UEFA Europa League group stage records

Edinson Cavani, Jermain Defoe, Aritz Aduriz and Dimitris Salpingidis all have claims to little pieces of UEFA Europa League history; UEFA.com probes the group stage figures.

Edinson Cavani scored at an unprecedented rate in the group stage for Napoli
Edinson Cavani scored at an unprecedented rate in the group stage for Napoli ©AFP/Getty Images

PLAYERS

Big numbers
Most appearances: 38 – Dimitris Salpingidis (Panathinaikos, PAOK)
Most goals: 15 – Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur)
Best strike rate*: 1.10 goals per game – Edinson Cavani (Napoli, 12 goals in 11 group stage games)
Most goals in a single game: 5 – Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club 5-3 Genk, 3 November 2016)

*minimum ten goals scored

Speed records
Fastest goal: 10.69 seconds – Jan Sýkora (Qarabağ 2-2 Slovan Liberec, 15 September 2016)
Fastest own goal: 1 minutes 2 seconds – Emílson Cribari (FCSB 3-3 Napoli, 30 September 2010)
Fastest hat-trick: 10 minutes – Claudiu Keşerü (Steaua Bucureşti 6-0 Aalborg, 18 September 2014)

Daniel Hestad celebrates becoming the oldest #UEL scorer
Daniel Hestad celebrates becoming the oldest #UEL scorer©AFP

Age records
Youngest player in a group stage game: 16 years 127 days – Romelu Lukaku (Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 Anderlect, 17 September 2009)
Youngest scorer in a group stage game: 16 years 218 days – Romelu Lukaku (Ajax 1-3 Anderlecht, 17 December 2009)
Oldest player in a group stage game: 42 years 208 days – Brad Friedel (Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Anji, 12 December 2013)
Oldest scorer in a group stage game: 40 years 98 days – Daniel Hestad (Celtic 1-2 Molde, 5 November 2015)

CLUBS

Salzburg celebrate a goal in 2015
Salzburg celebrate a goal in 2015©FC Salzburg

Most campaigns*: 7 – FCSB, Salzburg
Highest points totals: 18 (eight times) – Salzburg (2009/10 and 2013/14), Zenit (2010/11), Anderlecht (2011/12), Tottenham (2013/14), Dinamo Moskva (2014/15), Napoli (2015/16), Shakhtar Donetsk (2016/17)
Lowest points totals: 0 (four times) – Shamrock Rovers (2011/12), Metalist Kharkiv (2014/15), Slovan Bratislava (2014/15), Gabala (2016/17)
Most goals scored in a single campaign: 22 – Napoli (2015/16)
Fewest goals scored in a single campaign: 1 (six times) – Levski Sofia (2009/10), Salzburg (2010/11), Tromsø (2013/14), Paços de Ferreira (2013/14), Partizan (2014/15), Slovan Bratislava (2014/15)
Most goals conceded in a single campaign: 20 – Slovan Bratislava (2014/15)

*up to and including 2017/18

GAMES

Highlights: Aritz Aduriz 5-3 Genk
Highlights: Aritz Aduriz 5-3 Genk

Highest scoring group stage games: Anderlecht 5-3 Lokomotiv (14 December 2011), Young Boys 3-5 Liverpool (20 September 2012), Athletic Club 5-3 Genk (3 November 2016), Gent 3-5 Shakhtar Donetsk (3 November 2016)
Biggest margin of victory: 6-0
Steaua Bucureşti 6-0 Aalborg (18 September 2014)
Highest-scoring draw: 3-3 (11 times)
– most recently, Roma 3-3 Austria Wien (20 October 2016)

All stats last checked 18 September 2017