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Tuesday 17th May 2022

Rangers cinch Premiership

Europa League final preview

Eintracht Frankfurt v Rangers

  • Rangers play one of the biggest games in their history when they take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League final on Wednesday night.
  • The showpiece decider is being staged at Seville's Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium, with an 8.00pm kick-off UK time, which is 9.00pm in Spain.
  • Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side have already knocked out Bundesliga sides Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig to reach the final.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt, who finished 11th in the Bundesliga, defeated Barcelona and West Ham on the way to the final. Their manager is Oliver Glasner.
  • Frankfurt qualified for the knock-out stages as Group D winners while Rangers were runners-up to Lyon in Group A.
  • The German club won this competition back in 1980 when they beat Borussia Mönchengladbach on away goals in the days when finals were decided over two legs.
  • Rangers were UEFA Cup runners-up in 2008 when they lost 2-0 to Zenit at the City of Manchester Stadium during Walter Smith's time as manager.
  • Rangers captain and right-back James Tavernier is the leading scorer in this season's Europa League with seven goals.
  • The winners on Wednesday night will be guaranteed direct entry into the group stage of the 2022/23 Champions League.
  • The referee for the Europa League final is Slavko Vincic of Slovenia.
  • Only three Scottish clubs have lifted European trophies - Celtic beat Inter Milan to win the European Cup in 1967 and Rangers triumphed over Dynamo Moscow in the 1972 Cup Winners' Cup final. Aberdeen defeated Real Madrid in the same competition in 1983 before going on to beat Hamburg in the Super Cup.
  • The Europa League trophy is the heaviest of the UEFA silverware. It is 65cm high and weighs 15kg.