The curtains were brought down on the 2021/202 Europa League season on Wednesday night, as Eintracht Frankfurt beat Rangers on penalties to lift the coveted crown.
The Germans did not lose a single match during the season, becoming the third team to achieve the feat, joining Sevilla and Chelsea.
Here are some of the most important numbers from the season that just ended.
- 13 Eintracht Frankfurt finished undefeated in this season’s competition (W7 D6) and is only the third team in the UEFA Europa League era to go unbeaten after Chelsea (2018/19) and Villarreal (2020/21)
- 7 All seven of Europa League top scorer James Tavernier’s goals have come in the knockout stages, opening the scoring in all four of the Scottish team’s elimination matches. Reminder: He’s a right-back
- 9:34 Batson Dhaka scored the fastest hat-trick ever in the European League as Leicester recovered from a 2-0 deficit against Spartak Moskva in the third round, and the Zambian clinched the points with a fourth after 25 minutes.
- 22 Galatasaray went into the UEFA group stage undefeated for the first time, in the 22nd question time. Frankfurt, Monaco and Lyon are also unbeaten before the knockout rounds
- 1 West Ham made their UEFA group stage debut as they returned to European competition for the first time since 2006/07
- 6- Filip Kostic has provided six assists in the competition in the Europa League this season, for five different scorers – Sam Lammers, Gonzalo Paciencia, Djibril Su, Rafael Bure (2) and an own goal by Guido Rodriguez.
- Braga 3 beat Cherif 3-2 on penalties in the playoffs, the only draw this season in a penalty shootout semi-final.
- 16 Roger Fernandez of Braga became the youngest ever player in the Europa League, aged 16 years and 88 days when the Bissau-born winger featured in the first leg in Sheriff.
- 41 Legia goalkeeper, Artur Boruc, was the oldest player to feature this season
- 6 Lyon extended their winning streak in their Europa League travels to six matches – matching the record shared by Atletico Madrid (2011-12) and Porto (2010-11) – before being played at West Ham in the quarter-finals.
- 12.60 Eljif Elmas’s opening goal for Napoli against Spartak Moskva in the second round was at 12.60 seconds, the second-fastest goal in UEFA Europa League history after Jan Sýkora’s 10.69-second attempt with Liberec in Karabağ in 2016/17
- 23 Rangers was the team that scored the most goals in the competition this season with 23 goals, two ahead of second-placed Frankfurt
- 7 For the seventh consecutive season, an English team reached the semi-finals, but Spain’s record eight-year record in the last four is over.
- 53 There were 53 goals in the eight new playoffs, for an average of 6.6 per draw
- The 2 finalists Rangers and Frankfurt were seeded into Pot 2 for the group stage in August
- 11 – Daiichi Kamada has 11 goals in 23 matches in the European League, which is the number of goals he scored in 95 matches in the German League.
- 1 – Frankfurt will play in the Champions League for the first time next season – their only season in UEFA’s former club competition was in 1959/60, when they reached the European Cup final.