The European Cup makes its own moments, big and small; Especially in Eintracht Frankfurt. Two weeks ago, not only was the entire semi-final second leg singing at Waldstadion, but the first half program was also accompanied. And so 50,000 people sang in the choir: “The spaceship is floating, completely separated from the Earth, completely weightless.” straight into the second half.
One last entry With a quiet space storm later, the whole of Frankfurt still feels weightless. Because this Wednesday, Eintracht returned to the European Cup final after 42 years: the eleventh club in the Bundesliga could actually win the European League against Glasgow Rangers. Almost all German football takes root when it starts at 9pm in Seville (live on RTL).
It has been 25 years since a German team won the second most important European Championship. Since the inception of Schalke 04 in 1997 and the club’s simultaneous victory, only Bayern Munich have won the title at the continental level. Werder Bremen last was in the 2009 UEFA Cup Final.
The competition has always had a different name, but there is hope once again for the German middle class: a world with another European Cup winner is conceivable. Even for Eintracht Frankfurt. Table 15. The second half of the season that has just ended is a completely different team at international level – 2-1 win over Betis Sevilla, 3-2 in Barcelona and 2-1 over West Ham United in 2022.
Up to 50,000 Eintracht fans in Seville
Frankfurt did it with great passion. “When you talk about Europe, every player and fan immediately smiles,” Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner told Uefa.com. “The fans tell us that on the field, it helps the players, especially in difficult stages,” he added.
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Orgasm is correspondingly high, not only in Hesse. Up to 50,000 Frankfurt fans are said to make their way to Andalusia, as well as up to 100,000 Rangers fans from Scotland. It could unexpectedly be one of the most important finals in years. And not because the thermometer is supposed to show 35 degrees during the day and 30 degrees when kick-off at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
UEFA awarded the final to the three smallest Sevilla stadiums with a capacity of 42,000 seats. The association had no idea that two emotional finalists would turn their event into an event. About 100,000 ticket holders are expected to march outside the plaza and transform Spain’s fourth largest city into a German-Scottish public view – hopefully, peaceful. Because both camps feel like they’ve finally won the title.
Eintracht now wants to complete the European Championship 2019, which ended in penalties at Chelsea, another round and pay homage to Jürgen Grabowski, the club legend who died in March. With him, Eintracht won the UEFA Cup in 1980 in a German duel with Gladbach.
But Rangers also have their own version now – more than ever: 150 years after the club was founded, 50 years after its last European Cup win and, above all, just ten years after bankruptcy in 2012, when they had to start over. After a tax scandal in the fourth section, if the big title came. They hardly think of the semi-finals in 1960, which Frankfurt won 6:1 and 6:3.
Rangers defeated Dortmund and Leipzig
The Scottish record holder’s current performance (55 titles!) is impressive: Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team managed to knock out Dortmund and Leipzig on their way to the final. Even if Rangers scored the most goals in the competition, Eintracht, who has not yet been defeated, should be considered somewhat of a favourites, even if defender Martin Hinterger is injured.
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“I expect a tough match at eye level,” said Glasner, who could win the European Cup as the first Austrian coach since Ernst Abel. “Both teams are very physical; British football is very physical, but one of our strengths is that we can also play very physically.” So the nerves can decide in the end. Or cheering on the field.
In terms of sports, there may be more rock-cut duels than those between two teams that fight more than play, and the two most dangerous players are Philippe Costek and James Tavernier out there. But emotionally, it can be one last, weightless night. Participation in the Champions League entice the winner. Either way, there must be midnight singing in Seville, far from the final score.