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emergency situation! The Seville participants expect nothing less before the final between Frankfurt and Rangers. In terms of audiences and traditions, the game takes on the dimensions of a World Cup final.

The simplest hostel rooms with more than 1000 euros, crazy travel routes by train, bus and plane as well as the expected “migration of peoples”:

Seville is preparing for one attack before the Europa League final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Glasgow Rangers. Up to 50,000 Hessians and more than 70,000 Scots are expected to arrive in the final capital of Andalusia. In terms of tradition, fans and charged atmosphere, the dimensions should be reached on Wednesday by as much as 35 degrees even before the game in the evening (9pm/RTL) than it would otherwise be before the World Cup final.

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Looking forward to the match, Frankfurt chief executive Axel Hellmann said: “It will be an onslaught that this city has never seen before. It will probably be the first time we have had fewer fans away from home than our opponents. It will be huge.” At the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium, which alarmed both sets of fans, as it holds just over 40,000 spectators.

Both clubs only earned 10,000 tickets but could have sold more than ten times what they sold among title-hungry fans at international level. This is especially bitter for the finalists because there are two more football stadiums in Seville alone than in Seville. But that couldn’t slow down the euphoria in Frankfurt and Glasgow.

“We’re full of expectations because it’s a unique gathering of the loudest and most vocal crowds in Europe for this competition,” said Hellmann, who was his club a bit. “It’s going to be a very unique and very big, atmospheric final.” Surprised by the race in Europe. Eintracht, who finished the Bundesliga year 11th, has been in a state of emergency for weeks. Everything revolves around Europe, much more than usual. Christoph Doum – former Hessen coach – expects a “small migration of peoples” in Seville, he told dpa.

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For Hellmann and the club, the final will also be the initial climax of a crazy journey: in 2016, he avoided relegation against Nuremberg, the cup win against Bayern in 2018 and in 2022 his first European final in 42 years. Tens of thousands of their fans will travel across Europe for the event – on strange, sometimes uncomfortable, and often expensive routes.

If you want to be there in Seville you have to pay a lot – and then you are lucky to be selected for a ticket. This applies equally to Frankfurt and the Scots. Professional Leon Balogun describes the Rangers fans’ passion as follows: “It can be absolutely uncomfortable when things don’t go that way. However, it’s absolute love and obsession. That’s what makes these fans. Love it, that power.”

The two fan groups are linked on friendly terms, and Eintracht even has a meeting room called Glasgow Rangers. The Hessians were delighted that the traditional club from Scotland, not RB Leipzig, reached the final. Even if the fight over tickets and hotels intensified and became more expensive. Those who were late had to pay 1,600 euros for two nights in a standard lodging in Seville. After the semi-finals, usury knew no bounds.

General view in Frankfurt

The public view, with Eintracht playing in the World Cup stadium, also shows the enormous power that the final elicits on the Main. The Bundesliga team, which already had huge crowds of fans away from Barcelona and West Ham, could sell up to 100,000 tickets. More than ten times the usual price of 10 euros has been called on the black market – mind you, to watch the game on a big screen, about 2,300 kilometers northeast of the actual final city.

For fans, placing tickets is by far the biggest problem. Accommodation and travel options can be organized with discounts, big wallet or imagination – a fan rides his bike from Frankfurt to Seville. But the number of cards is limited. “I don’t have to explain this anger to myself,” Hellman said. “I know it and I feel it. I also got some frustrating emails from my circle of friends.”

The club – given the 3-2 at Barcelona and 2-1 at West Ham – made a “fundamental decision” on the allocation of tickets, Hellmann explained. Loud and energetic fans must certainly be present to be able to hold out against the Scots. “We are pragmatic. We want to bring excitement from the squad to the pitch,” the official said. In hot summer Seville, you’ll feel the hype all day long.

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