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2009–10 UEFA Europa League
Tournament details
Dates 17 September 2009 – 12 May 2010 (competition proper)
2 July – 27 August 2009 (qualifying)
Teams 48+8 (competition proper)
159+33 (total) (from 53 associations)
Final positions
Champions Spain Atlético Madrid (1st title)
Runners-up England Fulham
Tournament statistics
Matches played 205
Goals scored 539 (2.63 per match)
Top scorer(s) Claudio Pizarro
Óscar Cardozo
(9 goals)
2008–09 (UEFA Cup)

The 2009–10 UEFA Europa League was the first season of the UEFA Europa League, Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA. The competition was previously known as the UEFA Cup, which had been in existence for 38 years.[1]

Spain's Atlético Madrid won the tournament for the first time, beating Fulham – who were playing in their first European final – at the HSH Nordbank Arena, home ground of Hamburger SV, in Hamburg, Germany.[2]

Association team allocation[edit]

A total of 192 teams from 53 UEFA associations participated in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League. Associations are allocated places according to their 2008 UEFA country coefficient, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2003–04 to 2007–08.[3]

Below is the qualification scheme for the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League:[4]

  • Associations 1–6 each enter three teams
  • Associations 7–9 each enter four teams
  • Associations 10–51 each enter three teams, except Liechtenstein (it organises only a domestic cup competition and no domestic league competition)
  • Associations 52–53 plus Liechtenstein each enter one team
  • The top three associations of the 2008–09 UEFA Fair Play ranking each gain an additional berth
  • Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League

Association ranking[edit]

Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 England England 75.749 3 +1(UCL)
2 Spain Spain 75.266 +1(UCL)
3 Italy Italy 60.410 +1(UCL)
4 France France 52.668 +1(UCL)
5 Germany Germany 48.722 +1(UCL)
6 Russia Russia 43.750 +2(UCL)
7 Romania Romania 40.599 4 +2(UCL)
8 Portugal Portugal 39.927 +1(UCL)
9 Netherlands Netherlands 38.213 +1(UCL)
10 Scotland Scotland 33.375 3 +1(FP)
+1(UCL)
11 Turkey Turkey 31.725 +1(UCL)
12 Ukraine Ukraine 30.100 +1(UCL)
13 Belgium Belgium 26.700 +2(UCL)
14 Greece Greece 25.831 +1(UCL)
15 Czech Republic Czech Republic 25.750 +2(UCL)
16 Switzerland Switzerland 24.225
17 Bulgaria Bulgaria 23.166 +1(UCL)
18 Norway Norway 22.425 +1(FP)
+1(UCL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
19 Denmark Denmark 20.450 3 +1(FP)
+1(UCL)
20 Austria Austria 17.700 +1(UCL)
21 Serbia Serbia 16.750 +1(UCL)
22 Israel Israel 15.750
23 Sweden Sweden 13.691
24 Slovakia Slovakia 12.332 +1(UCL)
25 Poland Poland 12.041
26 Hungary Hungary 11.999
27 Croatia Croatia 11.624 +1(UCL)
28 Cyprus Cyprus 10.082
29 Slovenia Slovenia 9.915 +1(UCL)
30 Finland Finland 9.623
31 Latvia Latvia 8.831 +1(UCL)
32 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 8.498
33 Lithuania Lithuania 7.999
34 Moldova Moldova 7.499 +1(UCL)
35 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 7.332
36 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 6.331
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
37 Iceland Iceland 5.999 3
38 Georgia (country) Georgia 5.831
39 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 5.500 1
40 Belarus Belarus 5.332 3 +1(UCL)
41 Estonia Estonia 4.332 +1(UCL)
42 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 3.832 +1(UCL)
43 Albania Albania 3.666
44 Armenia Armenia 3.665
45 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 2.582 +1(UCL)
46 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2.332
47 Wales Wales 2.331
48 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 1.832
49 Luxembourg Luxembourg 1.498
50 Malta Malta 0.832
51 Andorra Andorra 0.500
52 Montenegro Montenegro 0.500 1
53 San Marino San Marino 0.250
Notes
  • (FP): Additional fair play berth (Norway, Denmark, Scotland)[5]
  • (UCL): Additional teams transferred from the UEFA Champions League

Distribution[edit]

Since the winners of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, Shakhtar Donetsk, qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League through domestic performance, the title holder spot reserved for them in the group stage was vacated. As this was the first edition of the Europa League, it was initially unknown whether UEFA would simply disregard the vacant title holder spot and rearrange entries so that one more team would qualify from the play-off round, or replace the title holders' group stage place with that of the top-ranked association's cup winner and move teams from lower rounds appropriately, as the regulations are unclear on this matter.[4] The former set-up was confirmed by UEFA's official list of participants, published on 16 June 2009.[6] As a result, the following changes to the default allocation system were made to compensate for the vacant title holder spot in the group stage:

  • The domestic cup winners of associations 16 and 17 (Switzerland and Bulgaria) were promoted from the third qualifying round to the play-off round.
  • The domestic cup winners of associations 28 and 29 (Cyprus and Slovenia) were promoted from the second qualifying round to the third qualifying round.
  • The domestic cup winners of associations 52 and 53 (Andorra and San Marino) and the domestic league runners-up of associations 35 and 36 (Republic of Ireland and Macedonia) were 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
(46 teams)
  • 14 domestic league runners-up from associations 37–51 (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)
  • 24 domestic cup winners from associations 30–53
  • 18 domestic league runners-up from associations 19–36
  • 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
  • 23 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(70 teams)
  • 12 domestic cup winners from associations 18–29
  • 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)
  • 3 domestic league sixth-placed teams from associations 1–3 (League Cup winners for England)
  • 40 winners from the second qualifying round
Play-off round
(76 teams)
  • 17 domestic cup winners from associations 1–17
  • 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)
  • 38 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 rules[edit]

A Europa League place is vacated when a team qualify for both the Champions League and the Europa League, or qualify 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" qualifier 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 finisher which do not qualify for the Europa League yet.
  • 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 which finish lower in the league are moved up one place, with the final place taken by the highest-placed league finisher which do not qualify for the Europa League yet.
  • A place vacated by the League Cup winners is taken by the highest-placed league finisher which do not qualify for the Europa League yet.
  • A Fair Play place is taken by the highest-ranked team in the domestic Fair Play table which do not qualify for the Champions League or Europa League yet.

Teams[edit]

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

  • CW: Cup winners
  • CR: Cup runners-up
  • LC: League Cup winners
  • Nth: League position
  • P-W: End-of-season European competition play-off 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
Italy Juventus (UCL GS) Germany Wolfsburg (UCL GS) France Marseille (UCL GS) Spain Atlético Madrid (UCL GS)
England Liverpool (UCL GS) Russia Rubin Kazan (UCL GS) Romania Unirea Urziceni (UCL GS) Belgium Standard Liege (UCL GS)
Group stage
Romania Timişoara (UCL PO) Portugal Sporting CP (UCL PO) Scotland Celtic (UCL PO) Belgium Anderlecht (UCL PO)
Greece Panathinaikos (UCL PO) Bulgaria Levski Sofia (UCL PO) Denmark Copenhagen (UCL PO) Austria Red Bull Salzburg (UCL PO)
Latvia Ventspils (UCL PO) Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol (UCL PO)
Play-off round
England Everton (5th) Russia Zenit St. Petersburg (5th) Belgium Racing Genk (CW) Slovenia Maribor (UCL Q3)
England Aston Villa (6th) Romania CFR Cluj (CW) Greece AEK Athens (3rd) Belarus BATE Borisov (UCL Q3)
Spain Villarreal (5th) Romania Dinamo Bucureşti (3rd) Czech Republic Teplice (CW) Estonia Levadia (UCL Q3)
Spain Valencia (6th) Portugal Benfica (3rd) Switzerland Sion (CW) Azerbaijan Baku (UCL Q3)
Italy Lazio (CW) Portugal Nacional (4th) Bulgaria Litex Lovech (CW) Kazakhstan Aktobe (UCL Q3)
Italy Genoa (5th) Netherlands Heerenveen (CW) Czech Republic Slavia Prague (UCL Q3) Russia Dynamo Moscow (UCL Q3)
France Guingamp (CW) Netherlands Ajax (3rd) Norway Stabæk (UCL Q3) Netherlands Twente (UCL Q3)
France Toulouse (4th) Scotland Heart of Midlothian (3rd) Serbia Partizan (UCL Q3) Turkey Sivasspor (UCL Q3)
Germany Werder Bremen (CW) Turkey Trabzonspor (3rd) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava (UCL Q3) Ukraine Shakhtar DonetskTH (UCL Q3)
Germany Hertha BSC (4th) Ukraine Vorskla Poltava (CW) Croatia Dinamo Zagreb (UCL Q3) Czech Republic Sparta Prague (UCL Q3)
Russia Amkar Perm (4th)
Third qualifying round
England Fulham (7th) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven (4th) Bulgaria CSKA Sofia (2nd) Sweden IFK Göteborg (CW)
Spain Athletic Bilbao (CR) Scotland Aberdeen (4th) Norway Vålerenga (CW) Slovakia Košice (CW)
Italy Roma (6th) Turkey Fenerbahçe (4th) Norway Fredrikstad (2nd) Poland Lech Poznań (CW)
France Lille (5th) Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv (3rd) Denmark Odense (2nd) Hungary Budapest Honvéd (CW)
Germany Hamburg (5th) Belgium Club Brugge (3rd) Austria Austria Wien (CW) Croatia Hajduk Split (2nd)
Russia Krylia Sovetov (6th) Greece PAOK (4th) Serbia Vojvodina (2nd) Cyprus APOP Kinyras (CW)
Romania Vaslui (5th) Czech Republic Slovan Liberec (3rd) Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv (2nd)Note ISR Slovenia Interblock Ljubljana (CW)
Portugal Braga (5th) Switzerland Young Boys (2nd)
Second qualifying round
Romania Steaua Bucureşti (6th) Austria Sturm Graz (4th) Latvia Skonto (3rd)Note LVA Belarus Naftan Novopolotsk (CW)
Portugal Paços de Ferreira (CR) Serbia Red Star Belgrade (3rd) Bosnia and Herzegovina Slavija (CW) Estonia Flora (CW)
Netherlands NAC Breda (P-W) Serbia Sevojno (CR) Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo (4th)Note BIH Azerbaijan Karabakh (CW)
Scotland Falkirk (CR) Israel Maccabi Netanya (4th)Note ISR Lithuania Sūduva (CW) Albania Flamurtari Vlorë (CW)
Turkey Galatasaray (5th) Sweden Elfsborg (2nd) Lithuania Kaunas (2nd) Armenia Gandzasar (3rd)Note ARM
Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk (4th) Slovakia Žilina (2nd) Moldova Iskra-Stal (2nd) Kazakhstan Tobol (2nd)
Belgium AA Gent (4th) Poland Legia Warsaw (2nd) Moldova Dacia Chişinău (3rd) Northern Ireland Crusaders (CW)
Greece Larissa (5th) Hungary Újpest (2nd) Republic of Ireland St. Patrick's Athletic (2nd) Wales Bangor City (CW)
Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc (4th) Croatia Rijeka (3rd) Republic of Ireland Derry City (3rd) Faroe Islands HB (2nd)
Switzerland Basel (3rd) Cyprus Omonia (2nd) Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički (CW) Luxembourg Differdange (2nd)
Bulgaria Cherno More (3rd) Slovenia Gorica (2nd) Republic of Macedonia Milano (2nd) Malta Sliema Wanderers (CW)
Norway Tromsø (3rd) Finland HJK Helsinki (CW) Iceland KR (CW) Montenegro Petrovac (CW)
Denmark Brøndby (3rd) Finland Honka (2nd) Georgia (country) FC Dinamo Tbilisi (CW) Andorra FC Santa Coloma (CW)
Denmark AaB (CR) Latvia Liepājas Metalurgs (2nd) Liechtenstein Vaduz (CW) San Marino Juvenes/Dogana (CW)
Austria Rapid Wien (2nd)
First qualifying round
Israel Bnei Yehuda (5th)Note ISR Moldova Zimbru Chişinău (4th) Azerbaijan Simurq Zaqatala (3rd) Faroe Islands B36 (3rd)
Sweden Helsingborg (4th) Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers (4th) Albania Vllaznia (2nd) Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík (4th)
Slovakia Spartak Trnava (3rd) Republic of Macedonia Renova (3rd) Albania Dinamo Tirana (3rd) Luxembourg Grevenmacher (3rd)
Poland Polonia Warsaw (4th) Iceland Keflavík (2nd) Armenia MIKA (4th)Note ARM Luxembourg Käerjéng (CR)
Hungary Haladás (3rd) Iceland Fram (3rd) Armenia Banants (CR) Malta Birkirkara (2nd)
Croatia Slaven Belupo (4th) Georgia (country) Olimpi Rustavi (3rd) Kazakhstan Irtysh (3rd) Malta Valletta (3rd)
Cyprus Anorthosis (3rd) Georgia (country) Zestaponi (4th) Kazakhstan Okzhetpes (9th)Note KAZ Montenegro Budućnost (2nd)
Slovenia Rudar Velenje (3rd) Belarus Dinamo Minsk (2nd) Northern Ireland Linfield (2nd) Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić (3rd)
Finland Lahti (3rd) Belarus MTZ-RIPO Minsk (3rd) Northern Ireland Lisburn Distillery (4th) Norway Rosenborg (FP)
Latvia Dinaburg (4th)Note LVA Estonia Narva Trans (3rd) Wales Llanelli (2nd) Denmark Randers (FP)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg (6th)Note BIH Estonia Nõmme Kalju (4th) Wales The New Saints (3rd) Scotland Motherwell (FP)
Lithuania Vėtra (3rd) Azerbaijan Inter Baku (2nd)
Notes

Round and draw dates[edit]

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

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 22 June 2009 2 July 2009 9 July 2009
Second qualifying round 16 July 2009 23 July 2009
Third qualifying round 17 July 2009 30 July 2009 6 August 2009
Play-off Play-off round 7 August 2009 20 August 2009 27 August 2009
Group stage Matchday 1 28 August 2009
(Monaco)
17 September 2009
Matchday 2 1 October 2009
Matchday 3 22 October 2009
Matchday 4 5 November 2009
Matchday 5 2–3 December 2009
Matchday 6 16–17 December 2009
Knockout phase Round of 32 18 December 2009 18 February 2010 25 February 2010
Round of 16 11 March 2010 18 March 2010
Quarter-finals 19 March 2010 1 April 2010 8 April 2010
Semi-finals 22 April 2010 29 April 2010
Final 12 May 2010 at HSH Nordbank Arena, Hamburg

Qualifying phase[edit]

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

The draw for the first and second qualifying rounds, conducted by UEFA President Michel Platini and UEFA General Secretary David Taylor, was held on 22 June 2009, and the draw for the third qualifying round, conducted by UEFA Competitions Director Giorgio Marchetti and Head of Club Competitions Michael Heselschwerdt, was held on 17 July 2009. For the draws, clubs were separated into seeded and unseeded teams based on their club coefficient. Because the draws for the second and third qualifying rounds took place before the previous round was completed, the teams were seeded assuming the seeded side in the previous round would be victorious.

First qualifying round[edit]

The first legs were played on 2 July, and the second legs were played on 9 July 2009.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sutjeska Nikšić Montenegro 2–3 Belarus MTZ-RIPO Minsk 1–1 1–2 (aet)
Lahti Finland 4–3 Albania Dinamo Tirana 4–1 0–2
Grevenmacher Luxembourg 0–6 Lithuania Vėtra 0–3 0–3
NSÍ Runavík Faroe Islands 1–6 Norway Rosenborg 0–3 1–3
Haladás Hungary 2–2 (a) Kazakhstan Irtysh 1–0 1–2
Sligo Rovers Republic of Ireland 2–3 Albania Vllaznia 1–2 1–1
Olimpi Rustavi Georgia (country) 4–0 Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 2–0 2–0
Anorthosis Cyprus 7–1 Luxembourg Käerjéng 5–0 2–1
Slaven Belupo Croatia 1–0 Malta Birkirkara 1–0 0–0
Zimbru Chişinău Moldova 3–2 Kazakhstan Okzhetpes 1–2 2–0
Lisburn Distillery Northern Ireland 1–11 Georgia (country) Zestaponi 1–5 0–6
Helsingborg Sweden 4–2 Armenia MIKA 3–1 1–1
Valletta Malta 5–2 Iceland Keflavík 3–0 2–2
Dinaburg Latvia 2–1 Estonia Nõmme Kalju 2–1 0–0
Budućnost Montenegro 1–2 Poland Polonia Warsaw 0–2 1–0
Narva Trans Estonia 1–6 Slovenia Rudar Velenje 0–3 1–3
Motherwell Scotland 3–1 Wales Llanelli 0–1 3–0
Banants Armenia 1–2 Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 0–2 1–0
Spartak Trnava Slovakia 5–2 Azerbaijan Inter Baku 2–1 3–1
Dinamo Minsk Belarus 3–2 Republic of Macedonia Renova 2–1 1–1
Randers Denmark 7–0 Northern Ireland Linfield 4–0 3–0
Simurq Zaqatala Azerbaijan 0–4 Israel Bnei Yehuda 0–1 0–3
Fram Iceland 4–2 Wales The New Saints 2–1 2–1

Order of legs reversed after original draw

Second qualifying round[edit]

The first legs were played on 14 and 16 July, and the second legs were played on 23 July 2009.

Both the first and second legs between Bnei Yehuda and Dinaburg and between Rapid Wien and Vllaznia were under investigation by UEFA and German authorities for possible match-fixing.[7]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Rosenborg Norway 0–1 Azerbaijan Karabakh 0–0 0–1
Zimbru Chişinău Moldova 0–1 Portugal Paços de Ferreira 0–0 0–1
Juvenes/Dogana San Marino 0–5 Poland Polonia Warsaw 0–1 0–4
Sturm Graz Austria 3–2 Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 2–1 1–1
Basel Switzerland 7–1 Andorra FC Santa Coloma 3–0 4–1
Honka Finland 3–0 Wales Bangor City 2–0 1–0
MŠK Žilina Slovakia 3–0 Moldova Dacia Chişinău 2–0 1–0
Anorthosis Cyprus 3–4 Montenegro Petrovac 2–1 1–3 (aet)
St Patrick's Athletic Republic of Ireland 2–1 Malta Valletta 1–1 1–0
Omonia Cyprus 8–1 Faroe Islands HB 4–0 4–1
Gorica Slovenia 1–2 Finland Lahti 1–0 0–2
Sigma Olomouc Czech Republic 3–1 Iceland Fram 1–1 2–0
Legia Warsaw Poland 4–0 Georgia (country) Olimpi Rustavi 3–0 1–0
Falkirk Scotland 1–2 Liechtenstein Vaduz 1–0 0–2 (aet)
Elfsborg Sweden 3–0 Hungary Haladás 3–0 0–0
Rapid Wien Austria 8–0 Albania Vllaznia 5–0 3–0
Naftan Belarus 2–2 (a) Belgium Gent 2–1 0–1
Liepājas Metalurgs Latvia 3–4 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 2–1 1–3
Differdange Luxembourg 1–3 Croatia Rijeka 1–0 0–3
Sūduva Lithuania 1–2 Denmark Randers 0–1 1–1
Vėtra Lithuania 3–2 Finland HJK Helsinki 0–1 3–1
Milano Republic of Macedonia 2–12 Croatia Slaven Belupo 0–4 2–8
Dinamo Minsk Belarus 1–4 Norway Tromsø 0–0 1–4
KR Iceland 3–1 Greece Larissa 2–0 1–1
Brøndby Denmark 4–2 Estonia Flora 0–1 4–1
Aalborg BK Denmark 1–3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Slavija 0–0 1–3
Steaua Bucureşti Romania 4–1 Hungary Újpest 2–0 2–1
Metalurh Donetsk Ukraine 5–1 Belarus MTZ-RIPO Minsk 3–0 2–1
Crusaders Northern Ireland 3–5 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 1–1 2–4
Bnei Yehuda Israel 5–0 Latvia Dinaburg 4–0 1–0
NAC Breda Netherlands 8–0 Armenia Gandzasar 6–0 2–0
Cherno More Bulgaria 4–0 Moldova Iskra-Stal 1–0 3–0
Sevojno Serbia 1–1 (a) Lithuania Kaunas 0–0 1–1
Flamurtari Vlorë Albania 2–8 Scotland Motherwell 1–0 1–8
Zestaponi Georgia (country) 3–4 Sweden Helsingborg 1–2 2–2 (aet)
Skonto Latvia 1–2 Republic of Ireland Derry City 1–1 0–1
Sliema Wanderers Malta 0–3 Israel Maccabi Netanya 0–0 0–3
Tobol Kazakhstan 1–3 Turkey Galatasaray 1–1 0–2
Rudar Velenje Slovenia 0–5 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 0–1 0–4
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–1 Slovakia Spartak Trnava 1–0 1–1

Order of legs reversed after original draw

Third qualifying round[edit]

The first legs were played on 28 and 30 July, and the second legs were played on 4 and 6 August 2009.

The first leg between Fenerbahçe and Budapest Honvéd and the second leg between Interblock Ljubljana and Metalurh Donetsk were under investigation by UEFA and German authorities for possible match-fixing.[7]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Helsingborg Sweden 3–3 (4–5p) Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 2–1 1–2 (aet)
Fredrikstad Norway 3–7 Poland Lech Poznań 1–6 2–1
Rijeka Croatia 1–4 Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 1–2 0–2
Roma Italy 10–2 Belgium Gent 3–1 7–1
Vaslui Romania 3–1 Cyprus Omonia 2–0 1–1
Slavija Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–5 Slovakia Košice 0–2 1–3
IFK Göteborg Sweden 2–4 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–3 1–1
PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 2–0 Bulgaria Cherno More 1–0 1–0
Metalurh Donetsk Ukraine 5–0 Slovenia Interblock Ljubljana 2–0 3–0
Vålerenga Norway 2–2 (a) Greece PAOK 1–2 1–0
Rapid Wien Austria 4–3 Cyprus APOP Kinyras 2–1 2–2 (aet)
Honka Finland 1–3 Azerbaijan Karabakh 0–1 1–2
Vaduz Liechtenstein 0–3 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 0–1 0–2
St Patrick's Athletic Republic of Ireland 3–3 (a) Russia Krylia Sovetov 1–0 2–3
Randers Denmark 1–4 Germany Hamburg 0–4 1–0
Tromsø Norway 4–1 Croatia Slaven Belupo 2–1 2–0
Brøndby Denmark 3–3 (a) Poland Legia Warsaw 1–1 2–2
Vojvodina Serbia 3–5 Austria Austria Wien 1–1 2–4
CSKA Sofia Bulgaria 2–1 Republic of Ireland Derry City 1–0 1–1
Steaua Bucureşti Romania 6–1 Scotland Motherwell 3–0 3–1
MŠK Žilina Slovakia 2–1 Croatia Hajduk Split 1–1 1–0
Braga Portugal 1–4 Sweden Elfsborg 1–2 0–2
Aberdeen Scotland 1–8 Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc 1–5 0–3
Rabotnički Republic of Macedonia 3–7 Denmark Odense 3–4 0–3
Sevojno Serbia 0–4 France Lille 0–2 0–2
Petrovac Montenegro 1–7 Austria Sturm Graz 1–2 0–5
Fenerbahçe Turkey 6–2 Hungary Budapest Honvéd 5–1 1–1
Bnei Yehuda Israel 2–0 Portugal Paços de Ferreira 1–0 1–0
Club Brugge Belgium 4–3 Finland Lahti 3–2 1–1
Athletic Bilbao Spain 2–2 (a) Switzerland Young Boys 0–1 2–1
KR Iceland 3–5 Switzerland Basel 2–2 1–3
Maccabi Netanya Israel 1–10 Turkey Galatasaray 1–4 0–6
Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country) 4–5 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2–0 2–5
Polonia Warsaw Poland 1–4 Netherlands NAC Breda 0–1 1–3
Vėtra Lithuania 0–6 England Fulham 0–3 0–3

Order of legs reversed after original draw

Play-off round[edit]

The draw for the play-off round, conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and UEFA Competitions Director Giorgio Marchetti, was held on 7 August 2009. For the draw, clubs were separated into seeded and unseeded teams based on their club coefficient. The first legs were played on 20 August, and the second legs were played on 25 and 27 August 2009.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
PAOK Greece 1–1 (a) Netherlands Heerenveen 1–1 0–0
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 4–2 Scotland Hearts 4–0 0–2
Werder Bremen Germany 8–3 Kazakhstan Aktobe 6–3 2–0
Everton England 5–1 Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc 4–0 1–1
BATE Borisov Belarus 4–1 Bulgaria Litex Lovech 0–1 4–0 (aet)
NAC Breda Netherlands 2–9 Spain Villarreal 1–3 1–6
Lech Poznań Poland 1–1 (3–4p) Belgium Club Brugge 1–0 0–1 (aet)
Fulham England 3–2 Russia Amkar Perm 3–1 0–1
Galatasaray Turkey 6–1 Estonia Levadia 5–0 1–1
Teplice Czech Republic 2–3 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–2 1–1
Metalurh Donetsk Ukraine 4–5 Austria Austria Wien 2–2 2–3 (aet)
Twente Netherlands 3–1 Azerbaijan Karabakh 3–1 0–0
Košice Slovakia 4–10 Italy Roma 3–3 1–7
CSKA Sofia Bulgaria 2–1 Russia Dynamo Moscow 0–0 2–1
Genk Belgium 3–6 France Lille 1–2 2–4
Bnei Yehuda Israel 0–2 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–1 0–1
Lazio Italy 3–1 Sweden Elfsborg 3–0 0–1
Trabzonspor Turkey 2–3 France Toulouse 1–3 1–0
Partizan Serbia 3–1 Slovakia MŠK Žilina 1–1 2–0
Baku Azerbaijan 2–8 Switzerland Basel 1–3 1–5
Ajax Netherlands 7–1 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 5–0 2–1
Sivasspor Turkey 0–5 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–3 0–2
Brøndby Denmark 3–4 Germany Hertha BSC 2–1 1–3
Athletic Bilbao Spain 4–3 Norway Tromsø 3–2 1–1
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–3 Romania CFR Cluj 1–1 1–2
Rapid Wien Austria 2–2 (a) England Aston Villa 1–0 1–2
Steaua Bucureşti Romania 5–1 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 3–0 2–1
Maribor Slovenia 0–3 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–2 0–1
Nacional Portugal 5–4 Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 4–3 1–1
Genoa Italy 4–2 Denmark Odense 3–1 1–1
Dinamo Bucureşti Romania 3–3 (9–8p) Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 0–31 3–0 (aet)
Guingamp France 2–8 Germany Hamburg 1–5 1–3
Sion Switzerland 2–4 Turkey Fenerbahçe 0–2 2–2
Sturm Graz Austria 2–1 Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 1–1 1–0
Slavia Prague Czech Republic 4–2 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 3–0 1–2
Benfica Portugal 5–2 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava 4–0 1–2
Vaslui Romania 2–4 Greece AEK Athens 2–1 0–3
Stabæk Norway 1–7 Spain Valencia 0–3 1–4

Order of legs reversed after original draw

Note 1: The match was abandoned at 0–2 in the 88th minute after one Dinamo Bucureşti fan entered the playing field and other fans invaded the running track around the pitch. The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body awarded a default 0–3 defeat against Dinamo during an emergency meeting on 25 August.[8] After advancing to the group stage, Dinamo were punished by having their first two home matches in the group stage played behind closed doors.

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League group stage.
Red pog.svg Red: Group A; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group B; Green pog.svg Green: Group C; Black pog.svg Black: Group D; Purple pog.svg Purple: Group E; Pink pog.svg Pink: Group F; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group G; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group H; Brown pog.svg Brown: Group I; DeepPink pog.svg Deep pink: Group J; Cyan pog.svg Cyan: Group K; SpringGreen pog.svg Spring green: Group L.

Not shown on the map:

SpringGreen pog.svg Nacional (Portugal, based in Madeira)

The draw for the group stage was held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on 28 August 2009. A total of 48 teams were drawn into twelve groups of four. Teams were divided into four pots, based on their club coefficient. Clubs from the same pot or the same association cannot be drawn into the same group.

In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The matchdays were 17 September, 1 October, 22 October, 5 November, 2–3 December, and 16–17 December 2009. The top two in each group advanced to the knockout phase. If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:[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.

During this stage of the tournament, matches featured five on-field officials – with two additional officials monitoring play around the penalty area as part of a FIFA-sanctioned experiment.[9]


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

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Belgium Anderlecht 6 3 2 1 9 4 +5 11
Netherlands Ajax 6 3 2 1 8 6 +2 11
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 6 2 0 4 6 8 −2 62
Romania Timişoara 6 1 2 3 4 9 −5 5
  AJX AND DZ TIM
Ajax 1–3 2–1 0–0
Anderlecht 1–1 0–1 3–1
Dinamo Zagreb 0–2 0–2 1–2
Timişoara 1–2 0–0 0–3

Note 2: On 29 October 2009, UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body ruled that Dinamo Zagreb would have to play their next two home matches in the UEFA Europa League behind closed doors due to the actions of their supporters in their match at Timişoara. They also deducted three points from the Croatian club's points tally in Group A.[10] The club appealed, but the appeal was not heard until after the first closed-doors game against Ajax. After the appeal was heard, UEFA replaced the three point deduction with a €75,000 fine, and a three-year suspended ban from European competition, while the two-match stadium ban remained unchanged.[11]

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Valencia 6 3 3 0 12 8 +4 12
France Lille 6 3 1 2 15 9 +6 10
Italy Genoa 6 2 1 3 8 10 −2 7
Czech Republic Slavia Prague 6 0 3 3 5 13 −8 3
  GEN LIL SLV VAL
Genoa 3–2 2–0 1–2
Lille 3–0 3–1 1–1
Slavia Prague 0–0 1–5 2–2
Valencia 3–2 3–1 1–1

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 6 4 0 2 13 8 +5 12
Germany Hamburg 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 10
Scotland Celtic 6 1 3 2 7 7 0 6
Austria Rapid Wien 6 1 2 3 8 14 −6 5
  CEL HSV HAP RAP
Celtic 0–1 2–0 1–1
Hamburg 0–0 4–2 2–0
Hapoel Tel Aviv 2–1 1–0 5–1
Rapid Wien 3–3 3–0 0–3

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portugal Sporting CP 6 3 2 1 8 6 +2 11
Germany Hertha BSC 6 3 1 2 6 5 +1 10
Netherlands Heerenveen 6 2 2 2 11 7 +4 8
Latvia Ventspils 6 0 3 3 3 10 −7 3
  HER HVN SCP VEN
Hertha BSC 0–1 1–0 1–1
Heerenveen 2–3 2–3 5–0
Sporting CP 1–0 1–1 1–1
Ventspils 0–1 0–0 1–2

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Roma 6 4 1 1 10 5 +5 13
England Fulham 6 3 2 1 8 6 +2 11
Switzerland Basel 6 3 0 3 10 7 +3 9
Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 6 0 1 5 2 12 −10 1
  BSL CSK FUL ROM
Basel 3–1 2–3 2–0
CSKA Sofia 0–2 1–1 0–3
Fulham 1–0 1–0 1–1
Roma 2–1 2–0 2–1

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Turkey Galatasaray 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 13
Greece Panathinaikos 6 4 0 2 7 4 +3 12
Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 6 2 0 4 4 12 −8 6
Austria Sturm Graz 6 1 1 4 3 6 −3 4
  DB GAL PAN STM
Dinamo Bucureşti 0–3 0–1 2–1
Galatasaray 4–1 1–0 1–1
Panathinaikos 3–0 1–3 1–0
Sturm Graz 0–1 1–0 0–1

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Austria Red Bull Salzburg 6 6 0 0 9 2 +7 18
Spain Villarreal 6 3 0 3 8 6 +2 9
Italy Lazio 6 2 0 4 9 10 −1 6
Bulgaria Levski Sofia 6 1 0 5 1 9 −8 3
  LAZ LS SBG VIL
Lazio 0–1 1–2 2–1
Levski Sofia 0–4 0–1 0–2
Red Bull Salzburg 2–1 1–0 2–0
Villarreal 4–1 1–0 0–1

Group H[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 5 0 1 8 3 +5 15
Netherlands Twente 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8
Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 6 1 2 3 4 5 −1 5
Romania Steaua Bucureşti 6 0 4 2 3 6 −3 4
  FEN SHF STE TWE
Fenerbahçe 1–0 3–1 1–2
Sheriff Tiraspol 0–1 1–1 2–0
Steaua Bucureşti 0–1 0–0 1–1
Twente 0–1 2–1 0–0

Group I[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portugal Benfica 6 5 0 1 13 3 +10 15
England Everton 6 3 0 3 7 9 −2 9
Belarus BATE Borisov 6 2 1 3 7 9 −2 7
Greece AEK Athens 6 1 1 4 5 11 −6 4
  AEK BTE BEN EVE
AEK Athens 2–2 1–0 0–1
BATE Borisov 2–1 1–2 1–2
Benfica 2–1 2–0 5–0
Everton 4–0 0–1 0–2

Group J[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 6 4 1 1 14 3 +11 13
Belgium Club Brugge 6 3 2 1 10 8 +2 11
France Toulouse 6 2 1 3 6 11 −5 7
Serbia Partizan 6 1 0 5 6 14 −8 3
  BRU PTZ SHK TOU
Club Brugge 2–0 1–4 1–0
Partizan 2–4 1–0 2–3
Shakhtar Donetsk 0–0 4–1 4–0
Toulouse 2–2 1–0 0–2

Group K[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 4 2 0 8 3 +5 14
Denmark Copenhagen 6 3 1 2 7 4 +3 10
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 6 2 1 3 7 9 −2 7
Romania CFR Cluj 6 1 0 5 4 10 −6 3
  CLU FCK PRA PSV
CFR Cluj 2–0 2–3 0–2
Copenhagen 2–0 1–0 1–1
Sparta Prague 2–0 0–3 2–2
PSV Eindhoven 1–0 1–0 1–0

Group L[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Werder Bremen 6 5 1 0 17 6 +11 16
Spain Athletic Bilbao 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10
Portugal Nacional 6 1 2 3 11 12 −1 5
Austria Austria Wien 6 0 2 4 4 16 −12 2
  ATH AUS BRM NCL
Athletic Bilbao 3–0 0–3 2–1
Austria Wien 0–3 2–2 1–1
Werder Bremen 3–1 2–0 4–1
Nacional 1–1 5–1 2–3

Knockout phase[edit]

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 18 December 2009, conducted by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and UEFA Director of Competitions Giorgio Marchetti.[12] In the round of 32, the group winners and the four better third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage, which would play the second leg at home, were drawn against the group runners-up and the other four third-placed Champions League teams, with the restriction that teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn with each other. In the round of 16, there were no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association may be drawn with each other.

The draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final (to determine the "home" team) was held on 19 March 2010, conducted by UEFA competitions director Giorgio Marchetti and the ambassador for the Hamburg final, Uwe Seeler.[13] Same as the round of 16, there were no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association may be drawn with each other.

Bracket[edit]

Round of 32   Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final
 Belgium Club Brugge 1 0 1  
 Spain Valencia (aet) 0 3 3      Spain Valencia (a) 1 4 5  
 Netherlands Twente 1 1 2    Germany Werder Bremen 1 4 5  
 Germany Werder Bremen 0 4 4        Spain Valencia 2 0 2  
 Spain Atlético Madrid 1 2 3        Spain Atlético Madrid (a) 2 0 2  
 Turkey Galatasaray 1 1 2      Spain Atlético Madrid (a) 0 2 2
 England Everton 2 0 2    Portugal Sporting CP 0 2 2  
 Portugal Sporting CP 1 3 4        Spain Atlético M. (aet, a) 1 1 2  
 Germany Hertha BSC 1 0 1        England Liverpool 0 2 2  
 Portugal Benfica 1 4 5      Portugal Benfica 1 2 3  
 Denmark Copenhagen 1 1 2    France Marseille 1 1 2  
 France Marseille 3 3 6        Portugal Benfica 2 1 3
 France Lille 2 1 3        England Liverpool 1 4 5  
 Turkey Fenerbahçe 1 1 2      France Lille 1 0 1
 England Liverpool 1 3 4    England Liverpool 0 3 3  
 Romania Unirea Urziceni 0 1 1        Spain Atlético Madrid (aet) 2
 Germany Hamburg (a) 1 2 3        England Fulham 1
 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0 3 3      Germany Hamburg 3 3 6  
 Spain Athletic Bilbao 1 0 1    Belgium Anderlecht 1 4 5  
 Belgium Anderlecht 1 4 5        Germany Hamburg 2 3 5  
 Greece Panathinaikos 3 3 6        Belgium Standard Liège 1 1 2  
 Italy Roma 2 2 4      Greece Panathinaikos 1 0 1
 Belgium Standard Liège 3 0 3    Belgium Standard Liège 3 1 4  
 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2 0 2        Germany Hamburg 0 1 1
 Netherlands Ajax 1 0 1        England Fulham 0 2 2  
 Italy Juventus 2 0 2      Italy Juventus 3 1 4  
 England Fulham 2 1 3    England Fulham 1 4 5  
 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1 1 2        England Fulham 2 1 3
 Russia Rubin Kazan 3 0 3        Germany Wolfsburg 1 0 1  
 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 0 0 0      Russia Rubin Kazan 1 1 2
 Spain Villarreal 2 1 3    Germany Wolfsburg (aet) 1 2 3  
 Germany Wolfsburg 2 4 6  

Round of 32[edit]

The first legs were played on 16 and 18 February, and the second legs were played on 23 and 25 February 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Rubin Kazan Russia 3–0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 3–0 0–0
Athletic Bilbao Spain 1–5 Belgium Anderlecht 1–1 0–4
Copenhagen Denmark 2–6 France Marseille 1–3 1–3
Panathinaikos Greece 6–4 Italy Roma 3–2 3–2
Atlético Madrid Spain 3–2 Turkey Galatasaray 1–1 2–1
Ajax Netherlands 1–2 Italy Juventus 1–2 0–0
Club Brugge Belgium 1–3 Spain Valencia 1–0 0–3 (aet)
Fulham England 3–2 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2–1 1–1
Liverpool England 4–1 Romania Unirea Urziceni 1–0 3–1
Hamburg Germany 3–3 (a) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 1–0 2–3
Villarreal Spain 3–6 Germany Wolfsburg 2–2 1–4
Standard Liège Belgium 3–2 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 3–2 0–0
Twente Netherlands 2–4 Germany Werder Bremen 1–0 1–4
Lille France 3–2 Turkey Fenerbahçe 2–1 1–1
Everton England 2–4 Portugal Sporting CP 2–1 0–3
Hertha BSC Germany 1–5 Portugal Benfica 1–1 0–4

Round of 16[edit]

The first legs were played on 11 March, and the second legs were played on 18 March 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hamburg Germany 6–5 Belgium Anderlecht 3–1 3–4
Rubin Kazan Russia 2–3 Germany Wolfsburg 1–1 1–2 (aet)
Atlético Madrid Spain 2–2 (a) Portugal Sporting CP 0–0 2–2
Benfica Portugal 3–2 France Marseille 1–1 2–1
Panathinaikos Greece 1–4 Belgium Standard Liège 1–3 0–1
Lille France 1–3 England Liverpool 1–0 0–3
Juventus Italy 4–5 England Fulham 3–1 1–4
Valencia Spain 5–5 (a) Germany Werder Bremen 1–1 4–4

Quarter-finals[edit]

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

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Fulham England 3–1 Germany Wolfsburg 2–1 1–0
Hamburg Germany 5–2 Belgium Standard Liège 2–1 3–1
Valencia Spain 2–2 (a) Spain Atlético Madrid 2–2 0–0
Benfica Portugal 3–5 England Liverpool 2–1 1–4

Semi-finals[edit]

The first legs were played on 22 April, and the second legs were played on 29 April 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hamburg Germany 1–2 England Fulham 0–0 1–2
Atlético Madrid Spain 2–2 (a) England Liverpool 1–0 1–2 (aet)

Final[edit]

The final of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League was played at the HSH Nordbank Arena in Hamburg, Germany, on 12 May 2010. This was the second time the home stadium of Hamburger SV hosted a UEFA final, the first being the second leg of the 1982 UEFA Cup Final. Due to UEFA rules banning corporate sponsorship outside the confederation, the stadium was referred to by UEFA as "Hamburg Arena". The match was won by Atlético Madrid.

12 May 2010
20:45 CEST
Atlético Madrid Spain 2–1 (a.e.t.) England Fulham
Forlán Goal 32'116' Report Davies Goal 37'
HSH Nordbank Arena, Hamburg
Attendance: 49,000
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

Top goalscorers[edit]

The top scorers from the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League (excluding qualifying rounds and play-off round) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals Minutes played
1 Peru Claudio Pizarro Germany Werder Bremen 9 692'
Paraguay Óscar Cardozo Portugal Benfica 9 995'
3 Belgium Jonathan Legear Belgium Anderlecht 6 487'
Spain Fernando Llorente Spain Athletic Bilbao 6 544'
Uruguay Diego Forlán Spain Atlético Madrid 6 599'
Spain David Villa Spain Valencia 6 710'
Croatia Mladen Petrić Germany Hamburg 6 870'
England Bobby Zamora England Fulham 6 1027'
Hungary Zoltán Gera England Fulham 6 1276'
10 Ivory Coast Gervinho France Lille 5 282'
Portugal Rúben Micael Portugal Nacional 5 525'
Switzerland Alexander Frei Switzerland Basel 5 531'
Brazil Luiz Adriano Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 5 690'
France Djibril Cissé Greece Panathinaikos 5 720'
Spain Juan Mata Spain Valencia 5 789'

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Quarter-final, semi-final draws scheduled

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