When Captain Sebastian Rudd appeared on the balcony of Frankfurt City Hall at 9:35pm and goalkeeper Kevin Trapp raised the silver trophy beside him, Römerberg turned into a crazy house with about 8,000 cheering and dancing Eintracht fans. “Here’s the thing, let’s keep partying,” Rod said in a hoarse voice.
One day after the “Seville Festival” with the final 5:4 victory on penalties against Glasgow Rangers, Eintracht Frankfurt had a party of a hitherto unknown dimension. There was an emergency in Frankfurt – despite the storm that hit early in the evening. The total number of supporters in the city center is expected to reach 100,000.
The procession from the airport to Romer in Frankfurt took more than three hours, as tens of thousands of people had already gathered at lunchtime to celebrate their loved ones on the balcony. Club legend Karl-Heinz Korbel, who was in attendance in 1980 when he won his only international title, kept shaking his head in disbelief at the enthusiastic reception. “What is happening here breaks all boundaries. It is in the history of Eintracht Frankfurt. The culture of the fans is unique,” the Bundesliga player said.
Eintracht’s entourage landed at the airport on time, but the flight to Römer, ten kilometers away, was delayed because convertibles were repeatedly stopped by enthusiastic supporters. Even before arriving, torrential rain accompanied by thunder and lightning covered. However, this did not affect the mood. Fans voted all the anthems louder like “We’re all Frankfurt boys” or “Here the SGE rules.”
Bundesliga fans had to be patient after the team’s arrival, until Trapp, who took the penalty, or Rafael Buri, who hit the last ball from the penalty spot, appeared on the balcony. At a ceremony at the Kaisersall City Hall, the city honored Eintracht’s success with its entry in the Golden Book. Lord Mayor Peter Feldman (SPD) said: “What a victory, what a team. Our grandchildren will remember this victory.”
Winning a European title for the first time in 42 years not only makes Frankfurt more attractive, it also gives German football more prestige and gives the traditional club, which now has 100,000 members, a lot of impetus. Inconceivable when Eintracht, who reached the Champions League by winning the European Cup, caused a sensation in the Super Cup on August 10. Then the opponent in Helsinki is Liverpool FC or Real Madrid.
Football professionals celebrated the success of fairy tales on a grand scale until 6am at a club in Seville. “It was a lot of fun,” board spokesman Axel Hellmann told Hescher Randvank while driving into town, and he was thrilled with “a great community with great cohesion.” Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner wanted to continue the celebration after the big party: “We’ll see how the night goes.”
After the final whistle on Thursday night, the big party in the bars and streets of Hesse for the out-of-control Eintracht supporters also blew up. The constant chants, chants, and honking of car horns didn’t end until dawn. About 60,000 fans alone witnessed the match of the century for the Hessians in public viewing at the Frankfurt Stadium.