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Europa League group stage: Meet the teams

Get the basics on the 32 teams in the 2022/23 group stage.

Belgian debutants St Gilloise won their first two group matches
Belgian debutants St Gilloise won their first two group matches BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images

Manchester United, Arsenal, Roma and Lazio are among the 32 teams plotting their path to the final in Budapest in this season's competition.

This year's hopefuls comprise 12 direct qualifiers, ten Europa League play-off winners and ten sides transferring from the UEFA Champions League play-offs and third qualifying round.

UEFA.com profiles all the contenders.

Get the Europa app!Group A: Arsenal, Bodø/Glimt, PSV, Zürich

Arsenal (ENG)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 17
How they qualified: Directly, fifth in England
Last season: N/A (first European campaign since 2020/21)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Runners-up (1999/2000, 2018/19)

PSV Eindhoven (NED)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 50
How they qualified: UEFA Champions League play-offs (L 3-2agg vs Rangers)
Last season: UEFA Europa Conference League quarter-finals (L 2-1agg vs Leicester)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Runners-up (1977/78)

Bodø/Glimt (NOR)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 94
How they qualified: UEFA Champions League play-offs (L 4-2agg, aet vs Dinamo Zagreb)
Last season: UEFA Europa Conference League quarter-finals (L 5-2agg vs Roma)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Group stage (2022/23)

Zürich (SUI)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 175
How they qualified: Play-offs (W 3-1agg vs Hearts)
Last season: N/A (first European campaign since 2018/19)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Round of 16 (1998/99)

Group B: AEK Larnaca, Dynamo Kyiv, Fenerbahçe, Rennes

Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 39
How they qualified: UEFA Champions League play-offs (L 5-0agg vs Benfica)
Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage (fourth)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Semi-finals (2008/09)

Rennes (FRA)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 49
How they qualified: Directly, fourth in France
Last season: UEFA Europa Conference League round of 16 (L 3-2agg vs Leicester)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Round of 16 (2018/19)

Fenerbahçe (TUR)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 107
How they qualified
: Play-offs (W 6-1agg vs Austria Wien)
Last season
: UEFA Europa Conference League knockout round play-offs (L 6-4agg vs Slavia Praha)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Semi-finals (2012/13)

AEK Larnaca (CYP) 

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 160

How they qualified: Play-offs (W 5-1agg vs Dnipro-1)
Last season:
N/A (first European campaign since 2018/19)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance:
Group stage (2011/12, 2018/19, 2022/23)

Group C: Betis, HJK, Ludogorets, Roma

Roma (ITA)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 11
How they qualified: UEFA Europa Conference League winners
Last season: UEFA Europa Conference League winners (W 1-0 vs Feyenoord)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Runners-up (1990/91)

Ludogorets (BUL)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 70
How they qualified: Play-offs (W 4-3agg vs Žalgiris)
Last season: Group stage (fourth)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Round of 16 (2013/14)

Betis (ESP)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 78
How they qualified: Directly, Spanish Cup winners
Last season: Round of 16 (L 3-2agg vs Eintracht Frankfurt)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Round of 16 (1998/99, 2005/06, 2013/14, 2021/22)

HJK (FIN)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 139
How they qualified: Play-offs (W 2-1agg vs Silkeborg)
Last season: UEFA Europa Conference League group stage (third)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Group stage (2014/15, 2022/23)

Group D: Braga, Malmö, St Gilloise, Union Berlin

Braga (POR)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 35
How they qualified: Directly, fourth in Portugal
Last season: Quarter-finals (L 3-2agg vs Rangers)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Runners-up (2010/11)

Malmö (SWE)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 68
How they qualified
: Play-offs (W 5-1agg vs Sivasspor)
Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage (fourth)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Round of 32 (2018/19, 2019/20)

Union Berlin (GER)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 100
How they qualified: Directly, fifth in Germany
Last season: UEFA Europa Conference League group stage (third place)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Group stage (2022/23)

St Gilloise (BEL)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): N/A
How they qualified: UEFA Champions League third qualifying round (L 3-2agg vs Rangers)
Last season: N/A (debut European campaign)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Group stage (2022/23)

Group E: Man United, Omonoia, Real Sociedad, Sheriff

Manchester United (ENG)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 10
How they qualified: Directly, sixth in England
Last season: UEFA Champions League round of 16 (L 2-1agg vs Atlético Madrid)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Winners (2016/17)

Real Sociedad (ESP)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 62
How they qualified: Directly, sixth in Spain
Last season: Knockout round play-offs (L 5-3agg vs Leipzig)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Quarter-finals (1988/89)

Sheriff (MDA)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 72
How they qualified: Play-offs (W 0-0agg 3-2pens vs Pyunik)
Last season: Knockout round play-offs (L 2-2agg 3-2pens vs Braga)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Knockout round play-offs (2021/22)

Omonoia (CYP)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 168

How they qualified: Play-offs (W 4-0agg vs Gent)
Last season
: UEFA Europa Conference League group stage (third)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Group stage (2020/21, 2022/23)

Group F: Feyenoord, Lazio, Midtjylland, Sturm

Lazio (ITA)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 31
How they qualified: Directly, fifth in Italy
Last season: Knockout round play-offs (L 4-3agg vs Porto)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Runners-up (1997/98)

Feyenoord (NED)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 42
How they qualified: Directly, third in Netherlands
Last season: UEFA Europa Conference League runners-up (L 1-0 vs Roma)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Winners (1973/74, 2001/02)

Midtjylland (DEN)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 87
How they qualified: UEFA Champions League third qualifying round (L 7-2agg vs Benfica)
Last season: Group stage (third)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Round of 32 (2015/16)

Sturm Graz (AUT)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 151
How they qualified: UEFA Champions League third qualifying round (L 3-1gg vs Dynamo Kyiv)
Last season: UEFA Europa Conference League group stage (fourth place)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Quarter-finals (1983/84)

Group G: Freiburg, Nantes, Olympiacos, Qarabağ

Olympiacos (GRE)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 40
How they qualified: Play-offs (W 2-2agg 3-1pens vs Apollon)
Last season: Knockout round play-offs (L 5-1agg vs Napoli)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Round of 16 (2004/05, 2011/12, 2016/17, 2019/20, 2020/21)

Qarabağ (AZE)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 64
How they qualified: UEFA Champions League play-offs (L 2-1agg vs Plzeň)
Last season: UEFA Europa Conference League knockout round play-offs (L 6-1agg vs Marseille)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Group Stage (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21, 2022/23)

Freiburg (GER)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 103
How they qualified: Directly, sixth in Germany
Last season: N/A (first European campaign since 2017/18)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Round of 32 (2001/02)

Nantes (FRA)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): N/A
How they qualified: Directly, French Cup winners
Last season: N/A (first European campaign since 2001/02)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Quarter-finals (1985/86, 1994/95)

Group H: Crvena zvezda, Ferencváros, Monaco, Trabzonspor

Crvena zvezda (SRB)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 36
How they qualified: UEFA Champions League play-offs (L 5-4agg vs Maccabi Haifa)
Last season: Round of 16 (L 4-2agg vs Rangers)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Runners-up (1978/79)

Monaco (FRA)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 61
How they qualified: UEFA Champions League third qualifying round (L 4-3agg vs PSV Eindhoven)
Last season: Round of 16 (L 3-1agg Braga)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Semi-finalists (1996/97)

Ferencváros (HUN)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 98
How they qualified: Play-offs (W 4-1agg vs Shamrock Rovers)
Last season: Group stage (fourth)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Semi-finals (1971/72)

Trabzonspor (TUR)

UEFA coefficient ranking (start of 2022/23): 226
How they qualified: UEFA Champions League play-offs (L 2-1agg vs Copenhagen)
Last season: UEFA Europa Conference League play-offs (L 5-1agg vs Roma)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Round of 32 (2011/12, 2013/14, 2014/15)

*UEFA Europa League unless stated otherwise.