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Europa League play-off number crunching

Published: Friday 7 August 2015, 13.18CET
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.
by Paul Saffer
Europa League play-off number crunching
Steaua will aim for a joint record fifth win ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 7 August 2015, 13.18CET

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.

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

©FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

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

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

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

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Krasnodar in last season's play-offs; they and Rostov made it 13 different Russian representatives

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

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Play-off hot-shot Marcus Berg in Hamburg days

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

Last updated: 07/08/15 15.01CET

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