phase 3–2 2–1 1–0
2   Marseille 6 4 0 2 12 7 +5 12 1–0 0–1 2–1
3   Slovan Liberec 6 2 1 3 6 8 −2 7 0–1 2–4 1–1
4   Groningen 6 0 2 4 2 8 −6 2 0–0 0–3 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LAZ SET DNI ROS
1   Lazio 6 4 2 0 13 6 +7 14 Advance to knockout phase 3–2 3–1 3–1
2   Saint-Étienne 6 2 3 1 10 7 +3 9 1–1 3–0 2–2
3   Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 6 2 1 3 6 8 −2 7 1–1 0–1 3–0
4   Rosenborg 6 0 2 4 4 12 −8 2 0–2 1–1 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LMO SPO BES SKE
1   Lokomotiv Moscow 6 3 2 1 12 7 +5 11 Advance to knockout phase 2–4 1–1 2–0
2   Sporting CP 6 3 1 2 14 11 +3 10 1–3 3–1 5–1
3   Beşiktaş 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 9 1–1 1–1 2–0
4   Skënderbeu 6 1 0 5 4 13 −9 3 0–3 3–0 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BSL FIO LCH BEL
1   Basel 6 4 1 1 10 5 +5 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–2 2–0 1–2
2   Fiorentina 6 3 1 2 11 6 +5 10 1–2 1–2 1–0
3   Lech Poznań 6 1 2 3 2 6 −4 5 0–1 0–2 0–0
4   Belenenses 6 1 2 3 2 8 −6 5 0–2 0–4 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group JEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification TOT AND MON QAR
1   Tottenham Hotspur 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–1 4–1 3–1
2   Anderlecht 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10 2–1 1–1 2–1
3   Monaco 6 1 3 2 5 9 −4 6 1–1 0–2 1–0
4   Qarabağ 6 1 1 4 4 8 −4 4 0–1 1–0 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group KEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SCH SPP AT APO
1   Schalke 04 6 4 2 0 15 3 +12 14 Advance to knockout phase 2–2 4–0 1–0
2   Sparta Prague 6 3 3 0 10 5 +5 12 1–1 1–0 2–0
3   Asteras Tripoli 6 1 1 4 4 12 −8 4 0–4 1–1 2–0
4   APOEL 6 1 0 5 3 12 −9 3 0–3 1–3 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group LEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ATH AUG PAR AZ
1   Athletic Bilbao 6 4 1 1 16 8 +8 13 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 5–1 2–2
2   Augsburg 6 3 0 3 12 11 +1 9 2–3 1–3 4–1
3   Partizan 6 3 0 3 10 14 −4 9 0–2 1–3 3–2
4   AZ 6 1 1 4 8 13 −5 4 2–1 0–1 1–2
Source: UEFA

Knockout phaseEdit

In the knockout phase, teams played against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final. The mechanism of the draws for each round was as follows:

  • In the draw for the round of 32, the twelve group winners and the four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage with the better group records were seeded, and the twelve group runners-up and the other four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage were unseeded. The seeded teams were drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association could not be drawn against each other.
  • In the draws for the round of 16 onwards, there were no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association could be drawn against each other.

BracketEdit

Round of 32   Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals
   Villarreal 1 1 2  
   Napoli 0 1 1        Villarreal 2 0 2  
   Sporting CP 0 1 1      Bayer Leverkusen 0 0 0  
   Bayer Leverkusen 1 3 4          Villarreal 2 4 6  
   Sparta Prague 1 3 4          Sparta Prague 1 2 3  
   Krasnodar 0 0 0        Sparta Prague 1 3 4
   Galatasaray 1 1 2      Lazio 1 0 1  
   Lazio 1 3 4          Villarreal 1 0 1  
   Borussia Dortmund 2 1 3          Liverpool 0 3 3  
   Porto 0 0 0        Borussia Dortmund 3 2 5  
   Fiorentina 1 0 1      Tottenham Hotspur 0 1 1  
   Tottenham Hotspur 1 3 4          Borussia Dortmund 1 3 4
   Augsburg 0 0 0          Liverpool 1 4 5     Final
   Liverpool 0 1 1        Liverpool 2 1 3
   Midtjylland 2 1 3      Manchester United 0 1 1  
   Manchester United 1 5 6        Liverpool 1
   Fenerbahçe 2 1 3        Sevilla 3  
   Lokomotiv Moscow 0 1 1        Fenerbahçe 1 1 2  
   Sion 1 2 3      Braga 0 4 4  
   Braga 2 2 4          Braga 1 0 1  
   Shakhtar Donetsk 0 3 3          Shakhtar Donetsk 2 4 6  
   Schalke 04 0 0 0        Shakhtar Donetsk 3 1 4
   Anderlecht (aet) 1 2 3      Anderlecht 1 0 1  
   Olympiacos 0 1 1          Shakhtar Donetsk 2 1 3
   Marseille 0 1 1          Sevilla 2 3 5  
   Athletic Bilbao 1 1 2        Athletic Bilbao (a) 1 1 2  
   Valencia 6 4 10      Valencia 0 2 2  
   Rapid Wien 0 0 0          Athletic Bilbao 1 2 3 (4)
   Saint-Étienne 3 1 4          Sevilla (pen.) 2 1 3 (5)  
   Basel (a) 2 2 4        Basel 0 0 0
   Sevilla 3 0 3      Sevilla 0 3 3  
   Molde 0 1 1  

Round of 32Edit

The draw for the round of 32 was held on 14 December 2015.[52][53] The first legs were played on 16 and 18 February, and the second legs were played on 24 and 25 February 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Valencia   10–0   Rapid Wien 6–0 4–0
Fiorentina   1–4   Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 0–3
Borussia Dortmund   3–0   Porto 2–0 1–0
Fenerbahçe   3–1   Lokomotiv Moscow 2–0 1–1
Anderlecht   3–1   Olympiacos 1–0 2–1 (a.e.t.)
Midtjylland   3–6   Manchester United 2–1 1–5
Augsburg   0–1   Liverpool 0–0 0–1
Sparta Prague   4–0   Krasnodar 1–0 3–0
Galatasaray   2–4   Lazio 1–1 1–3
Sion   3–4   Braga 1–2 2–2
Shakhtar Donetsk   3–0   Schalke 04 0–0 3–0
Marseille   1–2   Athletic Bilbao 0–1 1–1
Sevilla   3–1   Molde 3–0 0–1
Sporting CP   1–4   Bayer Leverkusen 0–1 1–3
Villarreal   2–1   Napoli 1–0 1–1
Saint-Étienne   4–4 (a)   Basel 3–2 1–2

Round of 16Edit

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 26 February 2016.[54][55] The first legs were played on 10 March, and the second legs were played on 17 March 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shakhtar Donetsk   4–1   Anderlecht 3–1 1–0
Basel   0–3   Sevilla 0–0 0–3
Villarreal   2–0   Bayer Leverkusen 2–0 0–0
Athletic Bilbao   2–2 (a)   Valencia 1–0 1–2
Liverpool   3–1   Manchester United 2–0 1–1
Sparta Prague   4–1   Lazio 1–1 3–0
Borussia Dortmund   5–1   Tottenham Hotspur 3–0 2–1
Fenerbahçe   2–4   Braga 1–0 1–4

Quarter-finalsEdit

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 18 March 2016.[56][57] The first legs were played on 7 April, and the second legs were played on 14 April 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Braga   1–6   Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2 0–4
Villarreal   6–3   Sparta Prague 2–1 4–2
Athletic Bilbao   3–3 (4–5 p)   Sevilla 1–2 2–1 (a.e.t.)
Borussia Dortmund   4–5   Liverpool 1–1 3–4

Semi-finalsEdit

The draw for the semi-finals was held on 15 April 2016.[58][59] The first legs were played on 28 April, and the second legs were played on 5 May 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shakhtar Donetsk   3–5   Sevilla 2–2 1–3
Villarreal   1–3   Liverpool 1–0 0–3

Final