The Europa League finally finds its feet

The secondary competition is finally stepping out of the shadows (Published March 2016)

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
18th March, 2016
Coutinho skips by Lingard, Blind and Carrick Pic: Getty

It's been a tough and brutally long transition for the competition that began life as the Inter City Fairs Cup. When what was then the UEFA Cup absorbed the Cup Winners Cup at the end of the 1998/1999 season, it began a brilliant era for the competition but erosion in quality, due to the expansion of the Champions League, made for a decade long struggle to return to relevance.

The absorption of the Cup Winners Cup...

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