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Europa League winners Frankfurt will get hero’s welcome back home

Eintracht Frankfurt were looking forward to a hero's welcome later on Thursday on their return from Seville with the Europa League trophy - after a clean-up job in the city.

Eintracht Frankfurt were looking forward to a hero’s welcome later on Thursday on their return from Seville with the Europa League trophy – after a clean-up job in the city.

Frankfurt police said that some of the tens of thosands of fans celebrating their team’s penalty shoot-out win over Rangers in the Seville final had caused trouble during the night.

“It is a sea of broken glass,” a police spokesman said early Thursday, after a tweet from the authorities said that some fans had thrown bottles at officers.

But the vast majority celebrated the team’s biggest success since the 1980 UEFA Cup success peacefully, and some 100,000 are expected when coach Oliver Glasner and team featuring penalty shoot-out heroes Kevin Trapp, the goalkeeper, and Raphael Borre, who converted the deciding spot kick, parade through the city to town hall, the Römer, in the afternoon.

“I will party right through until Saturday – and on Sunday I will go on holiday,” Glasner vowed.

Captain Sebastian Rode said “it will take a few years to realise what it all means” and Trapp said: “We were always looking for superlatives but there is no words to describe this.”

Volker Bouffier, the prime minister of Frankfurt‘s home state of Hesse who was present at the game, named the club “a true figurehead” and added that “we are very proud of this performance.”

Some 50,000 fans had accompanied the team to Seville where they were however largely outnumbered by Rangers’ travelling contingent, while 60,000 watched the game on four big screens in Frankfurt‘s stadium.

Many of them are expected to be present for the parade as well, and the team can’t wait for it to start.

“It was a extraordinary Europa League journey. Now we are simply happy to celebrate with the fans,” Rode said.

Said Glasner: “The journey doesn’t end here in Seville, it ends at the Römer with our fans.”

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