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Europa League final 2020: Sevilla's history in the UEFA Cup/Europa League

Ahead of the 2020 Europa League final between Sevilla and Inter Milan, Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at Sevilla's unparalleled history in the competition.

Two of the Europa League's most successful teams do battle in the final of the competition on Friday night as a campaign which has spanned more than 12 months finally comes to an end.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the competition to adopt an unfamiliar format, with every match from the quarter-finals onwards being played over one leg at a neutral venue.

The RheinEnergieStadion in Koln will play host to the final as Sevilla and Inter Milan face off, both clubs looking to extend a fine record in Europe's secondary club competition.

Here, Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at Sevilla's record in the UEFA Cup/Europa League.

Sevilla players celebrate Suso's goal against Manchester United on August 16, 2020© Reuters

Simply put, no club can match Sevilla's history and pedigree in this competition, with the Spanish outfit having lifted the famous trophy more times than any other team.

Their tally of five titles puts them two clear of a chasing pack which includes Liverpool, Juventus, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid, and only the latter of those clubs has won the trophy since Sevilla lifted it for the very first time.

Indeed, while Sevilla are now the most successful club the Europa League has seen, their own historical success in the competition can be condensed into the last 14 years - and in particular a 10-year spell from 2006 to 2016 where they won the trophy a staggering five times.

The first of those triumphs saw them progress all the way from the third qualifying round to a final against surprise package Middlesbrough, who were swept aside in a 4-0 win - although three of those Sevilla goals came in the final 12 minutes.

Sevilla celebrate winning the Europa League in 2006© Reuters

One year after winning their first ever European silverware, Sevilla were back in the final again - this time against domestic rivals Espanyol. A classic final followed and went all the way to penalties after a 2-2 draw in the 120 minutes, and Sevilla became the first team to retain the trophy since 1986 by coming out on top 3-1 in the shootout.

Sevilla spent the next seven years flitting between the Europa League and Champions League, never getting past the last 32 of the former in that time, but they were back on the big stage in 2014 when they again needed a penalty shootout to overcome Benfica, this time after a goalless draw.

That title saw Sevilla draw level as the joint-most successful club in the competition's history, and they needed just one more year to move out on their own with victory over Ukrainian outfit Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the 2015 final.

Fast forward another 12 months and they had reached the final again after dropping out of the Champions League, this time coming up against three-time winners Liverpool in Basel.

Sevilla fell behind on that occasion, but roared back in the second half to win 3-1 and become the first team to ever lift the trophy three years on the bounce.

Sevilla celebrate winning the Europa League in 2016© Reuters

That remains Sevilla's most recent triumph in this competition, but they have won all five of their previous finals in an ominous sign for Inter Milan and are undoubtedly the kings of this competition right now.

The Spanish outfit had only experienced five UEFA Cup campaigns before lifting the trophy for a first time and had failed to get past the last 16 in any of those, so their unparalleled success is very much a recent phenomenon.

Overall Sevilla have played 144 matches in the UEFA Cup/Europa League, winning 85 of those while drawing 30 and losing 29. Only four teams have ever scored more goals in this competition (262), while they have conceded 119 times in their 144 outings.


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