Rangers and Frankfurt will come face to face later on today, Wednesday 18 May 2022, in the UEFA Europa League final.
The Gers had a stunning 3-1 win over Leipzig at Ibrox in their semi final second leg and have continued their beautiful adventure to make it to their first Europa League final ever.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst has lead the Glaswegian side past teams including Braga, Crvena Zvzda and Borussia Dortmund to reach this point.
In the highest level of UEFA’s European competitions, Liverpool will now hope to defeat the 13 times winner of the Champions League when they take on Real Madrid in May while Rangers will continue, not just for a place in the Europa League but for a potential place in next year’s Champions League...
Do UEFA Europa League winners win a place in next year’s Champions League?
Yes - put simply, the winners of the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League will also earn themselves in UEFA’s next level-up tournament in the 2022/23 season.
Therefore if Rangers’ dream Europa League journey continues, we could see them in next year’s Champions League.
How do you qualify for UEFA Europa League?
In the Premier League, it is the fifth-placed side that automatically enters the Europa League group stages while the Carabao Cup winner and FA Cup winner can also enter the competition’s second qualifying round.
This changes, however, if those who win the Carabao Cup and FA Cup enter Europe through their league as well.
This year, it was Liverpool who won the Carabao Cup meaning that an extra spot opens up - as they will have qualified for next year’s Champions League competition by finishing in the top four - and the Premier League’s sixth placed side can enter the tournament.
As the Premier League stands, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will have these Europa League places - there’s still plenty of time for that to change, however.
How do you qualify for UEFA Champions League?
In order to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, Premier League teams must finish in the top four or have won the UEFA Europa League the year before.
As the league stands at the moment, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are all guaranteed a place in the Champions League group stages for next season.
Additionally, if an English team were to win the Champions League but fail to reach the top four of the Premier League, then five teams would enter the competition as last year’s Champions League winners are also guaranteed a spot in the following year’s event.
When are the two finals?
The UEFA Europa League final is scheduled for 18 May 2022 at 8pm BST meanwhile the UEFA Champions League final takes place on 28 May 2022 at 8pm BST.
The Europa League final will take place in Sevilla between Rangers v Frankfurt while the Champions League will take place at Stade de France between Liverpool v Real Madrid.
All matches are available to watch on BT Sport.
In recent years, the final of both the Champions League and the Europa League have been availiable to watch viewers in the UK to watch for free - thanks to a collaboration between BT Sport and YouTube.