Eintracht Frankfurt is in the Europa League final and meets Rangers from Glasgow in Seville. A large crowd of fans is expected again, although both teams only received 10,000 tickets. Here at SPOX you have all the developments in the live ticker.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 10:50 p.m.: Frankfurt in a state of emergency
Not all Frankfurt fans make it to Seville, but there is also a state of emergency in the Hessian metropolis. The public viewing in the Commerzbank Arena has long been sold out. That’s why there should be other smaller public viewings for 5,000 to 6,000 Frankfurt fans in front of the arena. Should Eintracht win the trophy, the celebrations are well planned. A big reception is to take place on the Römer on Thursday. The trophy and the team that had previously signed the city of Frankfurt’s golden book would be presented on the Römerbalcony. Up to 200,000 fans are expected for a possible victory celebration on the Römer.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 9:00 p.m.: Appeal to Rangers fans
With all the anticipation of a big fan party in Seville, there are also concerns about safety. The Rangers in particular have one or the other history, which is why the club has now taken measures to ask for calm in advance. Graeme Souness, who has had great success with the Scots as a coach and enjoys a great reputation, spoke to the fans via the club’s official channels.
Tuesday, May 17th, 7:56 p.m.: Speech artist Oliver Glasner
At the press conference, Oliver Glasner was just asked a question in English, he initially answered in English as well, until he was told that he is welcome to answer in German. After a short conversation he said: “I’ll do it in German.” Laughter in the hall. Glasner: “That’s how it is when I talk to the players.” In any case, the atmosphere with the Eintracht coach is really good.
Tuesday, 05/17 – The Eintracht press conference in the live ticker
7:56 p.m: That’s it from the press conference!
7.55 p.m.: Rafael Borre on his experience in Frankfurt: “Everything is very positive. German players play very directly and like possession. I’m used to holding the ball longer. I had to learn that mentality first. The things, how we move, has become a part of my player. I have to thank the coach for that.”
7:53 p.m.: Oliver Glasner on the fans: “Our fans are extraordinary. Also, what travel strains they take to accompany us. There are immeasurable factors for success. And that’s one. Both fan camps have the most away fans. A big thank you to our fans that tomorrow they will shout for us to win.”
7:52 p.m.: Oliver Glasner on Tuta: “He’s consistently playing at a really good level. He didn’t have it that easy with me at first, but he kept getting better. Of course we wanted to keep him longer and we tried. I’m very happy that it worked.”
7:51 p.m.: Sebastian Rode on the fans: “You get goosebumps every time what you can experience tomorrow. Both fan camps will ensure an impressive atmosphere.”
7:49 p.m.: Rafael Borre on the Europa League final after the Copa Libertadores with River Plate: “The Copa was a great experience, it’s a different situation now. It’s a great moment and a great opportunity to play this final with Eintracht Frankfurt . We did fantastic things. We have a great team spirit, that’s what brought us here.”
7:48 p.m.: Rafael Borre on his exchange with Rangers’ player Alfredo Morelos: “We spoke. Unfortunately, he can’t be there tomorrow, but I think we’ll see each other. We play together in the national team, so the exchange is there.”
7:47 p.m.: Oliver Glasner on returning to Spain: “I like being in Spain. Of course it’s different because we played against Spanish teams then and now we’re playing against a Scottish team. I like being here because I like tapas. But I would be too gladly somewhere else if the final was there.”
7:46 p.m.: Sebastian Rode on the importance of the game: “For me, that’s the highlight of my career. It’ll be huge tomorrow!”
7:44 p.m.: Oliver Glasner on the opponent with the “British mentality”: “The Rangers are a team that constantly get caught up in tackles. They are always ready to defend the goal or score a goal. They play a lot with one contact and have a good dive down.”
7:43 p.m Oliver Glasner on Jesper Lindström: “He completed the final training without any problems. He’ll be ready for action tomorrow. I have to think about whether we’ll bring him in from the start or from the bench. I’ll sleep on it again and decide tomorrow. Except for Martin Hinteregger are all fit.”
7:42 p.m.: Oliver Glasner on the opponent who knocked Dortmund and Leipzig out: “If you get through against second and fourth place against the Bundesliga, you’re a favorite if you play against eleventh place in the Bundesliga. But both teams deserve to be in the final. You can see Glasgow clearly have the Dutch influence with the ball, but you also see the British mentality. All of Europe can look forward to this final.”
7.40 p.m.: Oliver Glasner on the processes before the final: “It’s not all the same. The press conference is later than usual, and the final training session is later too. We deliberately took the slot at 7.30 p.m. so that we didn’t have to eat until 10 p.m. There you don’t sleep well – I know that from my own experience. I don’t see that we’re too relaxed here either. I know the players well. They’re hot!”
7:39 p.m.: Oliver Glasner on the feelings in Europe: “The Europa League feelings have grown. I’m very proud of the games and what they led. There was a good atmosphere in training. I was very relaxed and very happy .”
7:37 p.m.: Sebastian Rode first about the energy of the fans: “If one or the other video comes to the team hotel, we have to absorb the energy. Then we’re hot. It will be a great atmosphere.”
7:36 p.m: Now everyone involved is here, let’s go!
7:34 p.m.: We’re just hearing: Glasner and the players are still at the interviews. Delayed a few moments here.
Tuesday, May 17th, 7:23 p.m.: Eintracht-PK in the live ticker
In a few minutes we will also tell you about Eintracht Frankfurt’s press conference here in the live ticker. Let’s see what Oliver Glasner reveals. Also there: Sebastian Rode and Rafael Borre.
Tuesday, May 17th, 7:20 p.m.: Rangers coach aggressive
Rangers coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst just showed himself aggressive at the Scots press conference. “A final is only nice if you win it. That’s why we’re here to win it,” said the Dutchman. “It’s a huge opportunity to win the second major title in the club’s history.” The atmosphere in the team is “very good, we’re looking forward to the final,” explained van Bronckhorst: “We’ve prepared very well, we’ll be ready.” The team want to “bring the trophy home,” added captain James Tavernier. The Rangers had already traveled to Andalusia on Monday to get used to the heat of more than 30 degrees. Van Bronckhorst also highlighted Eintracht’s qualities. “They are a very well organized team, have very fast players, they can hurt you when you switch. They deserve to be here,” emphasized the 47-year-old: “Two clubs with a lot of history and a great fan base – that will be very interesting.” It is a game “to enjoy”.
Tuesday, May 17th, 6:17 p.m.: Open letter from the Eintracht team
The Eintracht Frankfurt team wrote an open letter to their fans before the biggest game in the club’s recent history.
“If you read these lines, we are approaching Seville. This place should be very special for Eintracht Frankfurt,” the team begins its letter before the Europa League final: “We are aware of the great opportunity for the club and for all of us aware.” Against “a strong Rangers FC team, you have to give everything to bring the trophy back to Frankfurt for the first time in 42 years.”
The team is looking forward to Wednesday “an enthusiastic and peaceful final. The atmosphere in the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan will be gigantic. We know that our greatest trump card will be behind us,” says the letter: “We feel your energy! And we’re getting what we all deserve together.”
Tuesday, May 17, 6:01 p.m.: Tuta extends contract
Good sporting news before the final: Eintracht Frankfurt has prematurely extended the contract with central defender Tuta, which originally ran until 2023, until June 2026. The 22-year-old Brazilian joined SGE in January 2019 from FC Sao Paulo. “He took the next step in development this season and has become a permanent fixture in our team,” said sporting director Markus Krösche. In the absence of Martin Hinteregger, Tuta will be particularly important on Wednesday.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 5:45 p.m.: Eintracht collection point
Hooray, hooray! The Frankfurters are here! And quite a few. Again in Europa League white, the trend color of this Eintracht Europa season, some are already there, but most of the announced 50,000 should arrive in Seville on Wednesday – some via the wildest routes. On Tuesday, there was a lot of work going on in the square next to the Plaza de Espana. The Eintracht fan festival is to take place here on Wednesday. Public viewing and some musical highlights included. So, dear Eintracht fans who don’t know where to go when they’re there: Enter Plaza de Espana into your sat nav and celebrate. and SPOX read, but partying comes first, of course.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 5:30 p.m.: The party begins
Sevilla are already in the hands of the two camps of fans a day before the Europa League final. Although both clubs only got 10,000 tickets each, more than 100,000 fans from Scotland in particular have announced their arrival, some of whom took ferries from North Africa to Spain because the direct route was too expensive or no longer bookable. But the Frankfurt fans are also known to love to travel and will be far more represented than the 10,000 in the stadium. “They’re really up for it,” Frankfurt’s board spokesman Axel Hellmann announced last week. “That impresses me.”
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