2017–18 UEFA Europa League
The 2017–18 UEFA Europa League was the 47th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 9th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.
29 June – 24 August 2017
14 September 2017 – 16 May 2018
|Teams||Competition proper: 48+8|
Total: 157+33 (from 55 associations)
|Champions||Atlético Madrid (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||556 (2.71 per match)|
|Attendance||4,545,716 (22,174 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Aritz Aduriz|
(8 goals each)
As winners, Atlético Madrid played against the winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid, in the 2018 UEFA Super Cup. They also automatically qualified for the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage, but since they had already qualified through their league performance, the berth reserved was given to the third-placed team of the 2017–18 Ligue 1.
- 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
- UCL: Transferred 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
- ^ Bulgaria (BUL): On 29 May 2017 a UEFA letter to the Bulgarian Football Union declared that CSKA Sofia, the runners-up of the 2016–17 First Professional Football League, were not allowed to compete in the Europa League as they were considered to have been re-formed as a new club and thus did not pass the "three-year rule". As this decision was appealed by CSKA Sofia, the Bulgarian Football Union granted a license to them subject to legal proceedings. A few hours prior to the Europa League first qualifying round draw, UEFA replaced them with Dunav Ruse, the fourth-placed team of the league.
- ^ Kosovo (KOS): Besa Pejë would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the winners of the 2016–17 Kosovar Cup, but failed to obtain a UEFA license. As a result, the berth was given to the runners-up of the 2016–17 Football Superleague of Kosovo, Prishtina.
- ^ Malta (MLT): Birkirkara would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the third-placed team of the 2016–17 Maltese Premier League, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the berth was given to the fourth-placed team of the league, Valletta.
- ^ Republic of Ireland (IRL): Derry City are a club based in Northern Ireland, but will participate in the Europa League through one of the berths for the Republic of Ireland (any coefficient points they earn count toward Republic of Ireland and not Northern Ireland).
- ^ Romania (ROU): Voluntari would have qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round as the winners of 2016–17 Cupa României, and CFR Cluj would have qualified for the second qualifying round as the fourth-placed team of the 2016–17 Liga I, but both failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the third qualifying round berth was given to the fifth-placed team of the league, Universitatea Craiova, and the second qualifying round berth was given to the sixth-placed team of the league, Astra Giurgiu.
Round and draw dates Edit
|Phase||Round||Draw date||First leg||Second leg|
|Qualifying||First qualifying round||19 June 2017||29 June 2017||6 July 2017|
|Second qualifying round||13 July 2017||20 July 2017|
|Third qualifying round||14 July 2017||27 July 2017||3 August 2017|
|Play-off||Play-off round||4 August 2017||17 August 2017||24 August 2017|
|Group stage||Matchday 1||25 August 2017
|14 September 2017|
|Matchday 2||28 September 2017|
|Matchday 3||19 October 2017|
|Matchday 4||2 November 2017|
|Matchday 5||23 November 2017|
|Matchday 6||7 December 2017|
|Knockout phase||Round of 32||11 December 2017||15 February 2018||22 February 2018|
|Round of 16||23 February 2018||8 March 2018||15 March 2018|
|Quarter-finals||16 March 2018||5 April 2018||12 April 2018|
|Semi-finals||13 April 2018||26 April 2018||3 May 2018|
|Final||16 May 2018 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu|
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.
Group stage Edit
The draw for the group stage was held on 25 August 2017, 13:00 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The 48 teams were drawn into twelve groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots based on their 2017 UEFA club coefficients.
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 2017–18 UEFA Champions League group stage. The matchdays were 14 September, 28 September, 19 October, 2 November, 23 November, and 7 December 2017.
Teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 16.01):
Group A Edit
|1||Villarreal||6||3||2||1||10||6||+4||11||Advance to knockout phase||—||3–1||2–2||0–1|
|4||Maccabi Tel Aviv||6||1||1||4||1||8||−7||4||0–0||0–1||0–2||—|
Group B Edit
|1||Dynamo Kyiv||6||4||1||1||15||9||+6||13||Advance to knockout phase||—||4–1||2–2||3–1|
Group C Edit
|1||Braga||6||3||1||2||9||8||+1||10||Advance to knockout phase||—||0–2||2–1||3–1|
Group D Edit
|1||Milan||6||3||2||1||13||6||+7||11||Advance to knockout phase||—||0–0||3–2||5–1|
Group E Edit
|1||Atalanta||6||4||2||0||14||4||+10||14||Advance to knockout phase||—||1–0||3–0||3–1|
Group F Edit
|1||Lokomotiv Moscow||6||3||2||1||9||4||+5||11||Advance to knockout phase||—||2–1||1–2||3–0|
- Head-to-head results: Sheriff Tiraspol 0–0 Copenhagen, Copenhagen 2–0 Sheriff Tiraspol.
Group G Edit
|1||Viktoria Plzeň||6||4||0||2||13||8||+5||12||Advance to knockout phase||—||2–0||4–1||3–1|
|4||Hapoel Be'er Sheva||6||1||1||4||5||10||−5||4||0–2||1–2||2–1||—|
Group H Edit
|1||Arsenal||6||4||1||1||14||4||+10||13||Advance to knockout phase||—||0–0||3–1||6–0|
|2||Red Star Belgrade||6||2||3||1||3||2||+1||9||0–1||—||1–0||1–1|
|3||1. FC Köln||6||2||0||4||7||8||−1||6||1–0||0–1||—||5–2|
Group I Edit
|1||Red Bull Salzburg||6||3||3||0||7||1||+6||12||Advance to knockout phase||—||1–0||0–0||3–0|
|4||Vitória de Guimarães||6||1||2||3||5||9||−4||5||1–1||1–0||1–1||—|
Group J Edit
|1||Athletic Bilbao||6||3||2||1||8||5||+3||11[a]||Advance to knockout phase||—||1–0||0–1||3–2|
- Head-to-head results: Östersund 2–2 Athletic Bilbao, Athletic Bilbao 1–0 Östersund.
Group K Edit
|1||Lazio||6||4||1||1||12||7||+5||13||Advance to knockout phase||—||1–0||2–0||1–1|
Group L Edit
|1||Zenit Saint Petersburg||6||5||1||0||17||5||+12||16||Advance to knockout phase||—||3–1||3–1||2–1|
Knockout phase Edit
Round of 32 Edit
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg||Borussia Dortmund||4–3||Atalanta||3–2||1–1|
|Spartak Moscow||3–4||Athletic Bilbao||1–3||2–1|
|AEK Athens||1–1 (a)||Dynamo Kyiv||1–1||0–0|
|Celtic||1–3||Zenit Saint Petersburg||1–0||0–3|
|Napoli||3–3 (a)||RB Leipzig||1–3||2–0|
|Red Star Belgrade||0–1||CSKA Moscow||0–0||0–1|
|Real Sociedad||3–4||Red Bull Salzburg||2–2||1–2|
Round of 16 Edit
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg||Lazio||4–2||Dynamo Kyiv||2–2||2–0|
|RB Leipzig||3–2||Zenit Saint Petersburg||2–1||1–1|
|Atlético Madrid||8–1||Lokomotiv Moscow||3–0||5–1|
|CSKA Moscow||3–3 (a)||Lyon||0–1||3–2|
|Sporting CP||3–2||Viktoria Plzeň||2–0||1–2 (aet)|
|Borussia Dortmund||1–2||Red Bull Salzburg||1–2||0–0|
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg||RB Leipzig||3–5||Marseille||1–0||2–5|
|Atlético Madrid||2–1||Sporting CP||2–0||0–1|
|Lazio||5–6||Red Bull Salzburg||4–2||1–4|
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg||Marseille||3–2||Red Bull Salzburg||2–0||1–2 (aet)|
The final was played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu on 16 May 2018. The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.
Statistics do not include the qualifying rounds and play-off round.
Top goalscorers Edit
|Aritz Aduriz||Athletic Bilbao||801|
|3||Júnior Moraes||Dynamo Kyiv||7||742|
|Antoine Griezmann||Atlético Madrid||631|
|Aleksandr Kokorin||Zenit Saint Petersburg||698|
|Emiliano Rigoni||Zenit Saint Petersburg||775|
|Manuel Fernandes||Lokomotiv Moscow||900|
|Willian José||Real Sociedad||384|
|Valon Berisha||Red Bull Salzburg||1138|
|Moanes Dabour||Red Bull Salzburg||1286|
Top assists Edit
|2||Sergio Canales||Real Sociedad||6||557|
|Stefan Lainer||Red Bull Salzburg||1290|
|Xabi Prieto||Real Sociedad||483|
|Raphael Holzhauser||Austria Wien||536|
|Bruno Fernandes||Sporting CP||567|
|Aleksei Miranchuk||Lokomotiv Moscow||784|
Squad of the season Edit
Related pages Edit
- "Lyon to host 2018 UEFA Europa League final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- "Evolution of UEFA club competitions from 2018". UEFA.com. 26 August 2016.
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- "Qualification for European Cup Football 2017/2018". Bert Kassies. Archived from the original on 2017-06-02. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
- "Who is in this season's UEFA Europa League?". UEFA.com. 13 July 2017.
- "УЕФА отхвърли молбата на БФС за участие на ЦСКА-София в евротурнирите". Bulgarian Football Union. 29 May 2017. Archived from the original on 1 June 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- "Решение СТК 01.06.2017 г". Bulgarian Football Union. 1 June 2017. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- "Становище на СТК". Bulgarian Football Union. 2 June 2017. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- "CAS rejects request for interim measures in the arbitration PFC CSKA Sofia / UEFA" (PDF). Court of Arbitration for Sport. 16 June 2017.
- "Огромна изненада: УЕФА изкара ЦСКА-София и вкара Дунав в Европа". sportal.bg. 19 June 2017.
- "FFK: Besa nuk do të përfitojë nga UEFA, paratë e Kupës së Kosovës i shkojnë Prishtinës". almakos.com. 30 May 2017. Archived from the original on 7 June 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- "Birkirkara FC denied UEFA license, Valletta FC to play Europa League". Malta Today. 9 May 2017.
- "Federaţia Română de Fotbal a decis cine poate juca la toamnă în cupele europene". adevarul.ro. 19 April 2017.
- "UEFA European Football Calendar 2017/2018". Bert Kassies. Archived from the original on 2016-12-23. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
- "2017/18 Europa League match and draw calendar". UEFA.com. 11 January 2017.
- "Group stage draw". UEFA.com.
- "Regulations of the UEFA Europa League 2017/18 Season" (PDF). UEFA.com. 4 April 2017.
- "Round of 32 draw". UEFA.com.
- "Round of 16 draw". UEFA.com.
- "Quarter-final draw". UEFA.com.
- "Semi-final and final draws". UEFA.com.
- "Full Time Summary Final – Marseille v Atlético Madrid" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- "Statistics — Tournament phase — Players — Goals". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
- "Statistics — Tournament phase — Players — Goals (Assists)". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
Other websites Edit
- UEFA Europa League (official website)