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The UEFA Europa League (UEL) is a European soccer competition contested by teams from all different associations across the continent. It is the second-tier tournament of European soccer behind the UEFA Champions League. Previously known as the UEFA Cup, it renamed the UEFA Europa League in 2009.
While there’s prize money and silverware on the line, the biggest reward is that the winner automatically qualifies for the next edition of the UEFA Champions League. Spanish side Sevilla continued its dominance of the competition last year, winning its sixth Europa League since 2006.
In July 2020, CBS Sports announced a multi-platform deal to become the exclusive English-language rights holder for the UEFA Europa League, the Champions League and the Super Cup, plus the new UEFA Europa Conference League, a competition planned for 2021.
Every match was shown live on CBS All Access, starting with the remainder of the 2019/20 Champions League through 2024. CBS All Access has since undergone a rebranding, becoming Paramount+ on March 4, 2021. Paramount+ offers a wide range of sports, plus breaking news and entertainment. You can see the shows on Paramount+ here.
Watch Europa League live on CBS All Access.
Every Europa League and Champions League match will be shown on CBS’s streaming service: Paramount+. Select games will also be on CBS television and CBS Sports Network, but Paramount+ will be the home of European soccer in the US.
On top of the live matches, CBS will also have additional programming, prime-time replays to suit a US audience and much more in an exciting development for American fans of the sport. Paramount+ is available in two different packages. If you’re not fazed by a few commercials it’s just $5.99 a month. Otherwise if you want to ditch the commercials it costs $9.99 a month. Both will get you access to a range of shows, movies and sports.
Originally scheduled to get underway in June last year, the qualifying matches eventually commenced in August 2020 due to the pandemic. The group stage was held from October through December. The knockout rounds were then scheduled for February 2021 with home and away ties through to the final in May.
The final will take place on 26 May EDT at Stadion Miejski in Gdańsk, Poland.
The Europa League is an almost identical format to the Champions League, especially as we get to the group stages. Overall there are 128 teams that take part in the tournament.
Action and interest starts to pick up at the group stage which is comprised of 48 clubs. Teams are split into 12 groups of 4 and restrictions ensure clubs from the same country are separated. Again, like the Champions League a home-and-away round robin format is used.
The winners and runners-up of each group advance to the knockout stage where things get spicy. At this point the eight teams who finished third in their group from the Champions League are introduced. Atletico Madrid are the last club to win the title after being eliminated from the Champions League.
It’s also here where the format gets messy. To explain simply, the 12 group winners and 12 runners-up from the Europa League group stage are paired with the 8 third-placed teams from the Champions League groups to make the round of 32. A random draw is then held and teams play over two legs on a home-and-away basis, until the final which is one match at a neutral venue.
This tournament it will likely be hard to find a winner outside of the heavyweights. There are four English clubs remaining, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester City, along with AC Milan, Rangers, Napoli and Roma.
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