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The UEFA Europa League's top teams

Which side have been the most regular Thursday-night performers in European football?

The competiton is no longer the UEFA Cup, but the trophy remains the same
The competiton is no longer the UEFA Cup, but the trophy remains the same Getty Images for UEFA

The UEFA Europa League came into existence in 2009/10, replacing the UEFA Cup, which had been in existence since 1971/72, and effectively incorporated the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup after that tournament was discontinued in 1998/99.

It is a competition that continues to pride itself on diversity, with clubs of many nationalities regularly involved in the 48-team group stage. It is open to a huge number of teams, but has still had a relatively stable regular cast of sides, as UEFA.com discovers.

Teams who have featured in 140+ UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup games

1Inter (ITA)1919644512971733
2Sporting CP (POR)1879040572962090
3Club Brugge (BEL)1807941602972350
4PSV Eindhoven (NED)1577836432631601
5Anderlecht (BEL)1547338432551701
6Partizan (SRB)1496033562142030
7=FCSB (ROU)1455939472001710
7=Sevilla (ESP)1458630292651216
9=Ajax (NED)1437326442461441
9=Tottenham (ENG)1438136262901252
11=Bordeaux (FRA)1427128432031520
11=PAOK (GRE)1425541461961640
11=Rapid Wien (AUT)1425526611981990
14Crvena zvezda (SRB)1415936462181800

• UEFA Cup winners three times in the 1990s, Inter have seen more action in the competition than any other team, and have registered more UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League wins and draws than any other side.

• Inter's goals scored record is shared by Club Brugge, who also hold marks for most conceded and UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League defeats.

• Sporting CP have played in 34 editions of the competition to date – two more than any other side, with Club Brugge having appeared in 31.

• No winners have played fewer games in the competition than Chelsea: they have participated in just 32 matches and yet have lifted the trophy twice.

Teams who have featured in 75+ UEFA Europa League games

1Salzburg (AUT)84481422150920
2FCSB (ROU)83362126119990
3Sevilla (ESP)81521514166704
4=AZ Alkmaar (NED)803223251141020
4=PAOK (GRE)80332423106780
4=Rosenborg (NOR)803016341081060
4=Sporting CP (POR)80381725125950
4=Villarreal (ESP)80441719147950
9=Athletic Club (ESP)783717241321090
9=PSV Eindhoven (NED)78431718131720
11=Lazio (ITA)76351823124910
11=Rapid Wien (ITA)763015311111170

• Four teams have figured in all 12 editions since the competition took on its new identity in 2009/10: Hajduk Split, PAOK, Rosenborg and Sparta Praha.

• Salzburg have played more UEFA Europa League games than any other side.

• Four-time champions Sevilla are the only UEFA Europa League winners to have played in more than 75 matches in the competition and are the all-time top scorers. Fellow three-time winners Atlético Madrid have played 51 games while two-time winners Chelsea have played just 24.

• Rapid Wien have conceded the most UEFA Europa League goals (117).

Last updated: 19 October 2020 - for latest version see the UEFA Europa League statistics handbook