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COUNTDOWN: The last 10 Europa League Finals

Europa League By: Ayodeji Tunde | 15/05/2018

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The UEFA Europa League, formerly the UEFA Cup, is an association football competition established in 1971 by UEFA.

It is considered the second most important international competition for European clubs, after the UEFA Champions League.

Clubs qualify for the Europa League based on their performance in national leagues and cup competitions.

For the first 25 years of the competition, the final was contested over two legs, one at each participating club's stadium, but in 1998, Internazionale defeated Lazio in the competition's first single-legged final held at a neutral venue, the Parc des Princes in Paris.

As we countdown to the 2017/18 final which will be between Olympique Marseille and Atletico Madrid, FCNaija reels out the outcome of the last 10 finals.

Since the final of the Europa League has been played as a single game, there have been 11 games that went on to extra-time. The last one was in 2014 between Sevilla and Benfica - a game that was finally decided on penalties.

Marseille have made it to their third Europa League final. They didn't manage to win the first two, losing against Parma in 1999 and being defeated by Valencia in 2004.

Three French teams have managed to reach the final of the Europa League, but none have been able to win. Prior to the two finals of Marseille, neither Bordeaux or Bastia could overcome Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven, respectively.

Spanish teams have collected 15 trophies, ten UEFA cups and five Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, followed by English clubs with 12 (8 and 4) and Italian teams with 10 (9 and 1).

2007–08   
           

Zenit Saint Petersburg   2–0 Rangers      

Venue: Old Trafford

 

2008–09              

Shakhtar Donetsk 2–1 Werder Bremen  

Venue: Turkey Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul

 

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2009–10              

Atlético Madrid 2–1 Fulham       

Venue: Hamburg Arena, Germany

2010–11              

Porto    1–0         Braga

Venue: Dublin Arena, Dublin

          

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2011–12              

Atlético Madrid 3–0 Athletic Bilbao 

Venue: Romania Arena Națională, Bucharest

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2012–13              

Chelsea 2–1 Portugal    

Venue: Netherlands Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam

2013–14              

Sevilla   0–0*[G] Benfica

Venue: Juventus Stadium, Turin

2014–15              

Sevilla   3–2 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

Venue: Poland National Stadium, Warsaw           

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2015–16    
          

Sevilla 3–1 Liverpool      

Venue: Switzerland St. Jakob-Park, Basel

2016–17              

Manchester United 2–0 Ajax

Venue: Sweden Friends Arena, Solna

Upcoming finals

2017–18              

Marseille             v              Atlético Madrid (UCL)   

France Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu        
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