Germany was always entitled to send at least three teams to the competition and often as many as four. From 1971-72 to 1998-99, 2022 portugal jersey UEFA member nations could send between one and four teams to the UEFA Cup. 2008-11: Top two teams automatically into group phase. Third placed team had to play in the play-off round for the right to play in the group stage. 1997-99: Top two teams; champions automatically into group phase, runners-up entered the qualifying round.