The UEFA Champions League is the undisputed top dog in European club competition, but with many top European clubs taking part in the UEFA Europa League, you can expect plenty of people to watch live UEFA Europa League matches year in, year out.
Only a select amount of live UEFA Europa League games are available on television, so that makes watching live UEFA Europa League games online an attractive option for fans around the world.
UEFA’s official website might appear to be the best route for watching live UEFA Europa League games online, but you could find yourself having to pay above and beyond for watching individual matches.
UEFA Europa League Past And Present
The first official UEFA Cup was held in 1971, but its unofficial precursor was the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which was held from 1955 until UEFA took it over and renamed it the UEFA Cup in 1971.
For more than two decades, the UEFA Cup had to share Europe’s second stage with the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, but the competitions were merged in 1999. This season is the first that the competition is being referred to as the UEFA Europa League.
Italian rivals Juventus and Inter Milan and English powers Liverpool have each won the UEFA Europa League a record three times. The current holders of the trophy are Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, who defeated German club Werder Bremen 2-1 in extra time in last year’s final in Istanbul, Turkey.
Currently, the UEFA Europa League is open to runners-up of Europe’s lower-ranked leagues and high finishers in higher-ranked leagues, along with winners (or finalists, in some cases) from domestic cup competitions, and three clubs who earn berths via UEFA‘s Fair Play ranking. Also, the eight third-placed clubs from the UEFA Champions League group stage enter the competition in the round of 32, and with some well-known European clubs often being among that bunch, there’s even more interest in watching live Europa League games online.