The ralationship between the Europa League and the Champions League

Club-level football attracts the attention of many fans around the world. Many football leagues appear and attracts many fans worldwide. In this article, we will explain to you what is the UEFA Europa League (Cup C2)? What is the connection to the C1 Cup?

Europa League, also known as C2 Cup, is lower than UEFA Champions League (Cup C1). UEFA Europa League is abbreviated as UEL. This is a tournament for teams with high rankings in the league but cannot participate in the C1 Cup.

Europa League precursor is the UEFA Cup (Cup C3). Initially, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup was established in 1955 which was the precursor to the UEFA Cup. By 1971, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup officially changed the name of the tournament to the UEFA Cup.

In 1999, the old C2 Cup, formerly the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup was merged with the C3 Cup. They were merged into a tournament that still retains the UEFA Cup name. At that time, the winning teams of the national cup will win tickets to participate in this tournament.

In the 2009-10 season, the UEFA Cup has renamed the UEFA Europa League. The number of teams participating in the tournament was also increased to 48 teams. Since the 2021-22 season, the UEFA Europa Conference League tournament with a lower level than the Europa League was born and the number of teams participating in the Europa League decreased to 32 teams.

Currently, Sevilla is the most successful team with 5 times to win the championship (2 UEFA Cups and 3 Europa League).

Europa League format

According to the current form of competition, each federation of the 55 UEFA members will have 3 representatives (except for Liechtenstein with only 1 team) attending. There are 48 teams in the group stage including those that passed the qualifiers and those that lost in the play-off round of the Champions League.

48 teams are divided into 12 groups, the first place in each group will attend the knockout round. In the 32-team knockout round, the 24 first-place teams in the groups will join the eight teams that are ranked third in the Champions League group stage.

Tottenham struggled to pass the second qualifying round of the Europa League

With Tottenham beating Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League qualifiers, coach Jose Mourinho has reached 100 wins in the European Cup arena.

After the defeat against Everton in the opening round of the Premier League, coach Jose Mourinho was determined to win the Europa League qualifiers, thereby regaining the spirit and confidence for the whole team.

So, the Portuguese army launched a very strong squad during the trip to Lokomotiv’s field, with stars like Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Steven Bergwijn, or Giovani Lo Celso.

With a team and outstanding class, Tottenham easily controlled the game and pushed Lokomotiv to support. Son Heung-min is the most prominent player in the Spurs attack. The speedy moves of the Korean star have made the defenders of the home team suffer.

In the first half, the English team launched a total of 8 shots but never converted into a goal. Lokomotiv’s defense played drastically, ready to make mistakes when necessary to minimize the attack of the visitors. 0-0 is the score for the first 45 minutes.

After the break, Tottenham maintained an overwhelming stance, but the most important thing was that the goal was yet to come to them. Lokomotiv defended tightly, even unexpectedly had a goal to open the score in the 71st minute.

Striker Georgi Minchev headed close to the wall after Dimitar Iliev’s pass. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris did not have any reflexes in this situation because the finish was too close.

The home team has only 9 people left in the time remaining

After this goal, Mourinho’s students frantically attacked, causing Lokomotiv’s defense to only last until 78 minutes. Dinis Almeida had to receive a second yellow card after using a hand to play in the penalty area. In finance, he continued to draw a second yellow card with Birsent Karageren when this player reacted too harshly. The home team has only 9 people left in the time remaining.

At 11m, Harry Kane did not miss a golden opportunity to equalize the score 1-1. Taking advantage of the people, the British representative forced the pitch to suffocate. 5 minutes later, Tanguy Ndombele cushioned the ball near the wall after Lucas Moura’s cross, fixing the score 2-1 for Spurs.

This victory helped Tottenham to enter the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Meanwhile, coach Jose Mourinho has reached 100 wins in the European Cup. The Portuguese captain’s performance was established in six clubs he once led, including Real Madrid, M.U, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Porto, and now Spurs.

Lukaku successfully set a record in the Europa League this season

The Belgian striker became the first player to score in nine consecutive Europa League matches after Inter’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

In the 21st minute of the match between Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen, Romelu Lukaku received a pass from Ashley Young in a position with his back to the goal. The Belgian striker showed strength when he controlled the ball against Julian Baumgartlinger and hit the finish to beat goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.

This goal helped teachers and coach Antonio Conte increase the score to 2-0 after Nicolo Barella scored his first goal in the 15th minute. According to Opta, Lukaku is the first player in history to score in 9 consecutive matches at the Europa League arena.

Inter Milan had a match with Bayer Leverkusen

The Belgian striker scored 8 goals in five consecutive Europa League matches in 2014/15 for Everton against Wolfsburg, BSC Young Boys, and Dynamo Kiyv. Five years later, he returned to this arena in the colors of Inter Milan, scoring 4 goals in the last four matches against Ludogorets, Getafe, and Bayer Leverkusen. In total, Lukaku has 12 goals after 9 consecutive Europa League matches.

In the end, Inter Milan won 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the Europa League. This is also the first time in 10 years that the blue-black striped shirt team has participated in the European Cup semi-finals. In the 2009/10 season, coach Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan entered the semi-finals of the Champions League before winning the championship.

On August 6, with a strike against Getafe, Lukaku also entered Inter Milan’s history when he became the fourth player of the club to reach 30 goals in a season. Before him, Ronaldo de Lima (1997/98), Diego Milito (2009/10), and Samuel Eto’o (2010/11) are the ones who do this.

This season, Lukaku is the number one striker in the attack of Inter Milan with 31 goals and 5 assists after 49 games in all competitions. The striker born in 1993 did not hold his official position at Man Utd under coach Ole Solskjaer but resurrected strongly in Italy.