Dynamo Kiev (UKR)
UEFA ranking (end 2019/20) : 26
How did you get out : second place in the Ukrainian Premier League
Last season : third qualifying round (UEFA Europa League group stage)
Best European Cup result : semi-finals (1976/77, 1986/87, 1998/99)
2019/20 : Forgettable by Dynamo standards, the campaign in which Shakhtar finished 23 champions and suffered nine league losses is the highest result since the collapse of the Soviet Union. In July, the Ukrainian championship was raised, and Aleksey Mikhailichenko gave way to Mircea Lucescu.
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UEFA rankings : 29
How did you get out : champions of Austria
Last season : group stage (UEFA Europa League round of 32)
Best European Cup result : group stage (1994/95, 2019/20, 2020/21)
2019/20 : Impressive first campaign for American coach Jesse Marsh, who took Salzburg to a double despite having to contend with a string of retirements, most notably Erling Braut Haaland in January. Marsh found a capable understudy in Patson Duck, and Salzburg was unstoppable after the game resumed.
RB Leipzig (Germany)
UEFA rankings : 31
How did you get out : 3rd place in the Bundesliga
Last season : semi-finals (P 3-0 - Paris)
Best European Cup result : semi-finals (2019/20)
2019/20 : the best season for Germany's new strength. Despite losing to Chelsea-linked Timo Werner in the playoffs, Julian Nagelmann's men have advanced to the last four UEFA Champions League matches, matching their best in the Bundesliga.
UEFA rankings : 33
How did you get out : second place in Serie A
Last season : group stage (UEFA Europa League runner-up)
Best European Cup result : winners (1963/64, 1964/65, 2009/10)
2019/20 : Led by Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez and with the fresh blood of the entire team, Inter have had their best campaign in a decade. Antonio Conte's men finished a point behind Juventus in Serie A and advanced to the UEFA Europa League final, beating Sevilla.
UEFA rankings : 35
How did you get out : champions of Greece
Last season : group stage (UEFA Europa League round of 16)
Best European Cup result : quarterfinals (1998/99)
2019/20 : Greece had a new format with a playoff round after the regular season, but for Olympiacos it was business as usual. Pedro Martins' side already held the title when they lost their only league match and the victory over Arsenal was the culmination of their European campaign.
UEFA rankings : 38
How did you get out : fourth place in Serie A
Last season : UEFA Europa League group stage
Best European Cup result : quarterfinals (1999/2000)
2019/20 : Chiro Immobile surpassed even Roberta Lewandowski with 36 Serie A goals in a great campaign. Simone Inzaghi's men fought head-to-head with Juventus before falling off a cliff after restarting play, with just 16 points in their last 12 games.
UEFA rankings : 45
How did you get out : third place in the Russian Premier League
Last season : play-offs (UEFA Europa League group stage)
Best European Cup result : group stage (2020/21)
2019/20 : "Bulls" showed best in the league, although they looked doomed for most of the season before winning just three of their eight games since the restart. Murad Musayev has merged with several rookies, including top scorer Marcus Berg.
UEFA rankings : 48
How did you get out : third place in Serie A
Last season : Quarterfinals (P 2-1 - Paris)
Best European Cup result : quarterfinals (2019/2020)
2019/20 : Serie A top scorers brought out Lazio is in third place thanks to a 17-game unbeaten run after New Years, but the campaign's history was an exhilarating advance to the quarterfinals of their UEFA Champions League debut despite defeat. their first three group games!