Eintracht Frankfurt: meet the winners of the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League | UEFA Europa League
Eintracht Frankfurt have won the UEFA Europa League, 42 years after winning the UEFA Cup. Get the lowdown from the German side.
UEFA Frankfurt Ranking: 27
Frankfurt’s 2021/22 Europa League campaign
Road to the trophy: Group D winners (W3 D3 L0 F10 A6), 3-2agg aet vs Betis (R16), 4-3agg vs Barcelona (QF), 3-1agg vs West Ham (SF), 1-1aet (5-4 pen ) vs Rangers (W)
Best striker: Daichi Kamada (5)
last season: Did not participate in UEFA club competition
Best in UEFA Cup/Europa League: winners (1979/80, 2021/22)
With three wins and three draws, Frankfurt emerged unbeaten from the group stage, but Fenerbahçe, Olympiacos and Antwerp all gave them tough games, and they then needed extra time to beat Real Betis in the round of 16. final. The quarter-final success against Barcelona, in particular the 3-2 victory in the second leg at the Camp Nou, will be remembered for a long time. Their triumph at West Ham in the first leg of the semi-finals showed that their exploits in Spain were no fluke before finishing the job at home. They then kept their composure in the final against Rangers, coming from behind to force extra time and winning 5-4 on penalties.
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How does Frankfurt play?
Frankfurt is often the best moment when he can sit down for a bit, give the ball away and then pounce on the break. They tend to create more chances against bigger teams (see this tie against Barcelona), with Filip Kostić and Ansgar Knauff providing wide threats, but the final was ultimately a test of their steel and character.
Who is Frankfurt’s key player?
Filip Kostic. Flying left-back Kostić proved to be a real danger man, with many opponents choosing to overtake him. His crosses are precise and threatening, providing plenty of assists, and his left foot delivers a ferocious shot that has earned goals against Betis and Barcelona. That said, it was goalkeeper Kevin Trapp who emerged as the hero of the final, with some big saves earning him recognition as the official player of the Hankook match of the UEFA Europa League final.
Who is Frankfurt’s coach?
Olivier Glasner. Marking his first year at Frankfurt after joining from Wolfsburg, the Austrian – who led Wolfsburg to the UEFA Champions League last season – has come under fire after his side started the season slowly. Nonetheless, he won fans and pundits alike with his honesty and down-to-earth attitude, and his star soared with this triumph.
Did you know?
Frankfurt were only the third team to reach the final unbeaten; Chelsea (in 2018/19) and Villarreal (last season) both lifted the trophy from a similar position.
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