IIn Sevilla, the Eintracht heroes have not yet lifted the Europa League trophy after beating Glasgow Rangers 5-4 on penalties, as a collective partying begins at home in Frankfurt, which the city center only experienced at best after the seasoned World Cup victory in 2014 At the plantation, individual thrashing cars quickly turn into parades, and shortly after midnight, so many people flock across the Zeil that it seems like the best time for shopping. Everyone sings and howls and chirps as best they can after this penalty kick thriller.
Eintracht songs in all variations and from all throats resound throughout the night on Stephanstrasse: “Black and white as snow – it’s SGE,” shouted two teenage girls who were probably full of other things. They only know Eintracht’s last international title triumph to date from the stories of their parents, who were still children themselves when they won the UEFA Cup in 1980, but they are so much more confident now: “We wrote history.”
Minute by minute it gets narrower at Hauptwache, at Rossmarkt the car parade is condensed into a tough sheet of sheet metal, upper bodies hang out of the lowered side windows, sometimes naked, sometimes wrapped in sweaters, flags and scarves in the colors SBUs wave through the open take, the deafening concert with countless horns hovers everywhere.
However, the epicenter of this Frankfurt night is on the Römerberg. Here, where the superstructure, stands and speakers are already in place to celebrate Seville’s winners on the balcony of City Hall the following afternoon, the sea of partygoers is waving around a huge Eintracht flag. Bengalos bathe Römerberg in glowing red light, the echo of fireworks is thrown back from the town hall front, rockets rise into the dark sky. “O Eintracht Frankfurt – Schalalalallala” sings some happy, but then wins the staccato who shouted “Champions League” and finally resounds all the way to Paulskirche. “We’re not done yet,” says a plump young man wearing a Hinteregger sweater to his two friends, wrapping his arms around their shoulders and pulling them into the crowd.
Speaker announcements from the police can be heard from Berliner Strasse that the parties must keep the rescue lane free, but the request is granted. Aggressions against police and rescue workers mix with the party atmosphere, a couple of drunken bolts climb on the trusses lined up for the Römerberg reception, bottles fly through the air, the glass shatters, the shards glitter on the cobblestones. In any case, bottles are being thrown at police officers, as the police announced via Twitter. At least one thing is for sure: you should avoid the city center tomorrow by bike.
Then things continue in the city when the team shows up on the Roman balcony after returning home at the earliest in the evening around 7 pm: “A dream comes true. You are our heroes! ” With these words, Mayor Peter Feldmann congratulated Eintracht. “The whole city is happy for our unity. We will give Eintracht a big welcome on Römerberg when they return. ” The plan is for the team to sign the city’s golden book at a reception when they return in the evening. The team will then present the trophy to the fans on the Roman balcony.