The UEFA Europa League is an annual men's association football club competition, one level below the top UEFA Champions League level.
In the competition, previously called the UEFA Cup, 48 clubs qualify - based on their performance in their domestic leagues and cup competitions. DW Sports follows all the German teams in action in the competition, and the latter tournament stages in full: our latest content is collated on this page.
Benedikt Höwedes thinks the Europa League may provide a welcome boost for Schalke, who are winless in the Bundesliga this season. Meanwhile, Martin Schmidt juggles an injury-stricken squad as Mainz head to Azerbaijan.
Hertha Berlin will look to scratch their seven year European itch when they open their Europa League campaign against Brondby on Thursday. The capital city club are the first Bundesliga side back in competitive action.