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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.

Steaua will aim for a joint record fifth win
Steaua will aim for a joint record fifth win ©Getty Images

Key facts
Only once has the play-off round not produced at least one finalist
Club Brugge and PSV Eindhoven have both won all five play-off appearances
Twelve different clubs have represented Russia in the play-offs
Marcus Berg has scored a record seven goals in this round for three diferrent clubs
45 different nations have had play-off representatives


Best performing play-off winners each season
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

Dnipro beat Hajduk Split in last season's play-offs
Dnipro beat Hajduk Split in last season's play-offs©FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

Most play-off wins by club (max 6)
Club Brugge, PSV Eindhoven 5
Metalist Kharkiv, Rapid Wien, Steaua Bucureşti 4

Most goals
PSV Eindhoven 29

Penalty shoot-outs
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
AZ Alkmaar*, Club Brugge, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, HJK Helsinki*, Metalist Kharkiv, Partizan, PSV Einhdoven, Rapid Wien, Sparta Praha*, Steaua Bucureşti*, Trabzonspor** 5

*inc 2015/16

**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. Thereby Trabzonspor have played a record 11 play-off matches.

PSV's latest success was in 2014 against Shakhtyor
PSV's latest success was in 2014 against Shakhtyor©Pressball

League stats:
Most total appearances (inc 2015/16)
Netherlands 24
Romania 23
Ukraine 22
Russia 21
Turkey 18
Belgium, England, Switzerland 17

Most different national representatives (inc 2015/16)
Russia 13
England 12
France, Romania 11
Germany, Italy, Portugal, Ukraine 10
Portugal, Spain, Switzerland 9

Krasnodar in last season's play-offs; they and Rostov made it 13 different Russian representatives
Krasnodar in last season's play-offs; they and Rostov made it 13 different Russian representatives©AFP/Getty Images

Most wins by nation
Netherlands 14
Belgium, England, Ukraine 13
Germany, Italy, Turkey 12
Spain 11
Portugal 10

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

*Have club in 2015/16 play-offs

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

Clubs that could be their nation's first group representatives
Rabotnicki (MKD)

Competition debutants in play-offs
Altach (AUT)

Player stats:
Most appearances

Steffen Hofmann (Rapid Wien), Mario Sonnleitner (Sturm Graz, Rapid Wien) 10

Most goals
Marcus Berg (Hamburg, PSV Eindhoven, Panathinaikos) 7

All stats from 2009/10 to 2014/15 inclusive