Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League Final: An amazing tour of Seville for an 80-year-old fan | hessenschau.de

62 years ago, Adolf Schmidt was present in Eintracht’s 6-1 win over Glasgow Rangers. Now the 80-year-old will go to the Europa League final in Seville – with children and grandchildren.

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An amazing family tour of 80-year-old Adolf Schmidt fans to Seville


Eintracht fan family: 80-year-old Adolf (left) and his son Martin Schmidt

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It all started around midnight in Gelnhausen’s parents’ living room. Eintracht had just won the first leg of the semi-final by 2-1 over West Ham United. The Schmidt family shared the excitement in front of the TV. The optimism was overwhelming. Brothers Martin and Benjamin used to search the Internet for flights to their final destination in Seville. And suddenly this plan appeared: 80-year-old father Adolf should definitely go to the final.

Automatic acceptance after a few beers

“I was quite surprised how my two sons presented the fait accompli. They said, ‘Dad, you have to go to Seville.’ Since Eintracht was playing well and I had a little beer, I spontaneously promised,” Schmidt described in an interview with hr-sport. What happened at the parents’ house at the end of April. His wife was still a little surprised, but the final decision of Adolf Schmidt was clear.

After Eintracht also won the second leg against West Ham, the path to the final was clear, as well as for the family from Gelnhausen: for the two boys, the 17-year-old grandson of Hans, and the 80-year-old Adolf, for whom a closing circle formed. Because he has already participated in an unforgettable European match between Eintracht and Glasgow Rangers. In April 1960 in the semi-finals of the National Champion Cup.

Memories of the amazing 6-1 win over Glasgow Rangers

Schmidt still remembers the first leg against Glasgow well. At the age of 18 there was a boiled Waldstadion. The 6-1 win swept everyone away: “The whole city was taking root. The stadium was sold to 72,000 spectators.” At the time, there was almost only a standing space in the stadium. But the spectators in the seats also stood at that time. The game was very irritating. “The euphoria was great, especially in the second half when goal after goal came.”


Eintracht Frankfurt on April 13, 1960 against Glasgow Rangers

But one thing was different: there were no fan uniforms in 1960 for the semi-final against Glasgow. “At that time, not everyone on the field was dressed in white as now in matches. Everyone was in normal clothes.” There were no fan items such as scarves or T-shirts. He won the semi-final against Glasgow 6-1 in the first leg and 6-3 in the second leg. Then Eintracht failed in the final only in another memorable match against Real Madrid with 3: 7.

The 80-year-old travels to Seville without a ticket

Now the 2022 final in Seville. The arrival of the Schmidt family of three generations is very adventurous. Late on Tuesday afternoon, we fly through Basel to Malaga. From there with the rental car along the coast to Jerez. The Schmidt family owns their hotel there, and the rooms in Seville are simply too expensive. On Wednesday, the day of the final, we will take the train to Seville. After the match, I took a taxi 90 km back to Jerez.

Not all Schmidts have tickets yet. They want to try their luck on location in Seville. No problem for the 80-year-old dad: “I’m happy when we’re in Seville, with or without a ticket. If we don’t get a ticket, we’ll be standing somewhere for public viewing, screaming as if we were in the stadium it would be, and we’re happy to win “.

about victory. This is how a true fan thinks. there is no doubt. Otherwise the Schmidts of Gelnhausen wouldn’t even have to travel here. However, one thing is already clear before kick-off: For 80-year-old Adolf, his sons Martin and Benjamin and grandson Hans, the trip to the Eintracht final is perhaps the best family trip of their lives.

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