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.
Freiburg are closing in on their first appearance in the Europa League since 2013/14 after a convincing win over Schalke. Meanwhile, Hamburg and Mainz remain mired in the relegation battle after a lifeless goalless draw.
Schalke dug themselves into a pretty big hole last Thursday when they lost to Ajax in Amsterdam. But young midfielder Leon Goretzka is hoping the home crowd can give them a boost in the second leg of their quarterfinal.