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Balogun fires up Rangers fans for Europa League final

LEON Balogun has told Rangers fans to bring the heat tonight when the Scottish side face Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League final at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in Seville, Spain.

Rangers are in the hunt for their first major European trophy since 1972 and their second ever, while Frankfurt seek their first in 42 years and second in their history.

Although each team is allowed to have 10,000 fans at the 40,000-capacity stadium, Balogun believes Rangers supporters will have a major impact.

“It can get very uncomfortable when things don’t go well,” the Super Eagles defender said of Rangers fans while talking to German media.

“But it is absolute love and obsession. That’s what these fans stand for. I love it, this power.”

The 33-year-old Nigeria international is familiar with German teams having been born in Germany and played for Mainz in the Bundesliga.

Rangers also saw off two big German clubs in Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig on their journey to the final, and Balogun believes he and his teammates are capable of beating a third German side.

“We want to decide the game in our favour, come what may,” he added. “I definitely think this is a feasible task.”

Frankfurt have also had an impressive run to the final, staying unbeaten throughout the competition and elimination Barcelona and West Ham.

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