The Union Of European Football Associations (UEFA) organizes an annual football club competition called the Europa League (UEFA). After the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League is regarded as the second most significant international club competition. The clubs qualify for the tournament depending on their results in their respective national leagues and cup tournaments.
The tournament was formerly known as the UEFA Cup from 1970 to 2009 when it underwent a format change and became recognized as the Europa League. The final has been conducted as a single match since 1996; formerly, the winning team was determined by a home and away series. The most victories have been achieved by Spanish clubs, followed by England and Italy.
With the Europa League final approaching us let’s take a look at the Top 5 teams with the most UEFA Europa League wins
1. Sevilla: 6 titles
The Spanish club Sevilla has been hailed as The most successful club in the history of the competition. They have managed to win the competition six times, which is the most in tournament history.
They have won the tournament in 2005 defeating Middlesbrough, 2006 defeating Espanyol, 2013 defeating Benfica, 2014 defeating Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, in 2015 defeating Liverpool and in 2019 beating Inter Milan. The manager with the most number of titles in the competition’s history is Unai Emery who has led Sevilla to three consecutive titles from 2013 to 2015.
2. Liverpool and Juventus: 3 titles each
Liverpool and Juventus are teams that usually play top-flight European football. Both Liverpool and Juve have won the competition three times.
The Merseyside team has won the competition thrice in its history in the years 1972 vs Borussia Monchengladbach, 1975 vs Club Brugge, and 2000 vs Deportivo Alaves. Whereas, the Bianconeri have managed to win the Europa league in 1976 against Athletic Club, 1989 against Fiorentina, and in 1992 against Borussia Dortmund.
3. Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid: 3 titles each
Yet again European heavyweights from Italy and Spain have won the coveted trophy three times each. Inter Milan managed to win the title in 1990 vs Roma, 1993 vs Salsburg, and in 1997 beating Lazio. On the other hand, the side from Madrid have won the competition in 2019 beating Fulham, in 2011 beating Athletic Club, and in 2017 defeating Marseille.
4. Parma, Chelsea, Monchengladbach, and Feyenoord: 2 titles each
There are a number of clubs that have two titles each. Parma won in 1994 vs Juventus and in 1998 vs Marseille. Chelsea won the competition in 2012 and 2018 against Benfica and Arsenal respectively.
The club from Germany has won the competition in 1974 against Twente and in 1978 against Crvena Zvezda. The Dutch team Feyenoord has defeated Tottenham and Dortmund to win the 1973 and 2001 Europa Leagues.
5. Goteborg, Porto, Real Madrid, and Tottenham: 2 titles each
The list of clubs with two Europa League titles continues. Goteborg is a Swedish club that managed to win the tournament in 1981 against Hamburg and in 1986 against Dundee United. Portuguese giants Porto have also twice tasted victory in 2002 against Celtic and in 2010 versus Braga.
Before Tottenham‘s trophy drought started they had won two Europa League titles in 1971 against Wolves and in 1983 against Anderlecht. And finally the Kings of European club competitions Real Madrid – they have also won this esteemed competition back in 1984 and in 1985 against the Hungarian side Fehervar and FC Koln respectively.