Europa League play-off number crunching

The UEFA Europa League play-off draw has been made and we take a look at the key facts and figures from the six seasons since the round was introduced.

PAOK are in a record seventh play-off
PAOK are in a record seventh play-off ©Getty Images

Key facts
Only twice has the play-off round not produced at least one finalist
PAOK are in a record seventh play-off
West Ham are the 13th different English club in the play-offs, equalling Russia
Marcus Berg has scored a record eight goals in this round for three clubs
Forty-five nations have had play-off representatives

Best performing play-off winners each season
2015/16: Athletic Club/Borussia Dortmund, quarter-finals
2014/15: Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, final
2013/14: Sevilla, winners
2012/13: Lazio/Newcastle United, quarter-finals
2011/12: Atlético Madrid, winners
2010/11: FC Porto, winners
2009/10: Fulham, final

Most play-off wins by club
Club Brugge, PSV Eindhoven 5
Metalist Kharkiv, Rapid Wien, Sparta Praha, Steaua Bucureşti 4

Most goals
PSV Eindhoven 29

Penalty shoot-outs
2015/16: Salzburg 2-3 Dinamo Minsk (after two 2-0 home wins)
2014/15: Saint-Étienne 4-3 Karabükspor (after two 1-0 home wins)
2013/14: Skënderbeu 6-7 Chornomorets Odesa (after two 1-0 home wins)
2012/13: Videoton 4-2 Trabzonspor (after two 0-0 draws)
2010/11: Grasshoppers 3-4 Steaua Bucureşti (after two 1-0 home wins), Lokomotiv Moskva 3-4 Lausanne (after two 1-1 draws)
2009/10: Club Brugge 4-3 Lech Poznań (after two 1-0 home wins), Slovan Liberec 8-9 Dinamo Bucureşti (after two 3-0 away wins)

Most play-off participations by club
PAOK* 7
AZ Alkmaar*, Rapid Wien*, Qarabağ*, Sparta Praha* 6
Club Brugge, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Genk*, HJK Helsinki, Metalist Kharkiv, Partizan, PSV Eindhoven, Steaua Bucureşti, Trabzonspor** 5

*Involved this season
**Trabzonspor also played in the 2011/12 play-offs against Athletic Club but the tie was cancelled after the goalless first leg as they replaced the banned Fenerbahçe in the UEFA Champions League.

West Ham make it 13 different English representatives
West Ham make it 13 different English representatives©AFP/Getty Images

League stats:
Most total appearances
Netherlands 25
Romania 24
Ukraine 23
Russia 22
Belgium, Turkey 20

Most different national representatives
England, Russia 13
France, Italy, Portugal, Romania 11
Germany, Ukraine 10
Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland 9

Most wins by nation
Netherlands 15
Belgium, England, Germany, Italy, Ukraine 13
Spain, Turkey 12
Portugal 11

Nations represented yet to win a play-off
Albania (2 ties)*, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2), Estonia (2), FYR Macedonia (2)*, Georgia (5)*, Iceland (2), Kazakhstan (6)*, Lithuania (3), Luxembourg (2), Montenegro (1), Wales (1)

*Represented this season

Nations never represented in play-offs
Andorra, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Malta, Northern Ireland, San Marino

Play-off hot-shot Marcus Berg in his Hamburg days
Play-off hot-shot Marcus Berg in his Hamburg days©Getty Images

Clubs that could be their nation's first group representatives
Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO), Shkëndija (MKD)

Competition debutants in play-offs
Arouca (POR), Osmanlıspor (TUR), Sassuolo (ITA), SønderjyskE (DEN)

Player stats:
Most appearances

Bořek Dočkal (Slovan Liberec, Rosenborg, Sparta Praha), Markus Heikkinen (Rapid Wien, HJK Helsinki), Steffen Hofmann (Rapid Wien), Dušan Kuciak (Vaslui, Legia Warszawa), Mario Sonnleitner (Sturm Graz, Rapid Wien) 10

Most goals
Marcus Berg (Hamburg, PSV Eindhoven, Panathinaikos) 8

All stats from 2009/10 to 2015/16 inclusive

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