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Europa League group stage records and statistics

Most appearances, most goals, biggest wins, perfect records and much more.

Villareal have made it through their eighth UEFA Europa League group stage
Villareal have made it through their eighth UEFA Europa League group stage AFP via Getty Images

Key facts

  • PAOK, PSV, Rapid Wien, Villarreal equal Lazio/Salzburg's record of eight campaigns
  • Five debutants in 2020/21: Antwerp, Granada, Leicester City, Omonia and Sivasspor
  • Number of sides to grace the group stage now stands at 218 from 39 nations
  • Leicester are 16th different English side in Europa League group stage

ALL STATISTICS ARE FOR GROUP GAMES ONLY. UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE IS 2009/10 ONWARDS, UEFA CUP IS 2004/05 ONWARDS

Clubs

Most group appearances by club (UEFA Europa League only)
8: Lazio, PAOK*, PSV Eindhoven*, Rapid Wien*, Salzburg, Villarreal*
7: AZ Alkmaar*, Celtic*, Copenhagen, Dynamo Kyiv, FCSB, Sparta Praha*, Sporting CP, Standard Liège*, Young Boys*
6: Anderlecht, Athletic Club, Beşiktaş, Braga*, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb*, Partizan, Qarabağ*, Rosenborg, Tottenham Hotspur*

Most group appearances by club (including UEFA Cup)
11: AZ Alkmaar*
10: Villarreal*
9: Beşiktaş, Braga*, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb*, FCSB, Copenhagen, Lazio, PAOK*, Partizan, Sevilla, Standard Liège*, Tottenham Hotspur*
8: Basel, PSV Eindhoven*, Sparta Praha, Rapid Wien*, Salzburg, Sporting CP

Most points (UEFA Europa League only)
101: Salzburg
88: Villarreal*
86: PSV Eindhoven*
81: Lazio
75: Sporting CP

Most points (including UEFA Cup)
106: Villarreal*
101: Salzburg
101: Tottenham Hotspur*

Most group stage goals (UEFA Europa League only)
88: Villarreal*
87: Salzburg
73: Lazio

Most group stage goals (including UEFA Cup)
103: Villarreal*
91: Tottenham Hotspur*
90: AZ Alkmaar*
87: Salzburg

UEFA Europa League group masters Salzburg
UEFA Europa League group masters Salzburg©Getty Images

Most qualifications from group stage (UEFA Europa League only)*
8: Villarreal (including 2020/21)
6: Lazio, Salzburg

Most group stage first places (UEFA Europa League only)
5: Salzburg

Biggest wins
Standard Liège 1-7 Athletic Club (16/12/2004)
Bayern München 6-0 Aris (19/12/2007)
FCSB 6-0 Aalborg (18/09/2014)
Vardar 0-6 Real Sociedad (19/10/2017)
Arsenal 6-0 BATE (07/12/2017)
Sevilla 6-0 Akhisar Belediyespor (25/10/2018)
AZ 6-0 Astana (24/10/2019)
Espanyol 6-0 Ludogorets (07/11/2019)

Highlights: Espanyol 6-0 Ludogorets
Highlights: Espanyol 6-0 Ludogorets

Most goals in a game
Anderlecht 5-3 Lokomotiv Moskva (14/12/2011)
Young Boys 3-5 Liverpool (20/09/2012)
Athletic Club 5-3 Genk (03/11/2016)
Gent 3-5 Shakhtar Donetsk (03/11/2016)
Villarreal 5-3 Sivasspor (22/10/2020)
Leverkusen 6-2 Nice (22/10/2020)

Single season (UEFA Europa League only)

Most points
18: Salzburg (2009/10, 2013/14, 2018/19), Zenit (2010/11), Anderlecht (2011/12), Tottenham Hotspur (2013/14), Dinamo Moskva (2014/15), Napoli (2015/16), Shakhtar Donetsk (2016/17), Eintracht Frankfurt (2018/19), Arsenal (2020/21)

Biggest group-winning margin
11: Zenit (2010/11), Napoli (2015/16)

Fewest points to qualify
7: Anderlecht (2010/11), Napoli (2010/11), Maribor (2013/14), Dnipro (2014/15), Midtjylland (2015/16), Krasnodar (2016/17)

Most points without going through
10: Birmingham City (2011/12), Paris Saint-Germain (2011/12), Tottenham Hotspur (2011/12), Young Boys (2012/13), Lokeren (2014/15), Sparta Praha (2014/15), AC Milan (2018/19), Standard Liège (2018/19), LASK (2020/21)

Most goals scored in a group
22: Napoli (2015/16)

Fewest goals conceded in a group
1: Standard Liège (2011/12), Salzburg (2017/18), Dinamo Zagreb (2020/21)

Most goals on a single matchday
93 Matchday 3, 2020/21
81 Matchday 5, 2010/11
80 Matchday 6, 2011/12
79 Matchday 4, 2011/12
79 Matchday 2, 2018/19

Fulham went to the 2011/12 group stage from the first qualifying round
Fulham went to the 2011/12 group stage from the first qualifying round©Getty Images

Teams progressing to group stage from UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
Fulham (2011/12), Rosenborg (2012/13, 2015/16), Twente (2012/13), Tromsø (2013/14), Gabala (2015/16, 2016/17), Crvena zvezda (2017/18), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (2016/17, 2017/18), Skënderbeu (2017/18), Apollon Limassol (2018/19), Copenhagen (2018/19), Rangers (2018/19, 2019/20), Sarpsborg (2018/19), Malmö (2019/20), CSKA Sofia (2020/21), Hapoel Beer-Sheva (2020/21)

Players

Most group stage appearances (UEFA Europa League only)
39: Jeremain Lens
37: Mario Sonnleitner*,
36: Andreas Ulmer
35: Munas Dabbur*, Senad Lulić

Most group stage appearances (including UEFA Cup)
40: Jeremain Lens
38: Bibras Natcho, Dimitris Salpingidis
37: Mario Sonnleitner*
36: Atiba Hutchinson, Andreas Ulmer, Jan Vertonghen*

Most group stage goals (UEFA Europa League only)
18: Aritz Aduriz, Munas Dabbur*
14: Guillaume Hoarau, Raul Rusescu
13: Dries Martens

Most group stage goals (including UEFA Cup)
18: Aritz Aduriz, Munas Dabbur*
15: Jermain Defoe
14: Guillaume Hoarau, Raul Rusescu, Dimitris Salpingidis, Vágner Love

Most goals in single game
5: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club 5-3 Genk, 03/11/2016)

Watch Aduriz score five for Athletic
Watch Aduriz score five for Athletic

Nations

Most campaigns by nations' clubs (UEFA Europa League only)
36: Italy*
34: Spain*
32: Germany*
30: England*
29: Netherlands*
27: France*

Most campaigns by nations' clubs (including UEFA Cup)
51: Spain*
49: Germany*
48: Italy*
45: France*
45: Netherlands*
44: England*

Most different national representatives (UEFA Europa League only)
17: Germany
16: England*
14: Italy
12: Portugal, Spain*
11: France

Most different national representatives (including UEFA Cup)
21: England*
20: Germany
16: France, Italy, Spain*

Nations never represented (UEFA Europa League only)
Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, San Marino, Wales**

Nations never represented (including UEFA Cup)
Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, San Marino, Wales**

*includes 2020/21
**Welsh-based Swansea City represented England in 2013/14

Last updated: 11/12/2020