Europa League final, Eintracht Frankfurt – Rangers, hot spots | UEFA Europa League


Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers meet for the first time in over 60 years and the UEFA Europa League finalists both have reason to hope to see their names engraved on the trophy after the final in Seville.

With Enterprise Rent-A-Car, UEFA.com has selected some hot spots from the 18 May final.

The historic advantage for Eintracht


Borré’s goal for Frankfurt

The only previous meetings between Frankfurt and Rangers date back to the semi-finals of the 1959/60 European Champion Clubs’ Cup, with the German side winning 6-1 at home and 6-3 in Glasgow before losing 7- 3 against Real Madrid in the final. “They were the best team I had seen in my life,” recalled Sir Alex Ferguson, who was among the 127,621 spectators at Hampden. “Then they were beaten 7-3 in the final! »

Eintracht have never lost in four UEFA matches against Scottish clubs (3 wins, 1 draw); in addition to that encounter with Rangers, the Germans knocked out Aberdeen in the first round of their victorious UEFA Cup campaign in 1979/80.

The Light Blues want the scalp of a third Bundesliga club

In two minutes, Rangers 3-1 Leipzig


In two minutes, Rangers 3-1 Leipzig

Rangers lost their only previous final to a German club: 1-0 after extra time to Bayern Munich in the 1967 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final in Nuremberg, just six days after their rivals won Europe Celtic home.

But the Light Blues have an honorable UEFA record against German teams: 18 wins, 15 draws, 18 losses, and they have removed two other Bundesliga clubs from the competition this season, Dortmund in the knockout stage play-offs and Leipzig in the semis. -finals, two teams much better ranked than Frankfurt in the league this season.

Increased motivation for a Rangers duo

Lundstram's qualifying goal


Lundstram’s qualifying goal

German-born defender Leon Balogun will not lack motivation against the Eagles. “I played for Mainz and there is an important rivalry with Eintracht Frankfurt,” he explained. “So I’m also making it personal. I have two teams to be proud of. »

Rangers captain James Tavernier could also approach this final full of confidence, being the competition’s top scorer with seven goals. “Frankfurt is not there by chance, but it is played over a match and we totally believe in ourselves. We are in this competition to win it. »

Seville lucky city for Frankfurt?

In two minutes, Betis 1-2 Frankfurt


In two minutes, Betis 1-2 Frankfurt

Sevilla host their third major UEFA club final: Steaua Bucharest beat Barcelona on penalties at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium in the 1986 European Champion Clubs’ Cup final, while Rangers’ Old Firm rivals Celtic lost 3-2 to Porto in the 2003 UEFA Cup final at the Estadio de La Cartuja in the Andalusian city.

Rangers have come to the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán twice, losing to Sevilla in the 1962/63 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (0-2) and the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group stage (0- 1). Frankfurt travel to Sevilla FC for the first time, but have already visited the Spanish city this year, winning 2-1 at Real Betis in the round of 16. The Germans also eliminated the side that ended the Rojiblancos’ campaign in the last 16, West Ham. Auspicious?

Leave a Comment