2015–16 UEFA Europa League

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2015–16 UEFA Europa League
St-Jakob-Park.jpg
The St. Jakob-Park in Basel hosted the final.
Tournament details
Dates Qualifying:
30 June – 27 August 2015
Competition proper:
17 September 2015 – 18 May 2016
Teams Competition proper: 48+8
Total: 158+33 (from 54 associations)
Final positions
Champions Spain Sevilla (5th title)
Runners-up England Liverpool
Tournament statistics
Matches played 205
Goals scored 536 (2.61 per match)
Attendance 4,487,160 (21,889 per match)
Top scorer(s) Spain Aritz Aduriz (10 goals)

The 2015–16 UEFA Europa League was the 45th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the seventh season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

The 2016 UEFA Europa League Final was played between Liverpool and Sevilla at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland,[1] and won by Sevilla, their fifth title (extending their own record) and third win in a row (also a tournament record).[2]

Sevilla initially started the 2015–16 European club season in the Champions League as the Europa League title holders, but qualified for the Europa League by finishing third in the Champions League group stage, and successfully defended their title. As the winners of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, they qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League,[3] and also earned the right to play against the winners of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid, in the 2016 UEFA Super Cup.[4]

Format changes[edit]

The UEFA Executive Committee held in May and September 2013 approved the following changes to the UEFA Europa League starting from the 2015–16 season (for the three-year cycle until the 2017–18 season):[5]

  • The title holders of the UEFA Europa League will qualify for the UEFA Champions League, and therefore no Europa League berth will be reserved for them (although it is still possible for them to defend their title if they drop down to the Europa League after Champions League elimination).
  • All associations will have a maximum of three teams entering the Europa League (excluding those transferred from the Champions League); previously associations 7–9 each had four entrants (the only exception is when both the Champions League title holders and the Europa League title holders are from the same top three ranked association and do not qualify for either the Champions League or Europa League through domestic competitions, and the fourth-placed team of their association enter the Europa League instead of the Champions League because a maximum of five teams from one association can enter the Champions League, meaning in this case, four teams from their association enter the Europa League).
  • The number of teams directly qualifying for the group stage will be increased to 16 teams (from the top 12 associations); previously six teams (from the top six associations) directly qualified for the group stage.
  • Should the domestic cup winners qualify for the Champions League, the cup runners-up will no longer be granted a spot in the Europa League, and the spot will be given to the highest-placed team in the league which have not yet qualified for European competitions.[6]

Association team allocation[edit]

A total of 191 teams from all 54 UEFA member associations participated in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League. The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients was used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[7]

  • Associations 1–51 (except Liechtenstein) each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 52–53 each have two teams qualify.
  • Liechtenstein and Gibraltar each have one team qualify (Liechtenstein organises only a domestic cup and no domestic league; Gibraltar as per decision by the UEFA Executive Committee).[6]
  • The top three associations of the 2014–15 UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking each gain an additional berth (the 2015–16 season will be the last where Fair Play berths are allocated to the Europa League).[8]
  • Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League.

Association ranking[edit]

For the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, the associations were allocated places according to their 2014 UEFA country coefficients, which took into account their performance in European competitions from 2009–10 to 2013–14.[9][10]

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

  • (FP) – Additional berth via Fair Play ranking (Netherlands, England, Republic of Ireland)[11]
  • (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 Spain 97.713 3 −1(EL)
+2(CL)
2 England England 84.748 +1(FP)
+1(CL)
3 Germany Germany 81.641 +1(CL)
4 Italy Italy 66.938 +1(CL)
5 Portugal Portugal 62.299 +2(CL)
6 France France 56.500 +1(CL)
7 Russia Russia 46.998
8 Netherlands Netherlands 44.312 +1(FP)
+1(CL)
9 Ukraine Ukraine 40.966 +1(CL)
10 Belgium Belgium 36.300 +1(CL)
11 Turkey Turkey 34.200 +2(CL)
12 Greece Greece 33.600 +2(CL)
13 Switzerland Switzerland 33.225 +2(CL)
14 Austria Austria 30.925 +2(CL)
15 Czech Republic Czech Republic 29.350 +2(CL)
16 Romania Romania 27.257 +1(CL)
17 Israel Israel 26.875
18 Cyprus Cyprus 23.250 +1(CL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
19 Denmark Denmark 21.300 3 +1(CL)
20 Croatia Croatia 19.625
21 Poland Poland 18.875 +1(CL)
22 Belarus Belarus 18.625
23 Scotland Scotland 16.566 +1(CL)
24 Sweden Sweden 16.325
25 Bulgaria Bulgaria 15.625
26 Norway Norway 14.275 +1(CL)
27 Serbia Serbia 14.125 +1(CL)
28 Hungary Hungary 11.625 +1(CL)
29 Slovenia Slovenia 11.000
30 Slovakia Slovakia 11.000
31 Moldova Moldova 10.375 +1(CL)
32 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 10.375 +1(CL)
33 Georgia (country) Georgia 9.875
34 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 8.250
35 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.500
36 Finland Finland 7.175 +1(CL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
37 Iceland Iceland 6.750 3
38 Latvia Latvia 6.250
39 Montenegro Montenegro 6.000
40 Albania Albania 5.500 +1(CL)
41 Lithuania Lithuania 5.250
42 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 5.250
43 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 5.125 +1(FP)
44 Luxembourg Luxembourg 4.875
45 Malta Malta 4.833
46 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 4.500 1
47 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 3.625 3
48 Wales Wales 3.000
49 Armenia Armenia 2.875
50 Estonia Estonia 2.875
51 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 2.125
52 San Marino San Marino 0.999 2
53 Andorra Andorra 0.833
54 Gibraltar Gibraltar 0.000 1

Distribution[edit]

In the default access list, Sevilla enter the group stage (as the fifth-placed team of the 2014–15 La Liga).[12][13] However, since they qualified for the Champions League as the Europa League title holders, the spot which they qualified for in the Europa League group stage is vacated, and the following changes to the default allocation system are made:[14][15]

  • The domestic cup winners of association 13 (Switzerland) are promoted from the third qualifying round to the group stage.
  • 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 24 and 25 (Sweden and Bulgaria) 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
(102 teams)
  • 29 domestic cup winners from associations 26–54
  • 35 domestic league runners-up from associations 18–53 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 35 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 16–51 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 3 teams which qualified via Fair Play ranking
Second qualifying round
(66 teams)
  • 7 domestic cup winners from associations 19–25
  • 2 domestic league runners-up from associations 16–17
  • 6 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 10–15
  • 51 winners from first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(58 teams)
  • 5 domestic cup winners from associations 14–18
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 13 domestic cup winners from associations 1–13
  • 1 domestic league fourth-placed team from association 4
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • −1 Europa League title holders
  • 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 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 (regulations Articles 3.03 and 3.04):[7]

  • 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" (the 2015–16 season will be the first with this particular arrangement where the domestic cup runners-up are no longer guaranteed a place in the Europa League in this scenario).
  • 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.
  • A Fair Play place is taken by the highest-ranked team in the domestic Fair Play table which have not yet qualified for European competitions.

Teams[edit]

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:[16][17]

  • TH: Title holders
  • CW: Cup winners
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
  • LC: League Cup winners
  • PW: End-of-season Europa League play-off winners
  • FP: Fair Play
  • 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
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (CL GS) Turkey Galatasaray (CL GS) Germany Bayer Leverkusen (CL GS) Portugal Porto (CL GS)
England Manchester United (CL GS) Spain SevillaTH (CL GS) Greece Olympiacos (CL GS) Spain Valencia (CL GS)
Group stage
Spain Villarreal (6th) Portugal Braga (4th) Greece Asteras Tripoli (3rd) Italy Lazio (CL PO)
England Tottenham Hotspur (5th) France Marseille (4th) Switzerland Sion (CW) Belgium Club Brugge (CL PO)
England Liverpool (6th) Russia Lokomotiv Moscow (CW) Cyprus APOEL (CL PO) Portugal Sporting CP (CL PO)
Germany Augsburg (5th) Netherlands Groningen (CW) Albania Skënderbeu Korçë (CL PO) Austria Rapid Wien (CL PO)
Germany Schalke 04 (6th) Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (3rd) Scotland Celtic (CL PO) France Monaco (CL PO)
Italy Fiorentina (4th) Belgium Anderlecht (3rd) Switzerland Basel (CL PO)
Italy Napoli (5th) Turkey Beşiktaş (3rd) Serbia Partizan (CL PO)
Play-off round
Poland Lech Poznań (CL Q3) Romania Steaua București (CL Q3) Hungary Videoton (CL Q3) Czech Republic Sparta Prague (CL Q3)
Moldova Milsami Orhei (CL Q3) Denmark Midtjylland (CL Q3) Austria Red Bull Salzburg (CL Q3) Netherlands Ajax (CL Q3)
Finland HJK (CL Q3) Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň (CL Q3) Greece Panathinaikos (CL Q3) Turkey Fenerbahçe (CL Q3)
Azerbaijan Qarabağ (CL Q3) Norway Molde (CL Q3) Switzerland Young Boys (CL Q3)
Third qualifying round
Spain Athletic Bilbao (7th) France Bordeaux (6th) Belgium Standard Liège (4th) Czech Republic Jablonec (3rd)
England Southampton (7th) Russia Krasnodar (3rd) Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir (4th) Romania Târgu Mureș (2nd)
Germany Borussia Dortmund (7th) Russia Rubin Kazan (5th)[Note RUS] Greece Atromitos (4th) Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona (2nd)
Italy Sampdoria (7th)[Note ITA] Netherlands AZ (3rd) Switzerland Zürich (3rd) Cyprus AEK Larnaca (2nd)
Portugal Vitória de Guimarães (5th) Netherlands Vitesse (PW) Austria Rheindorf Altach (3rd)
Portugal Belenenses (6th) Ukraine Zorya Luhansk (4th) Austria Sturm Graz (4th)
France Saint-Étienne (5th) Ukraine Vorskla Poltava (5th) Czech Republic Slovan Liberec (CW)
Second qualifying round
Belgium Charleroi (PW) Austria Wolfsberger AC (5th) Denmark Copenhagen (CW) Scotland Inverness CT (CW)
Turkey Trabzonspor (5th) Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav (4th) Croatia Rijeka (2nd) Sweden IFK Göteborg (CW)
Greece PAOK (5th) Romania Astra Giurgiu (4th)[Note ROU] Poland Legia Warsaw (CW) Bulgaria Cherno More Varna (CW)
Switzerland Thun (4th) Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva (3rd) Belarus Dinamo Minsk (2nd)
First qualifying round
Romania Botoșani (8th)[Note ROU] Hungary Debrecen (4th) Iceland FH (2nd) Liechtenstein Vaduz (CW)
Israel Beitar Jerusalem (4th) Slovenia Koper (CW) Iceland Víkingur Reykjavík (4th) Northern Ireland Glentoran (CW)
Cyprus Apollon Limassol (3rd) Slovenia Celje (2nd) Latvia Jelgava (CW) Northern Ireland Linfield (2nd)
Cyprus Omonia (4th) Slovenia Domžale (3rd) Latvia Skonto (2nd) Northern Ireland Glenavon (3rd)
Denmark Brøndby (3rd) Slovakia Žilina (2nd) Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala (6th)[Note LVA] Wales Bala Town (2nd)
Denmark Randers (4th) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava (3rd) Montenegro Mladost Podgorica (CW) Wales Airbus UK Broughton (3rd)
Croatia Hajduk Split (3rd) Slovakia Spartak Trnava (4th) Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić (2nd) Wales Newtown (PW)
Croatia Lokomotiva (4th) Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol (CW) Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica (3rd) Armenia Ulisses (2nd)
Poland Jagiellonia Białystok (3rd) Moldova Dacia Chișinău (2nd) Albania Laçi (CW) Armenia Shirak (3rd)
Poland Śląsk Wrocław (4th) Moldova Saxan (5th)[Note MDA] Albania Kukësi (2nd) Armenia Alashkert (4th)
Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk (3rd) Azerbaijan Inter Baku (2nd) Albania Partizani Tirana (3rd) Estonia Nõmme Kalju (CW)
Belarus Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino (4th) Azerbaijan Gabala (3rd) Lithuania Kruoja Pakruojis (2nd) Estonia Sillamäe Kalev (2nd)
Scotland Aberdeen (2nd) Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku (4th) Lithuania Atlantas (3rd) Estonia Flora Tallinn (3rd)
Scotland St Johnstone (4th) Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi (CW) Lithuania Trakai (4th) Faroe Islands Víkingur Gøta (CW)
Sweden AIK (3rd) Georgia (country) Dinamo Batumi (2nd) Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički (CW) Faroe Islands HB (2nd)
Sweden Elfsborg (4th) Georgia (country) Tskhinvali (4th) Republic of Macedonia Shkëndija (3rd) Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík (4th)
Bulgaria Beroe Stara Zagora (2nd) Kazakhstan Kairat (CW) Republic of Macedonia Renova (4th) San Marino Juvenes/Dogana (2nd)
Bulgaria Litex Lovech (4th)[Note BUL] Kazakhstan Aktobe (2nd) Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic (CW) San Marino La Fiorita (3rd)
Norway Rosenborg (2nd) Kazakhstan Ordabasy (4th) Republic of Ireland Cork City (2nd) Andorra Sant Julià (CW)
Norway Odd (3rd) Bosnia and Herzegovina Olimpic (CW) Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers (4th) Andorra Lusitanos (2nd)
Norway Strømsgodset (4th) Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar (2nd) Luxembourg Differdange 03 (CW) Gibraltar Europa FC (2nd)
Serbia Čukarički (CW) Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar (3rd) Luxembourg F91 Dudelange (3rd) Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles (FP)[18]
Serbia Red Star Belgrade (2nd) Finland SJK (2nd) Luxembourg Progrès Niederkorn (4th) England West Ham United (FP)[19]
Serbia Vojvodina (4th) Finland Lahti (3rd) Malta Birkirkara (CW) Republic of Ireland UCD (FP)[20][21]
Hungary Ferencváros (CW) Finland VPS (4th) Malta Valletta (2nd)
Hungary MTK Budapest (3rd) Iceland KR (CW) Malta Balzan (4th)

Notably two teams took part in the competition that were not playing in their national top-division. They were Go Ahead Eagles (2nd tier) and UCD (2nd tier).

Notes
  1. ^ Bulgaria (BUL): Lokomotiv Sofia, the third-placed team of the 2014–15 A Group, would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the berth was given to Litex Lovech, the fourth-placed team of the league.[22][23] An appeal was denied on 1 June 2015.[24]
  2. ^ Italy (ITA): Genoa, the sixth-placed team of the 2014–15 Serie A, would have qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence. As a result, the berth was given to Sampdoria, the seventh-placed team of the league. Genoa withdrew their appeal on 3 June 2015.[25]
  3. ^ Latvia (LVA): Liepāja, the fourth-placed team of the 2014 Latvian Higher League, would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence as they were affiliated with the Latvian Football Federation for less than three years after reforming from the dissolved Liepājas Metalurgs. As a result, the berth was given to Spartaks Jūrmala, the sixth-placed team of the league, as Daugava Daugavpils, the fifth-placed team, also failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[26]
  4. ^ Moldova (MDA): Tiraspol, the fourth-placed team of the 2014–15 Moldovan National Division, would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but were dissolved at the end of the 2014–15 season.[27] As a result, the berth was given to Saxan, the fifth-placed team of the league.[28]
  5. ^ Romania (ROU): CFR Cluj, the third-placed team of the 2014–15 Liga I, would have qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round, but were banned by UEFA after failing to settle overdue payables.[29] As a result, Astra Giurgiu, the fourth-placed team of the league, entered the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round, while the first qualifying round berth was given to Botoșani, the eighth-placed team of the league, as Petrolul Ploiești, CS U Craiova and Dinamo București, the fifth-, sixth- and seventh-placed teams of the league respectively, all failed to obtain UEFA licences.[30][31]
  6. ^ Russia (RUS): Dynamo Moscow, the fourth-placed team of the 2014–15 Russian Premier League, would have qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round, but they were referred to the UEFA's Club Financial Control Body adjudicatory chamber on 24 April 2015 for violating the Financial Fair Play break-even requirements after the club was not able to reach the settlement with UEFA.[32] The meeting regarding the sanctions for the violation was held on 16 June 2015,[33] and on 19 June 2015, it was announced that Dynamo Moscow were excluded from the UEFA Europa League for the 2015–16 season.[34] As a result, the berth was given to Rubin Kazan, the fifth-placed team of the league.

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[12][35][36]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 22 June 2015 2 July 2015 9 July 2015
Second qualifying round 16 July 2015 23 July 2015
Third qualifying round 17 July 2015 30 July 2015 6 August 2015
Play-off Play-off round 7 August 2015 20 August 2015 27 August 2015
Group stage Matchday 1 28 August 2015
(Monaco)
17 September 2015
Matchday 2 1 October 2015
Matchday 3 22 October 2015
Matchday 4 5 November 2015
Matchday 5 26 November 2015
Matchday 6 10 December 2015
Knockout phase Round of 32 14 December 2015 18 February 2016 25 February 2016
Round of 16 26 February 2016 10 March 2016 17 March 2016
Quarter-finals 18 March 2016 7 April 2016 14 April 2016
Semi-finals 15 April 2016 28 April 2016 5 May 2016
Final 18 May 2016 at St. Jakob-Park, Basel

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 are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2015 UEFA club coefficients,[37][38][39] 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 round was held on 22 June 2015.[40][41][42] With 102 teams involved, it was UEFA's biggest ever tournament draw. The first legs were played on 30 June and 2 July, and the second legs were played on 7 and 9 July 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Víkingur Reykjavík Iceland 2–3 Slovenia Koper 0–1 2–2
Sheriff Tiraspol Moldova 0–3 Norway Odd 0–3 0–0
Kukësi Albania 2–0 Belarus Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino 2–0 0–0
Alashkert Armenia 2–2 (a) Scotland St Johnstone 1–0 1–2
Jelgava Latvia 3–3 (a) Bulgaria Litex Lovech 1–1 2–2
Newtown Wales 4–2 Malta Valletta 2–1 2–1
Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country) 2–3 Azerbaijan Gabala 2–1 0–2
Renova Republic of Macedonia 1–5 Moldova Dacia Chișinău 0–1 1–4
Olimpic Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–1 (a) Slovakia Spartak Trnava 1–1 0–0
West Ham United England 4–0[A] Andorra Lusitanos 3–0 1–0
Glenavon Northern Ireland 1–5 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1–2 0–3
Differdange 03 Luxembourg 4–3 Wales Bala Town 3–1 1–2
Shkëndija Republic of Macedonia 1–1 (a) Scotland Aberdeen 1–1 0–0
Víkingur Gøta Faroe Islands 0–2 Norway Rosenborg 0–2 0–0
SJK Finland 0–2 Iceland FH 0–1 0–1
Linfield Northern Ireland 5–4[A] Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík 2–0 3–4
Brøndby Denmark 11–0 San Marino Juvenes/Dogana 9–0 2–0
MTK Budapest Hungary 1–3 Serbia Vojvodina 0–0 1–3
Skonto Latvia 4–1 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 2–1 2–0
Lahti Finland 2–7 Sweden Elfsborg 2–2 0–5
Atlantas Lithuania 1–5 Bulgaria Beroe Stara Zagora 0–2 1–3
Debrecen Hungary 3–2 Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić 3–0 0–2
Ordabasy Kazakhstan 1–2 Israel Beitar Jerusalem 0–0 1–2
Balzan Malta 0–3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar 0–2 0–1
Sillamäe Kalev Estonia 3–7 Croatia Hajduk Split 1–1 2–6
Budućnost Podgorica Montenegro 1–3[A] Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala 1–3 0–0
Red Star Belgrade Serbia 1–4 Kazakhstan Kairat 0–2 1–2
Flora Tallinn Estonia 1–2 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 1–0 0–2
Sant Julià Andorra 0–4 Denmark Randers 0–1 0–3
Saxan Moldova 0–4 Cyprus Apollon Limassol 0–2 0–2
Progrès Niederkorn Luxembourg 0–3 Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 0–0 0–3
Aktobe Kazakhstan 0–1 Estonia Nõmme Kalju 0–1 0–0
Dinamo Batumi Georgia (country) 1–2 Cyprus Omonia 1–0 0–2
Kruoja Pakruojis Lithuania 0–9 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok 0–1 0–8
Shirak Armenia 3–2 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar 2–0 1–2
Cork City Republic of Ireland 2–3 Iceland KR 1–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)
Go Ahead Eagles Netherlands 2–5 Hungary Ferencváros 1–1 1–4
Trakai Lithuania 7–1 Faroe Islands HB 3–0 4–1
Laçi Albania 1–1 (a) Azerbaijan Inter Baku 1–1 0–0
VPS Finland 2–6 Sweden AIK 2–2 0–4
UCD Republic of Ireland 2–2 (a) Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 1–0 1–2
Domžale Slovenia 0–1 Serbia Čukarički 0–1 0–0
Glentoran Northern Ireland 1–7 Slovakia Žilina 1–4 0–3
Strømsgodset Norway 4–1[A] Albania Partizani Tirana 3–1 1–0
Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan 3–3 (a)[A] Montenegro Mladost Podgorica 2–2 1–1
Celje Slovenia 1–4 Poland Śląsk Wrocław 0–1 1–3
La Fiorita San Marino 1–10 Liechtenstein Vaduz 0–5 1–5
Birkirkara Malta 3–1 Armenia Ulisses 0–0 3–1
Airbus UK Broughton Wales 3–5 Croatia Lokomotiva 1–3 2–2
Botoșani Romania 4–2 Georgia (country) Tskhinvali 1–1 3–1
Europa FC Gibraltar 0–9 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 0–6 0–3
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Second qualifying round[edit]

The first legs were played on 16 July, and the second legs were played on 21 and 23 July 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Kukësi Albania 4–3 Montenegro Mladost Podgorica 0–1 4–2
Lokomotiva Croatia 2–7 Greece PAOK 2–1 0–6
Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 6–1 Republic of Ireland UCD 1–0 5–1
Ferencváros Hungary 0–3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar 0–1 0–2
Vaduz Liechtenstein 5–1 Estonia Nõmme Kalju 3–1 2–0
Beroe Stara Zagora Bulgaria 0–1 Denmark Brøndby 0–1 0–0
KR Iceland 0–4 Norway Rosenborg 0–1 0–3
AIK Sweden 4–0 Armenia Shirak 2–0 2–0
Legia Warsaw Poland 4–0 Romania Botoșani 1–0 3–0
Dacia Chișinău Moldova 3–6 Slovakia Žilina 1–2 2–4
Shamrock Rovers Republic of Ireland 1–4 Norway Odd 0–2 1–2
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Israel 2–3 Switzerland Thun 1–1 1–2
Kairat Kazakhstan 4–2 Armenia Alashkert 3–0 1–2
Vojvodina Serbia 4–1 Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala 3–0 1–1
Jagiellonia Białystok Poland 0–1 Cyprus Omonia 0–0 0–1
Jelgava Latvia 1–2 Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 1–0 0–2
Čukarički Serbia 1–2 Azerbaijan Gabala 1–0 0–2
Shakhtyor Soligorsk Belarus 0–3 Austria Wolfsberger AC 0–1 0–2
Trabzonspor Turkey 3–1 Luxembourg Differdange 03 1–0 2–1
Charleroi Belgium 9–2 Israel Beitar Jerusalem 5–1 4–1
Randers Denmark 0–1 Sweden Elfsborg 0–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Mladá Boleslav Czech Republic 2–2 (a) Norway Strømsgodset 1–2 1–0
Cherno More Varna Bulgaria 1–5 Belarus Dinamo Minsk 1–1 0–4
Rijeka Croatia 2–5 Scotland Aberdeen 0–3 2–2
West Ham United England 1–1 (5–3 p) Malta Birkirkara 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Apollon Limassol Cyprus 4–0 Lithuania Trakai 4–0 0–0
Koper Slovenia 4–6 Croatia Hajduk Split 3–2 1–4
FH Iceland 3–4 Azerbaijan Inter Baku 1–2 2–2 (a.e.t.)
Inverness CT Scotland 0–1 Romania Astra Giurgiu 0–1 0–0
Spartak Trnava Slovakia 5–2 Northern Ireland Linfield 2–1 3–1
Copenhagen Denmark 5–1 Wales Newtown 2–0 3–1
Śląsk Wrocław Poland 0–2 Sweden IFK Göteborg 0–0 0–2
Skonto Latvia 4–11 Hungary Debrecen 2–2 2–9

Third qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 17 July 2015.[43][44] The first legs were played on 29 and 30 July, and the second legs were played on 6 August 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Zürich Switzerland 1–2 Belarus Dinamo Minsk 0–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Kairat Kazakhstan 3–2 Scotland Aberdeen 2–1 1–1
Žilina Slovakia 3–3 (a) Ukraine Vorskla Poltava 2–0 1–3 (a.e.t.)
AZ Netherlands 4–1 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir 2–0 2–1
Bordeaux France 4–0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca 3–0 1–0
PAOK Greece 2–1 Slovakia Spartak Trnava 1–0 1–1
Târgu Mureș Romania 2–4 France Saint-Étienne 0–3 2–1
Debrecen Hungary 3–6 Norway Rosenborg 2–3 1–3
Jablonec Czech Republic 3–3 (a) Denmark Copenhagen 0–1 3–2
Thun Switzerland 2–2 (a) Liechtenstein Vaduz 0–0 2–2
Belenenses Portugal 2–1 Sweden IFK Göteborg 2–1 0–0
Sampdoria Italy 2–4 Serbia Vojvodina 0–4 2–0
Kukësi Albania 0–4 Poland Legia Warsaw 0–3[C] 0–1
Charleroi Belgium 0–5 Ukraine Zorya Luhansk 0–2 0–3
Sturm Graz Austria 3–4 Russia Rubin Kazan 2–3 1–1
Elfsborg Sweden 2–3 Norway Odd 2–1 0–2
Southampton England 5–0 Netherlands Vitesse 3–0 2–0
Slovan Liberec Czech Republic 5–1 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 2–1 3–0
Apollon Limassol Cyprus 1–2[B] Azerbaijan Gabala 1–1 0–1
Wolfsberger AC Austria 0–6 Germany Borussia Dortmund 0–1 0–5
AIK Sweden 1–4 Greece Atromitos 1–3 0–1
Standard Liège Belgium 3–1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar 2–1 1–0
West Ham United England 3–4 Romania Astra Giurgiu 2–2 1–2
Athletic Bilbao Spain 2–0 Azerbaijan Inter Baku 2–0 0–0
Rabotnički Republic of Macedonia 2–1 Turkey Trabzonspor 1–0 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Brøndby Denmark 2–2 (a) Cyprus Omonia 0–0 2–2
Rheindorf Altach Austria 6–2 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 2–1 4–1
Hajduk Split Croatia 4–0 Norway Strømsgodset 2–0 2–0
Krasnodar Russia 5–3 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 2–0 3–3
Notes
  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.
  2. ^ UEFA awarded Legia Warsaw with a 3–0 win against Kukësi after a Legia Warsaw player was hit in the head by an object thrown from the crowd. The original match was abandoned in the 52nd minute with a 2–1 lead for Legia Warsaw.[45][46]

Play-off round[edit]

The draw for the play-off round was held on 7 August 2015.[47][48] The first legs were played on 20 August, and the second legs were played on 27 August 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Rheindorf Altach Austria 0–1 Portugal Belenenses 0–1 0–0
Žilina Slovakia 3–3 (a) Spain Athletic Bilbao 3–2 0–1
Steaua București Romania 1–3 Norway Rosenborg 0–3 1–0
Zorya Luhansk Ukraine 2–4 Poland Legia Warsaw 0–1 2–3
Viktoria Plzeň Czech Republic 5–0 Serbia Vojvodina 3–0 2–0
Milsami Orhei Moldova 1–2 France Saint-Étienne 1–1 0–1
Ajax Netherlands 1–0[D] Czech Republic Jablonec 1–0 0–0
Young Boys Switzerland 0–4 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 0–1 0–3
Molde Norway 3–3 (a) Belgium Standard Liège 2–0 1–3
PAOK Greece 6–1 Denmark Brøndby 5–0 1–1
Bordeaux France 2–2 (a) Kazakhstan Kairat 1–0 1–2
Lech Poznań Poland 4–0 Hungary Videoton 3–0 1–0
Dinamo Minsk Belarus 2–2 (3–2 p) Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2–0 0–2 (a.e.t.)
Rabotnički Republic of Macedonia 1–2 Russia Rubin Kazan 1–1 0–1
Slovan Liberec Czech Republic 2–0 Croatia Hajduk Split 1–0 1–0
Atromitos Greece 0–4 Turkey Fenerbahçe 0–1 0–3
Gabala Azerbaijan 2–2 (a)[D] Greece Panathinaikos 0–0 2–2
Southampton England 1–2 Denmark Midtjylland 1–1 0–1
Astra Giurgiu Romania 3–4 Netherlands AZ 3–2 0–2
Odd Norway 5–11 Germany Borussia Dortmund 3–4 2–7
Krasnodar Russia 5–1 Finland HJK 5–1 0–0
Sparta Prague Czech Republic 6–4[D] Switzerland Thun 3–1 3–3
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams that have qualified for the group stage of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League
Red pog.svg Red: Group A; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group B; Green pog.svg Green: Group C; Dark Green 004040 pog.svg Dark Green: 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 draw for the group stage was held in Monaco on 28 August 2015.[49][50] 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 2015 UEFA club coefficients.[37][38][39]

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 2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage. The matchdays were 17 September, 1 October, 22 October, 5 November, 26 November, and 10 December 2015.

A total of 24 national associations were represented in the group stage. Augsburg, Belenenses, Gabala, Groningen, Midtjylland, Monaco, Sion and Skënderbeu Korçë made their debut appearances in the group stage (although Monaco have appeared in the UEFA Cup group stage). Skënderbeu Korçë were the first team from Albania to play in the group stage of any UEFA club competition.[51]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MOL FEN AJX CEL
1 Norway Molde 6 3 2 1 10 7 +3 11 Advance to knockout phase 0–2 1–1 3–1
2 Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 9 1–3 1–0 1–1
3 Netherlands Ajax 6 1 4 1 6 6 0 7 1–1 0–0 2–2
4 Scotland Celtic 6 0 3 3 8 12 −4 3 1–2 2–2 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LIV SIO RUB BOR
1 England Liverpool 6 2 4 0 6 4 +2 10 Advance to knockout phase 1–1 1–1 2–1
2 Switzerland Sion 6 2 3 1 5 5 0 9 0–0 2–1 1–1
3 Russia Rubin Kazan 6 1 3 2 6 6 0 6 0–1 2–0 0–0
4 France Bordeaux 6 0 4 2 5 7 −2 4 1–1 0–1 2–2
Source: UEFA

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification KRA DOR PAO GAB
1 Russia Krasnodar 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 2–1 2–1
2 Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5 10 2–1 0–1 4–0
3 Greece PAOK 6 1 4 1 3 3 0 7 0–0 1–1 0–0
4 Azerbaijan Gabala 6 0 2 4 2 12 −10 2 0–3 1–3 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification NAP MID CLU LEG
1 Italy Napoli 6 6 0 0 22 3 +19 18 Advance to knockout phase 5–0 5–0 5–2
2 Denmark Midtjylland 6 2 1 3 6 12 −6 7 1–4 1–1 1–0
3 Belgium Club Brugge 6 1 2 3 4 11 −7 5 0–1 1–3 1–0
4 Poland Legia Warsaw 6 1 1 4 4 10 −6 4 0–2 1–0 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RWI VIL VPL DMI
1 Austria Rapid Wien 6 5 0 1 10 6 +4 15 Advance to knockout phase 2–1 3–2 2–1
2 Spain Villarreal 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 13 1–0 1–0 4–0
3 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 6 1 1 4 8 10 −2 4 1–2 3–3 2–0
4 Belarus Dinamo Minsk 6 1 0 5 3 11 −8 3 0–1 1–2 1–0
Source: UEFA

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BRA MAR SLO GRO
1 Portugal Braga 6 4 1 1 7 4 +3 13 Advance to knockout phase 3–2 2–1 1–0
2 France Marseille 6 4 0 2 12 7 +5 12 1–0 0–1 2–1
3 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 6 2 1 3 6 8 −2 7 0–1 2–4 1–1
4 Netherlands Groningen 6 0 2 4 2 8 −6 2 0–0 0–3 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LAZ STE DNI ROS
1 Italy Lazio 6 4 2 0 13 6 +7 14 Advance to knockout phase 3–2 3–1 3–1
2 France Saint-Étienne 6 2 3 1 10 7 +3 9 1–1 3–0 2–2
3 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 6 2 1 3 6 8 −2 7 1–1 0–1 3–0
4 Norway Rosenborg 6 0 2 4 4 12 −8 2 0–2 1–1 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LOK SCP BES SKE
1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 6 3 2 1 12 7 +5 11 Advance to knockout phase 2–4 1–1 2–0
2 Portugal Sporting CP 6 3 1 2 14 11 +3 10 1–3 3–1 5–1
3 Turkey Beşiktaş 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 9 1–1 1–1 2–0
4 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë 6 1 0 5 4 13 −9 3 0–3 3–0 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group I[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAS FIO LPO BEL
1 Switzerland Basel 6 4 1 1 10 5 +5 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–2 2–0 1–2
2 Italy Fiorentina 6 3 1 2 11 6 +5 10 1–2 1–2 1–0
3 Poland Lech Poznań 6 1 2 3 2 6 −4 5 0–1 0–2 0–0
4 Portugal Belenenses 6 1 2 3 2 8 −6 5 0–2 0–4 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group J[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification TOT AND MON QAR
1 England Tottenham Hotspur 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–1 4–1 3–1
2 Belgium Anderlecht 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10 2–1 1–1 2–1
3 France Monaco 6 1 3 2 5 9 −4 6 1–1 0–2 1–0
4 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 6 1 1 4 4 8 −4 4 0–1 1–0 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group K[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification S04 SPA AST APO
1 Germany Schalke 04 6 4 2 0 15 3 +12 14 Advance to knockout phase 2–2 4–0 1–0
2 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 6 3 3 0 10 5 +5 12 1–1 1–0 2–0
3 Greece Asteras Tripoli 6 1 1 4 4 12 −8 4 0–4 1–1 2–0
4 Cyprus APOEL 6 1 0 5 3 12 −9 3 0–3 1–3 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group L[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ATH AUG PAR AZ
1 Spain Athletic Bilbao 6 4 1 1 16 8 +8 13 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 5–1 2–2
2 Germany Augsburg 6 3 0 3 12 11 +1 9 2–3 1–3 4–1
3 Serbia Partizan 6 3 0 3 10 14 −4 9 0–2 1–3 3–2
4 Netherlands AZ 6 1 1 4 8 13 −5 4 2–1 0–1 1–2
Source: UEFA

Knockout phase[edit]

In the knockout phase, teams played 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 was 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 were seeded, and the twelve group runners-up and the other four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage were unseeded. The seeded teams were drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association could not be drawn against each other.
  • In the draws for the round of 16 onwards, there were no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association could be drawn against each other.

Bracket[edit]

Round of 32   Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals
 Spain Villarreal 1 1 2  
 Italy Napoli 0 1 1      Spain Villarreal 2 0 2  
 Portugal Sporting CP 0 1 1    Germany Bayer Leverkusen 0 0 0  
 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 1 3 4        Spain Villarreal 2 4 6  
 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1 3 4        Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1 2 3  
 Russia Krasnodar 0 0 0      Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1 3 4
 Turkey Galatasaray 1 1 2    Italy Lazio 1 0 1  
 Italy Lazio 1 3 4        Spain Villarreal 1 0 1  
 Germany Borussia Dortmund 2 1 3        England Liverpool 0 3 3  
 Portugal Porto 0 0 0      Germany Borussia Dortmund 3 2 5  
 Italy Fiorentina 1 0 1    England Tottenham Hotspur 0 1 1  
 England Tottenham Hotspur 1 3 4        Germany Borussia Dortmund 1 3 4
 Germany Augsburg 0 0 0        England Liverpool 1 4 5     Final
 England Liverpool 0 1 1      England Liverpool 2 1 3
 Denmark Midtjylland 2 1 3    England Manchester United 0 1 1  
 England Manchester United 1 5 6      England Liverpool 1
 Turkey Fenerbahçe 2 1 3      Spain Sevilla 3  
 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 0 1 1      Turkey Fenerbahçe 1 1 2  
 Switzerland Sion 1 2 3    Portugal Braga 0 4 4  
 Portugal Braga 2 2 4        Portugal Braga 1 0 1  
 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0 3 3        Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2 4 6  
 Germany Schalke 04 0 0 0      Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 3 1 4
 Belgium Anderlecht (aet) 1 2 3    Belgium Anderlecht 1 0 1  
 Greece Olympiacos 0 1 1        Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2 1 3
 France Marseille 0 1 1        Spain Sevilla 2 3 5  
 Spain Athletic Bilbao 1 1 2      Spain Athletic Bilbao (a) 1 1 2  
 Spain Valencia 6 4 10    Spain Valencia 0 2 2  
 Austria Rapid Wien 0 0 0        Spain Athletic Bilbao 1 2 3 (4)
 France Saint-Étienne 3 1 4        Spain Sevilla (pen.) 2 1 3 (5)  
 Switzerland Basel (a) 2 2 4      Switzerland Basel 0 0 0
 Spain Sevilla 3 0 3    Spain Sevilla 0 3 3  
 Norway Molde 0 1 1  

Round of 32[edit]

The draw for the round of 32 was held on 14 December 2015.[52][53] The first legs were played on 16 and 18 February, and the second legs were played on 24 and 25 February 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Valencia Spain 10–0 Austria Rapid Wien 6–0 4–0
Fiorentina Italy 1–4 England Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 0–3
Borussia Dortmund Germany 3–0 Portugal Porto 2–0 1–0
Fenerbahçe Turkey 3–1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 2–0 1–1
Anderlecht Belgium 3–1 Greece Olympiacos 1–0 2–1 (a.e.t.)
Midtjylland Denmark 3–6 England Manchester United 2–1 1–5
Augsburg Germany 0–1 England Liverpool 0–0 0–1
Sparta Prague Czech Republic 4–0 Russia Krasnodar 1–0 3–0
Galatasaray Turkey 2–4 Italy Lazio 1–1 1–3
Sion Switzerland 3–4 Portugal Braga 1–2 2–2
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine 3–0 Germany Schalke 04 0–0 3–0
Marseille France 1–2 Spain Athletic Bilbao 0–1 1–1
Sevilla Spain 3–1 Norway Molde 3–0 0–1
Sporting CP Portugal 1–4 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 0–1 1–3
Villarreal Spain 2–1 Italy Napoli 1–0 1–1
Saint-Étienne France 4–4 (a) Switzerland Basel 3–2 1–2

Round of 16[edit]

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 26 February 2016.[54][55] The first legs were played on 10 March, and the second legs were played on 17 March 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine 4–1 Belgium Anderlecht 3–1 1–0
Basel Switzerland 0–3 Spain Sevilla 0–0 0–3
Villarreal Spain 2–0 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 2–0 0–0
Athletic Bilbao Spain 2–2 (a) Spain Valencia 1–0 1–2
Liverpool England 3–1 England Manchester United 2–0 1–1
Sparta Prague Czech Republic 4–1 Italy Lazio 1–1 3–0
Borussia Dortmund Germany 5–1 England Tottenham Hotspur 3–0 2–1
Fenerbahçe Turkey 2–4 Portugal Braga 1–0 1–4

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 18 March 2016.[56][57] The first legs were played on 7 April, and the second legs were played on 14 April 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Braga Portugal 1–6 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2 0–4
Villarreal Spain 6–3 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 2–1 4–2
Athletic Bilbao Spain 3–3 (4–5 p) Spain Sevilla 1–2 2–1 (a.e.t.)
Borussia Dortmund Germany 4–5 England Liverpool 1–1 3–4

Semi-finals[edit]

The draw for the semi-finals was held on 15 April 2016.[58][59] The first legs were played on 28 April, and the second legs were played on 5 May 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine 3–5 Spain Sevilla 2–2 1–3
Villarreal Spain 1–3 England Liverpool 1–0 0–3

Final[edit]

The final was played on 18 May 2016 at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland.[60] The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.[58]

18 May 2016 (2016-05-18)
20:45 CEST
Liverpool England 1–3 Spain Sevilla
Sturridge Goal 35' Report Gameiro Goal 46'
Coke Goal 64'70'
St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 34,429[61]
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

Statistics[edit]

Statistics exclude qualifying rounds and play-off round.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals Minutes played
1 Spain Aritz Aduriz Spain Athletic Bilbao 10 907
2 Democratic Republic of the Congo Cédric Bakambu Spain Villarreal 9 942
3 France Kévin Gameiro Spain Sevilla 8 674
Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Germany Borussia Dortmund 772
5 Paraguay Raúl Bobadilla Germany Augsburg 6 412
Argentina Érik Lamela England Tottenham Hotspur 572
7 Cameroon Aboubakar Oumarou Serbia Partizan 5 331
Belgium Dries Mertens Italy Napoli 417
Spain José Callejón Italy Napoli 448
Argentina Franco Di Santo Germany Schalke 04 451
Czech Republic David Lafata Czech Republic Sparta Prague 558
Russia Aleksandr Samedov Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 720
Germany Marco Reus Germany Borussia Dortmund 742

Source:[62]

Top assists[edit]

Rank Player Team Assists Minutes played
1 Spain Denis Suárez Spain Villarreal 6 966
2 Czech Republic Bořek Dočkal Czech Republic Sparta Prague 5 1029
3 South Korea Son Heung-min England Tottenham Hotspur 4 504
France Nolan Roux France Saint-Étienne 538
Spain Vitolo Spain Sevilla 634
Spain Beñat Spain Athletic Bilbao 733
Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan Germany Borussia Dortmund 902
Portugal Rafa Silva Portugal Braga 1070
9 15 players 3 N/A

Source:[63]

Squad of the season[edit]

The UEFA technical study group selected the following 18 players as the squad of the tournament.[64]

Pos. Name Team
GK Spain David Soria Spain Sevilla
Spain David de Gea England Manchester United
DF Belgium Toby Alderweireld England Tottenham Hotspur
Germany Mats Hummels Germany Borussia Dortmund
France Adil Rami Spain Sevilla
Brazil Mariano Spain Sevilla
Croatia Darijo Srna Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
MF Germany Emre Can England Liverpool
Germany Gonzalo Castro Germany Borussia Dortmund
Brazil Philippe Coutinho England Liverpool
Argentina Éver Banega Spain Sevilla
Poland Grzegorz Krychowiak Spain Sevilla
France Steven N'Zonzi Spain Sevilla
Brazil Marlos Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
FW Spain Aritz Aduriz Spain Athletic Bilbao
Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Germany Borussia Dortmund
Democratic Republic of the Congo Cédric Bakambu Spain Villarreal
France Kévin Gameiro Spain Sevilla

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