Retro Europa League Final

Frankfurt and Rangers Roll Back The Years For Retro Europa League Final

Ten years after financial forgetfulness plunged them to the bottom of Scotland, the Rangers are on the verge of lifting their first European trophy in half a century when they meet Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

Administration, liquidation and relegation all damaged a broken club in 2012 but if the Rangers complete the recovery when they won the Scottish Premiership again last season, a final in Seville now gives them a shot at their European glory as well.

“We are one match away from making history, the last leg of a journey that began eight months ago between defeat and disappointment,” Rangers midfielder Aaron Ramsey said as the squad headed for Spain on Monday.

All the build-up to the Europa League final as about 100000 Rangers fans descend on Seville for the game against Eintracht Frankfurt.

With a chance to play in the Champions League behind the Scottish title win, the Rangers instead lost to Malm in the third qualifying round, setting the play-offs to reach the Europa League with Alaskart from Armenia.

After the departure of Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa, more prestigious opponents emerged as Rangers under Giovanni van Bronchhorst, defeating Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade, Braga and Leipzig in their knockout rounds for the first time in 14 years. .

A victory club will win its first cup on the continent since Rangers beat Dynamo Moscow 3-2 in Barcelona to win the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972.

“This is a chance for them to be in the history books of this club and to have a truly historic victory,” said Van Bronkhurst.

“Then the stories they will tell in the coming years will be the same stories that the 1972 players told my players.

“I told you before you had any dreams to really achieve that. You can work hard and really give everything to achieve your goals and it’s beautiful.”

Frankfurt will start the match as favorites after beating Real Betis, Barcelona and West Ham already, to promote an otherwise irresistible campaign that the team finished 11th in the Bundesliga.

It will be Frankfurt’s first European final since Borussia D’Or won the UEFA Cup with Moenchengladbach in 1980, and the club have fond memories of playing against the Rangers after beating Glasgow 12-4 in the semi-finals of the 20-year-old European Cup. Before.

“They were the best team I’ve ever seen,” said Alex Ferguson, a former Manchester United manager in the crowd at Hampden. “And then in the final they lost 6-3 to Real Madrid.”

Crowds are expected to play a huge role in Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, with 100,000 Rangers fans and at least 60,000 Frankfurt supporters expected to follow his team to Seville, raising concerns about the city’s security.

Fans of Frankfurt clashed with West Ham supporters in Seville as the teams crossed over in March when the Rangers’ last European final against Zenit St. Petersburg in Manchester in the 2008 UEFA Cup resulted in 39 arrests and forced riot police. Will be called.

Without tickets, Rangers fans will be able to watch the game in a fan zone on the outskirts of Seville and at the La Cartuza Stadium, nine kilometers from Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, and ticketless Frankfurt fans will be asked to gather at the Prado de San. Sebastian, close to the center but six kilometers from La Cartuza.

“They’re expecting a crowd in Seville that the city has never seen before,” said Axel Hellman, Frankfurt’s chief executive. “This is going to be a unique gathering of the most vocal and enthusiastic fans in Europe.”

Former Rangers manager and player Graeme Sounes urged fans to enjoy the final peacefully. “When you think we’ve gotten off to a serious European final over the last 10 years, it’s a great achievement,” Sounes said.

“They beat them, now it’s your turn. Have a party but make sure you behave.”

Rangers top scorer Alfredo Morelos will miss the game due to a thigh injury while Kemar Roof is also suffering from a knee problem, meaning Van Bronchhurst could start again without a normal striker.

Frankart forward Jasper Lindstrom is hoping to be released from the hamstring strain in time for the final, with Jens Peter House ready to take the field.

“It’s important to have two or three days of training to be ready for the intensity that awaits us on Wednesday,” said Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner.

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