Europa League: Everything you need to know about the final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Glasgow Rangers

The day of the days has come: Eintracht Frankfurt play against Glasgow Rangers in the final of the Europa League. In Seville, the Hessians can become living sports legends. Everything you need to know about the finale.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – a day that will somehow go down in the history books of the Eintracht Frankfurt. The only question is: How big, how triumphant will the appropriate chapter be? From kl. 21 (live in the audio stream from hr-iNFO and Hesse meet Glasgow Rangers in the Europa League final. In Seville, Eintracht has the chance for an international title for the first time in 42 years. We have summarized everything you need to know before the match starts here.

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Eintracht Frankfurt starts last tour | Hessenschau Sport from 17.05.2022


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the initial situation

It crackles, it hums, it buzzes: Since the final almost two weeks ago, there has been no other topic in and around Frankfurt than this final. Teams, coaching staff, management floor and especially the fans: everyone is electrified. The team managed well the 1-1 victory against Gladbach and 2-2 in Mainz after a rather disappointing Bundesliga season. There were no (further) injuries, coach Oliver Glasner kept the tension high. At least in theory, Eintracht could switch to its very special Europa League mode with almost no problems before the final.

A look at Frankfurt’s route to the final shows what the club is capable of in this competition: First in the group stage, Olympiakos beat Piraeus, who, among other things, has experience in the Champions League. So, in the knockout phase, Sevilla’s Real Betis, West Ham United and, most importantly, the international heavyweights FC Barcelona knocked them out of the competition in two epic matches. Twelve matches without a single defeat: There is no doubt that Eintracht is right in the final.

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Eintracht Frankfurt: The road to the final to listen

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And what is the opponent’s starting position? Answer: at least as euphoric, if not a little more euphoric. Up to 70,000 Glasgow Rangers fans are expected in Seville this Wednesday, about 20,000 more than on the Hesse side. One reason for this XXL enthusiasm lies in the club’s recent history.

In 2012, the Scottish record champions had to relegate to the fourth division due to bankruptcy, followed by a miraculous resurrection in record time. And this season? Has Rangers won the Europa League against Borussia Dortmund and Leipzig, among others? The carpet up for a final that both clubs more than deserve.

The staff

Midfielder Jesper Lindström, who recently suffered a thigh injury, is available for Eintracht. Whether the 22-year-old is in start-11 or has to sit on the bench first is something Glasner wants to decide at short notice on the final day itself. Defender Martin Hinteregger is out, Tuta or Makoto Hasebe could play for him in the top three.

Eintracht could play like this:

Graphic with the possible Eintracht line-up

Kemar Roofe, the third-best Rangers goal scorer in all tournaments this season, got in shape on time. “He will be in the squad,” coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed. Top striker Alfredo Morelos will definitely be out.

How Glasgow could play: McGregor – Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey, Barisic – Jack, Lundstram, Kamara – Wright, Aribo, Kent

That’s what the coaches say

Oliver Glasner (Eintracht Frankfurt): “We analyzed the Rangers very carefully. I see them as a mix of West Ham and Barca, with influence from Holland and a British mentality. They constantly wrap you in duels, are very robust and are very willing to break the ball when they “loses the ball back. There is also no one above themselves for the way forward. They play fast at the top, with contact and good depth. They also bring in very fast posts and have a good occupation of the penalty area.”

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Press conference: Eintracht Frankfurt before the Europa League final

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Glasgow Rangers): “Frankfurt had fantastic matches against FC Barcelona and West Ham United. They are a well-organized team with fast and dangerous players. They deserve to be in the final. We are all really looking forward to this match. We want our fans to be proud. We have a great opportunity to win our second Europa Cup victory and we want to win this trophy. “

You have to take care of these players

Selecting a single player on the Hessen side would be completely inappropriate in the run-up to such a historic football match. Only as a team will Eintracht Frankfurt be able to fulfill their dream of winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League. Only in a collective will it be possible to meet the equally euphoric Rangers.

And only if the Hessians once again appear as a European Cup unit will they return home as living sports legends on Thursday. It can not be ruled out that leading players such as goalkeeper Kevin Trapp or designer Filip Kostic must and will lead. In addition, Evan N’Dicka, Tuta and Co. in the defense again have the task of compensating for Hinteregger’s absence.

There are a number of professionals in the Glasgow squad to keep an eye on. One of the most prominent is Aaron Ramsey, a 72-time Wales international who has been loaned out to Juventus since the winter. Captain James Tavernier has 35 points (18 goals / 17 assists) across all tournaments and has scored seven goals in the Europa League alone.

Left winger Ryan Kent is also good for the offensive play and goal threat from the Scots, he already has 19 assists. With Cedric Itten (Greuther Fürth) and Leon Balogun (Darmstadt 98 & Mainz 05, “For us, Eintracht is a possible task”), two well-known Bundesliga players are also in Rangers’ service.

The statistics of the game

Eintracht and Glasgow have only met twice to date: In the 1959/60 season, they met in the semi-finals of the European Champions Clubs’ Cup. Hessians won the first match in Frankfurt 6-1 and the second match in Rangers 6-3.

A sporting sensation when one considers that Glasgow’s reputation as the best British team at the time preceded. There will not be such a clear division of the role as favorites in 2022. Eintracht Frankfurt and their fans would certainly like to take one of the two results from 1960.

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