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The rise of Eintracht Frankfurt in Europe: first semi-final in 39 years of massive discharge
Europa League is A huge discharge, it must have been for the Frankfurt-supporters. So hard that a billboard broke down. After five years in a row, not participate ‘among the great’ in Europe, Eintracht Frankfurt now after 39 years back in the semi-finals of the Europa League. Football lives again in the city on the Main river. The heenwedstrijd against Chelsea is already sold out.

It was waiting. Countdown. Two goals to their 4-2 loss in the heenwedstrijd against Benfica. So Frankfurt for the first time in 39 years with the last four of the Europa League. In 1980 they were able to ultimately prevail by the better of Borussia Mönchengladbach over two duels. The final of the then UEFA Cup was still around-and terugwedstrijden decided (3-2 in Gladbach, 1-0 at home). Can ‘Adler’ there again this season? The fans live football in any case. The thuisduel against Chelsea will be in a full Commerzbank-Arena take place.

The European campaign of Eintracht Frankfurt has one of the most ardent supporters of Germany re-united. A suspended UEFA ban of fireworks in (Inter) Milan, could them not stop. Five years ago captured the ‘SGE’, as the supporters like to call the attention of the football world when she was with 12,000 fans to a Europa League-group competition in Bordeaux went. Also, this campaign brings a lot of people on the leg, to a full box, in Cyprus. The adventure started last year on may 19th with a 3-1 victory against Bayern Munich in the cup final. Therefore, if Eintracht Frankfurt directly to the group stage of the Europa League.

“Everything changed when we surprising to the cup final won at the expense of Bayern Munich. By that victory, the entire city involved with the club,” said supporter Ari to DW for the double confrontation with Benfica. “Now almost every resident interested in football and wants to get to the stadium. Especially the Europa League is loved.”

Eendracht to the Main

Ari has been a fan since 1992 and made ups and the downs along with Frankfurt. Now the club's European return so successful, is the cohesion greater than ever before. “Everyone is in the voetbalverhaal with drawn and also the players are coming after a victory to celebrate with the supporters. That was in the past is not the case. So we have a good reputation to build to the outside world that allows us with a lot of people on the move.”

That reputation is known mainly by the many choreo's that the supporters do. With flags, the whole stadium is called tifo. That was also against Benfica in the case, with a reference to the Main river next to which the city is located. ‘In the heart of Europe. Harmony to the Main. Only you have to win today, because we all love you’, give thousands of flags as the players take the field come to mind. And ‘t is also the club song of Frankfurt that for every home game is played. “We want our feature of make by as much as possible choreo's to organize. Certainly in the very best, on the move, they are sometimes denied, as in Donetsk, for example. Shortly before the kick-off we had all our flags, handing. They form a unique whole and everyone helps there.”

After the final whistle against Benfica stormed dozens of supporters from the spionkop forward to get as close as possible to the field to get. They wanted their place in the last four of the Europa League to celebrate. While the crowd, mostly bare-chested, rondsprong and danced against the advertising hoardings, tried to stewards is in vain to resist. After a few minutes, the unavoidable happened: the billboard collapsed. The supporters were able to resist the temptation of the field to enter.

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