Eintracht Frankfurt in the final of the Europa League: the countdown is underway

fspare time? No one these days with most employees of Frankfurt Eintracht. At least until after the final of the Europa League against Glasgow Rangers, which rises next Wednesday (21.00 in the FAZ live ticker for the Europa League and on RTL) in Seville with temperatures expected to be around 30 degrees. The countdown is running.

Therefore, 19 to 20 working hours a day is currently the norm for the hard-working Hessians. They need to plan, organize and, if necessary, improvise under high pressure. Hard work for everyone. But no one complains, rather it is made and done with pleasure.

“We would rather prepare for a final like this than for the Bundesliga relegation,” said Eintracht’s legal adviser Philipp Reschke with a laugh. Of course, we are also working through this weekend, announced board chairman Axel Hellmann.

In total, about 60 people are employed with the ticket department, merchandising and the immediate processing of the final, says Reschke. In the capital of Andalusia, where there will be a Frankfurt fan festival on the Prado de San Sebastian – a place for 50,000 people right next to the Plaza de España – 40 employees will then be on site at work.

Away from the field, there is also a day of big matches for Eintracht in a foreign country, so everything goes as planned before the eyes of the big football world. And from Frankfurt’s point of view, it ends as desired with the title victory.

“Glasgow is a myth for us”

For Hellmann, it is a “unique finale, a unique encounter”. For him, the special attraction of the season on the international stage is also the opponent.

“Glasgow is a myth for us, playing against Rangers was a dream of our club,” said Scottish fan Hellmann. By 1960, Eintracht had beaten Glasgow 6-1 and 6-3 in two memorable European matches. In the final, the match of the century against Real Madrid was then lost 3: 7. Meeting place was: Glasgow.

Respect for Rangers

Seville has almost 700,000 inhabitants. Hellmann now expects a “rush” of football fans “like this city has never seen before”. Up to 50,000 are said to come from Frankfurt, and as many as 80,000 could come from Glasgow – “a conservative estimate,” the lawyer added. For the first time, Frankfurt supporters would be outnumbered in the city.

Hellmann has respect, ”it impresses me, the Scots pull out. They hijacked all the ferries from North Africa, ”he says and laughs. The board spokesman recalled the final in 2008, when Glasgow lost 2-0 to Zenit St. Petersburg. Petersburg. “There were 200,000 Scots in Manchester at the time. They slept under bridges and on park benches.” In other words, there was no room to be found, for no one.

“Rangers fans are not known as troublemakers”

The Eintracht and Glasgow fan camps have one thing in common: a great desire to travel through Europe. And the unconditional devotion to their clubs. Overall, Hellmann describes their fan scenes as “the biggest and most vocal in Europe”. Now they come together with a powerful voice for the grand finale.

He can not imagine clashes between supporters in Seville because both clubs would feel friendly in terms of shared experiences and respect for each other. “Additionally, Rangers fans are not known as troublemakers,” Hellmann said.

Public viewing in Seville

For those fans who are not allowed to enter the stadium, there are said to be places in Seville where they can watch the final outdoors. “UEFA is working on a public display, I think that will work too, because it’s the smartest way,” said Hellmann. At the Eintracht fan festival, the Frankfurt cult metal band Tankard will sing the anthem “Schwarz Weiß wie Schnee”. To get in the mood for the highlight of the evening.

The Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville can only seat 40,000 spectators. “Double-trained, half-capacity” – this is Reschke’s assessment in relation to the DFB Cup final won by Eintracht in Berlin in 2018, based on the number of spectators.

“Fight for every seat and every seat”

Eintracht and Glasgow each received 10,000 tickets to the Europa League final. But it would not be a surprise if the Frankfurt sympathizers were in the majority at the stadium. Eintracht wants to send 20 “organized” flights to Spain, and due to the high volume, alternative airports in Malaga and Jerez will also be used.

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From there you can take the shuttle to Seville. “Compared to Frankfurt Airport, Seville is small. We fight for every place and every castle, ”Reschke emphasizes. In total, the Eintracht has “blocked” 750 hotel rooms across the city.

The prices for accommodation are now extremely high. Reschke says that two beds in an eight-bed room at the hostel should cost 600 euros per night.

Convertible parade planned

Should Eintracht also win the final on their victory march through Europe, they are expected back in Frankfurt on Thursday between 5pm and 6pm. Then the proud winners will set out on their triumphal procession in 30 to 40 convertibles from the airport to the Romans.

In this case, more than the 200,000 people who stood along the streets with great enthusiasm when the trophy was won are expected. In the event of a final defeat, however, there will be no reception in the town hall. “The balcony of Römer is just a place of triumphs,” says Reschke.

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