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UEFA Europa League: Who is in it? Meet the teams

Get an overview of the 16 teams who are in contention for UEFA Europa League glory in 2023/24.

Meet the Europa League last 16

The road to 2023/24 UEFA Europa League glory has reached the round of 16. Who is involved in the competition?

UEFA.com profiles the contenders.

Fixtures and results

Round of 16 ties

Sparta Praha vs Liverpool
Marseille vs Villarreal
Roma vs Brighton
Benfica vs Rangers
Freiburg vs West Ham
Sporting CP vs Atalanta
AC Milan vs Slavia Praha
Qarabağ vs Leverkusen

Atalanta (ITA)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 28
How they qualified: 5th in Italian Serie A
Group stage: Group D winners
Round of 16: vs Sporting CP
Last season: N/A
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Quarter-finals (1990/91, 2021/22)

Classic Atalanta Europa League goals

Benfica (POR)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 17
How they qualified
: 1st in Portuguese Liga
Group stage: Transferring from Champions League
Knockout round play-off: 2-1agg vs Toulouse
Round of 16: vs Rangers
Last season: UCL quarter-finals (L3-5 vs Inter)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Runners-up (1982/83, 2012/13, 2013/14)

Brighton (ENG)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 77
How they qualified
: 6th in English Premier League
Group stage: Group B winners
Round of 16: vs Roma
Last season: N/A
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Round of 16 (2023/24)

Freiburg (GER)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 100
How they qualified
: 5th in German Bundesliga
Group stage: Group A runners-up
Knockout round play-off: 3-2agg vs Lens
Round of 16: vs West Ham
Last season: Round of 16 (L0-3 vs Juventus)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Round of 16 (2022/23, 2023/24)

Leverkusen (GER)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 24
How they qualified
: 6th in German Bundesliga
Group stage: Group H winners
Round of 16: vs Qarabağ
Last season: Semi-finals (L0-1 vs Roma)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Winners (1987/88)

Liverpool (ENG)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 4
How they qualified: 5th in English Premier League
Group stage: Group E winners
Round of 16: vs Sparta Praha
Last season: UCL Round of 16 (L2-6 vs Real Madrid)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Winners (1972/73, 1975/76, 2000/01)

Classic Liverpool Europa League goals

Marseille (FRA)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 53
How they qualified: 3rd in French Ligue 1
Group stage: Group B runners-up
Knockout round play-off: 5-3agg vs Shakhtar
Round of 16: vs Villarreal
Last season: UCL group stage (fourth place)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Runners-up (1998/99, 2003/04, 2017/18)

Milan (ITA)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 37
How they qualified
: 4th in Italian Serie A
Group stage: Transferring from Champions League
Knockout round play-off: 5-3agg vs Rennes
Round of 16: vs Slavia Praha
Last season: UCL semi-finals (L0-3 vs Inter)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Semi-finals (1971/72, 2001/02)

Qarabağ (AZE)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 66
How they qualified: 1st in Azerbaijani Premier League
Group stage: Group H runners-up
Knockout round play-off: 6-5agg vs Braga
Round of 16: vs Leverkusen
Last season: UECL knockout play-offs (L1-1, 3-5pens vs Gent)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Round of 16 (2023/24)

Former winners in contention

Leverkusen: 1987/88
Liverpool: 1972/73, 1975/76, 2000/01
Villarreal: 2020/21

Rangers (SCO)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 31
How they qualified: 2nd in Scotland
Group stage: Group C winners
Round of 16: vs Benfica
Last season: UCL group stage (fourth place)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Runners-up (2007/08, 2021/22)

Roma (ITA)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 10
How they qualified: 6th in Italian Serie A
Group stage: Group G runners-up
Knockout round play-off: 2-2agg, 4-2pens vs Feyenoord
Round of 16: vs Brighton
Last season: Final (L 1-1, 1-4pens vs Sevilla)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Runners-up (1990/91, 2022/23)

Slavia Praha (CZE)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 39
How they qualified: 2nd in Czech First League
Group stage: Group G winners
Round of 16: vs AC Milan
Last season: UECL group stage (third place)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Semi-finals (1995/96)

Sparta Praha (CZE)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 106
How they qualified: 1st in Czech First League
Group stage: Group C runners-up
Knockout round play-off: 6-4agg vs Galatasaray
Round of 16: vs Liverpool
Last season: UECL second qualifying round (L1-2 vs Viking)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Quarter-finals (1983/84, 2015/16)

Sporting CP (POR)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 33
How they qualified: 4th in Portuguese Liga
Group stage: Group D runners-up
Knockout round play-off: 4-2agg vs Young Boys
Round of 16: vs Atalanta
Last season: Quarter-finals (L1-2 vs Juventus)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Runners-up (2004/05)

Villarreal (ESP)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 18
How they qualified: 5th in Spanish Liga
Group stage: Group F winners
Round of 16: vs Marseille
Last season: Round of 16 (L1-2 vs Anderlecht)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Winners (2020/21)

Great Villarreal Europa League goals

West Ham (ENG)

UEFA coefficient ranking: 36
How they qualified: Conference League holders
Group stage: Group A winners
Round of 16: vs Freiburg
Last season: UECL winners (W2-1 vs Fiorentina)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance
: Semi-finals (2021/22)

Key

• UEFA Europa League unless otherwise stated
• Aggregate scorelines if applicable
• Club coefficients as of start of 2023/24

UCL = UEFA Champions League
UEL = UEFA Europa League
UECL = UEFA Europa Conference League

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