Europa League group stage number crunching

The UEFA Europa League group stage draw takes place on Friday and UEFA.com crunches the numbers: which teams and players are record-breakers?

Villarreal have a fine UEFA Europa League pedigree
Villarreal have a fine UEFA Europa League pedigree ©AFP/Getty Images

Key facts
Athletic and Villarreal in fifth UEFA Europa League group appearances
Salzburg already most prolific club, aiming for points record and fourth first place
Napoli broke the goalscoring record and equalled two other bests last season
Six teams have gone out with six points
Mainz are the 14th German side in the UEFA Europa League group stage
13 group debutants take total entrant clubs to 185, 229 including UEFA Cup

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

Most group appearances by club (UEFA Europa League only)
Club Brugge, PSV Eindhoven 6
Athletic Club*, Lazio, PAOK, Rapid Wien, Salzburg, Sparta Praha, Sporting CP, Steaua Bucureşti, Tottenham Hotspur, Villarreal* 5

Most group appearances by club (including UEFA Cup)
Club Brugge 9
AZ Alkmaar, Tottenham Hotspur 8
Basel, Beşiktaş, Dinamo Zagreb, PAOK*, Partizan, Sevilla, Sparta Praha, Steaua Bucureşti, Villarreal* 7

Most points (UEFA Europa League only)
PSV Eindhoven 66
Salzburg 64

Most points (including UEFA Cup)
Tottenham Hotspur 82
PSV Eindhoven 66

Most goals (UEFA Europa League only)
Salzburg 57
Napoli, Tottenham Hotspur 53

Most goals (including UEFA Cup)
Tottenham Hotspur 76
AZ Alkmaar 62

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

Most qualifications from group (UEFA Europa League only)
Anderlecht, Lazio, Napoli, PSV Eindhoven, Salzburg, Sporting CP, Tottenham Hotspur, Villarreal 4

Longest 100% records of advancing from the group stage (UEFA Europa League only)
Anderlecht, Napoli, Villarreal 4

Most group first places (UEFA Europa League only)
Liverpool, PSV Eindhoven, Salzburg, Sporting CP 3

Single season (UEFA Europa League only)
Most points
Salzburg (2009/10), Zenit (2010/11), Anderlecht (2011/12), Salzburg (2013/14), Tottenham Hotspur (2013/14), Dinamo Moskva (2014/15), Napoli (2015/16) 18

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

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

Most points without going through
Birmingham City (2011/12), Paris Saint-Germain (2011/12), Tottenham Hotspur (2011/12), Young Boys (2012/13), Lokeren (2014/15), Sparta Praha (2014/15) 10

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

Fewest goals conceded in a group
Standard Liège (2011/12) 1

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 first qualifying round (UEFA Europa League only)
Fulham (2011/12), Rosenborg (2012/13, 2015/16), Twente (2012/13), Tromsø (2013/14), Qäbälä (2015/16, 2016/17), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (2016/17)

UEFA Europa League group debutants
Astana, Celta Vigo**, Dundalk, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Konsyaspor, Olympiacos**, Osmanlıspor, Sassuolo, Southampton, Mainz, Manchester United, Nice, Zorya Luhansk

Country stats:
Most total appearances (UEFA Europa League only)
Italy* 26
Netherlands*, Spain* 22
Germany* 21
England* 20
France*, Portugal* 19

Most total appearances (including UEFA Cup)
Spain* 40
Germany*, Italy*, Netherlands* 38
France* 37

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

Manchester United make their UEFA Europa League group debut
Manchester United make their UEFA Europa League group debut©Getty Images

Most different national representatives (including UEFA Cup)
England*, Germany* 17
France* 16
Italy, Spain 14

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

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

Player stats:
Most appearances (UEFA Europa League only)
Mario Sonnleitner 28
Papa Gueye, Atiba Hutchinson, Jeremain Lens 27

Most appearances (including UEFA Cup)
Dimitris Salpingidis 38
Atiba Hutchinson 35

Most goals (UEFA Europa League only)
Alan, Edinson Cavani. Dries Martens 12
Raúl Bobadilla, Jermain Defoe, Raul Rusescu 11

Most goals (including UEFA Cup)
Jermain Defoe 15
Dimitris Salpingidis 14

*Includes 2016/17
**Appeared in UEFA Cup group stage
***Welsh-based Swansea represented England in 2013/14

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