In 2008, it was decided that UEFA Cup would change the name to UEFA Europe League for the coming next season. The competition change format from knockout matches to a group play in the first phase that would be succeeded by a knock-out stage. Another novelty was that the teams that was third-place in the first phase of UEFA Champions League group play would be participating in that knock-out stage.
All the winners and runners-up so far trough the years of the Europa League.
|2011-2012||Athlético Madrid||Athletic Bilbao|
The first Europa League tournament was played in the season 2009-2010. Before 2009 the tournament was called UEFA CUP, continue to UEFA Cup winners and runners-up.
The Europa League is a rather young competition and the legacy can't compete with other big European Cups. The most successful club so far is Sevilla with remarkable results, collecting three trophies.
As mentioned above, Sevilla has so far excelled themself in the competition. If all competitions, with both UEFA Cup and Europa League aggregated, Sevilla would have five titles, two more than any other time.