Ansgar Knauff: ‘I can’t wait for Eintracht Frankfurt fans to see us in the UEFA Champions League!’

Ansgar Knauff says he can’t wait to give Eintracht Frankfurt fans their first taste of UEFA Champions League football in 62 years.

Frankfurt lost the old European Cup final to Real Madrid in 1959/60 but became the fifth Bundesliga club to qualify for the 2022/23 Champions League group stages after winning the UEFA Europa League this season. Eintracht fans turned out in the tens of thousands to venues such as Barcelona’s Camp Nou, West Ham United’s Olympic Stadium and the final against Glasgow Rangers at Seville’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium, as the Eagles have won their first UEFA trophy in 42 years.

“The way the fans supported us was just amazing, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Knauff said in a kicker magazine interview. “They really believed in us, and that gave us confidence. I’m so happy that we were able to thank them for their incredible support by winning the Europa League. It was unforgettable, and I can’t wait to be there. ‘Eintracht Frankfurt fans see us in the Champions League!’

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Knauff himself was one of the stars of Frankfurt’s memorable European campaign. After signing a loan move in January with Borussia Dortmund, the 21-year-old started all seven of Eintracht’s Europa League knockout ties, breaking the deadlock in spectacular fashion in the quarter-final first leg against Barcelona before scoring. to West Ham and prepare. Rafael Santos Borre for the only goal of the second leg.

UEFA‘s Technical Observer Panel named Knauff the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League Young Player of the Season for his efforts, while team-mate Filip Kostic was voted the tournament’s best player.

Knauff – who also scored one goal and appeared in 12 Bundesliga appearances during the Rückrunde – are currently preparing for Germany’s UEFA U21 Euro qualifiers against Hungary and Poland. His loan deal with Frankfurt expires on June 30, 2023.

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