Rangers will take part in showpiece Sevilla as they bid for the club’s first European trophy in 50 years and earn a place in next season’s Champions League group stage.
The 2022 UEFA Europa League final will be contested by Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) and Rangers (Scotland) after the two clubs played out in the semi-finals on Thursday night.
The two top scorers in the competition with 20 and 22 goals respectively will face off on May 18 in Spain to battle it out for European silverware.
Scottish champions Rangers have already knocked out two German sides in the Round of 16, while Bundesliga side Frankfurt will be looking to lift the trophy for only the second time after beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-3 in two matches in from the 1980 final.
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Rangers’ only previous European final appearance was in the 2008 UEFA Cup when they lost 2-0 to Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg in Manchester before the competition was rebranded.
GlasgowWorld has compiled a factile on everything you need to know ahead of the Europa League final…
When is the Europa League final and what time does it kick off?
The game will be played at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on May 18. Kick-off is at 21:00 CET.
The 42,714 capacity stadium hosted matches of the 1982 FIFA World Cup and also hosted the 1986 European Cup final between Steaua Bucuresti and Barcelona.
Host club Sevilla have won the competition six times (2x UEFA Cup) and (4x Europa League), most recently in 2019/20.
How can I buy tickets for the Europa League final?
Ticket sales launched exclusively via UEFA.com on 20 April and continued until 28 April. A draw will be organized to allocate the tickets. According to the football governing body, the price categories for general public tickets were as follows:
Rangers and Frankfurt will organize the ticket sales and allocation process.
How can I watch the Europa League final?
The match will be broadcast worldwide via various broadcast partners and live streams. BT Sport 1 will broadcast the game live, while CBS and ESPN will also cover the game.
The winners will also earn a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League group stage, if they did not qualify through their domestic league.
How did the two teams reach the Europa League final?
The Light Blues’ European adventure began with a 4-2 aggregate defeat against Malmö (Sweden) in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.
They were placed in the Europa League qualifying play-offs and overcame a Covid-19 outbreak to beat Armenian champions Alashkert 1-0 on aggregate.
This saw Rangers qualify for the Europa League group stages for a fourth consecutive season and they were drawn in Group A alongside Lyon (France), Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) and Brondby (Denmark).
Just two defeats saw them finish second behind Lyon and they were drawn against tournament favorites and German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16.
A 2-2 draw at Signal Iduna Park was followed by a stunning 4-2 victory at Ibrox to secure their passage to the knockout stages.
Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade were then eliminated 4-2 on aggregate before eventually defeating Braga (Portugal) after extra time in the quarter-finals.
The Germans reached the last 16 stages of the competition last season and lost to Chelsea in a semi-final penalty shootout in the 2018/19 season.
They were drawn in Group D this year alongside Fenerbahce (Turkey), Royal Antwerp (Belgium) and Olympiacos (Greece) and qualified comfortably as group winners.
This set up a round of 16 draw against Real Betis (Spain), whom they eliminated 3-2 on aggregate after extra time.
A quarter-final showdown against European giants Barcelona followed and Oliver Glasner’s side shocked the footballing world with a dramatic win at Camp Nou after taking a 3-0 lead before two late goals do not prepare an arrival in the stands. The first leg had ended 1-1, meaning Frankfurt progressed 4-3 on aggregate.
It set up a thrilling final encounter against Premier League side West Ham United and after securing a 2-1 first leg win at the London Stadium, the Germans assured there would be no final all-British as Rafael Borre won the only goal. of the second leg in front of home support.
How can I get to Sevilla for the Europa League final?
Thousands of Rangers fans are expected to fly, car, train and ship down Sevilla for the game and supporters are desperate to soak up the Spanish sun.
Seville is located in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula and has a metropolitan population of 1.5 million, making it the largest city in Andalusia.
According to Skyscanner, there are currently no direct flights to Sevilla from Glasgow International Airport during finals week.
However, fans would have to travel the extra distance to attend, with direct flights to Malaga (153.2km) and Faro (181.3km) and then traveling another potential option.
Which team will wear which shirt in the final?
Both teams may wear their first choice colours. Eintrahct Frankfurt will likely wear their all-black home kit, while Rangers adopt their familiar blue, white and black stripe.