Focus On: Eintracht Frankfurt e.V.
Today we’re going to speak about Eintracht Frankfurt e.V, a German club from Frankfurt, which has won nothing since 1988, but is becoming famous, most of all in Europe, because of its fans.
The origin of the Club goes back to two football club established in 1899, Frankfurter Fußball-Club Viktoria von 1899 (considered the “original” football side in the club’s history) and Frankfurter Fußball-Club Kickers von 1899, that merged in 1911. Eintracht Frankfurt has won so far: 1 German Championship, 4 DFB-Pokal (German Cups) and 1 UEFA Cup/Europa League, moreover they lost an European Cup Final to legendary Real Madrid. in 1960. The Club has almost always played in the first level of German foootball, but played 6 times in the second level since 1996 and when it partecipates in Bundesliga often ends in the lower part of the table. The official club colours of red, black, and white.
It’s a stadium with a capacity of 51.500, all of them covered, 9.300 of them standing, and has a lockable roof. It has been renovated four times, in 1937, 1953, 1974 and 2005, and it’s often called with its original name, Waldstadion. During Bundesliga matches it’s often sold out, and during Europa League matches the situation is not very different.
Eintracht Frankfurt won 1979/80 edition of UEFA Cup, defeating Borussia Mönchengladbach, from Germany as well, after eliminating Aberdeen FC, Dinamo Bucarest, Feyenoord, 1. FC Brno and Bayern Munchen, in an edition where all the semifinalists were German. Moreover in 1959/60 Eintracht Frankfurt, after eliminating KuPS, Young Boys Bern, SC Wien and Rangers Glasgow, lost 7-3 an European Cup Final to the legendary Real Madrid. That Final, played in Hampden Park, Scotland, in front of 135.000 spectators, is still considered one of the best football matches ever, in which Alfredo Di Stéfano scored 3 goals and Ferenc Puskás 4.
In this video Eintracht fans are away in Denmark for a UEFA Cup match against Brondby IF.
Eintracht is currently in the middle-low part of Bundesliga table, but it should manage to avoid relegation, while it showed the best things in Europa League, in which it eliminated FK Qarabag Agdam (Azerbaijan) in the Play-off stage, and won its Group, that involved Bordeaux, Maccabi Tel Aviv and APOEL, after 5 wins and 1 loss: the German will face FC Porto in the Round of 32.
In DFB-Pokal Eintracht will face Borussia Dortmund in the Quarter-finals.
Former mildfielder of Augsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Sankt Gallen (Switzerland) and Bayreuth, started his managerial career in 1990 and has coached so far: Augsburg, Greuther Furth, SSV Reutlingen, Hansa Rostock, Stuttgart, Wolfsburg and Hamburg, and won Bundesliga in 2006/07. He has been in charge at Eintracht Francoforte since 2011.
The most famous and/or interesting players are: Carlos Zambrano (24, central back, Peruvian International), Sebastian Jung (23, right back), Sebastian Rode (23, midfielder), Pirmin Schwegler (26, midfielder, Swiss International), Tranquillo Barnetta (28, midfielder, Swiss International), Takashi Inui (25, winger, Japanese International), Alexander Meier (30, offensive midfielder/striker) and Václav Kadlec (21, striker, Czech International), while the top scorer of this season is the Spanish striker Joselu (23, on loan from Hoffenheim).
Trapp – Jung, Zambrano, Russ, Oczipka – Flum, Rode – Barnetta (Aigner), Meier, Inui (Barnetta) - Kadlec
Eintracht Frankfurt supporters are maybe the hottest in Germany, and among the most passionate in Europe, because they are very numerous and loud. Their main ultras Group was established in 1997, is called Ultras Frankfurt (UF97) and is quite feared in the Country. There are relationship of brotherhood and/or big respect with fans of Atalanta, Wacker Innsbruck, Oldham Athletic, Sachsen Leipzig and Waldhof Mannheim, while the main rivalries are with Offenbacher Kickers, Kaiserslautern, FSV Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Kassel (Sachsen Leipzig, Waldhof Mannheim, Darmstadt and Kassel are currently playing in much lower divisions). We’ve already written about high attendance in Commerzbank-Arena, but the reason the led to this post is how Eintracht fans are honouring Europa League 2013/14, a cometition that sometimes is snobbed by the fans of several teams, most of all the strongest ones (THIS IS THE FOOTBALL WE DON’T LIKE). The average attendance during EL home matches is usually more than 40.000, almost sold out every game, and a large number of fans, more than 1.000 each time, followed the team away in Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Israel. But during the last away matches Eintracht fans did their best, because at least 12.000, maybe 15.000, of them travelled from Frankfurt to Bordeaux (France) and covered a distance of about 900 km, filling 70 bus, 3 charter flights, dozens of minibus, without counting the ones who made the trip on their own. Moreover they decided to wear orange clothes in order to be easily recognized and noted, even if the official colours are different. It has been a very big number,considering the distance, not so long but not so short, that it was a Group Stage match, that the match was of course played on Thursday and that Eintracht Frankfurt was almost certain of qualification in EL, but in Bundesliga is currently struggling to avoid relegation. The fact that “The Eagles” recently play in European Competitions quite rarely, can be a reason to explain such a big euphoria. Anyway the efforts and the expenditures of Eintracht Frankfurt supporters have been rewarded by a late goal of mildfielder Martin Lanig, who gave the Germans a 0-1 win and the certain qualification to EL Round of 32, while Bordeaux has been eliminated.