2016–17 UEFA Europa League

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2016–17 UEFA Europa League
Friends Arena from inside.jpg
Friends Arena in Solna hosted the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
28 June – 25 August 2016
Competition proper:
15 September 2016 – 24 May 2017
TeamsCompetition proper: 48+8
Total: 155+33 (from 54 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsEngland Manchester United (1st title)
Runners-upNetherlands Ajax
Tournament statistics
Matches played205
Goals scored565 (2.76 per match)
Attendance4,494,039 (21,922 per match)
Top scorer(s)Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko
Brazil Giuliano
(8 goals each)
Best player(s)France Paul Pogba[1]

The 2016–17 UEFA Europa League was the 46th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the eighth season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

The final was played between Ajax and Manchester United at the Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden.[2][3] Manchester United beat Ajax 2–0 to win their first title.[4] With this victory, they joined Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Chelsea as the only clubs to have won all three major European trophies (European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, and the defunct UEFA Cup Winners' Cup).[5]

Manchester United qualified for the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, and also earned the right to play against the winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid, in the 2017 UEFA Super Cup.

Sevilla had won the last three tournaments but were unable to defend their titles, having qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League and reached the knockout phase.

Association team allocation[edit]

A total of 188 teams from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations were expected to participate in the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League (the exception being Kosovo, whose participation was not accepted in their first attempt as UEFA members). The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients was used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[6]

  • Associations 1–51 (except Liechtenstein) each had three teams qualify.
  • Associations 52–54 (except Gibraltar) each had two teams qualify.
  • Liechtenstein and Gibraltar each had one team qualify (Liechtenstein organises only a domestic cup and no domestic league; Gibraltar as per decision by the UEFA Executive Committee).[7]
  • Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League were transferred to the Europa League.

The UEFA Executive Committee approved in December 2014 changes to the rewards given according to the Respect Fair Play ranking, and starting from the 2016–17 season, the three Fair Play berths were no longer allocated to the Europa League.[8]

Association ranking[edit]

For the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, the associations were allocated places according to their 2015 UEFA country coefficients, which took into account their performance in European competitions from 2010–11 to 2014–15.[9][10]

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

  • (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 99.999 3 +1(CL)
−1(EL)
2 England England 80.391 +1(CL)
3 Germany Germany 79.415 +1(CL)
4 Italy Italy 70.510 +1(CL)
5 Portugal Portugal 61.382
6 France France 52.416 +1(CL)
7 Russia Russia 50.498 +1(CL)
8 Ukraine Ukraine 45.166 +1(CL)
9 Netherlands Netherlands 40.979 +1(CL)
10 Belgium Belgium 37.200 +1(CL)
11 Switzerland Switzerland 34.375 +1(CL)
12 Turkey Turkey 32.600 +2(CL)
13 Greece Greece 31.900 +2(CL)
14 Czech Republic Czech Republic 29.125 +2(CL)
15 Romania Romania 26.299 +2(CL)
16 Austria Austria 25.675 +1(CL)
17 Croatia Croatia 23.500
18 Cyprus Cyprus 22.300 +1(CL)
19 Poland Poland 21.500 +1(CL)
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20 Israel Israel 21.000 3 +1(CL)
21 Belarus Belarus 20.750 +1(CL)
22 Denmark Denmark 19.800 +1(CL)
23 Scotland Scotland 17.900
24 Sweden Sweden 17.725
25 Bulgaria Bulgaria 16.750 +1(CL)
26 Norway Norway 14.375 +1(CL)
27 Serbia Serbia 13.875 +1(CL)
28 Slovenia Slovenia 13.625
29 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 12.500 +1(CL)
30 Slovakia Slovakia 11.250 +1(CL)
31 Hungary Hungary 11.000
32 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 10.375 +1(CL)
33 Moldova Moldova 10.000
34 Georgia (country) Georgia 9.375 +1(CL)
35 Finland Finland 8.200
36 Iceland Iceland 8.000
37 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.500
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 6.000 1
39 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 5.875 3
40 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 5.750 +1(CL)
41 Montenegro Montenegro 5.625
42 Albania Albania 5.375 +1(CL)
43 Luxembourg Luxembourg 5.125
44 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 4.875
45 Lithuania Lithuania 4.500
46 Latvia Latvia 4.250
47 Malta Malta 4.208
48 Estonia Estonia 3.500
49 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 3.500
50 Wales Wales 2.875
51 Armenia Armenia 2.750
52 Andorra Andorra 0.833 2
53 San Marino San Marino 0.499
54 Gibraltar Gibraltar 0.250 1
55 Kosovo Kosovo[Note KOS] 0.000 0
Notes
  1. ^ Kosovo (KOS): Kosovo became a UEFA member on 3 May 2016.[11] UEFA decided that their domestic cup winners could participate in the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League only if they could meet licensing criteria under article 15 of the UEFA Club Licensing & Financial Fair Play regulations, which would be confirmed following the assessment made by the UEFA administration within the deadline of 31 May 2016.[12] However, Kosovo's entry, Prishtina (as the winners of the 2015–16 Kosovar Cup), was denied by UEFA in June due to the club failing licensing requirements, and also because the club could not provide a suitable stadium and UEFA did not allow them to play their home matches in a foreign country.[13][14]

Distribution[edit]

In the default access list, Sevilla enter the third qualifying round (as the seventh-placed team of the 2015–16 La Liga).[6][15] However, since they qualified for the Champions League as the Europa League title holders, the spot which they qualified for in the Europa League third qualifying round is vacated, and the following changes to the default allocation system are made:[16][17]

  • 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 27 and 28 (Serbia and Slovenia) 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
(96 teams)
  • 26 domestic cup winners from associations 29–54
  • 35 domestic league runners-up from associations 18–53 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 35 domestic league third-placed teams from associations 16–51 (except Liechtenstein)
Second qualifying round
(66 teams)
  • 10 domestic cup winners from associations 19–28
  • 2 domestic league runners-up from associations 16–17
  • 6 domestic league fourth-placed teams from associations 10–15
  • 48 winners from first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(58 teams)
  • 6 domestic cup winners from associations 13–18
  • 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)
  • −1 Europa League title holders
  • 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)
  • 12 domestic cup winners from associations 1–12
  • 1 domestic league fourth-placed team from association 4
  • 3 domestic league fifth-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • 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):[6]

  • 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".
  • 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.

Teams[edit]

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:[18][19][20]

  • CW: Cup winners
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
  • LC: League Cup winners
  • RW: Regular season winners
  • PW: End-of-season European competition play-offs winners
  • 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
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad (CL GS) Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach (CL GS) England Tottenham Hotspur (CL GS) Denmark Copenhagen (CL GS)
Turkey Beşiktaş (CL GS) Russia Rostov (CL GS) Poland Legia Warsaw (CL GS) France Lyon (CL GS)
Group stage
Spain Athletic Bilbao (5th) Italy Fiorentina (5th) Switzerland Zürich (CW) Romania Steaua București (CL PO)
Spain Celta Vigo (6th) Portugal Braga (CW) Turkey Konyaspor (3rd)[Note TUR] Italy Roma (CL PO)
England Manchester United (CW) France Nice (4th) Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň (CL PO) Netherlands Ajax (CL PO)
England Southampton (6th) Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg (CW) Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva (CL PO) Switzerland Young Boys (CL PO)
Germany Schalke 04 (5th) Ukraine Zorya Luhansk (4th)[Note UKR] Cyprus APOEL (CL PO) Spain Villarreal (CL PO)
Germany Mainz 05 (6th) Netherlands Feyenoord (CW) Republic of Ireland Dundalk (CL PO)
Italy Internazionale (4th) Belgium Standard Liège (CW) Austria Red Bull Salzburg (CL PO)
Play-off round
Norway Rosenborg (CL Q3) Slovakia Trenčín (CL Q3) Serbia Red Star Belgrade (CL Q3) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (CL Q3)
Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi (CL Q3) Azerbaijan Qarabağ (CL Q3) Albania Partizani Tirana (CL Q3) Belgium Anderlecht (CL Q3)
Greece Olympiacos (CL Q3) Romania Astra Giurgiu (CL Q3) Greece PAOK (CL Q3) Turkey Fenerbahçe (CL Q3)
Kazakhstan Astana (CL Q3) Belarus BATE Borisov (CL Q3) Czech Republic Sparta Prague (CL Q3)
Third qualifying round
England West Ham United (7th) Russia Krasnodar (4th) Switzerland Luzern (3rd) Romania Viitorul Constanța (5th)[Note ROU]
Germany Hertha BSC (7th) Russia Spartak Moscow (5th) Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir (4th)[Note TUR] Austria Rapid Wien (2nd)
Italy Sassuolo (6th) Ukraine Vorskla Poltava (5th) Greece AEK Athens (CW) Croatia Rijeka (2nd)
Portugal Arouca (5th) Ukraine FC Oleksandriya (6th)[Note UKR] Greece Panathinaikos (3rd) Cyprus Apollon Limassol (CW)
Portugal Rio Ave (6th) Netherlands AZ (4th) Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav (CW)
France Lille (5th) Netherlands Heracles Almelo (PW) Czech Republic Slovan Liberec (3rd)
France Saint-Étienne (6th) Belgium Gent (3rd) Romania Pandurii Târgu Jiu (3rd)
Second qualifying round
Belgium Genk (PW) Romania CSM Politehnica Iași (7th)[Note ROU] Belarus Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino (CW) Norway Strømsgodset (2nd)
Switzerland Grasshopper (4th) Austria Austria Wien (3rd) Denmark SønderjyskE (2nd) Serbia Partizan (CW)
Turkey Osmanlıspor (5th)[Note TUR] Croatia Hajduk Split (3rd) Scotland Hibernian (CW) Slovenia Maribor (CW)
Greece PAS Giannina (6th)[Note GRE] Poland Piast Gliwice (2nd) Sweden BK Häcken (CW)
Czech Republic Slavia Prague (5th) Israel Maccabi Haifa (CW) Bulgaria Levski Sofia (2nd)[Note BUL]
First qualifying round
Austria Admira Wacker Mödling (4th) Azerbaijan Gabala (3rd) Bosnia and Herzegovina Radnik Bijeljina (CW) Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė (4th)
Croatia Lokomotiva (4th) Azerbaijan Kapaz (5th)[Note AZE] Bosnia and Herzegovina Sloboda Tuzla (2nd) Latvia Jelgava (CW)
Cyprus AEK Larnaca (2nd) Azerbaijan Neftçi Baku (6th)[Note AZE] Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg (3rd) Latvia Ventspils (3rd)
Cyprus Omonia (4th) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava (2nd) Liechtenstein Vaduz (CW) Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala (5th)[Note LVA]
Poland Zagłębie Lubin (3rd) Slovakia Spartak Myjava (3rd) Republic of Macedonia Shkëndija (CW) Malta Hibernians (2nd)
Poland Cracovia (4th) Slovakia Spartak Trnava (4th) Republic of Macedonia Sileks (3rd) Malta Birkirkara (3rd)
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv (2nd) Hungary Videoton (2nd) Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički (4th) Malta Balzan (4th)[Note MLT]
Israel Beitar Jerusalem (3rd) Hungary Debrecen (3rd) Republic of Ireland Cork City (2nd) Estonia Levadia Tallinn (2nd)
Belarus Dinamo Minsk (2nd) Hungary MTK Budapest (4th) Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers (3rd) Estonia Nõmme Kalju (3rd)
Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk (3rd) Kazakhstan Kairat (CW) Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic (4th) Estonia Infonet Tallinn (4th)
Denmark Midtjylland (3rd) Kazakhstan Aktobe (3rd) Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja (CW) Faroe Islands Víkingur Gøta (CW)
Denmark Brøndby (4th) Kazakhstan Ordabasy (4th) Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica (2nd) Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík (2nd)
Scotland Aberdeen (2nd) Moldova Zaria Bălți (CW) Montenegro Bokelj (4th) Faroe Islands HB (4th)
Scotland Heart of Midlothian (3rd) Moldova Dacia Chișinău (2nd) Albania Kukësi (CW) Wales Bala Town (2nd)
Sweden IFK Göteborg (2nd) Moldova Zimbru Chișinău (3rd) Albania Partizani Tirana (2nd)[Note ALB] Wales Llandudno (3rd)
Sweden AIK (3rd) Georgia (country) Samtredia (2nd) Albania Teuta Durrës (4th) Wales Connah's Quay Nomads (PW)
Bulgaria Beroe Stara Zagora (3rd) Georgia (country) Dila Gori (3rd) Luxembourg Fola Esch (2nd) Armenia Banants (CW)
Bulgaria Slavia Sofia (4th)[Note BUL] Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere (4th) Luxembourg Differdange 03 (3rd) Armenia Shirak (2nd)
Norway Stabæk (3rd) Finland IFK Mariehamn (CW) Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch (4th) Armenia Pyunik (3rd)
Norway Odd (4th) Finland RoPS (2nd) Northern Ireland Glenavon (CW) Andorra UE Santa Coloma (CW)
Serbia Čukarički (3rd) Finland HJK (3rd) Northern Ireland Linfield (2nd) Andorra Lusitanos (2nd)
Serbia Vojvodina (4th) Iceland Valur (CW) Northern Ireland Cliftonville (PW) San Marino La Fiorita (CW)
Slovenia Domžale (3rd) Iceland Breiðablik (2nd) Lithuania Trakai (2nd) San Marino Folgore (3rd)
Slovenia Gorica (4th) Iceland KR (3rd) Lithuania Atlantas (3rd) Gibraltar Europa FC (2nd)

Notably two teams took part in the competition that were not playing in their national top division, Zürich (2nd tier) and Hibernian (2nd tier).

Notes
  1. ^ Albania (ALB): Partizani Tirana were transferred to the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round following the exclusion of Skënderbeu Korçë by UEFA for match-fixing.[21]
  2. ^ Azerbaijan (AZE): Zira and Inter Baku would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the runners-up and fourth-placed team of the 2015–16 Azerbaijan Premier League respectively, but Zira failed to obtain a UEFA licence as the club has existed professionally for fewer than three seasons,[22][23] and Inter Baku were excluded from participating in the 2016–17 European competitions by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body.[24] As a result, the berths were given to the fifth-placed team Kapaz and the sixth-placed team Neftçi Baku.
  3. ^ Bulgaria (BUL): CSKA Sofia would have qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round as the winners of the 2015–16 Bulgarian Cup, but were excluded from participating in the 2016–17 European competitions by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body.[25] As a result, the runners-up of the 2015–16 A Group, Levski Sofia, entered the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round, and the first qualifying round berth was given to the fourth-placed team Slavia Sofia.
  4. ^ Greece (GRE): Panionios would have qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round as the fifth-placed team of the 2015–16 Superleague Greece, but were excluded from participating in the 2016–17 European competitions by UEFA for financial reasons.[26] As a result, the berth was given to the sixth-placed team PAS Giannina.
  5. ^ Latvia (LVA): Skonto would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the runners-up of the 2015 Latvian Higher League, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[27][28] As a result, the berth was given to the fifth-placed team Spartaks Jūrmala.
  6. ^ Malta (MLT): Sliema Wanderers would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the winners of the 2015–16 Maltese FA Trophy, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[29] As a result, the berth was given to the fourth-placed team of the 2015–16 Maltese Premier League, Balzan.
  7. ^ Romania (ROU): CFR Cluj would have qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round as the winners of the 2015–16 Cupa României, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence after filing for insolvency in 2015.[30][31] Dinamo București would have qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round as the fourth-placed team of the 2015–16 Liga I, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence after filing for insolvency in 2014.[32][33] Dinamo București appealed to the Romanian Football Federation but the appeal was denied,[34] and an appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport[35] was also rejected.[36] As a result, the third qualifying round berth was given to the fifth-placed team Viitorul Constanța, and the second qualifying round berth was given to the seventh-placed team CSM Politehnica Iași, since the sixth-placed team Târgu Mureș were excluded from participating in the 2016–17 European competitions by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body.[24][31][37]
  8. ^ Turkey (TUR): Galatasaray would have qualified for the Europa League group stage as the winners of the 2015–16 Turkish Cup, but were excluded from participating in the 2016–17 European competitions by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body.[38] As a result, the third-placed team of the 2015–16 Süper Lig, Konyaspor, entered the group stage instead of the third qualifying round, the fourth-placed team İstanbul Başakşehir entered the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round, and the second qualifying round berth was given to the fifth-placed team Osmanlıspor. Galatasaray appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[39] but it was rejected.[40]
  9. ^ Ukraine (UKR): Dnipro would have qualified for the Europa League group stage as the third-placed team of the 2015–16 Ukrainian Premier League, but were excluded from participating in the 2016–17 European competitions by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body.[24] As a result, the fourth-placed team Zorya Luhansk entered the group stage instead of the third qualifying round, and the third qualifying round berth was given to the sixth-placed team FC Oleksandriya.

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition was as follows (all draws were held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[41][6][42]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 20 June 2016 30 June 2016 7 July 2016
Second qualifying round 14 July 2016 21 July 2016
Third qualifying round 15 July 2016 28 July 2016 4 August 2016
Play-off Play-off round 5 August 2016 18 August 2016 25 August 2016
Group stage Matchday 1 26 August 2016
(Monaco)
15 September 2016
Matchday 2 29 September 2016
Matchday 3 20 October 2016
Matchday 4 3 November 2016
Matchday 5 24 November 2016
Matchday 6 8 December 2016
Knockout phase Round of 32 12 December 2016 16 February 2017 23 February 2017
Round of 16 24 February 2017 9 March 2017 16 March 2017
Quarter-finals 17 March 2017 13 April 2017 20 April 2017
Semi-finals 21 April 2017 4 May 2017 11 May 2017
Final 24 May 2017 at Friends Arena, Solna

Matches in the qualifying, play-off, and knockout rounds could 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 2016 UEFA club coefficients,[43][44][45] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other.

First qualifying round[edit]

The draws for the first and second qualifying round were held on 20 June 2016.[46][47] The first legs were played on 28 and 30 June, and the second legs were played on 5, 6 and 7 July 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Midtjylland Denmark 2–0 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė 1–0 1–0
Heart of Midlothian Scotland 6–3[A] Estonia Infonet Tallinn 2–1 4–2
Connah's Quay Nomads Wales 1–0[A] Norway Stabæk 0–0 1–0
Ventspils Latvia 4–0 Faroe Islands Víkingur Gøta 2–0 2–0
Linfield Northern Ireland 1–2 Republic of Ireland Cork City 0–1 1–1
Levadia Tallinn Estonia 3–1 Faroe Islands HB 1–1 2–0
Atlantas Lithuania 1–3 Finland HJK 0–2 1–1
IFK Göteborg Sweden 7–1 Wales Llandudno 5–0 2–1
St Patrick's Athletic Republic of Ireland 2–2 (a) Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 1–0 1–2
KR Iceland 8–1 Northern Ireland Glenavon 2–1 6–0
Shamrock Rovers Republic of Ireland 1–3 Finland RoPS 0–2 1–1
Valur Iceland 1–10 Denmark Brøndby 1–4 0–6
Aberdeen Scotland 3–2 Luxembourg Fola Esch 3–1 0–1
Trakai Lithuania 3–5[A] Estonia Nõmme Kalju 2–1 1–4
Dinamo Minsk Belarus 4–1 Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala 2–1 2–0
Breiðablik Iceland 4–5 Latvia Jelgava 2–3 2–2
NSÍ Runavík Faroe Islands 0–7 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk 0–2 0–5
AIK Sweden 4–0 Wales Bala Town 2–0 2–0
Differdange 03 Luxembourg 1–3 Northern Ireland Cliftonville 1–1 0–2
Odd Norway 3–1 Finland IFK Mariehamn 2–0 1–1
Domžale Slovenia 5–2 Andorra Lusitanos 3–1 2–1
Bokelj Montenegro 1–6 Serbia Vojvodina 1–1 0–5
AEK Larnaca Cyprus 6–1 San Marino Folgore 3–0 3–1
Dila Gori Georgia (country) 1–1 (1–4 p) Armenia Shirak 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Široki Brijeg Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–3 Malta Birkirkara 1–1 0–2
Videoton Hungary 3–2 Moldova Zaria Bălți 3–0 0–2
UE Santa Coloma Andorra 2–7 Croatia Lokomotiva 1–3 1–4
Europa FC Gibraltar 3–2[A] Armenia Pyunik 2–0 1–2
Čukarički Serbia 6–3 Kazakhstan Ordabasy 3–0 3–3
Rabotnički Republic of Macedonia 1–2 Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica 1–1 0–1
Zimbru Chișinău Moldova 3–3 (a) Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere 0–1 3–2
Sloboda Tuzla Bosnia and Herzegovina 0–1 Israel Beitar Jerusalem 0–0 0–1
Kukësi Albania 2–1 Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja 1–1 1–0
Balzan Malta 2–3[A] Azerbaijan Neftçi Baku 0–2 2–1
Admira Wacker Mödling Austria 4–3 Slovakia Spartak Myjava 1–1 3–2
Beroe Stara Zagora Bulgaria 2–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Radnik Bijeljina 0–0 2–0
La Fiorita San Marino 0–7 Hungary Debrecen 0–5 0–2
Vaduz Liechtenstein 5–2 Republic of Macedonia Sileks 3–1 2–1
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 4–0 Slovenia Gorica 3–0 1–0
Gabala Azerbaijan 6–3 Georgia (country) Samtredia 5–1 1–2
Teuta Durrës Albania 0–6 Kazakhstan Kairat 0–1 0–5
Spartak Trnava Slovakia 6–0 Malta Hibernians 3–0 3–0
Banants Armenia 1–5 Cyprus Omonia 0–1 1–4 (a.e.t.)
Shkëndija Republic of Macedonia 4–1 Poland Cracovia 2–0 2–1
Slavia Sofia Bulgaria 1–3 Poland Zagłębie Lubin 1–0 0–3
Aktobe Kazakhstan 1–3 Hungary MTK Budapest 1–1 0–2
Partizani Tirana Albania w/o[B] Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 0–0 Cancelled
Kapaz Azerbaijan 1–0 Moldova Dacia Chișinău 0–0 1–0
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e Order of legs reversed after original draw.
  2. ^ Partizani Tirana replaced Skënderbeu Korçë in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round and Slovan Bratislava proceeded directly to the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round, after Skënderbeu Korçë was excluded by UEFA for match-fixing.[48]

Second qualifying round[edit]

The first legs were played on 14 July, and the second legs were played on 20 and 21 July 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shirak Armenia 1–3 Slovakia Spartak Trnava 1–1 0–2
Dinamo Minsk Belarus 2–1 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 1–1 1–0
Partizan Serbia 0–0 (3–4 p) Poland Zagłębie Lubin 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Vojvodina Serbia 3–1 Wales Connah's Quay Nomads 1–0 2–1
Maccabi Haifa Israel 2–2 (3–5 p)[C] Estonia Nõmme Kalju 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Hibernian Scotland 1–1 (3–5 p) Denmark Brøndby 0–1 1–0 (a.e.t.)
Shakhtyor Soligorsk Belarus 2–3 Slovenia Domžale 1–1 1–2
Austria Wien Austria 5–1 Albania Kukësi 1–0 4–1
MTK Budapest Hungary 1–4 Azerbaijan Gabala 1–2 0–2
Beroe Stara Zagora Bulgaria 1–2 Finland HJK 1–1 0–1
RoPS Finland 1–4 Croatia Lokomotiva 1–1 0–3
Neftçi Baku Azerbaijan 0–1 Republic of Macedonia Shkëndija 0–0 0–1
KR Iceland 4–5[C] Switzerland Grasshopper 3–3 1–2
Midtjylland Denmark 5–2 Liechtenstein Vaduz 3–0 2–2
Zimbru Chișinău Moldova 2–7 Turkey Osmanlıspor 2–2 0–5
PAS Giannina Greece 4–3 Norway Odd 3–0 1–3 (a.e.t.)
Birkirkara Malta 2–1 Scotland Heart of Midlothian 0–0 2–1
Maribor Slovenia 1–1 (a) Bulgaria Levski Sofia 0–0 1–1
Piast Gliwice Poland 0–3 Sweden IFK Göteborg 0–3 0–0
Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 0–3 Latvia Jelgava 0–0 0–3
Beitar Jerusalem Israel 3–3 (a) Cyprus Omonia 1–0 2–3
Admira Wacker Mödling Austria 3–0 Azerbaijan Kapaz 1–0 2–0
Aberdeen Scotland 4–0 Latvia Ventspils 3–0 1–0
BK Häcken Sweden 1–2 Republic of Ireland Cork City 1–1 0–1
Kairat Kazakhstan 2–3 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–1 1–2
Debrecen Hungary 1–3 Belarus Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino 1–2 0–1
CSM Politehnica Iași Romania 3–4 Croatia Hajduk Split 2–2 1–2
Videoton Hungary 3–1 Serbia Čukarički 2–0 1–1
Cliftonville Northern Ireland 2–5 Cyprus AEK Larnaca 2–3 0–2
AIK Sweden 2–0 Gibraltar Europa FC 1–0 1–0
Levadia Tallinn Estonia 3–3 (a) Czech Republic Slavia Prague 3–1 0–2
Genk Belgium 2–2 (4–2 p) Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica 2–0 0–2 (a.e.t.)
SønderjyskE Denmark 4–3 Norway Strømsgodset 2–1 2–2 (a.e.t.)
Notes
  1. ^ a b Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Third qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 15 July 2016.[49][50] The first legs were played on 28 July, and the second legs were played on 3 and 4 August 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Lokomotiva Croatia 3–2 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava 0–0 3–2
Saint-Étienne France 1–0 Greece AEK Athens 0–0 1–0
AEK Larnaca Cyprus 2–1 Russia Spartak Moscow 1–1 1–0
Pandurii Târgu Jiu Romania 2–5 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–3 1–2
Vojvodina Serbia 3–1 Belarus Dinamo Minsk 1–1 2–0
Zagłębie Lubin Poland 2–3 Denmark SønderjyskE 1–2 1–1
Luzern Switzerland 1–4 Italy Sassuolo 1–1 0–3
Slavia Prague Czech Republic 1–1 (a) Portugal Rio Ave 0–0 1–1
Birkirkara Malta 1–6 Russia Krasnodar 0–3 1–3
AZ Netherlands 3–1 Greece PAS Giannina 1–0 2–1
Jelgava Latvia 1–4 Israel Beitar Jerusalem 1–1 0–3
Austria Wien Austria 1–1 (5–4 p) Slovakia Spartak Trnava 0–1 1–0 (a.e.t.)
Panathinaikos Greece 3–0[D] Sweden AIK 1–0 2–0
Osmanlıspor Turkey 3–0 Estonia Nõmme Kalju 1–0 2–0
Aberdeen Scotland 1–2 Slovenia Maribor 1–1 0–1
Lille France 1–2 Azerbaijan Gabala 1–1 0–1
FC Oleksandriya Ukraine 1–6 Croatia Hajduk Split 0–3 1–3
Hertha BSC Germany 2–3 Denmark Brøndby 1–0 1–3
İstanbul Başakşehir Turkey 2–2 (a) Croatia Rijeka 0–0 2–2
Heracles Almelo Netherlands 1–1 (a) Portugal Arouca 1–1 0–0
Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino Belarus 0–3 Austria Rapid Wien 0–0 0–3
Genk Belgium 3–1 Republic of Ireland Cork City 1–0 2–1
Shkëndija Republic of Macedonia 2–1 Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav 2–0 0–1
Domžale Slovenia 2–4[D] England West Ham United 2–1 0–3
Videoton Hungary 1–2 Denmark Midtjylland 0–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
IFK Göteborg Sweden 3–2 Finland HJK 1–2 2–0
Admira Wacker Mödling Austria 1–4 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 1–2 0–2
Gent Belgium 5–0 Romania Viitorul Constanța 5–0 0–0
Grasshopper Switzerland 5–4 Cyprus Apollon Limassol 2–1 3–3 (a.e.t.)
Notes
  1. ^ a b Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Play-off round[edit]

The draw for the play-off round was held on 5 August 2016.[51][52] The first legs were played on 17 and 18 August, and the second legs were played on 25 August 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Astana Kazakhstan 4–2 Belarus BATE Borisov 2–0 2–2
Arouca Portugal 1–3 Greece Olympiacos 0–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)
Midtjylland Denmark 0–3 Turkey Osmanlıspor 0–1 0–2
Trenčín Slovakia 2–4 Austria Rapid Wien 0–4 2–0
Lokomotiva Croatia 2–4 Belgium Genk 2–2 0–2
AEK Larnaca Cyprus 0–4 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 0–1 0–3
Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country) 0–5 Greece PAOK 0–3 0–2
Austria Wien Austria 4–2 Norway Rosenborg 2–1 2–1
Beitar Jerusalem Israel 1–2 France Saint-Étienne 1–2 0–0
Vojvodina Serbia 0–3 Netherlands AZ 0–3 0–0
Gabala Azerbaijan 3–2[E] Slovenia Maribor 3–1 0–1
Slavia Prague Czech Republic 0–6 Belgium Anderlecht 0–3 0–3
Astra Giurgiu Romania 2–1 England West Ham United 1–1 1–0
Fenerbahçe Turkey 5–0 Switzerland Grasshopper 3–0 2–0
Panathinaikos Greece 4–1[E] Denmark Brøndby 3–0 1–1
Krasnodar Russia 4–0 Albania Partizani Tirana 4–0 0–0
Gent Belgium 6–1 Republic of Macedonia Shkëndija 2–1 4–0
İstanbul Başakşehir Turkey 1–4 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2 0–2
SønderjyskE Denmark 2–3 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–0 2–3
Sassuolo Italy 4–1 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 3–0 1–1
IFK Göteborg Sweden 1–3 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 1–0 0–3
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 3–3 (4–3 p) Croatia Hajduk Split 2–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)
Notes
  1. ^ a b Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League group stage.
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 on 26 August 2016, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.[53] 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 2016 UEFA club coefficients.[43][44][45]

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 32, where they are joined by the eight third-placed teams of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League group stage. The matchdays are 15 September, 29 September, 20 October, 3 November, 24 November, and 8 December 2016.

A total of 21 national associations are represented in the group stage. Astana, Celta Vigo, Dundalk, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Konyaspor, Mainz 05, Manchester United, Nice, Olympiacos, Osmanlıspor, Sassuolo, Southampton and Zorya Luhansk made their debut appearances in the UEFA Europa League group stage (although Celta Vigo and Olympiacos had appeared in the UEFA Cup group stage and Manchester United and Olympiacos had already competed in the UEFA Europa League knockout phase after a third place in the UEFA Champions League group stage).[54]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification FEN MU FEY ZOR
1 Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 4 1 1 8 6 +2 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–1 1–0 2–0
2 England Manchester United 6 4 0 2 12 4 +8 12 4–1 4–0 1–0
3 Netherlands Feyenoord 6 2 1 3 3 7 −4 7 0–1 1–0 1–0
4 Ukraine Zorya Luhansk 6 0 2 4 2 8 −6 2 1–1 0–2 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification APO OLY YB AST
1 Cyprus APOEL 6 4 0 2 8 6 +2 12 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 1–0 2–1
2 Greece Olympiacos 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1 8 0–1 1–1 4–1
3 Switzerland Young Boys 6 2 2 2 7 4 +3 8 3–1 0–1 3–0
4 Kazakhstan Astana 6 1 2 3 5 11 −6 5 2–1 1–1 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SET AND MNZ QAB
1 France Saint-Étienne 6 3 3 0 8 5 +3 12 Advance to knockout phase 1–1 0–0 1–0
2 Belgium Anderlecht 6 3 2 1 16 8 +8 11 2–3 6–1 3–1
3 Germany Mainz 05 6 2 3 1 8 10 −2 9 1–1 1–1 2–0
4 Azerbaijan Gabala 6 0 0 6 5 14 −9 0 1–2 1–3 2–3
Source: UEFA

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ZEN AZ MTA DUN
1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 5 0 1 17 8 +9 15 Advance to knockout phase 5–0 2–0 2–1
2 Netherlands AZ 6 2 2 2 6 10 −4 8 3–2 1–2 1–1
3 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 2 1 3 7 9 −2 7 3–4 0–0 2–1
4 Republic of Ireland Dundalk 6 1 1 4 5 8 −3 4 1–2 0–1 1–0
Source: UEFA

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ROM AG PLZ AW
1 Italy Roma 6 3 3 0 16 7 +9 12 Advance to knockout phase 4–0 4–1 3–3
2 Romania Astra Giurgiu 6 2 2 2 7 10 −3 8 0–0 1–1 2–3
3 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 6 1 3 2 7 10 −3 6 1–1 1–2 3–2
4 Austria Austria Wien 6 1 2 3 11 14 −3 5 2–4 1–2 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GNK ATH RW SAS
1 Belgium Genk 6 4 0 2 13 9 +4 12 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 1–0 3–1
2 Spain Athletic Bilbao 6 3 1 2 10 11 −1 10 5–3 1–0 3–2
3 Austria Rapid Wien 6 1 3 2 7 8 −1 6 3–2 1–1 1–1
4 Italy Sassuolo 6 1 2 3 9 11 −2 5 0–2 3–0 2–2
Source: UEFA

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AJX CLT STL PAN
1 Netherlands Ajax 6 4 2 0 11 6 +5 14 Advance to knockout phase 3–2 1–0 2–0
2 Spain Celta Vigo 6 2 3 1 10 7 +3 9 2–2 1–1 2–0
3 Belgium Standard Liège 6 1 4 1 8 6 +2 7 1–1 1–1 2–2
4 Greece Panathinaikos 6 0 1 5 3 13 −10 1 1–2 0–2 0–3
Source: UEFA

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SHK GNT BRA KON
1 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 6 6 0 0 21 5 +16 18 Advance to knockout phase 5–0 2–0 4–0
2 Belgium Gent 6 2 2 2 9 13 −4 8 3–5 2–2 2–0
3 Portugal Braga 6 1 3 2 9 11 −2 6 2–4 1–1 3–1
4 Turkey Konyaspor 6 0 1 5 2 12 −10 1 0–1 0–1 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group I[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SCH KRA SAL NCE
1 Germany Schalke 04 6 5 0 1 9 3 +6 15 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 3–1 2–0
2 Russia Krasnodar 6 2 1 3 8 8 0 7 0–1 1–1 5–2
3 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 6 2 1 3 6 6 0 7 2–0 0–1 0–1
4 France Nice 6 2 0 4 5 11 −6 6 0–1 2–1 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group J[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification FIO PAOK QRB LIB
1 Italy Fiorentina 6 4 1 1 15 6 +9 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–3 5–1 3–0
2 Greece PAOK 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 10 0–0 0–1 2–0
3 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 6 2 1 3 7 12 −5 7 1–2 2–0 2–2
4 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5 4 1–3 1–2 3–0
Source: UEFA

Group K[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SPP HBS SOU INT
1 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 6 4 0 2 8 6 +2 12 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 1–0 3–1
2 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva 6 2 2 2 6 6 0 8 0–1 0–0 3–2
3 England Southampton 6 2 2 2 6 4 +2 8 3–0 1–1 2–1
4 Italy Internazionale 6 2 0 4 7 11 −4 6 2–1 0–2 1–0
Source: UEFA

Group L[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification OSM VIL ZUR STE
1 Turkey Osmanlıspor 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10 Advance to knockout phase 2–2 2–0 2–0
2 Spain Villarreal 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9 1–2 2–1 2–1
3 Switzerland Zürich 6 1 3 2 5 7 −2 6 2–1 1–1 0–0
4 Romania Steaua București 6 1 3 2 5 7 −2 6 2–1 1–1 1–1
Source: UEFA

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 mechanism of the draws for each round is 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 are seeded, and the twelve group runners-up and the other four third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage are unseeded. The seeded teams are drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams 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 can be drawn against each other.

Bracket[edit]

Round of 32   Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals
 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 1 0 1  
 Denmark Copenhagen 2 0 2      Denmark Copenhagen 2 0 2  
 Poland Legia Warsaw 0 0 0    Netherlands Ajax 1 2 3  
 Netherlands Ajax 0 1 1        Netherlands Ajax (a.e.t.) 2 2 4  
 Greece PAOK 0 1 1        Germany Schalke 04 0 3 3  
 Germany Schalke 04 3 1 4      Germany Schalke 04 (a) 1 2 3
 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 4 4    Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 2 3  
 Italy Fiorentina 1 2 3        Netherlands Ajax 4 1 5  
 Netherlands AZ 1 1 2        France Lyon 1 3 4  
 France Lyon 4 7 11      France Lyon 4 1 5  
 Spain Villarreal 0 1 1    Italy Roma 2 2 4  
 Italy Roma 4 0 4        France Lyon (p) 2 1 3 (7)
 Greece Olympiacos 0 3 3        Turkey Beşiktaş 1 2 3 (6)     Final
 Turkey Osmanlıspor 0 0 0      Greece Olympiacos 1 1 2
 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1 1 2    Turkey Beşiktaş 1 4 5  
 Turkey Beşiktaş 3 2 5      Netherlands Ajax 0
 Spain Celta Vigo (a.e.t.) 0 2 2      England Manchester United 2  
 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1 0 1      Spain Celta Vigo 2 2 4  
 Russia Krasnodar 1 1 2    Russia Krasnodar 1 0 1  
 Turkey Fenerbahçe 0 1 1        Spain Celta Vigo 3 1 4  
 Belgium Gent 1 2 3        Belgium Genk 2 1 3  
 England Tottenham Hotspur 0 2 2      Belgium Gent 2 1 3
 Romania Astra Giurgiu 2 0 2    Belgium Genk 5 1 6  
 Belgium Genk 2 1 3        Spain Celta Vigo 0 1 1
 Spain Athletic Bilbao 3 0 3        England Manchester United 1 1 2  
 Cyprus APOEL 2 2 4      Cyprus APOEL 0 0 0  
 Belgium Anderlecht (a) 2 1 3    Belgium Anderlecht 1 1 2  
 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 0 3 3        Belgium Anderlecht 1 1 2
 Russia Rostov 4 1 5        England Manchester United (a.e.t.) 1 2 3  
 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0 1 1      Russia Rostov 1 0 1
 England Manchester United 3 1 4    England Manchester United 1 1 2  
 France Saint-Étienne 0 0 0  

Round of 32[edit]

The draw for the round of 32 was held on 12 December 2016.[55] The first legs were played on 16 February, and the second legs were played on 22 and 23 February 2017.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Athletic Bilbao Spain 3–4 Cyprus APOEL 3–2 0–2
Legia Warsaw Poland 0–1 Netherlands Ajax 0–0 0–1
Anderlecht Belgium 3–3 (a) Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 2–0 1–3
Astra Giurgiu Romania 2–3 Belgium Genk 2–2 0–1
Manchester United England 4–0 France Saint-Étienne 3–0 1–0
Villarreal Spain 1–4 Italy Roma 0–4 1–0
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria 1–2 Denmark Copenhagen 1–2 0–0
Celta Vigo Spain 2–1 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–1 2–0 (a.e.t.)
Olympiacos Greece 3–0 Turkey Osmanlıspor 0–0 3–0
Gent Belgium 3–2 England Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 2–2
Rostov Russia 5–1 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 4–0 1–1
Krasnodar Russia 2–1 Turkey Fenerbahçe 1–0 1–1
Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany 4–3 Italy Fiorentina 0–1 4–2
AZ Netherlands 2–11 France Lyon 1–4 1–7
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Israel 2–5 Turkey Beşiktaş 1–3 1–2
PAOK Greece 1–4 Germany Schalke 04 0–3 1–1

Round of 16[edit]

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 24 February 2017.[56] The first legs were played on 9 March, and the second legs were played on 16 March 2017.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Celta Vigo Spain 4–1 Russia Krasnodar 2–1 2–0
APOEL Cyprus 0–2 Belgium Anderlecht 0–1 0–1
Schalke 04 Germany 3–3 (a) Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–1 2–2
Lyon France 5–4 Italy Roma 4–2 1–2
Rostov Russia 1–2 England Manchester United 1–1 0–1
Olympiacos Greece 2–5 Turkey Beşiktaş 1–1 1–4
Gent Belgium 3–6 Belgium Genk 2–5 1–1
Copenhagen Denmark 2–3 Netherlands Ajax 2–1 0–2

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 17 March 2017.[57] The first legs were played on 13 April, and the second legs were played on 20 April 2017.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Anderlecht Belgium 2–3 England Manchester United 1–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)
Celta Vigo Spain 4–3 Belgium Genk 3–2 1–1
Ajax Netherlands 4–3 Germany Schalke 04 2–0 2–3 (a.e.t.)
Lyon France 3–3 (7–6 p) Turkey Beşiktaş 2–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)

Semi-finals[edit]

The draw for the semi-finals was held on 21 April 2017.[58] The first legs were played on 3 and 4 May, and the second legs were played on 11 May 2017.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ajax Netherlands 5–4 France Lyon 4–1 1–3
Celta Vigo Spain 1–2 England Manchester United 0–1 1–1

Final[edit]

The final was played on 24 May 2017 at Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden.[2][3][59] The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.

Ajax Netherlands0–2England Manchester United
Report
Attendance: 46,961[60]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics exclude qualifying rounds and play-off round.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals Minutes played
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko Italy Roma 8 524
Brazil Giuliano Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 710
3 Spain Aritz Aduriz Spain Athletic Bilbao 7 484
4 France Alexandre Lacazette France Lyon 6 537
Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan England Manchester United 817
Denmark Kasper Dolberg Netherlands Ajax 933
7 France Guillaume Hoarau Switzerland Young Boys 5 342
Croatia Nikola Kalinić Italy Fiorentina 496
Poland Łukasz Teodorczyk Belgium Anderlecht 673
Spain Iago Aspas Spain Celta Vigo 865
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović England Manchester United 897

Source:[61]

Top assists[edit]

Rank Player Team Assists Minutes played
1 Czech Republic Bořek Dočkal Czech Republic Sparta Prague 6 537
2 Italy Francesco Totti Italy Roma 5 384
Brazil Giuliano Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 710
4 Croatia Nikola Kalinić Italy Fiorentina 4 496
Brazil Talisca Turkey Beşiktaş 496
France Nabil Fekir France Lyon 518
Brazil Marlos Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 612
Algeria Sofiane Hanni Belgium Anderlecht 674
England Marcus Rashford England Manchester United 767
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović England Manchester United 897
Spain Alejandro Pozuelo Belgium Genk 928
Morocco Hakim Ziyech Netherlands Ajax 998
Burkina Faso Bertrand Traoré Netherlands Ajax 1106

Source:[62]

Squad of the Season[edit]

The UEFA technical study group selected the following 18 players as the squad of the tournament.[63]

Pos. Player Team
GK Spain Sergio Álvarez Spain Celta Vigo
Argentina Sergio Romero England Manchester United
DF Ivory Coast Eric Bailly England Manchester United
Argentina Gustavo Cabral Spain Celta Vigo
France Jérémy Morel France Lyon
Netherlands Matthijs de Ligt Netherlands Ajax
Netherlands Daley Blind England Manchester United
Ecuador Antonio Valencia England Manchester United
MF Chile Pablo Hernández Spain Celta Vigo
Spain Ander Herrera England Manchester United
France Paul Pogba England Manchester United
Belgium Youri Tielemans Belgium Anderlecht
France Corentin Tolisso France Lyon
Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan England Manchester United
Germany Amin Younes Netherlands Ajax
FW Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović England Manchester United
France Alexandre Lacazette France Lyon
Burkina Faso Bertrand Traoré Netherlands Ajax

Player of the Season[edit]

A new UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award was introduced for the 2016–17 season.[64] Votes were cast by coaches of the 48 teams in the group stage, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams. Jury members selected their top three players, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. The shortlist of the top three players were announced on 4 August 2017.[65] The award winner was announced and presented to during the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League group stage draw in Monaco on 25 August 2017.[66]

Rank Player Team Points
Shortlist of top three
1 France Paul Pogba[1] England Manchester United 140
2 Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan England Manchester United 129
3 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović England Manchester United 109
Players ranked 4–10
4 France Alexandre Lacazette France Lyon 70
5 Denmark Kasper Dolberg Netherlands Ajax 40
6 England Marcus Rashford England Manchester United 37
7 Spain Ander Herrera England Manchester United 33
Netherlands Davy Klaassen Netherlands Ajax
9 Burkina Faso Bertrand Traoré Netherlands Ajax 28
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko Italy Roma 23

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