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Season in numbers

The key facts and figures of the inaugural UEFA Europa League from Alberto Zapater scoring four minutes into the competition proper and Diego Forlán's winner four minutes from the end.

Alberto Zapater celebrates scoring the first goal of the UEFA Europa League group stage
Alberto Zapater celebrates scoring the first goal of the UEFA Europa League group stage ©Getty Images looks back at the stand-out facts and figures of the inaugural UEFA Europa League ('competition proper' is group stage on). More statistics can be found in's dedicated section.

0 Shots on target Fulham FC mustered in the first leg of their semi-final at Hamburger SV.

2.66 Average goals per game in the UEFA Europa League proper: 547 strikes in 205 matches.

3 Hat-tricks scored: Liedson (Sporting Clube de Portugal 3-2 SC Heerenveen), Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen 4-1 FC Twente), David Villa (Werder Bremen 4-4 Valencia CF).

4 Minutes it took for Genoa CFC's Alberto Zapater to score the first ever UEFA Europa League group-stage goal.

5 Number of wins Club Atlético de Madrid totalled in European competition this season, losing four and drawing eight.

5 Biggest winning margin in the competition proper: SL Benfica 5-0 Everton on Matchday 3.

8 Nations represented by the eight teams that transferred from the UEFA Champions League to the UEFA Europa League this winter: Italy, Germany, France, Spain, England, Russia, Romania and Belgium.

9 Goals scored by the competition's joint highest scorers, Benfica striker Óscar Cardozo and Bremen's Claudio Pizarro.

16 Number of European Champion Clubs' Cups won between the sides that lined up in the round of 32: Liverpool FC 5, AFC Ajax 4, Juventus 2, Benfica 2, Olympique de Marseille 1, Hamburg 1, PSV Eindhoven 1.

18 Points picked up by FC Salzburg, the only side to finish the group stage with a 100 per cent record. They were knocked out by R. Standard de Liège in the last 32.

22.5 Seconds it took for Fulham's Bobby Zamora to register away to German titleholders VfL Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals.

24 National associations represented in the group stage including – for the first time in any UEFA club competition – Moldova and Latvia.

26 Despite being knocked out in the round of 16 Bremen were the competition's top scorers.

34 Shots on target in FC Twente's goalless draw with FC Steaua Bucureşti in the group stage. Bremen and Valencia mustered four more when they met in Germany in the last 16, but there were also eight more goals.

39 Age of Twente goalkeeper Sander Boschker, the competition's oldest player.

40 Valencia were shown more yellow cards than any other team, picking up an average of a booking every 27 minutes. They also had four dismissals.

53 AC Sparta Praha's 3-2 win against CFR 1907 Cluj on Matchday 4 included more fouls – and 34 shots on goal – than any other game.

55 Players sent off in 205 games.

116 Minutes into the final that Diego Forlán struck for Atlético's winner.

192 Number of clubs that played in the competition.

286 Days that elapsed between Fulham's 3-0 third qualifying round win against FK Vėtra in Lithuania and the final.

1,650 Minutes Mark Schwarzer stood between the posts in Fulham's campaign – more than any other player in the competition.

1,900 Kilometres Liverpool had to cover by land to get to their semi-final first leg against Atlético after volcanic ash grounded flights in Europe.

1993 Year in which Romelu Lukaku was born. At 16 years and 218 days he became the competition's youngest player and scorer when he scored twice for RSC Anderlecht against Ajax on Matchday 6.