Travel tickets, flight bookings and travel restrictions: all the information you need for when Glasgow Rangers take on Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville in the 2022 Europa League Final
Wednesday, 18 May is a huge date for fans of Glasgow Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt, as the Scottish giants take on die Adler in what is a historic game for both sides. Kiwi.com has seen searches and flight bookings to Seville and surrounding cities leap by 1,000% since the semi-finals concluded on 5 May.
The final, at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium (home of Sevilla) is Eintracht’s first European final since the 1979-80 UEFA Cup, which they won by defeating fellow Germans Borussia Mönchengladbach. The only other time the team from Hesse reached a European final was in an infamous 7-3 defeat to the mighty Real Madrid, and with the club currently parked in 12th position in the Bundesliga, their entire focus is on this game.
Rangers have been in a European final more recently, having taken on Zenit St. Petersburg in Manchester in the final of the 2007-08 UEFA Cup. The Ibrox club lost that game, and since then have suffered the ignominy of being sent down to the fourth tier of the Scottish league system before the 2012-2013 season after entering liquidation in 2012. The club has since returned to the top flight in Scotland, winning the league last season under Steven Gerrard, before former player Giovanni van Bronckhorst returned as manager, helming the club to this final. They’re hoping to be the first Scottish club to win a European trophy since Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983.
Progress to the final
Both teams have had interesting routes to the final. Rangers barely scraped through their group after a slow start, but a surprise win in the first knockout round over one of the tournament favorites, Borussia Dortmund, was the shot in the arm they needed. Swiftly dispatching Crvena zvezda, Braga of Portugal, and the financial might of RB Leipzig, they find themselves (perhaps somewhat unexpectedly) in the final.
Frankfurt’s progress through their group was more serene, winning every game in a group containing Olympiacos, Fenerbahçe and Antwerp. They then beat Real Betis, before returning to Spain to take on the mighty Barcelona. Over 30,000 Eintracht fans managed to get into the Camp Nou, and were rewarded by seeing Frankfurt win 3-2 to go through 4-3 on aggregate. A 3-1 win over two legs dealt with West Ham, and now their traveling hordes wait to descend on Seville.
Oddly, (although maybe not if you follow Scottish football) Rangers defender and captain James Tavernier leads the goalscoring charts with seven, although four of these have been penalties. For Eintracht, their goal threat in Europe has been midfielder Daichi Kamada, with his last goal coming in the semis against West Ham.
Flights for fans and travel rules
Fans looking to travel to the final have been booking with Kiwi.com in their thousands. The most popular routes from the UK to the southwest of Spain have been Edinburgh — Seville, London — Málaga, London — Seville, Edinburgh — Málaga, and Manchester — Málaga. German fans have had a number of routes to choose from as well, in the main being from Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Cologne.
Travelers to Spain must currently show an EU Digital COVID vaccination certificate (or a non-EU equivalent), or a certificate of recovery from COVID, in order to get through the airport.
So 18 May looks like it’s going to be a humdinger of a final, with two teams with huge fan bases converging on Seville, each knowing they’ve got a chance of victory. It might not be the final many people expected, but with the caliber of opposition both teams have beaten so far, it’ll — hopefully — be quite a show.
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