Europa League: 120,000 fans at the final in Seville

State of emergency! Those involved in Sevilla expect no less before the grand final between Frankfurt and Rangers. In terms of fans and tradition, the game assumes the dimensions of a World Cup final. Traveling is too expensive for a fan he rides.

The simplest hostel rooms for more than 1000 euros, crazy travel routes by train, bus and plane and an expected “people’s walk”: The city of Seville is preparing for a unique buzz before the Europa League final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Glasgow Rangers. Up to 50,000 Hessians and over 70,000 Scots are expected in the final metropolis of Andalusia. In terms of tradition, fans and a charged atmosphere, the dimensions will probably be reached on Wednesday at up to 35 degrees before the match in the evening (21.00 / RTL), which is otherwise only possible before a World Cup final.

The stadium in Seville only seats 40,000 spectators

“It will be a bustle that this city has never seen before. It will probably be the first time that we have fewer fans away than our opponents. It will be huge,” said Frankfurt’s board spokesman Axel Hellmann for the showdown at Estadio Ramón. Sánchez Pizjuán, which to the annoyance of both fan groups only holds a little more than 40,000 spectators.

Frankfurt and Glasgow received only 10,000 tickets to the final

Both clubs received only 10,000 tickets, but could have sold more than ten times as many to their international title-hungry fans. This is especially bitter for the two finalists because there are two bigger football stadiums in Sevilla alone than Sevilla FC. But that can not slow down the euphoria in Frankfurt and Glasgow.

Eintracht boss Hellmann: “It will be a unique finale”

“We are thrilled because it is a unique gathering of Europe’s most vocal and vocal fans for this competition. It will be an almost unique and very, very atmospheric final,” said Hellmann, whose club was a little surprised by the race in Europe.

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Eintracht, who finished the Bundesliga year in a sober eleventh place, have been in a state of emergency for weeks. It’s all about Europe, much more harsh than usual. Christoph Daum – former coach of Hesse – expects “a small migration” in Seville.

In 2016, Frankfurt was still struggling with relegation in the relegation phase

For Hellmann and the club, the final will also be the preliminary climax of an insane journey: In 2016, avoid relegation in the relegation against Nuremberg, win the trophy against Bayern in 2018 and in 2022 the first European final in 42 years. Tens of thousands of their own fans will travel around Europe for this – on bizarre, sometimes uncomfortable and mostly damn expensive routes.

Rangers pro Leon Balogun: “I love this power”

If you want to be there in Seville, you have to pay a hell of a lot – and then be lucky enough to be selected for a ticket. This applies to both Frankfurters and Scots. Professional Leon Balogun describes the passion of Rangers fans like this: “It can be absolutely uncomfortable when things don’t go that way. Yet it’s absolutely love and obsession. That’s what makes these fans. I love it, that power.”

Frankfurt and Rangers fan groups are friendly

The two fan groups are on friendly terms, with Eintracht even having a meeting room called Glasgow Rangers. The Hessians were euphoric that the traditional club from Scotland and not RB Leipzig came in the final. Even though the battle for tickets and hotels has intensified and become more expensive. Those who arrived late had to pay 1,600 euros for two nights in ordinary accommodation in Seville. After the semifinals, the usurer knew no bounds.

Eintracht Frankfurt: 100,000 public ticket requests

The public viewing that Eintracht is playing at their own World Cup stadium also shows the enormous power that the final at Main triggers. The Bundesliga team, which already had large crowds of fans away from Barcelona and West Ham, could have sold up to 100,000 tickets. More than ten times the usual price of 10 euros was called up on the black market – well, to see the game on a big screen, about 2300 kilometers northeast of the actual final city.

Frankfurt fan bikes to Seville

For the fans, the ticket situation is by far the biggest problem. Accommodation and travel options can be organized with cuts, a large purse or imagination – a fan bikes from Frankfurt to Seville. But the number of cards is limited. “This anger should explain me less. I know them and I feel them. I also got some disappointed emails from my circle of friends,” Hellmann said.

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The club made a “basic decision” on the ticket allocation, as Hellmann explained, in the light of a 3-2 draw in Barcelona and a 2-1 draw in West Ham. The particularly loud and active fans should definitely be there to keep up with the Scots. “We are pragmatic. We want to bring furore from the ranks onto the pitch,” the official said. In the summer heat of Seville, this furor will be felt all day long. (dpa / pw)

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