On May 18, Rafael Santos Borré was the great hero of Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final. His contribution was key to lifting that trophy, which allows the German team to play the European Super Cup this Wednesday in Helsinki against Real Madrid.
The Colombian attacker scored the decisive shot that gave Eintracht the Europa League in the penalty shootout (5-4) against Glasgow Rangers at the Sánchez Pizjuán stadium in Seville. Earlier, in regulation time, he had scored the only goal for his team (1-1), so that night he lived his most glorious moments with a club he had arrived at in July 2021, less than a year before.
“It’s my first European title, I think that fills me with a lot of happiness. Being important for the team is very nice, I’m going to keep the memory forever,” he told Movistar + Spanish television at the time.
That Europa League, the key that allowed Eintracht to enter the European Super Cup this Wednesday, had already smiled at the ‘coffee grower’ player, who scored a total of four goals in the tournament, one of them especially valuable, in the victory 3 to 2 in the field of FC Barcelona, which served Eintracht to take the pulse in the quarterfinals.
That goal was chosen as the best of all the quarterfinals and Borré (26 years old) also dedicated it to his country’s former soccer player Freddy Rincón, who had just died at the age of 55.
The great contribution in that Europa League makes many now trust him as the player called to shine in the team in the new season, starting with the Super Cup.
The Colombian player wants to show on Wednesday that his discreet role last Friday in the disaster against Bayern Munich (loss 6-1 at home) at the start of the Bundesliga was just an accident.
“We have worked effectively, we have formed a compact team and we have reinforced the squad well,” Borré said in a recent interview with his club’s official television, Eintracht TV.
– Reunion with Alario –
One of the new faces of Eintracht 2022-2023 is a former teammate of Borré, the Argentine Lucas Alario (29 years old), who came to Frankfurt from another German team, Bayer Leverkusen.
Borré and Alario coincided for 24 days at the Argentine River Plate in August 2017. The Colombian had just joined that club and the Argentine was preparing to pack his bags for Germany.
They coincided on the pitch for 27 minutes. Borré’s debut came precisely by substituting Alario in one of the games.
“Rafael Santos Borré is a top person, a top professional. We will have to ask the coach if we are a dream duo,” Alario told reporters after his recent move to Eintracht.
For Borré, the first course in Frankfurt has been very positive after a first experience in Europe that did not leave such a good taste. He had been signed very young by Atlético, who loaned him to Villarreal in the 2016-2017 academic year, before joining River Plate.
While a large part of the South American figures in Europe will have their minds divided between their clubs and the countdown to the World Cup at the start of the season, Borré will be focused on Eintracht, since Colombia, for whom he scored his first goal in June in a friendly match won against Saudi Arabia (1-0), he did not get a ticket for Qatar.
For this reason, this first challenge of the European Super Cup acquires a special value for him, who will finally be able to play for a title against Real Madrid, after an unsuccessful first attempt in 2018.
Then, River Plate had just won the Copa Libertadores and went days later to the United Arab Emirates to play the Club World Cup. However, the Argentine team fell in the semifinals against the local Al Ain and that dream final was frustrated against Real Madrid, who was the champion of the tournament without great difficulties.
The European Super Cup thus has a certain aroma of revenge for Borré.