Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers meet in the UEFA Europa League Final at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in Seville on Wednesday, May 18th.
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The 1980 UEFA Cup winner, Frankfurt and their ardent supporters snatched their ticket to the quarter-finals with a stunning 3-2 victory at Camp Nou to eliminate Barcelona before beating West Ham. A meeting with Rangers will remind them of another famous European event: they scored six goals in both matches as they knocked out Jers in the semi-finals before losing the 1960 Champions Cup final 7-3 to Real Madrid.
Rangers undoubtedly recovered from that loss all this time. Glasgow’s greatest continental achievement to date was winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972: their only success in four major UEFA competition finals before 2022. Their last defeat in the final goes back to the 2007/2008 UEFA Cup against Zenit, but a team that will design Coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on seizing the opportunity to lift his first European title in 50 years.
Eleventh in the semi-final second leg
Frankfurt : soil. Tota, Hinterger, Ndika; Knauf, Sue, Rodd, Kostik; Hog, Puri, Kamada
Notice : MacGregor. Tavernier, Goldson, Basie, Barysek; Jack, Lundstram, Kamara; Wright, Aribo, Kent
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UEFA Ranking : 27
How did the club qualify? Group D, winner, 3-2 on aggregate against Betis in the round of 16, 4-3 against Barcelona in the quarter-finals, 3-1 against West Ham in the semi-finals.
Last season A club absent from UEFA competitions
Best result in C3/C4 : Winner (1979/80)
Main player: Philip Kostek
Left-back Kosti is already moving in every aspect. His crosses are very precise and his left foot is strong and confident. He scored against Betis and Barcelona.
Coach: Oliver Glasner
He is living his first season in Frankfurt after arriving from Wolfsburg. The Austrian – who led Wolfsburg to the Champions League last season – faced criticism after a mixed start to the season, but has captivated fans and critics alike with his candor and clarity.
Do you know ?
Frankfurt is the third team to reach the final without losing after Chelsea (in 2018/19) and Villarreal (last season), the two teams that lifted the trophy.
2022 UEFA Europa League Final
The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in Seville will host the final on Wednesday, May 18th.
The winners will receive a place in the group stage of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League, if they do not qualify through the domestic league.
UEFA Ranking : 34
How did the club qualify? Group A, second, 6-4 in total points against Dortmund (play-off matches), 4-2 against Red Star (eighth round), 3-2 against Slavia Prague (quarter-finals), 3-2 against Leipzig (two halves).
Last season : Round of 16 (a 3-1 aggregate loss to Slavia Prague)
Best result in C3/C4 : Final (2007/08)
Main Player: James Tavernier
With seven goals to his name, Captain Tavernier has been a must-see in Europe this season. All of his goals came in the knockout stages, including two against Braga in the quarter-finals and the opening match against Leipzig in the semi-final second leg.
Coach: Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Van Bronckhorst arrived mid-season to replace Steven Gerrard, and while the domestic championship appears to go to rival Celtic, his champion status is assured by this appearance in the final.
Do you know ?
Alan McGregor holds the record for most European matches played by Rangers, with 103 matches.
Oliver Glasner, Frankfurt
Slowly, something special happens. What did the team do? [en demi-finale] It was incredible. We told the players: “I don’t know if you are the best players or we are the best coaches. But as a group we are exceptional and we can be the best together. It’s the best thing when you can make a lot of people happy. For us, it’s all about this final.”
Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Rangers
I am very proud of our achievement. Few players can play in the European finals. It is not easy for everyone. Once you get there, you have to do everything to win. that’s cool.
What does the winner get?
The UEFA Europa League Cup is the heaviest of all UEFA competitions weighing 15kg. It can also be seen that it has no handles.
The winning team is entitled to 40 gold medals, and the runner-up gets 40 silver medals. No more medals can be produced.
The winner also advances to the group stage of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League, unless they qualify for the event via the domestic league.