Champions League vs Europa League


The UEFA Europa League previously known as the UEFA Cup and the Champions League are associated with the football played in Europe. The Union of European Football Associations is the governing body of the two leagues. Though both the leagues feature top teams in Europe, Champions league is considered the most prestigious football tournament.

The UEFA Champions League features the top teams in the National Leagues that play against each other, which followed the system of direct knockout during the pre-1992 competition was initially, open only to the champion club of each nation.

How different is Champions League than the Europa League? Which League is more popular? In what ways is Europa League different from the Champions League? Keep reading to know more about the two leagues.

What is the UEFA Champions League?

The UEFA Champions League is an annual football competition conducted between the top-division European clubs. Champions League is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world that is played by the national league champions of the strongest UEFA national associations.

The European Champion Clubs’ Cup, or just European Cup, was established in 1955 which was later renamed as Champions League in 1992. It was not just about renaming, the League added a group stage to the competition which permits players from certain countries.

What is the UEFA Europa League?

Since 1971, the UEFA Europa League has been organized by UEFA, which is an annual football club competition for the eligible European football clubs. The clubs from the National League and Cup competitions qualify for the Europa League which is the second-tier competition of European football, ranking just below the UEFA Champions League.

The UEFA Europa League was previously known as the UEFA Cup, which got its new name since the 2009–10 season. The Europa League has been following a change in format.

As per the Europa League system, the winner of the UEFA Europa League gets qualified for the UEFA Super Cup and, since the 2014–15 season, the next set of changes were made which talks about UEFA Champions League entering at the group stage.

Which is the most successful club in the Champions League?

The club that has won the tournament 13 times (6 and 7 in European Cup and Champion League respectively) in the competition’s history is Real Madrid which is the most successful club in the Champions League which includes the first five consecutive season victories.

Which Countries have won the Champions League?

Various countries have played in the Champions League in which the Spanish club has been the most successful during the seasons 1992-93 to 2017-18. The countries along with the number of times they have claimed the Champions League title are listed below:

  • Spain – 12
  • Italy – 5
  • England – 4
  • Germany – 3
  • France – 1
  • Netherlands – 1
  • Portugal – 1

Since the establishment of Champions League’s predecessor European Champion Clubs’ Cup, the competition has been won by 22 clubs. Out of the 22 clubs, 12 of them have won it more than once. Club Real Madrid is the reigning champion which claimed its 13th title in the competition after defeating Liverpool 3–1 in 2018 final.

Which team has won the Europa League many times?

The club that has won the tournament 5 times in the competition’s history is Sevilla which is considered the most successful club in the Europa League. Their recent win was during the 2005-06 season. Atletico Madrid is the current (2017-18 season) reigning Europa League champion after defeating Marseille in the final.

Which clubs have won the Europa League title?

So far, the Europa League title has been won by 28 clubs. Out of the 28 clubs, 12 clubs have won the League’s title more than once. Listed down below is the list of clubs and the number of times the club has won the title since 2009-10 season (UEFA Europa League).

  • Sevilla – 5
  • Atletico Madrid – 3
  • Porto – 1
  • Chelsea – 1
  • Manchester United – 1

Prize Money of the Champions League

On the basis of the participation and results, the prize money is paid to the clubs. As of 2018–19, the prize money paid to the clubs is listed as follows:

  • €230,000 for Preliminary qualifying round
  • €280,000 for First qualifying round
  • €380,000 for Second qualifying round
  • €480,000 for Third qualifying round (Only for the clubs that did not get qualified in the champions path)
  • €15,250,000 is the Base fee for the group stage
  • €2,700,000 for Group match victory
  • €900,000 for Group match draw:
  • €9,500,000 for Round of 16
  • €10,500,000 for Quarter-finals
  • €12,000,000 for Semi-finals
  • €15,000,000 for the Losing finalist
  • €19,000,000 for the Winning the Final

During the 2014–15 season, Juventus, who were the runners-up, received around €89.1 million in total. €30.9 million from the total amount was the prize money. The same season’s winner Barcelona, earned €61.0 million and were awarded €36.4 million in prize money.

The difference in the payment is due to the ‘market pool’ which is nothing but the value of the television market in each nation.

Prize Money of the Europa League

Similar to the UEFA Champions League, the Europa League gives prize money to the clubs for each qualifying stage. The amount received in each stage by the clubs is shared below.

The 2018–19 season’s group stage participation in the Europa League is awarded a base fee of €2,920,000. The winning team in the group receives €570,000 and if the match resulted in a draw, then €190,000 is given to the clubs. Apart from this, each group winner earns €1,000,000 and the following runner-up gets €500,000.

  • €220,000 for Preliminary round
  • €240,000 for First qualifying round
  • €260,000 for Second qualifying round
  • €280,000 for Third qualifying round
  • €300,000 for the Play-off round elimination
  • €2,920,000 is the Base fee for the group stage
  • €570,000 for Group match victory
  • €190,000 for Group match draw
  • €1,000,000 for Group winners
  • €500,000 for the Group runners-up
  • €500,000 for Round of 32
  • €1,100,000 for Round of 16
  • €1,500,000 for Quarter-finals
  • €2,400,000 for Semi-finals
  • €4,500,000 for the Losing finalist
  • €8,500,000 for the Winners

Facts about Champions League

  • In 1955, the predecessor of Champions League, European Cup was formed.
  • In 1992, the league was renamed to Champions League.
  • The league decided to expand its club count to 16 in 1994.
  • For the first time in the history of the Champions League, a final was decided based on a penalty shootout between Juventus and Ajax.
  • The League included 24 clubs to the League in 1997
  • Since 1999, 32 clubs have been involved.
  • The 2000 Champions League featured two clubs from the same country fighting in the finals (Real Madrid and Valencia).
  • Club Real Madrid was the first team to win the tournament two consecutive times in 2016 and 2017.
  • The club (Real Madrid) proved its competency by winning the tournament three consecutive times in 2018 also.

Facts about Europa League

  • UEFA Cup was established in 1971.
  • Renamed as UEFA Europa League, the UEL merged with the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2009.
  • The first club to win the tournament twice was Atletico Madrid in 2010 and 2012.
  • The first club to win the Europa League thrice was Sevilla in a consecutive manner in 2014, 2015 and 2016.


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