Great Scots! In 10 years from bankruptcy to European final

If rangers (there is no name of the city of Glasgow in the official name of the club) who previously won the European trophy, times were very different. In 1972, the queen Elizabeth the Second she was 46 years old, Margaret Thatcher She was the education minister in British Prime Minister Edward Heath’s government, and she was known for receiving the milk subsidies from children they drank in schools, earning her the nickname “Mrs Thatcher, the milk snatcher”.

The London charts were dominated by glam rock bands T. Rex and Slade. The final of the Cup Winners’ Cup in which: rangers they finally won Dynamo Moscow 3-2 ended with a scandal and in time too! The Scots were leading 3-0 as the Soviets began to catch up. In the 87th minute, Aleksandr Machowikow scored a contact goal and reduced Dynamo’s loss to one goal, Rangers fans took to the field in droves, Spanish referee Jose Maria Ortiz had had enough and the game ended at least a minute early. The Catalan final organizers had had enough too, and instead of sitting on a big stage on the pitch, they handed Rangers a valuable trophy somewhere in the Camp Nou catacombs.

Fast forward to 2008 and the second final with the Scots showing British, not Scottish, flags in the stands as loyal subjects of the Queen. The fans of “Blue” were very close to Manchester, England’s Łódź was then under siege, but it did not help. Zenit Saint Petersburg with the former Groclin Grodzisk stopwatch Ivica KrizanacAndrei Arshavincaptain (and, it turns out, a spy and a traitor) Anatoly Timoszczuk and Dick Lawyer on the bench he proved to be better and won 2-0. Today the manager of Rangers is the former great player “Orange” Giovanni van Bronckhorsthas the chance to be the first Dutch coach since Advocaat to win a European trophy.

It turned out that that 2008 final was Rangers’ swan song. In four years, in 2012, the club went bankrupt and relegated to the fourth tier, which was accepted with relief, and there was fear of liquidation. The mischievous ones (especially from the green side of Glasgow) are a reminder that the current incarnation of Rangers is basically a new club with 10 years of history. Continuing the playful tone, it was said that things must have ended badly since Charles Green, or “Green”, was at the head of the club – after all, this is the color of a Catholic Celtic.

The arduous rebuilding of the brand brought Rangers back to the Premiership in 2016. In the following seasons, two thirds, two seconds, finally, in 2021, the coveted championship† The championship title number 55 in the history of the club, extremely important. Had Celtic been victorious, he would have won the league ten times in a row. No one ever did this in the Scottish league, although the members of the “Old Firm” were by a hair’s breadth. “Hoops” triumphed nine times in a row in 1966-74 and 2012-20, and Rangers won the same number in 1989-97. the Ibrox club recognized the Celts’ superiority, but apart from the Europa League they have a chance of another trophy – on Saturday at Hampden Rangers they will face Hearts in a match, the stake of which will be the Scottish Cup.

The greatest beneficiary of the Rangers Renaissance was the legendary Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrardwho started his first independent job at Ibrox. He was appreciated and as a reward he moved to the best league in the world – Premier League, where he leads Aston Villa. He was replaced by the aforementioned van Bronckhorst, who has to do without injured attackers in Seville: the Colombian Alfredo Morelos and Romanian Ianis Hagic (son of Gheorghe).

What is certain is that Seville, the capital of Andalusia, where the final takes place, will experience a real siege. Eintracht Frankfurt fans have broken all away records this season at FC Barcelona and West Ham United. Fans of “Gers” also go anytime and anywhere, and here they will have extra motivation. 19 years ago, in 2003, on the occasion of the UEFA Cup final against FC Porto, fans of their eternal rival Celtic invaded Seville with tens of thousands of the same – there were even said to be around 100,000. The auction of how many Celts there were at the time took on comical proportions, a satirical Twitter profile called “Seville Calculator” was devoted to it – calculators are not needed today – it is known that the crowds of Rangers and Eintracht fans can not be accurately counted .

He has been training with Ibrox since the winter break Mateusz Lukowski, formerly a player of Lechia Gdańsk. The 21-year-old footballer has recently been reclassified as a defender in Poland but has an infernal task to jump into the roster when club legend James Tavernier is his rival. It’s hard to believe, but the Rangers captain at right-back is the top scorer in this year’s Europa League matches with seven goals. His league stats are just as impressive: 236 appearances and 55 goals.

So far, “Żuko” has not made his debut in the Scottish League. He appeared once in the blue Rangers uniform – in the 1/8th final of the domestic cup, when the opponent was Annan Athletic club League Two – the fourth tier of the Scottish league.

Eintracht Frankfurt

Olympiacos Piraeus 3-1, 2-1

Fenerbahce Istanbul 1-1, 1-1

Royal Antwerp 2-2, 1-0

Betis Sevilla 2-1, 1-1

FC Barcelona 1-1, 3-2

West Ham United 2-1, 1-0


Alashkert 1-0, 0-0

Olympic Lyon 1-1, 0-2

Sparta Prague 2-0, 0-1

Brondby 2-0, 1-1

Borussia Dortmund 4-2, 2-2

Crvena zvezda Belgrade 3-0, 1-2

SC Braga 0-1, 3-1

RB Leipzig 0-1, 3-1

rangers: Allan McGregor – James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Calvin Bassey, Borna Barisic – Glen Kamara, John Lundstram, Ryan Jack – Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo, Scott Wright.

Eintracht: Kevin Trapp; Almany Toure, Evan Ndicka, Tuta; Ansgar Knauff, Djibril Sow, Sebastian Rode, Filip Kostic; Daichi Kamada, Jens Petter Hauge; Rafael Santos Borre.

The start of the Europa League final Eintracht Frankfurt – Rangers FC on Wednesday at 9 p.m. Live report in Interia.

Maciej Slominskic

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