2011–12 UEFA Europa League

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2011–12 UEFA Europa League
Tournament details
Dates 15 September 2011 – 9 May 2012 (competition proper)
30 June – 25 August 2011 (qualifying)
Teams 48+8 (competition proper)
161+33 (total) (from 53 associations)
Final positions
Champions Spain Atlético Madrid (2nd title)
Runners-up Spain Athletic Bilbao
Tournament statistics
Matches played 205
Goals scored 585 (2.85 per match)
Top scorer(s) Colombia Radamel Falcao
(12 goals)
Teams by country in 2011–12 UEFA Europa League

The 2011–12 UEFA Europa League was the third season of the UEFA Europa League, Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 41st edition overall including its predecessor, the UEFA Cup.[1] It began on 30 June 2011 with the first legs of the first qualifying round, and ended on 9 May 2012 with the final held at Arena Națională in Bucharest, Romania.[2] As part of a trial that started in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League, two extra officials – one on each goal line – were used in all matches of the competition from the group stage.[3]

Atlético Madrid won the title, defeating Athletic Bilbao 3–0 in an all-Spanish final. Porto were the defending champions, but they were beaten by Manchester City in the Round of 32.

Association team allocation[edit]

A total of 194 teams from 53 UEFA associations participated in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. Associations are allocated places according to their 2010 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2005–06 to 2009–10.[4]

Below is the qualification scheme for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League:[5]

  • Associations 1–6 each have three teams qualify
  • Associations 7–9 each have four teams qualify
  • Associations 10–51 each have three teams qualify, except Liechtenstein, which have one team qualify (as Liechtenstein only have a domestic cup and no domestic league)
  • Associations 52–53 each have two teams qualify
  • The top three associations of the 2010–11 UEFA Fair Play ranking each gain an additional berth
  • Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League

Association ranking[edit]

Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 England England 81.856 3 +1(FP)
+2(UCL)
2 Spain Spain 79.757 +1(UCL)
3 Italy Italy 64.338 +1(UCL)
4 Germany Germany 64.207
5 France France 53.740
6 Russia Russia 43.791 +1(UCL)
7 Ukraine Ukraine 39.550 4 +1(UCL)
8 Romania Romania 39.491 +1(UCL)
9 Portugal Portugal 38.296 +1(UCL)
10 Netherlands Netherlands 36.546 3 +2(UCL)
11 Turkey Turkey 34.450 +2(UCL)
12 Greece Greece 29.899 +2(UCL)
13 Switzerland Switzerland 28.375 +1(UCL)
14 Belgium Belgium 27.900 +1(UCL)
15 Denmark Denmark 27.350 +2(UCL)
16 Scotland Scotland 25.791 +1(UCL)
17 Bulgaria Bulgaria 22.000 +1(UCL)
18 Czech Republic Czech Republic 21.975 +1(UCL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
19 Austria Austria 19.575 3 +1(UCL)
20 Israel Israel 18.875 +1(UCL)
21 Cyprus Cyprus 17.999
22 Norway Norway 17.400 +1(FP)
+1(UCL)
23 Slovakia Slovakia 15.832 +1(UCL)
24 Sweden Sweden 14.191 +1(FP)
+1(UCL)
25 Serbia Serbia 14.000 +1(UCL)
26 Poland Poland 12.541 +1(UCL)
27 Croatia Croatia 12.332
28 Belarus Belarus 11.541
29 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 9.541 +1(UCL)
30 Finland Finland 9.499 +1(UCL)
31 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 8.749
32 Lithuania Lithuania 8.416 +1(UCL)
33 Latvia Latvia 8.248
34 Moldova Moldova 7.290
35 Slovenia Slovenia 6.957 +1(UCL)
36 Hungary Hungary 6.750
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
37 Georgia (country) Georgia 5.748 3 +1(UCL)
38 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 5.498
39 Iceland Iceland 5.415
40 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 5.332
41 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 4.500 1
42 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 4.499 3
43 Estonia Estonia 4.374
44 Albania Albania 3.999
45 Armenia Armenia 2.999
46 Wales Wales 2.581
47 Montenegro Montenegro 2.125
48 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 1.832
49 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 1.624
50 Luxembourg Luxembourg 1.249
51 Andorra Andorra 1.000
52 Malta Malta 0.916 2
53 San Marino San Marino 0.750
Notes
  • (FP): Additional fair play berth (Norway, England, Sweden)[6]
  • (UCL): Additional teams transferred from the UEFA Champions League

Distribution[edit]

Since the winners of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League, Porto, qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League through domestic performance, the title holder spot reserved for them in the group stage was vacated. 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:[7]

  • The domestic cup winners of associations 16 and 17 (Scotland and Bulgaria) were promoted from the third qualifying round to the play-off round.
  • The domestic cup winners of associations 28 and 29 (Belarus and Republic of Ireland) were promoted from the second qualifying round to the third qualifying round.
  • The domestic cup winners of associations 52 and 53 (Malta and San Marino) and the domestic league runners-up of associations 33 and 34 (Latvia and Moldova) 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
(50 teams)
  • 18 domestic league runners-up from associations 35–53 (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
  • 16 domestic league runners-up from associations 19–34
  • 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
  • 25 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 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:[5]

  • When the domestic cup winners (considered as the "highest-placed" qualifiers 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 finishers that have not yet qualified for the Europa League.
  • 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 that finish lower in the league are moved up one place, with the final place taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the Europa League.
  • A place vacated by the League Cup winners is taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the Europa League.
  • A Fair Play place is taken by the highest-ranked team in the domestic Fair Play table that has not yet qualified for the Champions League or the Europa League.

Teams[edit]

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:[8]

  • TH: Title holders
  • CW: Cup winners
  • CR: Cup runners-up
  • LC: League Cup winners
  • Nth: League position
  • P-W: End-of-season European competition play-offs 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
England Manchester City (UCL GS) Turkey Trabzonspor (UCL GS)Note TUR England Manchester United (UCL GS) Netherlands Ajax (UCL GS)
Spain Valencia (UCL GS) Greece Olympiacos (UCL GS) Portugal Porto (UCL GS) Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň (UCL GS)
Group stage
Switzerland Zürich (UCL PO) Denmark Odense (UCL PO) Israel Maccabi Haifa (UCL PO) Poland Wisła Kraków (UCL PO)
Sweden Malmö FF (UCL PO) Russia Rubin Kazan (UCL PO) Denmark Copenhagen (UCL PO) Netherlands Twente (UCL PO)
Italy Udinese (UCL PO) Austria Sturm Graz (UCL PO)
Play-off round
England Tottenham Hotspur (5th) Russia Lokomotiv Moscow (5th) Belgium Anderlecht (3rd) Belgium Standard Liège (UCL Q3)
England Birmingham City (LC) Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv (3rd) Denmark Nordsjælland (CW) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava (UCL Q3)
Spain Sevilla (5th) Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (4th) Scotland Celtic (CW) Georgia (country) Zestafoni (UCL Q3)
Spain Athletic Bilbao (6th) Romania Steaua București (CW) Bulgaria CSKA Sofia (CW) Bulgaria Litex Lovech (UCL Q3)
Italy Lazio (5th) Romania Rapid București (4th)Note ROU Lithuania Ekranas (UCL Q3) Turkey Trabzonspor (UCL Q3)Note TUR
Italy Roma (6th) Portugal Sporting CP (3rd) Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers (UCL Q3) Serbia Partizan (UCL Q3)
Germany Schalke 04 (CW) Portugal Braga (4th) Greece Panathinaikos (UCL Q3) Slovenia Maribor (UCL Q3)
Germany Hannover 96 (4th) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven (3rd) Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (UCL Q3) Finland HJK Helsinki (UCL Q3)
France Paris Saint-Germain (4th) Turkey Beşiktaş (CW) Scotland Rangers (UCL Q3)
France Sochaux (5th) Greece AEK Athens (CW) Romania Vaslui (UCL Q3)
Russia Spartak Moscow (4th) Switzerland Sion (CW) Norway Rosenborg (UCL Q3)
Third qualifying round
England Stoke City (CR) Portugal Vitória Guimarães (5th) Bulgaria Levski Sofia (2nd) Sweden Helsingborg (CW)
Spain Atlético Madrid (7th) Netherlands AZ (4th) Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav (CW) Serbia Red Star Belgrade (2nd)
Italy Palermo (CR) Turkey Bursaspor (3rd) Czech Republic Sparta Prague (2nd) Poland Legia Warsaw (CW)
Germany Mainz 05 (5th) Greece PAOK (3rd) Austria Ried (CW) Croatia Hajduk Split (2nd)
France Rennes (6th) Switzerland Young Boys (3rd) Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv (CW) Belarus Gomel (CW)
Russia Alania Vladikavkaz (CR) Belgium Club Brugge (4th) Cyprus Omonia (CW) Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers (CW)
Ukraine Karpaty Lviv (5th) Denmark Brøndby (3rd) Norway Strømsgodset (CW)
Romania Dinamo București (6th)Note ROU Scotland Heart of Midlothian (3rd) Slovakia Senica (2nd)
Second qualifying round
Ukraine Vorskla Poltava (6th) Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv (3rd) Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar (CW) Liechtenstein Vaduz (CW)
Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș (7th)Note ROU Israel Bnei Yehuda (4th) Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo (2nd) Kazakhstan Aktobe (2nd)Note KAZ
Portugal Nacional (6th) Cyprus Anorthosis (3rd) Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė (2nd) Estonia Levadia Tallinn (2nd)
Netherlands ADO Den Haag (P-W) Cyprus AEK Larnaca (4th) Lithuania Tauras Tauragė (4th)Note LTU Albania Tirana (CW)
Turkey Gaziantepspor (4th) Norway Vålerenga (2nd) Latvia Ventspils (CW) Armenia Mika (CW)
Greece Olympiakos Volou (5th) Slovakia Žilina (3rd) Latvia Liepājas Metalurgs (3rd) Wales Llanelli (CW)
Switzerland Thun (5th) Sweden Örebro (3rd) Moldova Iskra-Stal (CW) Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja (CW)
Belgium Westerlo (CR) Serbia Vojvodina (3rd) Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol (2nd) Faroe Islands EB/Streymur (CW)
Denmark Midtjylland (4th) Poland Śląsk Wrocław (2nd) Slovenia Domžale (CW) Northern Ireland Crusaders (2nd)
Scotland Dundee United (4th) Croatia RNK Split (3rd) Hungary Kecskemét (CW) Luxembourg Differdange 03 (CW)
Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia (4th) Belarus Shakhtsyor Salihorsk (2nd) Georgia (country) Gagra (CW) Andorra Sant Julià (CW)
Czech Republic Jablonec (3rd) Republic of Ireland Bohemians (2nd) Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran (CW) Malta Floriana (CW)
Austria Red Bull Salzburg (2nd) Finland TPS (CW) Iceland FH (CW) San Marino Juvenes/Dogana (CW)
Austria Austria Wien (3rd) Finland KuPS (2nd) Republic of Macedonia Metalurg Skopje (CW)
First qualifying round
Norway Tromsø (3rd) Slovenia Koper (3rd) Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy (CR)Note KAZ Northern Ireland Glentoran (3rd)
Slovakia Spartak Trnava (4th) Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana (4th) Estonia Narva Trans (3rd) Northern Ireland Cliftonville (4th)
Sweden Elfsborg (4th) Hungary Paks (2nd) Estonia Nõmme Kalju (4th) Luxembourg Fola Esch (2nd)
Serbia Rad (4th) Hungary Ferencváros (3rd) Albania Flamurtari Vlorë (2nd) Luxembourg Käerjéng 97 (3rd)
Poland Jagiellonia Białystok (4th) Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi (2nd) Albania Vllaznia Shkodër (3rd) Andorra Lusitanos (3rd)
Croatia Varaždin (CR) Georgia (country) Metalurgist Rustavi (3rd) Armenia Banants (2nd) Andorra UE Santa Coloma (4th)
Belarus Minsk (3rd) Azerbaijan Qarabağ (3rd) Armenia Ulisses (3rd) Malta Birkirkara (3rd)
Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic (5th)Note IRL Azerbaijan AZAL Baku (4th) Wales The New Saints (2nd) San Marino Tre Penne (2nd)
Finland Honka (4th) Iceland ÍBV (3rd) Wales Neath (P-W) Norway Aalesund (FP)[9]
Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg (4th) Iceland KR (4th) Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica (2nd) England Fulham (FP)[10]
Lithuania Banga Gargždai (CR) Republic of Macedonia Renova (3rd) Montenegro Zeta (4th) Sweden Häcken (FP)[11]
Latvia Daugava Daugavpils (4th) Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički (4th) Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík (3rd)
Moldova Milsami Orhei (3rd) Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar (3rd) Faroe Islands ÍF Fuglafjørður (4th)
Notes

Round and draw dates[edit]

All draws held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland unless stated otherwise.[19]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 20 June 2011 30 June 2011 7 July 2011
Second qualifying round 14 July 2011 21 July 2011
Third qualifying round 15 July 2011 28 July 2011 4 August 2011
Play-off Play-off round 5 August 2011 18 August 2011 25 August 2011
Group stage Matchday 1 26 August 2011
(Monaco)
15 September 2011
Matchday 2 29 September 2011
Matchday 3 20 October 2011
Matchday 4 3 November 2011
Matchday 5 30 November–1 December 2011
Matchday 6 14–15 December 2011
Knockout phase Round of 32 16 December 2011 16 February 2012 23 February 2012
Round of 16 8 March 2012 15 March 2012
Quarter-finals 16 March 2012 29 March 2012 5 April 2012
Semi-finals 19 April 2012 26 April 2012
Final 9 May 2012 at National Stadium, Bucharest

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 rounds[edit]

In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams were divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2011 UEFA club coefficients,[20][21] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

First qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the first and second qualifying rounds was held on 20 June 2011.[22] The first legs were played on 30 June, and the second legs were played on 7 July 2011.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ÍF Fuglafjørður Faroe Islands 2–81 Iceland KR 1–3 1–5
Daugava Daugavpils Latvia 1–7 Norway Tromsø 0–5 1–2
Elfsborg Sweden 5–1 Luxembourg Fola Esch 4–0 1–1
The New Saints Wales 2–1 Northern Ireland Cliftonville 1–1 1–0
Honka Finland 2–0 Estonia Nõmme Kalju 0–0 2–0
Fulham England 3–0 Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík 3–0 0–0
ÍBV Iceland 1–2 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 1–0 0–2
Käerjéng 97 Luxembourg 2–61 Sweden Häcken 1–1 1–5
Aalesund Norway 6–1 Wales Neath 4–1 2–0
Renova Republic of Macedonia 3–3 (2–3 p) Northern Ireland Glentoran 2–1 1–2 (aet)
Koper Slovenia 2–3 Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy 1–1 1–2
Banga Gargždai Lithuania 0–7 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 0–4 0–3
UE Santa Coloma Andorra 0–51 Hungary Paks 0–1 0–4
Narva Trans Estonia 1–71 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 1–4 0–3
Rad Serbia 9–1 San Marino Tre Penne 6–0 3–1
Budućnost Podgorica Montenegro 3–4 Albania Flamurtari Vlorë 1–3 2–1
Ferencváros Hungary 5–01 Armenia Ulisses 3–0 2–0
Jagiellonia Białystok Poland 1–2 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar 1–0 0–2
AZAL Baku Azerbaijan 2–31 Belarus Minsk 1–1 1–2
Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country) 5–1 Moldova Milsami Orhei 2–0 3–1
Varaždin Croatia 6–1 Andorra Lusitanos 5–1 1–0
Banants Armenia 1–2 Georgia (country) Metalurgist Rustavi 0–1 1–1
Birkirkara Malta 1–2 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër 0–1 1–1
Široki Brijeg Bosnia and Herzegovina 0–3 Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana 0–0 0–3
Spartak Trnava Slovakia 4–2 Montenegro Zeta 3–0 1–2
Notes
  • Note 1: Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Second qualifying round[edit]

The first legs were played on 14 July, and the second legs were played on 21 July 2011.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Metalurgist Rustavi Georgia (country) 3–1 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar 1–1 2–0
Sūduva Marijampolė Lithuania 1–4 Sweden Elfsborg 1–1 0–3
Metalurg Skopje Republic of Macedonia 2–3 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 0–0 2–3
Sant Julià Andorra 0–4 Israel Bnei Yehuda 0–2 0–2
Željezničar Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 1–0 0–0
KuPS Finland 1–2 Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș 1–0 0–2
Minsk Belarus 2–5 Turkey Gaziantepspor 1–1 1–4
Iskra-Stal Moldova 2–4 Croatia Varaždin 1–1 1–3
Tauras Tauragė Lithuania 2–5 Netherlands ADO Den Haag 2–3 0–2
Glentoran Northern Ireland 0–5 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava 0–2 0–3
Juvenes/Dogana San Marino 0–4 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 0–1 0–3
Örebro Sweden 0–2 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 0–0 0–2
Crusaders Northern Ireland 1–7 England Fulham 1–3 0–4
Llanelli Wales 2–6 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 2–1 0–5
Floriana Malta 0–9 Cyprus AEK Larnaca 0–8 0–1
Shakhtsyor Salihorsk Belarus 2–4 Latvia Ventspils 0–1 2–3
Flamurtari Vlorë Albania 1–7 Czech Republic Jablonec 0–2 1–5
KR Iceland 3–2 Slovakia Žilina 3–0 0–2
Vålerenga Norway 2–02 Armenia Mika 1–0 1–0
Olimpija Ljubljana Slovenia 3–1 Republic of Ireland Bohemians 2–0 1–1
Domžale Slovenia 2–5 Croatia RNK Split 1–2 1–3
Differdange 03 Luxembourg 1–0 Estonia Levadia Tallinn 0–0 1–0
Tirana Albania 1–3 Slovakia Spartak Trnava 0–0 1–3
Ferencváros Hungary 3–4 Norway Aalesund 2–1 1–3 (aet)
Liepājas Metalurgs Latvia 1–4 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 1–4 0–0
Rad Serbia 1–2 Greece Olympiakos Volou 0–1 1–1
The New Saints Wales 3–8 Denmark Midtjylland 1–3 2–5
Kecskemét Hungary 1–1 (a) Kazakhstan Aktobe 1–1 0–0
Häcken Sweden 3–0 Finland Honka 1–0 2–0
Anorthosis Cyprus 3–22 Georgia (country) Gagra 3–0 0–2
Vaduz Liechtenstein 3–3 (a) Serbia Vojvodina 0–2 3–1
Rudar Pljevlja Montenegro 0–5 Austria Austria Wien 0–3 0–2
Śląsk Wrocław Poland 3–3 (a) Scotland Dundee United 1–0 2–3
Shakhter Karagandy Kazakhstan 2–3 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 2–1 0–2
EB/Streymur Faroe Islands 1–1 (a) Azerbaijan Qarabağ 1–1 0–0
FH Iceland 1–3 Portugal Nacional 1–1 0–2
Paks Hungary 4–1 Norway Tromsø 1–1 3–0
TPS Finland 0–1 Belgium Westerlo 0–1 0–0
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 3–12 Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran 3–1 0–0
Vllaznia Shkodër Albania 1–2 Switzerland Thun 0–0 1–2
Notes
  • Note 2: Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Third qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 15 July 2011.[23] The first legs were played on 26 and 28 July, and the second legs were played on 4 August 2011.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Atlético Madrid Spain 4–1 Norway Strømsgodset 2–1 2–0
Young Boys Switzerland 5–1 Belgium Westerlo 3–1 2–0
Ventspils Latvia 1–9 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1–2 0–7
Alania Vladikavkaz Russia 2–2 (4–2 p) Kazakhstan Aktobe 1–1 1–1 (aet)
AEK Larnaca Cyprus 5–2 Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav 3–0 2–2
Željezničar Bosnia and Herzegovina 0–8 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–2 0–6
AZ Netherlands 3–1 Czech Republic Jablonec 2–0 1–1
Olimpija Ljubljana Slovenia 3–4 Austria Austria Wien 1–1 2–3
Bursaspor Turkey 5–2 Belarus Gomel 2–1 3–1
Aalesund Norway 5–1 Sweden Elfsborg 4–0 1–1
Gaziantepspor Turkey 0–1 Poland Legia Warsaw 0–1 0–0
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel 5–2 Liechtenstein Vaduz 4–0 1–2
Metalurgist Rustavi Georgia (country) 2–7 France Rennes 2–5 0–2
Levski Sofia Bulgaria 3–3 (4–5 p) Slovakia Spartak Trnava 2–1 1–2 (aet)
Midtjylland Denmark 1–2 Portugal Vitória Guimarães 0–0 1–2
Dinamo București Romania 4–3 Croatia Varaždin 2–2 2–1
Karpaty Lviv Ukraine 5–1 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 2–0 3–1
Palermo Italy 3–3 (a)3 Switzerland Thun 2–2 1–1
KR Iceland 1–6 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 1–4 0–2
Omonia Cyprus 3–1 Netherlands ADO Den Haag 3–0 0–1
Red Bull Salzburg Austria 4–0 Slovakia Senica 1–0 3–0
Club Brugge Belgium 4–2 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 4–1 0–1
Differdange 03 Luxembourg 0–6 Greece Olympiakos Volou 0–3 0–3
Mainz 05 Germany 2–2 (3–4 p) Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș 1–1 1–1 (aet)
Bnei Yehuda Israel 1–3 Sweden Helsingborg 1–0 0–3
Stoke City England 2–0 Croatia Hajduk Split 1–0 1–0
Anorthosis Cyprus 2–3 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 0–2 2–1
Sparta Prague Czech Republic 7–03 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 5–0 2–0
Vorskla Poltava Ukraine 2–0 Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers 0–0 2–0
Paks Hungary 2–5 Scotland Heart of Midlothian 1–1 1–4
Śląsk Wrocław Poland 0–0 (4–3 p)3 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 0–0 0–0 (aet)
Nacional Portugal 4–2 Sweden Häcken 3–0 1–2
Ried Austria 4–4 (a) Denmark Brøndby 2–0 2–4
Vålerenga Norway 0–53 Greece PAOK 0–2 0–3
RNK Split Croatia 0–2 England Fulham 0–0 0–2
Notes
  • Note 3: Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Play-off round[edit]

The draw for the play-off round was held on 5 August 2011.[24] The first legs were played on 18 August, and the second legs were played on 25 August 2011.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 4–2 Greece Panathinaikos 3–0 1–2
Atlético Madrid Spain 6–0 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 2–0 4–0
Shamrock Rovers Republic of Ireland 3–2 Serbia Partizan 1–1 2–1 (aet)
Metalist Kharkiv Ukraine 4–0 France Sochaux 0–0 4–0
Beşiktaş Turkey 3–2 Russia Alania Vladikavkaz 3–0 0–2
Rosenborg Norway 1–2 Cyprus AEK Larnaca 0–0 1–2
Vorskla Poltava Ukraine 5–3 Romania Dinamo București 2–1 3–2
Bursaspor Turkey 3–4 Belgium Anderlecht 1–2 2–2
Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 2–14 Italy Roma 1–0 1–1
Differdange 035 Luxembourg 0–6 France Paris Saint-Germain 0–4 0–2
Legia Warsaw Poland 5–4 Russia Spartak Moscow 2–2 3–2
Ekranas Lithuania 1–4 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 0–4
PAOK Greece 3–1 Ukraine Karpaty Lviv 2–0 1–1
Athletic Bilbao Spain w/o4, 6 Turkey Trabzonspor 0–0 Cancelled6
Heart of Midlothian Scotland 0–5 England Tottenham Hotspur 0–5 0–0
Maribor Slovenia 3–2 Scotland Rangers 2–1 1–1
Steaua București Romania 3–1 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 2–0 1–1
Nordsjælland Denmark 1–2 Portugal Sporting CP 0–0 1–2
Fulham England 3–14 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3–0 0–1
Lokomotiv Moscow Russia 3–1 Slovakia Spartak Trnava 2–0 1–1
Celtic Scotland 6–04, 7 Switzerland Sion 3–07 3–07
Śląsk Wrocław Poland 2–4 Romania Rapid București 1–3 1–1
Litex Lovech Bulgaria 1–3 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–2 0–1
Lazio Italy 9–1 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 6–0 3–1
Nacional Portugal 0–3 England Birmingham City 0–0 0–3
Ried Austria 0–5 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–0 0–5
Thun Switzerland 1–5 England Stoke City 0–1 1–4
Aalesund Norway 2–7 Netherlands AZ 2–1 0–6
Vaslui Romania 2–1 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 2–0 0–1
Omonia Cyprus 2–2 (a) Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2–1 0–1
Zestafoni Georgia (country) 3–5 Belgium Club Brugge 3–3 0–2
Hannover 96 Germany 3–2 Spain Sevilla 2–1 1–1
HJK Helsinki Finland 3–6 Germany Schalke 04 2–0 1–6
AEK Athens Greece 2–14 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 1–0 1–1 (aet)
Red Star Belgrade Serbia 1–6 France Rennes 1–2 0–4
Austria Wien Austria 3–24 Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș 3–1 0–1
Braga Portugal 2–2 (a) Switzerland Young Boys 0–0 2–2
Standard Liège Belgium 4–1 Sweden Helsingborg 1–0 3–1
Notes
  • Note 4: Order of legs reversed after original draw.
  • Note 5: Greek club Olympiakos Volou, who had reached the play-off round, were excluded from the competition by UEFA on 11 August 2011 for their involvement in the Koriopolis match-fixing scandal.[25] UEFA decided to replace them in the play-off round with Differdange 03 from Luxembourg, who had lost to Olympiakos Volou in the previous round.[26]
  • Note 6: As a result of match-fixing allegations, Turkish club Fenerbahçe were removed from the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League and were replaced with Trabzonspor on 24 August 2011. As a result, Trabzonspor's second leg against Athletic Bilbao was cancelled, and Athletic Bilbao qualified for the group stage.[18]
  • Note 7: Celtic lodged protests over the eligibility of a number of the Sion players who participated in the two legs of the play-off round, which Sion won 3–1 aggregate (first leg: 0–0; second leg: 3–1). The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body accepted the protests and decided to award both matches to Celtic by forfeit (3–0). As a consequence, Celtic qualified for the UEFA Europa League group stage.[27]

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the 2011–12 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.

The group stage features 48 teams, which were allocated into pots based on their 2011 UEFA club coefficients,[20][21] and then drawn into twelve groups of four. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. The draw was held on 26 August 2011 in Monaco.[28]

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The matchdays are 15 September, 29 September, 20 October, 3 November, 30 November – 1 December, and 14–15 December 2011. The group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 32, where they were joined by the 8 third-placed teams from the group stage of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League.

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings (in descending order):[5]

  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 in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  4. higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  5. If, after applying criteria 1) to 4) to several teams, two teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria 1) to 4) will be reapplied to determine the ranking of these teams;
  6. superior goal difference from all group matches played;
  7. higher number of goals scored from all group matches played;
  8. higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons.

A total of 24 national associations are represented in this group stage (including Scotland after Celtic were reinstated into the Europa League over Sion), with England having the most teams, with four.[29]


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
Greece PAOK 6 3 3 0 10 6 +4 12
Russia Rubin Kazan 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
England Tottenham Hotspur 6 3 1 2 9 4 +5 10
Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 6 0 0 6 4 19 −15 0
  PAOK RK SR TH
PAOK 1–1 2–1 0–0
Rubin Kazan 2–2 4–1 1–0
Shamrock Rovers 1–3 0–3 0–4
Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 1–0 3–1

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Belgium Standard Liège 6 4 2 0 9 1 +8 14
Germany Hannover 96 6 3 2 1 9 7 +2 11
Denmark Copenhagen 6 1 2 3 5 9 −4 5
Ukraine Vorskla Poltava 6 0 2 4 4 10 −6 2
  COP HAN SL VP
Copenhagen 1–2 0–1 1–0
Hannover 96 2–2 0–0 3–1
Standard Liège 3–0 2–0 0–0
Vorskla Poltava 1–1 1–2 1–3

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 5 1 0 13 5 +8 16
Poland Legia Warsaw 6 3 0 3 7 9 −2 9
Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 6 2 1 3 10 9 +1 7
Romania Rapid București 6 1 0 5 5 12 −7 3
  HTA LW PSV RB
Hapoel Tel Aviv 2–0 0–1 0–1
Legia Warsaw 3–2 0–3 3–1
PSV Eindhoven 3–3 1–0 2–1
Rapid București 1–3 0–1 1–3

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portugal Sporting CP 6 4 0 2 8 4 +4 12
Italy Lazio 6 2 3 1 7 5 +2 9
Romania Vaslui 6 1 3 2 5 8 −3 6
Switzerland Zürich 6 1 2 3 5 8 −3 5
  LAZ SCP VAS ZÜR
Lazio 2–0 2–2 1–0
Sporting CP 2–1 2–0 2–0
Vaslui 0–0 1–0 2–2
Zürich 1–1 0–2 2–0

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Turkey Beşiktaş 6 4 0 2 13 7 +6 12
England Stoke City 6 3 2 1 10 7 +3 11
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 1 4 1 7 7 0 7
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 0 2 4 8 17 −9 2
  BEŞ DK MTA SC
Beşiktaş 1–0 5–1 3–1
Dynamo Kyiv 1–0 3–3 1–1
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–3 1–1 1–2
Stoke City 2–1 1–1 3–0

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Athletic Bilbao 6 4 1 1 11 8 +3 13
Austria Red Bull Salzburg 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10
France Paris Saint-Germain 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 6 0 1 5 4 11 −7 1
  AB PSG RBS SB
Athletic Bilbao 2–0 2–2 2–1
Paris Saint-Germain 4–2 3–1 1–0
Red Bull Salzburg 0–1 2–0 3–0
Slovan Bratislava 1–2 0–0 2–3

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 6 4 2 0 15 6 +9 14
Netherlands AZ 6 1 5 0 10 7 +3 8
Austria Austria Wien 6 2 2 2 10 11 −1 8
Sweden Malmö FF 6 0 1 5 4 15 −11 1
  AW AZ MFF MK
Austria Wien 2–2 2–0 1–2
AZ 2–2 4–1 1–1
Malmö FF 1–2 0–0 1–4
Metalist Kharkiv 4–1 1–1 3–1

Group H[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Belgium Club Brugge 6 3 2 1 12 9 +3 11
Portugal Braga 6 3 2 1 12 6 +6 11
England Birmingham City 6 3 1 2 8 8 0 10
Slovenia Maribor 6 0 1 5 6 15 −9 1
  BC BRA CB MAR
Birmingham City 1–3 2–2 1–0
Braga 1–0 1–2 5–1
Club Brugge 1–2 1–1 2–0
Maribor 1–2 1–1 3–4

Group I[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Atlético Madrid 6 4 1 1 11 4 +7 13
Italy Udinese 6 2 3 1 6 7 −1 9
Scotland Celtic 6 1 3 2 6 7 −1 6
France Rennes 6 0 3 3 5 10 −5 3
  AM CEL REN UDI
Atlético Madrid 2–0 3–1 4–0
Celtic 0–1 3–1 1–1
Rennes 1–1 1–1 0–0
Udinese 2–0 1–1 2–1

Group J[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Schalke 04 6 4 2 0 13 2 +11 14
Romania Steaua București 6 2 2 2 9 11 −2 8
Israel Maccabi Haifa 6 2 0 4 10 12 −2 6
Cyprus AEK Larnaca 6 1 2 3 4 11 −7 5
  AEK MH SCH SB
AEK Larnaca 2–1 0–5 1–1
Maccabi Haifa 1–0 0–3 5–0
Schalke 04 0–0 3–1 2–1
Steaua București 3–1 4–2 0–0

Group K[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Netherlands Twente 6 4 1 1 14 7 +7 13
Poland Wisła Kraków 6 3 0 3 8 13 −5 9
England Fulham 6 2 2 2 9 6 +3 8
Denmark Odense 6 1 1 4 9 14 −5 4
  FUL OB TWE WK
Fulham 2–2 1–1 4–1
Odense 0–2 1–4 1–2
Twente 1–0 3–2 4–1
Wisła Kraków 1–0 1–3 2–1

Group L[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Belgium Anderlecht 6 6 0 0 18 5 +13 18
Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 6 4 0 2 14 11 +3 12
Greece AEK Athens 6 1 0 5 8 15 −7 3
Austria Sturm Graz 6 1 0 5 5 14 −9 3
  AEK AND LM SG
AEK Athens 1–2 1–3 1–2
Anderlecht 4–1 5–3 3–0
Lokomotiv Moscow 3–1 0–2 3–1
Sturm Graz 1–3 0–2 1–2

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 16 December 2011.[30] The draws for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final (to determine the "home" team) were held on 16 March 2012.[31] Both draws were assisted by Romanian footballer Miodrag Belodedici, the ambassador for the 2012 final.

In the draw for the round of 32, the twelve group winners and the four better third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage (based on their match record in the group stage) are seeded, and the twelve group runners-up and the other four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage are unseeded. A seeded team is drawn against an unseeded team, with the seeded team 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 may be drawn with each other.

Bracket[edit]

Round of 32   Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final
 Italy Lazio 1 0 1  
 Spain Atlético Madrid 3 1 4      Spain Atlético Madrid 3 3 6  
 Portugal Braga 0 1 1    Turkey Beşiktaş 1 0 1  
 Turkey Beşiktaş 2 0 2        Spain Atlético Madrid 2 2 4  
 Poland Wisła Kraków 1 0 1        Germany Hannover 96 1 1 2  
 Belgium Standard Liège (a) 1 0 1      Belgium Standard Liège 2 0 2
 Germany Hannover 96 2 1 3    Germany Hannover 96 2 4 6  
 Belgium Club Brugge 1 0 1        Spain Atlético Madrid 4 1 5  
 Netherlands AZ 1 1 2        Spain Valencia 2 0 2  
 Belgium Anderlecht 0 0 0      Netherlands AZ 2 1 3  
 Italy Udinese 0 3 3    Italy Udinese 0 2 2  
 Greece PAOK 0 0 0        Netherlands AZ 2 0 2
 England Stoke City 0 0 0        Spain Valencia 1 4 5  
 Spain Valencia 1 1 2      Spain Valencia 4 1 5
 Turkey Trabzonspor 1 1 2    Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 2 1 3  
 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 2 4 6        Spain Atlético Madrid 3
 Poland Legia Warsaw 2 0 2        Spain Athletic Bilbao 0
 Portugal Sporting CP 2 1 3      Portugal Sporting CP (a) 1 2 3  
 Portugal Porto 1 0 1    England Manchester City 0 3 3  
 England Manchester City 2 4 6        Portugal Sporting CP 2 1 3  
 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 0 1 1        Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 1 1 2  
 Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 4 4 8      Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv (a) 0 2 2
 Russia Rubin Kazan 0 0 0    Greece Olympiacos 1 1 2  
 Greece Olympiacos 1 1 2        Portugal Sporting CP 2 1 3
 Romania Steaua București 0 0 0        Spain Athletic Bilbao 1 3 4  
 Netherlands Twente 1 1 2      Netherlands Twente 1 1 2  
 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 1 1 2    Germany Schalke 04 0 4 4  
 Germany Schalke 04 (aet) 1 3 4        Germany Schalke 04 2 2 4
 Netherlands Ajax 0 2 2        Spain Athletic Bilbao 4 2 6  
 England Manchester United 2 1 3      England Manchester United 2 1 3
 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 2 0 2    Spain Athletic Bilbao 3 2 5  
 Spain Athletic Bilbao (a) 1 1 2  

Round of 32[edit]

The first legs were played on 14 and 16 February, and the second legs were played on 22 and 23 February 2012.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Porto Portugal 1–6 England Manchester City 1–2 0–4
Ajax Netherlands 2–3 England Manchester United 0–2 2–1
Lokomotiv Moscow Russia 2–2 (a) Spain Athletic Bilbao 2–1 0–1
Red Bull Salzburg Austria 1–8 Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 0–4 1–4
Stoke City England 0–2 Spain Valencia 0–1 0–1
Rubin Kazan Russia 0–2 Greece Olympiacos 0–1 0–1
AZ Netherlands 2–0 Belgium Anderlecht 1–0 1–0
Lazio Italy 1–4 Spain Atlético Madrid 1–3 0–1
Steaua București Romania 0–2 Netherlands Twente 0–1 0–1
Viktoria Plzeň Czech Republic 2–4 Germany Schalke 04 1–1 1–3 (aet)
Wisła Kraków Poland 1–1 (a) Belgium Standard Liège 1–1 0–0
Braga Portugal 1–2 Turkey Beşiktaş 0–2 1–0
Udinese Italy 3–0 Greece PAOK 0–0 3–0
Trabzonspor Turkey 2–6 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 1–2 1–4
Hannover 96 Germany 3–1 Belgium Club Brugge 2–1 1–0
Legia Warsaw Poland 2–3 Portugal Sporting CP 2–2 0–1

Round of 16[edit]

The first legs were played on 8 March, and the second legs were played on 15 March 2012.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Metalist Kharkiv Ukraine 2–2 (a) Greece Olympiacos 0–1 2–1
Sporting CP Portugal 3–3 (a) England Manchester City 1–0 2–3
Twente Netherlands 2–4 Germany Schalke 04 1–0 1–4
Standard Liège Belgium 2–6 Germany Hannover 96 2–2 0–4
Valencia Spain 5–3 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 4–2 1–1
AZ Netherlands 3–2 Italy Udinese 2–0 1–2
Atlético Madrid Spain 6–1 Turkey Beşiktaş 3–1 3–0
Manchester United England 3–5 Spain Athletic Bilbao 2–3 1–2

Quarter-finals[edit]

The first legs were played on 29 March, and the second legs on 5 April 2012.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
AZ Netherlands 2–5 Spain Valencia 2–1 0–4
Schalke 04 Germany 4–6 Spain Athletic Bilbao 2–4 2–2
Sporting CP Portugal 3–2 Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 2–1 1–1
Atlético Madrid Spain 4–2 Germany Hannover 96 2–1 2–1

Semi-finals[edit]

The first legs were played on 19 April, and the second legs were played on 26 April 2012.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Atlético Madrid Spain 5–2 Spain Valencia 4–2 1–0
Sporting CP Portugal 3–4 Spain Athletic Bilbao 2–1 1–3

Final[edit]

The 2012 UEFA Europa League Final was played on 9 May 2012 at the Arena Națională in Bucharest, Romania.

9 May 2012
21:45 EEST
Atlético Madrid Spain 3 – 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
Falcao Goal 7'34'
Diego Goal 85'
Report
Arena Națională, Bucharest
Attendance: 52,347
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

Statistics[edit]

Excluding qualifying rounds and play-off round.

See also[edit]

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