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Europa League as the second most prestigious European football league (Part 1)

In addition to being a king sport, football has an important role in promoting international relations between nations because of its popularity around the world. Every year, many large and small tournaments around the world take place, including the Europa League.

In the article below, we will introduce to you basic things about this famous football league.

What is the Europa league?

Europa league is an annual football tournament organized by the European Football Federation. This football league is for clubs from the European region to attend. The football clubs has to win high rankings in national championships.

Europa league is one of the most loved football tournaments in the world. Nowadays, football news about the Europa league is always the focus of the newspapers.

To participate in this Europa League, the football team has to both achieve the highest rankings in national competitions and not win the right to participate in the UEFA Champions League Cup.

The history of the Europa League

What is the Europa League? Europa League tournament was founded by 3 members including Ernst Thornmen (Swiss), Sir Stanley Rous (British), and Ottorino Barassi (Italian).

On April 18, 1955, before the establishment of the Europa League, the Inter-City Fair Cup was born with 10 participating teams. The first prize lasted for 3 years from 1955 to 1958. And more than 10 years later, they renamed this tournament to the UEFA Cup. A lot of people asked what was the turning point of the Europa League tournament and this is the perfect answer for them.

Then in the 2009-2010 UEFA Cup season brought the total number of participating clubs up to 48 teams. Since that time onwards, this tournament’s name is the UEFA Europa League.

The Europa League trophy

The Europa League trophy is 65cm tall, weighs 15kg and is made of silver while the base of the cup is made of gold. This championship cup is produced and completed in the city of Milan, Italy.

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.