Celebrities in the stands, almost 6,000 English football fans in the city: Eintracht Frankfurt expect one of the biggest matches in the club’s history against West Ham. Axel Hellmann is addicted to hospitality and even invites Adi Hütter.
Eintracht kribler. In the final hours before the second semi-final of the Europa League against West Ham United (Thursday from 9pm in the audio stream on hr-iNFO), those responsible for Eintracht are slowly running out of superlatives. “It’s a unique home game. The decision has been made – unlike three years ago at Chelsea – this time on our own property,” Eintracht boss Axel Hellmann said on Tuesday.
“Reaching the final would be an absolute milestone for the club and would have a huge impact on development.” A big game with big emotions – and probably also a big traffic chaos.
Patience will be played on Thursday night, especially on the roads towards the stadium, but also in the opposite direction. Hellmann: “We advise all spectators to use public transport to get to the stadium.” Because there will also be a fan march. From West Ham United fans.
Eintracht expects 6,000 West Ham fans
3,000 tickets officially went to the Premier League semi-final opponents. However, Eintracht expects an additional 3,000 fans of the English club. The meeting place will be the Römerberg / Paulskirche area and an Irish pub in the station district. However, the English fans’ planned ship trips on the Main were banned for safety reasons.
According to Eintracht, the majority of the 6,000 guest followers will participate in the fan march. This can then completely stop the traffic. Exactly where the fan march will end is currently unclear. Eintracht expects a walk to the stadium. According to police, fans from London will march from Römer to Hauptbahnhof and then board special trains. Either way, a lot will happen.
Hellmann: “We expect a lot of away fans at the stadium even without a ticket. The police are prepared for this situation.” The match against West Ham is sold out with a total of 48,000 spectators. Ticket platforms on the Internet are currently asking for high prices for a ticket again.
Eintracht will not have any scenes in the stands as in the first match
There will be increased access and security checks at the entrances to the stadium. “We will consistently prevent illegal access,” Hellmann said. However, one thing does not happen at the match in Frankfurt: That away fans are removed from the normal grandstand.
Background: Numerous Eintracht fans were reported to the security forces by local fans in the first match at the former London Olympic Stadium and three years ago in the Eintracht semi-final at Chelsea FC and were then taken out of the stadium by them. “Just because someone has a different club brand on their scarf does not mean they are being thrown out of the neutral seating areas,” Hellmann assured.
Several former Eintracht coaches come to the match
Eintracht invited many of their former coaches to the big game, who also played with Eintracht in the Europa Cup in their time: Friedhelm Funkel, Armin Veh and the Kovac brothers are coming. And Adi Hütter. Hellmann: “I’m very happy he’s coming. We got a lot of clean up on a half hour phone call. It speaks to Adi that he’s still very interested in Eintracht.”
The entire UEFA management will also be there on Thursday with President Alexander Ceferin. However, the UEFA bosses will not only see the atmospheric semi-final in Eintracht against West Ham, but would also like to talk to Hellmann about his criticism of the Champions League reform.
Should Eintracht reach the final against West Ham, the sporting issue could quickly become quite topical. Because the winner of the Europa League qualifies for the upcoming Champions League season. But step by step. First of all, Eintracht should not be knocked out in their “one-off home game” on Thursday.
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