UEFA Champions League Rejects in the UEFA Cup


This file lists the seasonwise performances (since the 1999/00 season) of the clubs which finished third in the UEFA Champions League group stage, starting from the third round (1/16 Finals) of the UEFA Cup (c.q. Europa League).
Note that clubs eliminated in the final qualifying round for the UEFA Champions League, which enter the UEFA Cup (at a much earlier stage) since the 1996/97 season are not included.
The clubs which entered the tournament after finishing third in the UEFA Champions League group stage are listed in bold.

1999/00

Third Round
Udinese               - Bayer Leverkusen      0-1  2-1   
Arsenal               - Nantes                3-0  3-3        
Rangers               - Borussia Dortmund     2-0  0-2   1-3p
Parma                 - Sturm Graz            2-1  3-3        
Olympiakos            - Juventus              1-3  2-1
Spartak Moskva        - Leeds United          2-1  0-1
Bologna               - Galatasaray           1-1  1-2
 
Fourth Round
Borussia Dortmund     - Galatasaray           0-2  0-0
Arsenal               - Deportivo La Coruña   5-1  1-2
 
Quarterfinals
Arsenal               - Werder Bremen         2-0  4-2
RCD Mallorca          - Galatasaray           1-4  1-2
 
Semifinals
Galatasaray           - Leeds United          2-0  2-2
Arsenal               - Lens                  1-0  2-1
 
Final
Galatasaray           - Arsenal               0-0        4-1p

2000/01

Third Round
Bayer Leverkusen      - AEK Athinai           4-4  0-2
Shakhtar Donetsk      - Celta Vigo            0-0  0-1
Olympiakos            - Liverpool             2-2  0-2
Rangers               - Kaiserslautern        1-0  0-3
Roma                  - Hamburger SV          1-0  3-0
CD Alavés             - Rosenborg             1-1  3-1
PSV (Eindhoven)       - PAOK Thessaloniki     3-0  1-0
Club Brugge           - Barcelona             0-2  1-1
 
Fourth Round
AEK Athinai           - Barcelona             0-1  0-5
PSV (Eindhoven)       - Parma                 2-1  2-3
 
Quarterfinals
Kaiserslautern        - PSV (Eindhoven)       1-0  1-0
Barcelona             - Celta Vigo            2-1  2-3
 
Semifinals
Barcelona             - Liverpool             0-0  0-1

2001/02

Third Round
Hapoel Tel-Aviv       - Lokomotiv Moskva      2-1  1-0
FC København          - Borussia Dortmund     0-1  0-1
Slovan Liberec        - RCD Mallorca          3-1  2-1
PAOK Thessaloniki     - PSV (Eindhoven)       3-2  1-4
Valencia              - Celtic                1-0  0-1   5-4p
Club Brugge           - Olympique Lyonnais    4-1  0-3
Fiorentina            - Lille OSC             0-1  0-2
Feyenoord             - Freiburg              1-0  2-2
 
Fourth Round
Lille OSC             - Borussia Dortmund     1-1  0-0
PSV (Eindhoven)       - Leeds United          0-0  1-0
Olympique Lyonnais    - Slovan Liberec        1-1  1-4
Rangers               - Feyenoord             1-1  2-3
 
Quarterfinals
PSV (Eindhoven)       - Feyenoord             1-1  1-1   4-5p
Slovan Liberec        - Borussia Dortmund     0-0  0-4

NB: Slovan Liberec eliminated 2 Champions League Rejects in consecutive rounds before
    losing againts their third such opponents in the quarterfinals.

Semifinals
Internazionale        - Feyenoord             0-1  2-2
Borussia Dortmund     - Milan                 4-0  1-3
 
Final
Feyenoord             - Borussia Dortmund     3-2

2002/03

Third Round
Real Betis            - AJ Auxerre            1-0  0-2
Vitesse Arnhem        - Liverpool             0-1  0-1
AEK Athinai           - Maccabi Haifa         4-0  4-1
Denizlispor           - Olympique Lyonnais    0-0  1-0
Besiktas JK           - Dynamo Kyiv           3-1  0-0
FC Porto              - RC Lens               3-0  0-1
Club Brugge           - VfB Stuttgart         1-2  0-1
 
Fourth Round
Málaga                - AEK Athinai           0-0  1-0
AJ Auxerre            - Liverpool             0-1  0-2
 
Quarterfinals
Celtic                - Liverpool             1-1  2-0

2003/04

Third Round
Celtic                - FK Teplice            3-0  0-1
FC Sochaux            - Internazionale        2-2  0-0
Perugia               - PSV (Eindhoven)       0-0  1-3
Galatasaray           - Villarreal            2-2  0-3
AJ Auxerre            - Panathinaikos         0-0  1-0
Olympique Marseille   - Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1-0  0-0
Valencia              - Besiktas              3-2  2-0
Club Brugge           - Debreceni VSC         1-0  0-0
 
Fourth Round
Celtic                - FC Barcelona          1-0  0-0
Benfica               - Internazionale        0-0  3-4
AJ Auxerre            - PSV (Eindhoven)       1-1  0-3
Liverpool             - Olympique Marseille   1-1  1-2
Bordeaux              - Club Brugge           3-1  1-0
 
Quarterfinals
Olympique Marseille   - Internazionale        1-0  1-0
Celtic                - Villarreal            1-1  0-2
PSV (Eindhoven)       - Newcastle United      1-1  1-2
 
Semifinals
Newcastle United      - Olympique Marseille   0-0  0-2
 
Final
Valencia              - Olympique Marseille   2-0

2004/05

Third Round
Olympiakos            - FC Sochaux            1-0  1-0
Dynamo Kyiv           - Villarreal            0-0  0-2
Ajax                  - AJ Auxerre            1-0  1-3
Fenerbahçe SK         - Real Zaragoza         0-1  1-2
Panathinaikos         - Sevilla               1-0  0-2
Shakhtar Donetsk      - Schalke 04            1-1  1-0
Valencia              - Steaua Bucuresti      2-0  0-2   3-4p
CSKA Moskva           - Benfica               2-0  1-1
 
Fourth Round
Olympiakos            - Newcastle United      1-3  0-4
Shakhtar Donetsk      - AZ Alkmaar            1-3  1-2
Partizan Beograd      - CSKA Moskva           1-1  0-2
 
Quarterfinals
CSKA Moskva           - AJ Auxerre            4-0  0-2
 
Semifinals
Parma                 - CSKA Moskva           0-0  0-3
 
Final
Sporting CP Lisboa    - CSKA Moskva           1-3

2005/06

Third Round
Club Brugge           - Roma                  1-2  1-2
FC Thun               - Hamburger SV          1-0  0-2
Udinese               - Lens                  3-0  0-1
Lille OSC             - Shakhtar Donetsk      3-2  0-0
Schalke 04            - RCD Espanyol          2-1  3-0
Rosenborg             - Zenit Sankt-Peterburg 0-2  1-2
Real Betis            - AZ Alkmaar            2-0  1-2
Artmedia Bratislava   - Levski Sofia          0-1  0-2
 
Fourth Round
Udinese               - Levski Sofia          0-0  1-2
Lille OSC             - Sevilla               1-0  0-2
Palermo               - Schalke 04            1-0  0-3
Steaua Bucuresti      - Real Betis            0-0  3-0
 
Quarterfinals
Levski Sofia          - Schalke 04            1-3  1-1
 
NB: Levski Sofia eliminated 2 Champions League Rejects in consecutive rounds before
    losing againts their third such opponents in the quarterfinals.

Semifinals
Schalke 04            - Sevilla               0-0  0-1

2006/07

Third Round
Werder Bremen         - Ajax                  3-0  1-3
Spartak Moskva        - Celta Vigo            1-1  1-2
Bordeaux              - Osasuna Pamplona      0-0  0-1
Shakhtar Donetsk      - AS Nancy              1-1  1-0
Steaua Bucuresti      - Sevilla               0-2  0-1
Benfica               - Dinamo Bucuresti      1-0  2-1
CSKA Moskva           - Maccabi Haifa         0-0  0-1
AEK Athinai           - Paris Saint-Germain   0-2  0-2
 
Fourth Round
Celta Vigo            - Werder Bremen         0-1  0-2
Sevilla               - Shakhtar Donetsk      2-2  3-2
Paris Saint-Germain   - Benfica               2-1  1-3
 
Quarterfinals
AZ Alkmaar            - Werder Bremen         0-0  1-4
RCD Espanyol          - Benfica               3-2  0-0
 
Semifinals
RCD Espanyol          - Werder Bremen         3-0  2-1

2007/08

Third Round
Olympique Marseille   - Spartak Moskva        3-0  0-2
Rosenborg BK          - Fiorentina            0-1  1-2
Werder Bremen         - SC Braga              3-0  1-0
Benfica               - Nürnberg              1-0  2-2
Rangers               - Panathinaikos         0-0  1-1
Sporting CP Lisboa    - FC Basel              2-0  3-0
PSV (Eindhoven)       - Helsingborgs IF       2-0  2-1
Slavia Praha          - Tottenham Hotspur     1-2  1-1
 
Fourth Round
Olympique Marseille   - Zenit Sankt-Peterburg 3-1  0-2
Rangers               - Werder Bremen         2-0  0-1
Benfica               - Getafe                1-2  0-1
Bolton Wanderers      - Sporting CP Lisboa    1-1  0-1
Tottenham Hotspur     - PSV (Eindhoven)       0-1  1-0   5-6p
 
Quarterfinals
Fiorentina            - PSV (Eindhoven)       1-1  2-0
Rangers               - Sporting CP Lisboa    0-0  2-0
 
Semifinals
Rangers               - Fiorentina            0-0  0-0   4-2p
 
Final
Rangers               - Zenit Sankt-Peterburg 0-2

2008/09

Third Round
Bordeaux              - Galatasaray           0-0  3-4
Werder Bremen         - Milan                 1-1  2-2
Shakhtar Donetsk      - Tottenham Hotspur     2-0  1-1
Olympique Marseille   - FC Twente Enschede    0-1  1-0   7-6p
AaB Aalborg           - Deportivo La Coruña   3-0  3-1
Fiorentina            - Ajax                  0-1  1-1
Dynamo Kyiv           - Valencia              1-1  2-2
Zenit Sankt-Peterburg - VfB Stuttgart         2-1  2-1
 
Fourth Round
Olympique Marseille   - Ajax                  2-1  2-2
Werder Bremen         - Saint-Etienne         1-0  2-2
CSKA Moskva           - Shakhtar Donetsk      1-0  0-2
Manchester City       - AaB Aalborg           2-0  0-2   4-3p
Dynamo Kyiv           - Metalist Kharkiv      1-0  2-3
Udinese               - Zenit Sankt-Peterburg 2-0  0-1
 
Quarterfinals
Paris Saint-Germain   - Dynamo Kyiv           0-0  0-3
Shakhtar Donetsk      - Olympique Marseille   2-0  2-1
Werder Bremen         - Udinese               3-1  3-3
 
Semifinals
Dynamo Kyiv           - Shakhtar Donetsk      1-1  1-2
Werder Bremen         - Hamburger SV          0-1  3-2
 
Final
Shakhtar Donetsk      - Werder Bremen         2-1

2009/10

Third Round
Ajax                  - Juventus              1-2  0-0
Villarreal            - Wolfsburg             2-2  1-4
FC København          - Olympique Marseille   1-3  1-3
Atlético Madrid       - Galatasaray           1-1  2-1
Liverpool             - Unirea Urziceni       1-0  3-1
Rubin Kazan           - Hapoel Tel-Aviv       3-0  0-0
Standard Liège        - Red Bull Salzburg     3-2  0-0
 
Fourth Round
Juventus              - Fulham                3-1  1-4
Rubin Kazan           - Wolfsburg             1-1  1-2
Atlético Madrid       - Sporting CP Lisboa    0-0  2-2
Benfica               - Olympique Marseille   1-1  2-1
Lille                 - Liverpool             1-0  0-3
Panathinaikos         - Standard Liège        1-3  0-1
 
Quarterfinals
Valencia              - Atlético Madrid       2-2  0-0
Fulham                - Wolfsburg             2-1  1-0
Benfica               - Liverpool             2-1  1-4
Hamburger SV          - Standard Liège        2-1  3-1
 
Semifinals
Atlético Madrid       - Liverpool             1-0  1-2
 
Final
Atlético Madrid       - Fulham                2-1

NB: Fulham eliminated 2 Champions League Rejects in consecutive rounds before
    losing againts their third such opponents in the final.

2010/11

Third Round
Rubin Kazan           - Twente Enschede       0-2  2-2
Benfica               - VfB Stuttgart         2-1  2-0
Rangers               - Sporting CP Lisboa    1-1  2-2
FC Basel              - Spartak Moskva        2-3  1-1
RSC Anderlecht        - Ajax                  0-3  0-2
Lech Poznan           - SC Braga              1-0  0-2
 
Fourth Round
Twente Enschede       - Zenit Sankt-Peterburg 3-0  0-2
Benfica               - Paris Saint-Germain   2-1  1-1
PSV (Eindhoven)       - Rangers               0-0  1-0
SC Braga              - Liverpool             1-0  0-0
Ajax                  - Spartak Moskva        0-1  0-3
 
Quarterfinals
Benfica               - PSV (Eindhoven)       4-1  2-2
Dynamo Kyiv           - SC Braga              1-1  0-0
FC Porto              - Spartak Moskva        5-1  5-2
Villarreal            - Twente Enschede       5-1  3-1
 
Semifinals
Benfica               - SC Braga              2-1  0-1
 
Final
Porto                 - SC Braga              1-0

2011/12

Third Round
FC Porto              - Manchester City       1-2  0-4
Trabzonspor           - PSV (Eindhoven)       1-2  1-4
Ajax                  - Manchester United     0-2  2-1
Stoke City            - Valencia              0-1  0-1
Rubin Kazan           - Olympiakos            0-1  0-1
Viktoria Plzen        - Schalke 04            1-1  1-3
 
Fourth Round
Manchester United     - Athletic Bilbao       2-3  1-2
Sporting CP Lisboa    - Manchester City       1-0  2-3
Valencia              - PSV (Eindhoven)       4-2  1-1
Metalist Kharkiv      - Olympiakos            0-1  2-1
 
Quarterfinals
AZ Alkmaar            - Valencia              2-1  0-4
 
Semifinals
Atlético Madrid       - Valencia              4-2  1-0

2012/13

Third Round
Dynamo Kyiv           - Bordeaux              1-1  0-1
Levante               - Olympiakos            3-0  1-0
Zenit Sankt-Peterburg - Liverpool             2-0  1-3
Ajax                  - Steaua Bucuresti      2-0  0-2   2-4p
Sparta Praha          - Chelsea               0-1  1-1
BATE Barysau          - Fenerbahçe            0-0  0-1
Bayer Leverkusen      - Benfica               0-1  1-2
Internazionale        - CFR Cluj              2-0  3-0
 
Fourth Round
FC Basel              - Zenit Sankt-Peterburg 2-0  0-1
Benfica               - Bordeaux              1-0  3-2
Steaua Bucuresti      - Chelsea               1-0  1-3
 
Quarterfinals
Benfica               - Newcastle United      3-1  1-1
Chelsea               - Rubin Kazan           3-1  2-3
 
Semifinals
FC Basel              - Chelsea               1-2  1-3
Fenerbahçe            - Benfica               1-0  1-3
 
Final
Chelsea               - Benfica               2-1

2013/14

Third Round
Ajax                  - Red Bull Salzburg     0-3  1-3
Maccabi Tel-Aviv      - FC Basel              0-0  0-3
PAOK (Thessaloniki)   - Benfica               0-1  0-3
Juventus              - Trabzonspor           2-0  2-0
Swansea City          - Napoli                0-0  1-3
FC Porto              - Eintracht Frankfurt   2-2  3-3
Viktoria Plzen        - Shakhtar Donetsk      1-1  2-1

Fourth Round
FC Basel              - Red Bull Salzburg     0-0  2-1
Tottenham Hotspur     - Benfica               1-3  2-2
Juventus              - Fiorentina            1-1  1-0
FC Porto              - Napoli                1-0  2-2
Olympique Lyon        - Viktoria Plzen        4-1  1-2

Quarterfinals
FC Basel              - Valencia              3-0  0-5
AZ (Alkmaar)          - Benfica               0-1  0-2
Olympique Lyon        - Juventus              0-1  1-2
FC Porto              - Sevilla               1-0  1-4

Semifinals
Benfica               - Juventus              2-1  0-0

Final
Sevilla               - Benfica               0-0        4-2p

2014/15

Third Round
Roma                  - Feyenoord             1-1  2-1  
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk - Olympiakos            2-0  2-2
PSV (Eindhoven)       - Zenit Sankt-Peterburg 0-1  0-3
Torino                - Athletic Bilbao       2-2  3-2
VfL Wolfsburg         - Sporting CP Lisboa    2-0  0-0
Ajax                  - Legia Warszawa        1-0  3-0
RSC Anderlecht        - Dinamo Moskva         0-0  1-3
Liverpool             - Besiktas              1-0  0-1  4-5p

Fourth Round
Fiorentina            - Roma                  1-1  3-0
Zenit Sankt-Peterburg - Torino                2-0  0-1
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk - Ajax                  1-0  1-2

Quarterfinals
Sevilla               - Zenit Sankt-Peterburg 2-1  2-2

2015/16

Third Round
Shakhtar Donetsk      - Schalke 04             -    - 
FC Midtjylland        - Manchester United      -    - 
Galatasaray SK        - Lazio (Roma)           -    - 
Sevilla FC            - Molde FK               -    - 
Sporting CP (Lisboa)  - Bayer Leverkusen       -    - 
RSC Anderlecht        - Olympiakos             -    - 
Borussia Dortmund     - FC Porto               -    - 
Valencia CF           - SK Rapid Wien          -    - 

General Statistics

In the each of the 16 seasons since 1999/00, 8 clubs eliminated from the Champions League entered the UEFA Cup (c.q. Europa League) in round 3 (round of 32), representing exactly one quarter (25 %) of the entrants. They have collected 6 wins (37.5%), and 14 final appearances (43.8%); four finals (those in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2013) featured two clubs rejected from the Champions League.

Stages Reached By Season

                    Win Fin  SF  QF Rd4 Rd3

1999/00              1   2   2   2   3   8
2000/01                      1   2   2   8
2001/02              1   2   2   3   5   8
2002/03                          1   3   8
2003/04                  1   1   4   5   8
2004/05              1   1   1   1   3   8
2005/06                      1   1   4   8
2006/07                      1   2   3   8
2007/08                  1   1   3   6   8
2008/09              1   2   3   4   6   8
2009/10              1   1   2   4   7   8
2010/11                  1   2   4   6   8
2011/12                      1   1   4   8
2012/13              1   2   2   2   3   8
2013/14                  1   2   4   6   8
2014/15                          1   3   8
2015/16                                  8

Total                6  14  22  39  69 128 (without 2015/16)

NB: at each stage (bar the final), more than half of the Champions League entrants progressed.


Stages Reached By Club (quarterfinals or better)

                    Win Fin  SF  QF

Benfica                  2   3   4
PSV (Eindhoven)                  4
Werder Bremen            1   2   2
Olympique Marseille      1   1   2
Liverpool                    1   2
Atlético Madrid      1   1   1   1
Chelsea              1   1   1   1
CSKA Moskva          1   1   1   1
Feyenoord            1   1   1   1
Galatasaray          1   1   1   1
Shakhtar Donetsk     1   1   1   1
Arsenal                  1   1   1
Borussia Dortmund        1   1   1
Braga                    1   1   1
Barcelona                    1   1
Rangers                  1   1   1
Dynamo Kyiv                  1   1
Juventus                     1   1
Schalke 04                   1   1
Valencia                     1   1
Basel                            1
Celtic                           1
Internazionale                   1
Porto                            1
Spartak Moskva                   1
Sporting (Lisboa)                1
Standard Liège                   1
FC Twente                        1
VfL Wolfsburg                    1
Zenit Sankt-Peterburg            1

Total                6  14  22  39

NB: PSV qualified on 4 occasions for the third round of the UEFA Cup in this way; in each of
    those seasons they reached the quarterfinals (a record) but they never progressed further.
    In contrast, Ajax and Olympiakos qualified as third team in a Champions League group on 6
    occasions but never reached the quarterfinals.
    See also the overview of most frequent entries.



Stages Reached By Country (quarterfinals or better)

                    Win Fin  SF  QF (clubs)

Portugal                 3   4   7   ( 4)
Netherlands          1   1   1   6   ( 3)
Germany                  2   4   5   ( 4)
England              1   2   3   4   ( 3)
Spain                1   1   3   3   ( 3)
Russia               1   1   1   3   ( 3)
Ukraine              1   1   2   2   ( 2)
France                   1   1   2   ( 1)
Scotland                 1   1   2   ( 2)
Italy                        1   2   ( 2)
Turkey               1   1   1   1   ( 1)
Belgium                          1   ( 1)
Switzerland                      1   ( 1)

Total                6  14  22  39   (30)



Most Frequent Entries By Club

Below we list all fourteen clubs to have moved from the Champions League group stage to the
UEFA Cup on three or more occasions, together with the rounds reached (round 3 signifying
immediate elimination):

                       Win Fin  SF  QF Rd4 Rd3

 6 Olympiakos                           2   4  (without 2015/16)
   Ajax                                 2   4

 5 Shakhtar Donetsk     1               2   2  (without 2015/16)
   Benfica                  2   1   1   1

 4 Olympique Marseille      1       1   2
   Rangers                  1           1   2
   Dynamo Kyiv                  1           3
   PSV (Eindhoven)                  4

 3 Werder Bremen            1   1       1
   Liverpool                    1   1       1
   Zenit Sankt-Peterburg            1   2 
   Spartak Moskva                   1       2
   Club Brugge                          1   2
   Rosenborg BK                             3

NB: without 2015/16 entry (3rd overall) for Bayer Leverkusen, Galatasaray, Porto and Valencia

Most Frequent Entries By Country

Below we list all thirteen countries to have had representative clubs moved from the 
Champions League group stage to the UEFA Cup on five or more occasions, together with 
the rounds reached (round 3 signifying immediate elimination):

                       Win Fin  SF  QF Rd4 Rd3

12 Netherlands          1           5   2   4
   France                   1       1   6   4

11 Russia               1           2   3   5

10 Germany                  2   2   1   2   3  (without 2015/16)
   Portugal                 3   1   3   1   2  (without 2015/16)
   Greece                               3   7  (without 2015/16)

 9 Ukraine              1       1       2   5  (without 2015/16)

 7 England              1   1   1   1   2   1  (without 2015/16)
   Spain                1       2       1   3  (without 2015/16 (2 clubs))
   Italy                        1   1   4   1

 6 Scotland                 1       1   1   3

 5 Turkey               1                   4  (without 2015/16)
   Belgium                          1   1   3


About this document

Prepared and maintained by Roberto Di Maggio and Karel Stokkermans for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Authors: Roberto Di Maggio and Karel Stokkermans
Last updated: 4 Feb 2016

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