Eintracht Frankfurt: Biggest rush of all time

Eintracht Frankfurt: Biggest rush of all time
Eintracht Frankfurt: Biggest rush of all time
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Created: 05/13/2022Updated: 05/13/2022 10:57 am

Of: Ingo Durstewitz

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Eintracht board member Axel Hellmann is proud of Eintracht’s triumph before the Europa League final – and expects his own fans to be outnumbered by Rangers.

Frankfurt – The question of the jersey, i.e. the color of the jersey, was never an issue for Axel Hellmann. Of course, Eintracht Frankfurt will play the eagerly awaited final against Glasgow Rangers in Seville on Wednesday (18 May) all in white. Traditional. As in all great games. “We rocked Europe in white,” says the CEO. What’s more: “In Spain we are called the Bestia Blanca.” The white beast, based on the Bavarians, who were once feared there as the “Bestia Negra”, the black beast. What Munich did often enough with Real Madrid back then, the Hessians only recently did with FC Barcelona, ​​they not only beat him, they humiliated him. “We’ve now won this title in Europe,” says Hellmann. There’s pride in his voice.

In Frankfurt, preparations for the biggest game in almost half a century are in full swing, the whole club is in a state of emergency. “This is a unique final,” emphasizes the Eintracht board. “This is a unique meeting.”

Eintracht Frankfurt: The final is also attractive because of the opponent

It’s also the constellation that makes this final so special, the opponent, this vibrant club from Glasgow. “It was a dream at our club to play against Rangers,” says the Scotland fan. “Glasgow is a myth for us.” This is primarily due to the two lavish European nights in 1960, when Eintracht beat Rangers twice in epic duels, 6-1 and 6-3. The game of the century followed in the final against Real Madrid (3:7).

Full of anticipation for the finale: CEO Axel Hellmann. © Ulrich Hufnagel/Imago Images

But it’s also the parallels between the clubs that create this special appeal, the attitude towards football, the longing to play a role in Europe and not just be a marginal figure. Both clubs are based on a powerful fan scene, which Hellmann describes as “the largest and most vocal in Europe”. Both fan camps share unconditional dedication, love for their club – and a desire to travel.

Eintracht Frankfurt: Sevilla expect more Scots

For the first time, says Hellmann, the Eintracht fans will be outnumbered in the city, he expects 40,000 to 50,000 people from Frankfurt. The Scots go one step further: The lawyer, “conservatively estimated”, assumes 70,000, 80,000 fans from Glasgow. “There will be a rush that this city has never experienced before.” The Scots are creative when it comes to travel arrangements. “They hijacked all the ferries from North Africa,” he laughs, recalling the 2008 final when Rangers lost 2-0 to Zenit St. Petersburg. “There were 200,000 Scots in Manchester at the time, sleeping under bridges and on park benches.”

Hellmann finds the march of the opponent in Seville very likeable: “They’re really up for it, something like that impresses me.” The 50-year-old doesn’t expect riots, just because of the history. “They both feel friendly,” and the Rangers fans are not known as rioters. “We do not expect any incidents.”

Eintracht Frankfurt: The enthusiasm knows no bounds

Also because there should be opportunities to watch the game outdoors, i.e. for those who have not received any of the 10,000 tickets per club. “Uefa is working on a public viewing, I also think that will work, that’s the smartest way.” Eintracht will organize a fan festival on the large, 50,000-seat Plaza San Sebastian, where, among other things, the Frankfurt cult -Metal band Tankard perform and intonate the anthem “Black and White Like Snow”.

The enthusiasm in Frankfurt is consistently heading for its peak. Eintracht could have sold 100,000 tickets for the public viewing in the Waldstadion, but in the end it will be 50,000 people, more is not possible. Hellmann can hardly believe it all. “There’s no game in the stadium, there’s a screen there,” he says with a smile. An additional screen is now being set up on the apron of the stadium, 5,000 or 6,000 people should still get their money’s worth there. The hype surrounding Eintracht is indescribable and cannot be put into words. “I’ve been there for a long time, but I’ve never experienced it in this form.”

Eintracht Frankfurt: When winning the title, reception on the Römer

If the title worked, Eintracht would celebrate at the Römer in the early evening the next day. Planning is underway, weddings have been postponed, 30 to 40 convertibles are ready to drive the heroes through the city. The city would then be on the verge of collapse, in terms of traffic with the additional commuter traffic anyway. But also emotionally. Hellmann expects significantly more people than in 2018 after the cup triumph. At that time, 200,000 people lined the streets.

The rest of the Eintracht attaches importance to the fact that opponents Glasgow are also planning a reception in the city. The Romans’ request therefore has nothing to do with the feeling of certain victory or a fit of arrogance. Logistically, that’s clear, everything has to be organized. Incidentally, in the event of a defeat, Eintracht will waive the reception in the town hall. “You go there to celebrate titles or promotions. Otherwise there are only long faces and tormented speeches,” says Hellmann, making it clear that a final defeat would be extremely painful, but the Europa League season is still a great one. “Silver is stupid, but we made it to the final in twelve unbeaten games. It would be an outstanding lap and an outstanding performance.”

The official is proud of Eintracht’s triumphal march through Europe, that the club is an excellent representative of the Bundesliga and Germany, that the whole republic is keeping its fingers crossed, yes, that somehow everyone would like to be like Eintracht Frankfurt. “We are now perceived to be in the top list in Europe – across all competitions.” Because Eintracht managed to push boundaries, “we have shown that you can also achieve great things from our position”. Hellmann, who puts the turnover from international games at 22 to 25 million, believes that Eintracht’s performance will find many imitators. “It will have an effect on the league, we made eyes light up in the Bundesliga in the Europa League.” (Ingo Durstewitz)

The article is in German

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