The Europa League is the second tier of European football behind the Champions League and allows teams from across Europe the opportunity to get experience against other European teams. The Europa League is made up of teams that do not finish high enough in their respective leagues to get into the Champions league.
It also involves teams that win their national cup, such as the FA Cup in England, and those teams that get knocked out in the opening stage of the Champions league and there are also some places given for Fair play.
The Europa League will never be such an important event but it does play its part for the lesser lights in the European club scene and if you are considering a bet then try one of the UK Bookmakers reviewed right here with an excellent Europa League Free Betting Offers available just by registering with any of these bookmakers by linking through our site.
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Chelsea won the Europa League final as a last minute goal from Branislav Ivanovic handed them a 2-1 win against Benfica. The final was played at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday 15th May 2013.
- Chelsea 2 - 1 Benfica
The draw for the semi-finals of the Europa League was made on Friday 12th April and the two semi finals were:
|Chelsea||(2) 3 - 1 (1)||FC Basel|
|Benfica||(0) 3 - 1 (1)||Fenerbahce|
- Ties played on Thursday 25th April and 2nd May 2013.
The draw for the quarter-final of the Europa League took place on Friday 15th March and is as follows....
(First leg results in brackets)
|Rubin Kazan||(1) 3 - 2 (3)||Chelsea|
|FC Basel||(2) 2 - 2 (2)||Tottenham (Basel won 4-1 on pens)|
|Lazio||(0) 1 -1 (2)||Fenerbahce|
|Newcastle||(1) 1 -1 (3)||Benfica|
- Ties played on Thursday 4th and 11th April 2013.
The draw for the last-16 was made on the same day as the last-32 draw, 20th December 2012, and is as follows: (First Leg score in brackets)
|Bordeaux||(0) 2 - 3 (1)||Benfica|
|Zenit St Petersburg||(0) 1 - 0 (2)||FC Basel|
|Rubin Kazan||(0) 2 - 0 (0)||Levante|
|Inter Milan||(0) 4 - 1 (3)||Tottenham|
|Chelsea||(0) 3 - 1 (1)||Steaua Bucharest|
|Fenerbahce||(1) 1 - 1 (0)||Plzen|
|Lazio||(2) 3 - 1 (0)||Stuttgart|
|Newcastle||(0) 1 -0 (0)||Anzhi|
- Ties played on Thursday 7th and 14th March 2013.
The draw for the last-32 was made on 20th December 2012 and is as follows.....
|BATE Borisov||(0) 0 - 1 (0)||Fenerbache|
|Zenit St Petersburg||(2) 1 - 3 (0)||Liverpool|
|Levante||(3) 1 - 0 (0)||Olympiakos|
|Inter Milan||(2) 3 - 0 (0)||Cluj|
|Dynamo Kiev||(1) 0 - 1 (1)||Bordeaux|
|Bayer Leverkusen||(0) 1 - 2 (1)||Benfica|
|Newcastle||(0) 1 - 0 (0)||Metalist Kharkiv|
|Stuttgart||(1) 2 - 0 (1)||Genk|
|Atletico Madrid||(0) 1 - 0 (2)||Rubin Kazan|
|Ajax||(2) 0 -2 (0)||Steaua Bucharest (Won pens)|
|Basel||(2) 1 - 1 (0)||Dnipro|
|Anzhi Makhachkala||(3) 1 - 1 (1)||Hannover|
|Sparta Prague||(0) 1 - 1 (1)||Chelsea|
|Borussia Monchengladbach||(3) 0 - 2 (3)||Lazio|
|Tottenham||(2) 1 - 1 (1)||Lyon|
|Napoli||(0) 0 - 2 (3)||Viktoria Plzen|
- Ties played on Thursday 14th and 21st February 2013. (First leg scores in brackets)
The draw for the Europa League group stages took place on Friday 31st August and was as follows....
Key: W=Won Group; RU=Runner-Up
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