Has Barcelona ever played in the Europa League Before?

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Has Barcelona ever played in the Europa League Before?

Why is Barcelona playing in the Europa League? Explaining how the La Liga giants are in UEFA’s secondary tournament

With midweek European action in full force in March, Barcelona fans may be startled to learn that the club will be playing on Thursdays instead of earlier in the week.

The Catalan giants are in action against Galatasaray in what could be an exciting second-leg match to qualify for the Europa League quarterfinals…

Barcelona hasn’t competed in Europe’s secondary club competition in a long time, but there are a number of reasons why Xavi Hernandez’s side has found themselves in this situation.

The winner of the Europa League will earn a spot in the Champions League the following season. So Barcelona will be highly motivated to win a championship that will help them return to where they want to be.

Why is Barcelona playing in the Europa League?

Barca did not have their greatest season in 2021-22 for long stretches, notably early on.

This season, they started their European adventure in the renowned UEFA Champions League. However, the group stage began with two 3-0 losses, one at home to Bayern Munich and the other away to Benfica.

Two 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv, who finished last in the group, were followed by a 0-0 stalemate with Benfica and a 3-0 loss to the German club. They came in third place in their group with a meager seven points.

The team’s dismal performance in the Champions League mirrored their poor domestic form, which resulted in the sacking of manager Ronald Koeman before the end of October. The appointment of Xavi came too late to rescue Barca’s European campaign, as the team was relegated to the Europa League’s knockout phase playoffs due to their third-place result.

Barcelona defeated Napoli of Italy in the elimination phase playoffs to advance to the Round of 16, where they will face Galatasaray of Turkey.

The team’s results under Xavi have been uneven at first, but they are now in third place in La Liga. Another possibility for Barcelona to assure Champions League football next season is to finish in the top four in Spain.

Has Barcelona ever played in the Europa League?

Barcelona has not played in the Champions League knockout stages since the 2003-04 season.

They have previously competed in UEFA’s second tier competition, known as the UEFA Cup, 11 times (rebranded to “Europa League” in 2009-10).

Barca were knocked out of the UEFA Cup Round of 16 by Celtic in 2003-04 after a 1-0 loss on the road after a 0-0 draw at home.

Barcelona has never reached the final of a competition in the second tier (UEFA Cup or Europa League). They reached the UEFA Cup semifinals four times, losing each time by one goal.

They were beaten in the semi-finals by Liverpool twice, in 1976 and 2001, and fell to PSV Eindhoven in 1978 and Bayern Munich in 1996. In each of the last four years, the team they fell to in the semis has won the championship.

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