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The 2016–17 UEFA Europa League was the 46th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the eighth season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

2016–17 UEFA Europa League
Friends Arena from inside.jpg
Friends Arena in Solna hosted the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
28 June – 25 August 2016
Competition proper:
15 September 2016 – 24 May 2017
TeamsCompetition proper: 48+8
Total: 155+33 (from 54 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsEngland Manchester United (1st title)
Runners-upNetherlands Ajax
Tournament statistics
Matches played205
Goals scored565 (2.76 per match)
Attendance4,494,039 (21,922 per match)
Top scorer(s)Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko
Brazil Giuliano
(8 goals each)
Best player(s)France Paul Pogba[1]

The final was played between Ajax and Manchester United at the Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden.[2][3] Manchester United beat Ajax 2–0 to win their first title.[4] With this victory, they became the fifth club – after Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Chelsea – to have won all three major European trophies (European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, and the now-defunct Cup Winners' Cup).[5]

Manchester United qualified for the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, and also earned the right to play against the winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid, in the 2017 UEFA Super Cup.

As the title holders, Sevilla qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League. Winning the last three tournaments, Sevilla were unable to defend their titles after reaching the competition's knockout stage.

Contents

Association team allocationEdit

A total of 188 teams from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations were expected to participate in the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League (the exception being Kosovo, whose participation was not accepted in their first attempt as UEFA members). The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients was used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[6]

  • Associations 1–51 (except Liechtenstein) each had three teams qualify.
  • Associations 52–53 each had two teams qualify.
  • Liechtenstein and Gibraltar each had one team qualify (Liechtenstein organises only a domestic cup and no domestic league; Gibraltar as per decision by the UEFA Executive Committee).[7]
  • Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League were transferred to the Europa League.

The UEFA Executive Committee approved in December 2014 changes to the rewards given according to the Respect Fair Play ranking, and starting from the 2016–17 season, the three Fair Play berths were no longer allocated to the Europa League.[8]

Association rankingEdit

For the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, the associations were allocated places according to their 2015 UEFA country coefficients, which took into account their performance in European competitions from 2010–11 to 2014–15.[9][10]

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

  • (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 99.999 3 +1(CL)
−1(EL)
2   England 80.391 +1(CL)
3   Germany 79.415 +1(CL)
4   Italy 70.510 +1(CL)
5   Portugal 61.382
6   France 52.416 +1(CL)
7   Russia 50.498 +1(CL)
8   Ukraine 45.166 +1(CL)
9   Netherlands 40.979 +1(CL)
10   Belgium 37.200 +1(CL)
11   Switzerland 34.375 +1(CL)
12   Turkey 32.600 +2(CL)
13   Greece 31.900 +2(CL)
14   Czech Republic 29.125 +2(CL)
15   Romania 26.299 +2(CL)
16   Austria 25.675 +1(CL)
17   Croatia 23.500
18   Cyprus 22.300 +1(CL)
19   Poland 21.500 +1(CL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20   Israel 21.000 3 +1(CL)
21   Belarus 20.750 +1(CL)
22   Denmark 19.800 +1(CL)
23   Scotland 17.900
24   Sweden 17.725
25   Bulgaria 16.750 +1(CL)
26   Norway 14.375 +1(CL)
27   Serbia 13.875 +1(CL)
28   Slovenia 13.625
29   Azerbaijan 12.500 +1(CL)
30   Slovakia 11.250 +1(CL)
31   Hungary 11.000
32   Kazakhstan 10.375 +1(CL)
33   Moldova 10.000
34   Georgia 9.375 +1(CL)
35   Finland 8.200
36   Iceland 8.000
37   Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.500
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38   Liechtenstein 6.000 1
39   Macedonia 5.875 3
40   Republic of Ireland 5.750 +1(CL)
41   Montenegro 5.625
42   Albania 5.375 +1(CL)
43   Luxembourg 5.125
44   Northern Ireland 4.875
45   Lithuania 4.500
46   Latvia 4.250
47   Malta 4.208
48   Estonia 3.500
49   Faroe Islands 3.500
50   Wales 2.875
51   Armenia 2.750
52   Andorra 0.833 2
53   San Marino 0.499
54   Gibraltar 0.250 1
55   Kosovo[Note KOS] 0.000 0
Notes
  1. ^ Kosovo (KOS): Kosovo became a UEFA member on 3 May 2016.[11] UEFA decided that their domestic cup winners could participate in the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League only if they could meet licensing criteria under article 15 of the UEFA Club Licensing & Financial Fair Play regulations, which would be confirmed following the assessment made by the UEFA administration within the deadline of 31 May 2016.[12] However, Kosovo's entry, Prishtina (as the winners of the 2015–16 Kosovar Cup), was denied by UEFA in June due to the club failing licensing requirements, and also because the club could not provide a suitable stadium and UEFA did not allow them to play their home matches in a foreign country.[13][14]

DistributionEdit

In the default access list, Sevilla enter the third qualifying round (as the seventh-placed team of the 2015–16 La Liga).[6][15] However, since they qualified for the Champions League as the Europa League title holders, the spot which they qualified for in the Europa League third qualifying round is vacated, and the following changes to the default allocation system are made:[16][17]

  • 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 27 and 28 (Serbia and Slovenia) 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
(96 teams)
  • 26 domestic cup winners from associations 29–54
  • 35 domestic league runners-up from associations 18–53 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 35 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 16–51 (except Liechtenstein)
Second qualifying round
(66 teams)
  • 10 domestic cup winners from associations 19–28
  • 2 domestic league runners-up from associations 16–17
  • 6 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 10–15
  • 48 winners from first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(58 teams)
  • 6 domestic cup winners from associations 13–18
  • 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)
  • −1 Europa League title holders
  • 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)
  • 12 domestic cup winners from associations 1–12
  • 1 domestic league fourth-placed team from association 4
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • 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):[6]

  • 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".
  • 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.

TeamsEdit

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:[18][19][20]

  • CW: Cup winners
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
  • LC: League Cup winners
  • RW: Regular season winners
  • PW: End-of-season European competition play-offs winners
  • 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
  Ludogorets Razgrad (CL GS)   Borussia Mönchengladbach (CL GS)   Tottenham Hotspur (CL GS)   Copenhagen (CL GS)
  Beşiktaş (CL GS)   Rostov (CL GS)   Legia Warsaw (CL GS)   Lyon (CL GS)
Group stage
  Athletic Bilbao (5th)   Fiorentina (5th)   Zürich (CW)   Steaua București (CL PO)
  Celta Vigo (6th)   Braga (CW)   Konyaspor (3rd)[Note TUR]   Roma (CL PO)
  Manchester United (CW)   Nice (4th)   Viktoria Plzeň (CL PO)   Ajax (CL PO)
  Southampton (6th)   Zenit Saint Petersburg (CW)   Hapoel Be'er Sheva (CL PO)   Young Boys (CL PO)
  Schalke 04 (5th)   Zorya Luhansk (4th)[Note UKR]   APOEL (CL PO)   Villarreal (CL PO)
  Mainz 05 (6th)   Feyenoord (CW)   Dundalk (CL PO)
  Internazionale (4th)   Standard Liège (CW)   Red Bull Salzburg (CL PO)
Play-off round
  Rosenborg (CL Q3)   Trenčín (CL Q3)   Red Star Belgrade (CL Q3)   Shakhtar Donetsk (CL Q3)
  Dinamo Tbilisi (CL Q3)   Qarabağ (CL Q3)   Partizani (CL Q3)   Anderlecht (CL Q3)
  Olympiacos (CL Q3)   Astra Giurgiu (CL Q3)   PAOK (CL Q3)   Fenerbahçe (CL Q3)
  Astana (CL Q3)   BATE Borisov (CL Q3)   Sparta Prague (CL Q3)
Third qualifying round
  West Ham United (7th)   Krasnodar (4th)   Luzern (3rd)   Viitorul Constanța (5th)[Note ROU]
  Hertha BSC (7th)   Spartak Moscow (5th)   İstanbul Başakşehir (4th)[Note TUR]   Rapid Wien (2nd)
  Sassuolo (6th)   Vorskla Poltava (5th)   AEK Athens (CW)   Rijeka (2nd)
  Arouca (5th)   FC Oleksandriya (6th)[Note UKR]   Panathinaikos (3rd)   Apollon Limassol (CW)
  Rio Ave (6th)   AZ (4th)   Mladá Boleslav (CW)
  Lille (5th)   Heracles Almelo (PW)   Slovan Liberec (3rd)
  Saint-Étienne (6th)   Gent (3rd)   Pandurii Târgu Jiu (3rd)
Second qualifying round
  Genk (PW)   CSM Politehnica Iași (7th)[Note ROU]   Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino (CW)   Strømsgodset (2nd)
  Grasshopper (4th)   Austria Wien (3rd)   SønderjyskE (2nd)   Partizan (CW)
  Osmanlıspor (5th)[Note TUR]   Hajduk Split (3rd)   Hibernian (CW)   Maribor (CW)
  PAS Giannina (6th)[Note GRE]   Piast Gliwice (2nd)   BK Häcken (CW)
  Slavia Prague (5th)   Maccabi Haifa (CW)   Levski Sofia (2nd)[Note BUL]
First qualifying round
  Admira Wacker Mödling (4th)   Gabala (3rd)   Radnik Bijeljina (CW)   Sūduva Marijampolė (4th)
  Lokomotiva (4th)   Kapaz (5th)[Note AZE]   Sloboda Tuzla (2nd)   Jelgava (CW)
  AEK Larnaca (2nd)   Neftçi Baku (6th)[Note AZE]   Široki Brijeg (3rd)   Ventspils (3rd)
  Omonia (4th)   Slovan Bratislava (2nd)   Vaduz (CW)   Spartaks Jūrmala (5th)[Note LVA]
  Zagłębie Lubin (3rd)   Spartak Myjava (3rd)   Shkëndija (CW)   Hibernians (2nd)
  Cracovia (4th)   Spartak Trnava (4th)   Sileks (3rd)   Birkirkara (3rd)
  Maccabi Tel Aviv (2nd)   Videoton (2nd)   Rabotnički (4th)   Balzan (4th)[Note MLT]
  Beitar Jerusalem (3rd)   Debrecen (3rd)   Cork City (2nd)   Levadia Tallinn (2nd)
  Dinamo Minsk (2nd)   MTK Budapest (4th)   Shamrock Rovers (3rd)   Nõmme Kalju (3rd)
  Shakhtyor Soligorsk (3rd)   Kairat (CW)   St Patrick's Athletic (4th)   Infonet Tallinn (4th)
  Midtjylland (3rd)   Aktobe (3rd)   Rudar Pljevlja (CW)   Víkingur Gøta (CW)
  Brøndby (4th)   Ordabasy (4th)   Budućnost Podgorica (2nd)   NSÍ Runavík (2nd)
  Aberdeen (2nd)   Zaria Bălți (CW)   Bokelj (4th)   HB (4th)
  Heart of Midlothian (3rd)   Dacia Chișinău (2nd)   Kukësi (CW)   Bala Town (2nd)
  IFK Göteborg (2nd)   Zimbru Chișinău (3rd)   Partizani (2nd)[Note ALB]   Llandudno (3rd)
  AIK (3rd)   Samtredia (2nd)   Teuta (4th)   Connah's Quay Nomads (PW)
  Beroe Stara Zagora (3rd)   Dila Gori (3rd)   Fola Esch (2nd)   Banants (CW)
  Slavia Sofia (4th)[Note BUL]   Chikhura Sachkhere (4th)   Differdange 03 (3rd)   Shirak (2nd)
  Stabæk (3rd)   IFK Mariehamn (CW)   Jeunesse Esch (4th)   Pyunik (3rd)
  Odd (4th)   RoPS (2nd)   Glenavon (CW)   UE Santa Coloma (CW)
  Čukarički (3rd)   HJK (3rd)   Linfield (2nd)   Lusitanos (2nd)
  Vojvodina (4th)   Valur (CW)   Cliftonville (PW)   La Fiorita (CW)
  Domžale (3rd)   Breiðablik (2nd)   Trakai (2nd)   Folgore (3rd)
  Gorica (4th)   KR (3rd)   Atlantas (3rd)   Europa FC (2nd)

Notably two teams took part in the competition that were not playing in their national top division, Zürich (2nd tier) and Hibernian (2nd tier).

Notes
  1. ^ Albania (ALB): Partizani were transferred to the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round following the exclusion of Skënderbeu by UEFA for match-fixing.[21]
  2. ^ Azerbaijan (AZE): Zira and Inter Baku would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the runners-up and fourth-placed team of the 2015–16 Azerbaijan Premier League respectively, but Zira failed to obtain a UEFA licence as the club has existed professionally for fewer than three seasons,[22][23] and Inter Baku were excluded from participating in the 2016–17 European competitions by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body.[24] As a result, the berths were given to the fifth-placed team Kapaz and the sixth-placed team Neftçi Baku.
  3. ^ Bulgaria (BUL): CSKA Sofia would have qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round as the winners of the 2015–16 Bulgarian Cup, but were excluded from participating in the 2016–17 European competitions by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body.[25] As a result, the runners-up of the 2015–16 A Group, Levski Sofia, entered the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round, and the first qualifying round berth was given to the fourth-placed team Slavia Sofia.
  4. ^ Greece (GRE): Panionios would have qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round as the fifth-placed team of the 2015–16 Superleague Greece, but were excluded from participating in the 2016–17 European competitions by UEFA for financial reasons.[26] As a result, the berth was given to the sixth-placed team PAS Giannina.
  5. ^ Latvia (LVA): Skonto would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the runners-up of the 2015 Latvian Higher League, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[27][28] As a result, the berth was given to the fifth-placed team Spartaks Jūrmala.
  6. ^ Malta (MLT): Sliema Wanderers would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the winners of the 2015–16 Maltese FA Trophy, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[29] As a result, the berth was given to the fourth-placed team of the 2015–16 Maltese Premier League, Balzan.
  7. ^ Romania (ROU): CFR Cluj would have qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round as the winners of the 2015–16 Cupa României, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence after filing for insolvency in 2015.[30][31] Dinamo București would have qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round as the fourth-placed team of the 2015–16 Liga I, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence after filing for insolvency in 2014.[32][33] Dinamo București appealed to the Romanian Football Federation but the appeal was denied,[34] and an appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport[35] was also rejected.[36] As a result, the third qualifying round berth was given to the fifth-placed team Viitorul Constanța, and the second qualifying round berth was given to the seventh-placed team CSM Politehnica Iași, since the sixth-placed team Târgu Mureș were excluded from participating in the 2016–17 European competitions by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body.[24][31][37]
  8. ^ Turkey (TUR): Galatasaray would have qualified for the Europa League group stage as the winners of the 2015–16 Turkish Cup, but were excluded from participating in the 2016–17 European competitions by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body.[38] As a result, the third-placed team of the 2015–16 Süper Lig, Konyaspor, entered the group stage instead of the third qualifying round, the fourth-placed team İstanbul Başakşehir entered the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round, and the second qualifying round berth was given to the fifth-placed team Osmanlıspor. Galatasaray appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[39] but it was rejected.[40]
  9. ^ Ukraine (UKR): Dnipro would have qualified for the Europa League group stage as the third-placed team of the 2015–16 Ukrainian Premier League, but were excluded from participating in the 2016–17 European competitions by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body.[24] As a result, the fourth-placed team Zorya Luhansk entered the group stage instead of the third qualifying round, and the third qualifying round berth was given to the sixth-placed team FC Oleksandriya.

Round and draw datesEdit

The schedule of the competition was as follows (all draws were held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[41][6][42]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 20 June 2016 30 June 2016 7 July 2016
Second qualifying round 14 July 2016 21 July 2016
Third qualifying round 15 July 2016 28 July 2016 4 August 2016
Play-off Play-off round 5 August 2016 18 August 2016 25 August 2016
Group stage Matchday 1 26 August 2016
(Monaco)
15 September 2016
Matchday 2 29 September 2016
Matchday 3 20 October 2016
Matchday 4 3 November 2016
Matchday 5 24 November 2016
Matchday 6 8 December 2016
Knockout phase Round of 32 12 December 2016 16 February 2017 23 February 2017
Round of 16 24 February 2017 9 March 2017 16 March 2017
Quarter-finals 17 March 2017 13 April 2017 20 April 2017
Semi-finals 21 April 2017 4 May 2017 11 May 2017
Final 24 May 2017 at Friends Arena, Solna

Matches in the qualifying, play-off, and knockout rounds could 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 were divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2016 UEFA club coefficients,[43][44][45] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other.

First qualifying roundEdit

The draws for the first and second qualifying round were held on 20 June 2016.[46][47] The first legs were played on 28 and 30 June, and the second legs were played on 5, 6 and 7 July 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Midtjylland   2–0   Sūduva Marijampolė 1–0 1–0
Heart of Midlothian   6–3[A]   Infonet Tallinn 2–1 4–2
Connah's Quay Nomads   1–0[A]   Stabæk 0–0 1–0
Ventspils   4–0   Víkingur Gøta 2–0 2–0
Linfield   1–2   Cork City 0–1 1–1
Levadia Tallinn   3–1   HB 1–1 2–0
Atlantas   1–3   HJK 0–2 1–1
IFK Göteborg   7–1   Llandudno 5–0 2–1
St Patrick's Athletic   2–2 (a)   Jeunesse Esch 1–0 1–2
KR   8–1   Glenavon 2–1 6–0
Shamrock Rovers   1–3   RoPS 0–2 1–1
Valur   1–10   Brøndby 1–4 0–6
Aberdeen   3–2   Fola Esch 3–1 0–1
Trakai   3–5[A]   Nõmme Kalju 2–1 1–4
Dinamo Minsk   4–1   Spartaks Jūrmala 2–1 2–0
Breiðablik   4–5   Jelgava 2–3 2–2
NSÍ Runavík   0–7   Shakhtyor Soligorsk 0–2 0–5
AIK   4–0   Bala Town 2–0 2–0
Differdange 03   1–3   Cliftonville 1–1 0–2
Odd   3–1   IFK Mariehamn 2–0 1–1
Domžale   5–2   Lusitanos 3–1 2–1
Bokelj   1–6   Vojvodina 1–1 0–5
AEK Larnaca   6–1   Folgore 3–0 3–1
Dila Gori   1–1 (1–4 p)   Shirak 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Široki Brijeg   1–3   Birkirkara 1–1 0–2
Videoton   3–2   Zaria Bălți 3–0 0–2
UE Santa Coloma   2–7   Lokomotiva 1–3 1–4
Europa FC   3–2[A]   Pyunik 2–0 1–2
Čukarički   6–3   Ordabasy 3–0 3–3
Rabotnički   1–2   Budućnost Podgorica 1–1 0–1
Zimbru Chișinău   3–3 (a)   Chikhura Sachkhere 0–1 3–2
Sloboda Tuzla   0–1   Beitar Jerusalem 0–0 0–1
Kukësi   2–1   Rudar Pljevlja 1–1 1–0
Balzan   2–3[A]   Neftçi Baku 0–2 2–1
Admira Wacker Mödling   4–3   Spartak Myjava 1–1 3–2
Beroe Stara Zagora   2–0   Radnik Bijeljina 0–0 2–0
La Fiorita   0–7   Debrecen 0–5 0–2
Vaduz   5–2   Sileks 3–1 2–1
Maccabi Tel Aviv   4–0   Gorica 3–0 1–0
Gabala   6–3   Samtredia 5–1 1–2
Teuta   0–6   Kairat 0–1 0–5
Spartak Trnava   6–0   Hibernians 3–0 3–0
Banants   1–5   Omonia 0–1 1–4 (a.e.t.)
Shkëndija   4–1   Cracovia 2–0 2–1
Slavia Sofia   1–3   Zagłębie Lubin 1–0 0–3
Aktobe   1–3   MTK Budapest 1–1 0–2
Partizani   w/o[B]   Slovan Bratislava 0–0 Cancelled
Kapaz   1–0   Dacia Chișinău 0–0 1–0
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e Order of legs reversed after original draw.
  2. ^ Partizani replaced Skënderbeu in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round and Slovan Bratislava proceeded directly to the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round, after Skënderbeu Korçë was excluded by UEFA for match-fixing.[48]

Second qualifying roundEdit

The first legs were played on 14 July, and the second legs were played on 20 and 21 July 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shirak   1–3   Spartak Trnava 1–1 0–2
Dinamo Minsk   2–1   St Patrick's Athletic 1–1 1–0
Partizan   0–0 (3–4 p)   Zagłębie Lubin 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Vojvodina   3–1   Connah's Quay Nomads 1–0 2–1
Maccabi Haifa   2–2 (3–5 p)[C]   Nõmme Kalju 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Hibernian   1–1 (3–5 p)   Brøndby 0–1 1–0 (a.e.t.)
Shakhtyor Soligorsk   2–3   Domžale 1–1 1–2
Austria Wien   5–1   Kukësi 1–0 4–1
MTK Budapest   1–4   Gabala 1–2 0–2
Beroe Stara Zagora   1–2   HJK 1–1 0–1
RoPS   1–4   Lokomotiva 1–1 0–3
Neftçi Baku   0–1   Shkëndija 0–0 0–1
KR   4–5[C]   Grasshopper 3–3 1–2
Midtjylland   5–2   Vaduz 3–0 2–2
Zimbru Chișinău   2–7   Osmanlıspor 2–2 0–5
PAS Giannina   4–3   Odd 3–0 1–3 (a.e.t.)
Birkirkara   2–1   Heart of Midlothian 0–0 2–1
Maribor   1–1 (a)   Levski Sofia 0–0 1–1
Piast Gliwice   0–3   IFK Göteborg 0–3 0–0
Slovan Bratislava   0–3   Jelgava 0–0 0–3
Beitar Jerusalem   3–3 (a)   Omonia 1–0 2–3
Admira Wacker Mödling   3–0   Kapaz 1–0 2–0
Aberdeen   4–0   Ventspils 3–0 1–0
BK Häcken   1–2   Cork City 1–1 0–1
Kairat   2–3   Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–1 1–2
Debrecen   1–3   Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino 1–2 0–1
CSM Politehnica Iași   3–4   Hajduk Split 2–2 1–2
Videoton   3–1   Čukarički 2–0 1–1
Cliftonville   2–5   AEK Larnaca 2–3 0–2
AIK   2–0   Europa FC 1–0 1–0
Levadia Tallinn   3–3 (a)   Slavia Prague 3–1 0–2
Genk   2–2 (4–2 p)   Budućnost Podgorica 2–0 0–2 (a.e.t.)
SønderjyskE   4–3   Strømsgodset 2–1 2–2 (a.e.t.)
Notes
  1. ^ a b Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Third qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 15 July 2016.[49][50] The first legs were played on 28 July, and the second legs were played on 3 and 4 August 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Lokomotiva   3–2   Vorskla Poltava 0–0 3–2
Saint-Étienne   1–0   AEK Athens 0–0 1–0
AEK Larnaca   2–1   Spartak Moscow 1–1 1–0
Pandurii Târgu Jiu   2–5   Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–3 1–2
Vojvodina   3–1   Dinamo Minsk 1–1 2–0
Zagłębie Lubin   2–3   SønderjyskE 1–2 1–1
Luzern   1–4   Sassuolo 1–1 0–3
Slavia Prague   1–1 (a)   Rio Ave 0–0 1–1
Birkirkara   1–6   Krasnodar 0–3 1–3
AZ   3–1   PAS Giannina 1–0 2–1
Jelgava   1–4   Beitar Jerusalem 1–1 0–3
Austria Wien   1–1 (5–4 p)   Spartak Trnava 0–1 1–0 (a.e.t.)
Panathinaikos   3–0[D]   AIK 1–0 2–0
Osmanlıspor   3–0   Nõmme Kalju 1–0 2–0
Aberdeen   1–2   Maribor 1–1 0–1
Lille   1–2   Gabala 1–1 0–1
FC Oleksandriya   1–6   Hajduk Split 0–3 1–3
Hertha BSC   2–3   Brøndby 1–0 1–3
İstanbul Başakşehir   2–2 (a)   Rijeka 0–0 2–2
Heracles Almelo   1–1 (a)   Arouca 1–1 0–0
Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino   0–3   Rapid Wien 0–0 0–3
Genk   3–1   Cork City 1–0 2–1
Shkëndija   2–1   Mladá Boleslav 2–0 0–1
Domžale   2–4[D]   West Ham United 2–1 0–3
Videoton   1–2   Midtjylland 0–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
IFK Göteborg   3–2   HJK 1–2 2–0
Admira Wacker Mödling   1–4   Slovan Liberec 1–2 0–2
Gent   5–0   Viitorul Constanța 5–0 0–0
Grasshopper   5–4   Apollon Limassol 2–1 3–3 (a.e.t.)
Notes
  1. ^ a b Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Play-off roundEdit

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2016–17 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 on 26 August 2016, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.[53] 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 2016 UEFA club coefficients.[43][44][45]

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 32, where they are joined by the eight third-placed teams of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League group stage. The matchdays are 15 September, 29 September, 20 October, 3 November, 24 November, and 8 December 2016.

A total of 21 national associations are represented in the group stage. Astana, Celta Vigo, Dundalk, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Konyaspor, Mainz 05, Manchester United, Nice, Olympiacos, Osmanlıspor, Sassuolo, Southampton and Zorya Luhansk made their debut appearances in the UEFA Europa League group stage (although Celta Vigo and Olympiacos had appeared in the UEFA Cup group stage and Manchester United and Olympiacos had already competed in the UEFA Europa League knockout phase after a third place in the UEFA Champions League group stage).[54]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification FEN MU FEY ZOR
1   Fenerbahçe 6 4 1 1 8 6 +2 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–1 1–0 2–0
2   Manchester United 6 4 0 2 12 4 +8 12 4–1 4–0 1–0
3   Feyenoord 6 2 1 3 3 7 −4 7 0–1 1–0 1–0
4   Zorya Luhansk 6 0 2 4 2 8 −6 2 1–1 0–2 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification APO OLY YB AST
1   APOEL 6 4 0 2 8 6 +2 12 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 1–0 2–1
2   Olympiacos 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1 8 0–1 1–1 4–1
3   Young Boys 6 2 2 2 7 4 +3 8 3–1 0–1 3–0
4   Astana 6 1 2 3 5 11 −6 5 2–1 1–1 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SET AND MNZ QAB
1   Saint-Étienne 6 3 3 0 8 5 +3 12 Advance to knockout phase 1–1 0–0 1–0
2   Anderlecht 6 3 2 1 16 8 +8 11 2–3 6–1 3–1
3   Mainz 05 6 2 3 1 8 10 −2 9 1–1 1–1 2–0
4   Gabala 6 0 0 6 5 14 −9 0 1–2 1–3 2–3
Source: UEFA

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ZEN AZ MTA DUN
1   Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 5 0 1 17 8 +9 15 Advance to knockout phase 5–0 2–0 2–1
2   AZ 6 2 2 2 6 10 −4 8 3–2 1–2 1–1
3   Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 2 1 3 7 9 −2 7 3–4 0–0 2–1
4   Dundalk 6 1 1 4 5 8 −3 4 1–2 0–1 1–0
Source: UEFA

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ROM AG PLZ AW
1   Roma 6 3 3 0 16 7 +9 12 Advance to knockout phase 4–0 4–1 3–3
2   Astra Giurgiu 6 2 2 2 7 10 −3 8 0–0 1–1 2–3
3   Viktoria Plzeň 6 1 3 2 7 10 −3 6 1–1 1–2 3–2
4   Austria Wien 6 1 2 3 11 14 −3 5 2–4 1–2 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GNK ATH RW SAS
1   Genk 6 4 0 2 13 9 +4 12 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 1–0 3–1
2   Athletic Bilbao 6 3 1 2 10 11 −1 10 5–3 1–0 3–2
3   Rapid Wien 6 1 3 2 7 8 −1 6 3–2 1–1 1–1
4   Sassuolo 6 1 2 3 9 11 −2 5 0–2 3–0 2–2
Source: UEFA

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AJX CLT STL PAN
1   Ajax 6 4 2 0 11 6 +5 14 Advance to knockout phase 3–2 1–0 2–0
2   Celta Vigo 6 2 3 1 10 7 +3 9 2–2 1–1 2–0
3   Standard Liège 6 1 4 1 8 6 +2 7 1–1 1–1 2–2
4   Panathinaikos 6 0 1 5 3 13 −10 1 1–2 0–2 0–3
Source: UEFA

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SHK GNT BRA KON
1   Shakhtar Donetsk 6 6 0 0 21 5 +16 18 Advance to knockout phase 5–0 2–0 4–0
2   Gent 6 2 2 2 9 13 −4 8 3–5 2–2 2–0
3   Braga 6 1 3 2 9 11 −2 6 2–4 1–1 3–1
4   Konyaspor 6 0 1 5 2 12 −10 1 0–1 0–1 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SCH KRA SAL NCE
1   Schalke 04 6 5 0 1 9 3 +6 15 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 3–1 2–0
2   Krasnodar 6 2 1 3 8 8 0 7 0–1 1–1 5–2
3   Red Bull Salzburg 6 2 1 3 6 6 0 7 2–0 0–1 0–1
4   Nice 6 2 0 4 5 11 −6 6 0–1 2–1 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group JEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification FIO PAOK QRB LIB
1   Fiorentina 6 4 1 1 15 6 +9 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–3 5–1 3–0
2   PAOK 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 10 0–0 0–1 2–0
3   Qarabağ 6 2 1 3 7 12 −5 7 1–2 2–0 2–2
4   Slovan Liberec 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5 4 1–3 1–2 3–0
Source: UEFA

Group KEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SPP HBS SOU INT
1   Sparta Prague 6 4 0 2 8 6 +2 12 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 1–0 3–1
2   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 6 2 2 2 6 6 0 8 0–1 0–0 3–2
3   Southampton 6 2 2 2 6 4 +2 8 3–0 1–1 2–1
4   Internazionale 6 2 0 4 7 11 −4 6 2–1 0–2 1–0
Source: UEFA

Group LEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification OSM VIL ZUR STE
1   Osmanlıspor 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10 Advance to knockout phase 2–2 2–0 2–0
2   Villarreal 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9 1–2 2–1 2–1
3   Zürich 6 1 3 2 5 7 −2 6 2–1 1–1 0–0
4   Steaua București 6 1 3 2 5 7 −2 6 2–1 1–1 1–1
Source: UEFA

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 mechanism of the draws for each round is 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 are seeded, and the twelve group runners-up and the other four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage are unseeded. The seeded teams are drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams 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 can be drawn against each other.

BracketEdit

Round of 32   Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals
   Ludogorets Razgrad 1 0 1  
   Copenhagen 2 0 2        Copenhagen 2 0 2  
   Legia Warsaw 0 0 0      Ajax 1 2 3  
   Ajax 0 1 1          Ajax (a.e.t.) 2 2 4  
   PAOK 0 1 1          Schalke 04 0 3 3  
   Schalke 04 3 1 4        Schalke 04 (a) 1 2 3
   Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 4 4      Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 2 3  
   Fiorentina 1 2 3          Ajax 4 1 5  
   AZ 1 1 2          Lyon 1 3 4  
   Lyon 4 7 11        Lyon 4 1 5  
   Villarreal 0 1 1      Roma 2 2 4  
   Roma 4 0 4          Lyon (p) 2 1 3 (7)
   Olympiacos 0 3 3          Beşiktaş 1 2 3 (6)     Final
   Osmanlıspor 0 0 0        Olympiacos 1 1 2
   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1 1 2      Beşiktaş 1 4 5  
   Beşiktaş 3 2 5        Ajax 0
   Celta Vigo (a.e.t.) 0 2 2        Manchester United 2  
   Shakhtar Donetsk 1 0 1        Celta Vigo 2 2 4  
   Krasnodar 1 1 2      Krasnodar 1 0 1  
   Fenerbahçe 0 1 1          Celta Vigo 3 1 4  
   Gent 1 2 3          Genk 2 1 3  
   Tottenham Hotspur 0 2 2        Gent 2 1 3
   Astra Giurgiu 2 0 2      Genk 5 1 6  
   Genk 2 1 3          Celta Vigo 0 1 1
   Athletic Bilbao 3 0 3          Manchester United 1 1 2  
   APOEL 2 2 4        APOEL 0 0 0  
   Anderlecht (a) 2 1 3      Anderlecht 1 1 2  
   Zenit Saint Petersburg 0 3 3          Anderlecht 1 1 2
   Rostov 4 1 5          Manchester United (a.e.t.) 1 2 3  
   Sparta Prague 0 1 1        Rostov 1 0 1
   Manchester United 3 1 4      Manchester United 1 1 2  
   Saint-Étienne 0 0 0  

Round of 32Edit

The draw for the round of 32 was held on 12 December 2016.[55] The first legs were played on 16 February, and the second legs were played on 22 and 23 February 2017.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Athletic Bilbao   3–4   APOEL 3–2 0–2
Legia Warsaw   0–1   Ajax 0–0 0–1
Anderlecht   3–3 (a)   Zenit Saint Petersburg 2–0 1–3
Astra Giurgiu   2–3   Genk 2–2 0–1
Manchester United   4–0   Saint-Étienne 3–0 1–0
Villarreal   1–4   Roma 0–4 1–0
Ludogorets Razgrad   1–2   Copenhagen 1–2 0–0
Celta Vigo   2–1   Shakhtar Donetsk 0–1 2–0 (a.e.t.)
Olympiacos   3–0   Osmanlıspor 0–0 3–0
Gent   3–2   Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 2–2
Rostov   5–1   Sparta Prague 4–0 1–1
Krasnodar   2–1   Fenerbahçe 1–0 1–1
Borussia Mönchengladbach   4–3   Fiorentina 0–1 4–2
AZ   2–11   Lyon 1–4 1–7
Hapoel Be'er Sheva   2–5   Beşiktaş 1–3 1–2
PAOK   1–4   Schalke 04 0–3 1–1

Round of 16Edit

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 24 February 2017.[56] The first legs were played on 9 March, and the second legs were played on 16 March 2017.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Celta Vigo   4–1   Krasnodar 2–1 2–0
APOEL   0–2   Anderlecht 0–1 0–1
Schalke 04   3–3 (a)   Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–1 2–2
Lyon   5–4   Roma 4–2 1–2
Rostov   1–2   Manchester United 1–1 0–1
Olympiacos   2–5   Beşiktaş 1–1 1–4
Gent   3–6   Genk 2–5 1–1
Copenhagen   2–3   Ajax 2–1 0–2

Quarter-finalsEdit

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 17 March 2017.[57] The first legs were played on 13 April, and the second legs were played on 20 April 2017.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Anderlecht   2–3   Manchester United 1–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)
Celta Vigo   4–3   Genk 3–2 1–1
Ajax   4–3   Schalke 04 2–0 2–3 (a.e.t.)
Lyon   3–3 (7–6 p)   Beşiktaş 2–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)

Semi-finalsEdit

The draw for the semi-finals was held on 21 April 2017.[58] The first legs were played on 3 and 4 May, and the second legs were played on 11 May 2017.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ajax   5–4   Lyon 4–1 1–3
Celta Vigo   1–2   Manchester United 0–1 1–1

FinalEdit

The final was played on 24 May 2017 at Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden.[2][3][59] The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.

Ajax  0–2  Manchester United
Report
Attendance: 46,961[60]

StatisticsEdit

Statistics exclude qualifying rounds and play-off round.