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Eintracht Frankfurt

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About Eintracht Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt is a Germany sports club, based in Frankfurt, Hesse that is best known for its Football in Germany.


Club origins

The origins of the side go back to a pair of football clubs founded in 1899: Frankfurter Fußball-Club Viktoria von 1899 – regarded as the "original" football side in the club's history – and Frankfurter Fußball-Club Kickers von 1899. Both clubs were founding members of the new Nordkreis-Liga in 1909. These two teams merged in May 1911 to become Frankfurter Fußball Verein (Kickers-Viktoria), an instant success, taking three league titles from 1912 to 1914 in the Nordkreis-Liga and qualifying for the Southern German championship in each of those seasons. In turn, Frankfurter FV joined the gymnastics club Frankfurter Turngemeinde von 1861 to form TuS Eintracht Frankfurt von 1861 in 1920.

Pre-Bundesliga history

At the time, sports in Germany was dominated by nationalistic gymnastics organizations, and under pressure from that sport's governing authority, the gymnasts and footballers went their separate ways again in 1927, as Turngemeinde Eintracht Frankfurt von 1861 and Sportgemeinde Eintracht Frankfurt (FFV) von 1899.

Through the late 1920s and into the 1930s Eintracht won a handful of local and regional championships, first in the Kreisliga Nordmain, then in the Bezirksliga Main, and Bezirksliga Main-Hessen. After being eliminated from the national level playoffs after quarterfinal losses in 1930 and 1931, they won their way to the final in 1932 where they were beaten 0-2 by Bayern Munich who claimed their first ever German championship. In 1933, German football was re-organized into sixteen Gauligen under the Nazi Germany and the club played first division football in the Gauliga Südwest, consistently finishing in the upper half of the table and winning their division in 1938.

They picked up where they left off after World War II, playing as a solid side in the first division Oberliga Süd (1945-63) and capturing division titles in 1953 and 1959. Their biggest success came on the heels of that second divisional title as they went on to a 5–3 victory over local rivals Kickers Offenbach to take the German national title and followed up immediately with an outstanding run in the European Champions Cup. Eintracht lost 3–7 to Real Madrid C.F. in an exciting 1960 European Cup Final widely regarded as one of the best football matches ever played.

Founding member of the Bundesliga

The side continued to play good football and earned themselves a place as one of the original sixteen teams selected to play in the Fußball-Bundesliga, Germany's new professional football league, formed in Fußball-Bundesliga 1963/64. Eintracht played Bundesliga football for thirty-three seasons finishing in the top half of the table more often than not. Their best Bundesliga performances were five third-place finishes: they ended just two points back of champion VfB Stuttgart in Fußball-Bundesliga 1991/92.

They also narrowly avoided relegation on several occasions. In Fußball-Bundesliga 1983/84, they defeated MSV Duisburg 6–1 on aggregate, and in Fußball-Bundesliga 1988/89 they beat 1. FC Saarbrücken 4–1 on aggregate, in two-game playoffs. Eintracht finally slipped and were relegated to 2. Fußball-Bundesliga for the 1996–97 season. At the time that they were sent down along with 1. FC Kaiserslautern, these teams were two of only four sides that had been in the Bundesliga since the league's inaugural season.

It looked as though they would be out again in Fußball-Bundesliga 1998/99, but they pulled through by beating defending champions Kaiserslautern 5–1, while 1. FC Nuremberg unexpectedly lost at home, to give Eintracht the break they needed to stay up. The following year, in another struggle to avoid relegation, the club was "fined" two points by the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund or German Football Association) for financial misdeeds, but pulled through with a win by a late goal over SSV Ulm 1846 on the last day of the season. The club was plagued by financial difficulties again in Fußball-Bundesliga 2003–04 before once more being relegated.

Between 1997 and 2005, Eintracht has bounced between the top two divisions.

In 2010–11 Eintracht had the Average attendances of European football clubs in Europe, ahead of such prominent clubs as S.S.C. Napoli, Liverpool F.C. and Atlético Madrid.

The 2010–11 season ended with the club's fourth Bundesliga relegation. After setting a new record for most points in the first half of the season the club struggled after the winter. After seven games without scoring a goal, coach Skibbe was doubted. Despite winning the next game Skibbe was sacked and Christoph Daum took over his place. The change wasn't successful however, Eintracht only achieved three draws out of the last seven games and got relegated on the 34th match day.

Success outside the Bundesliga

The club has enjoyed considerable success in competition outside the Bundesliga. Eintracht famously lost the UEFA Champions League final to Real Madrid C.F. on 18 May 1960 at Hampden Park 7–3 in front of 127,621 spectators. It is one of the most talked about European matches of all time, with Alfredo Di Stéfano scoring 3 and Ferenc Puskás scoring the other 4 for Real.

In Intertoto Cup 1966-67 they won the UEFA Intertoto Cup beating FK Inter Bratislava in the final.

They won the German Cup in DFB-Pokal 1973–74, DFB-Pokal 1974–75, DFB-Pokal 1980–81, and DFB-Pokal 1987–88, and took the UEFA Cup over another German team – Borussia Mönchengladbach – in UEFA Cup 1979-80. More recently, Eintracht were the losing finalists in the DFB-Pokal 2005–06 German Cup. Their opponents in the final, FC Bayern Munich, Bundesliga champions that year, qualified to participate in the UEFA Champions League. As a result Eintracht received the Cup winner's place in the UEFA Cup where they advanced to the group stage.

Colours, crest and nicknames

The club crest derives from the coat of arms of Frankfurt am Main which is in turn is a reference to the one-headed imperial eagle of the 13th century.

The crest has evolved slowly over time, showing little significant change until 1980 when a stylized eagle in black and white was chosen to represent the team. In the centennial year 1999 the club board decided to re-adopt a more traditional eagle crest. Since 2006 Eintracht has a living mascot, Golden Eagle Attila from the nearby Hanau zoo who is very popular among supporters.

The official club colours of red, black, and white have their origins in the colours of the founding clubs Frankfurter FC Viktoria and Frankfurter FC Kickers, which sported red and white and black and white respectively. Red and white are the colours of the city coat of arms, and black and white the colours of Coat of arms of Prussia. When the clubs merged, officials decided to adopt the colours of both sides. Since local rival Kickers Offenbach sport the colours red and white, Eintracht avoids playing in such a kit, preferring to play in black and red, or in black and white.

The club is nicknamed Die Adler (The Eagles), which obviously derives from their crest. A nickname still popular among supporters is SGE, taken from the club's old official name Sportgemeinde Eintracht (Frankfurt), roughly translated meaning Sports community Harmony.

The nickname Launische Diva (Moody Diva) was heard most often in the early 1990s when the club would easily defeat top teams only to surprisingly lose to lesser clubs. This nickname was also held to refer to the what was regarded as the dubious work of some club chairmen, including for example, the failure to record the transfer fee of Hungarian star player Lajos Détári on club books. The current reign of Heribert Bruchhagen appears to have left these practises to the past.



- UEFA Cup
- - Winners: 1979–80 UEFA Cup
- UEFA Intertoto Cup
- - Winners: 1966–67 Intertoto Cup
- UEFA Champions League
- - Runners-up: 1959–60 European Cup
- Coppa delle Alpi
- - Winners : 1967
- Antalya Cup
- - Winners : 2011


- German football champions
- - Champions: German football championship 1959
- - Runners-up: German football championship 1932
- DFB-Pokal
- - Winners: 1973–74 DFB-Pokal, 1974–75 DFB-Pokal, 1980–81 DFB-Pokal, 1987–88 DFB-Pokal
- - Runners-up: 1963–64 DFB-Pokal, 2005–06 DFB-Pokal
- 2. Fußball-Bundesliga
- - Winners: Second Fußball-Bundesliga 1997–98
- Fuji-Cup
- - Winners: 1992
- - Runners-up: 1994


- Southern German football championship
- - Champions: 1929–30, 1931–32, 1952–53, 1958–59
- - Runners-up: 1912-13+, 1913-14+, 1930–31, 1953–54, 1960–61, 1961–62
- Nordkreis-Liga
- - Champions: 1911-12+, 1912-13+, 1913-14+
(+ as Frankfurter FV)
- Kreisliga Nordmain
- - Winners: 1919-20+, 1920–21
- - Runners-up: 1921–22
- Bezirksliga Main-Hessen:
- - Winners: 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1931–32
- - Runners-up: 1932–33
- Gauliga Südwest/Mainhessen:
- - Winners: 1937–38
- - Runners-up: 1936–37
- Hesse Cup
- - Winners: 1946, 1969


- Under 19 Bundesliga (football)
- - Champions: 1982, 1983, 1985
- - Runners-up: 1987
- Under 17 Bundesliga (football)
- - Champions: 1977, 1980, 1991, 2010
- - Runners-up: 1981, 1982

League results

Recent seasons

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from:01/07/1999 till:01/07/2000 shift:(0,-4) text:14
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from:01/07/2003 till:01/07/2004 shift:(0,-4) text:16
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from:01/07/2007 till:01/07/2008 shift:(0,-4) text:9
from:01/07/2008 till:01/07/2009 shift:(0,-4) text:13
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from:01/07/2010 till:01/07/2011 shift:(0,-4) text:17

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All time

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from:01/07/2001 till:30/07/2003 color:2d shift:(0,13)
from:01/07/2003 till:30/07/2004 color:1d shift:(0,13)
from:01/07/2004 till:30/07/2005 color:2d shift:(0,13)
from:01/07/2005 till:30/07/2011 color:1d shift:(0,13)
from:01/07/2011 till:30/07/2012 color:2d shift:(0,13)

Green denotes the highest German football league system; yellow the second highest.


For recent transfers see List of German football transfers summer 2011
and List of German football transfers winter 2011–12.

On loan

World Cup Winners while signed at Frankfurt

1954 FIFA World Cup – Germany national football team
- Alfred Pfaff (1949–61)

1974 FIFA World Cup – Germany national football team
- Jürgen Grabowski (1965–80)
- Bernd Hölzenbein (1967–81)

1990 FIFA World Cup – Germany national football team
- Uwe Bein (1989–94)

Other World Cup Winners who played in Frankfurt

1954 FIFA World Cup – Germany national football team
- Toni Turek (1946–47)

1990 FIFA World Cup – Germany national football team
- Thomas Berthold (1982–87)
- Andreas Köpke (1994–96)
- Andreas Möller (1985–87), (1990–92), (2003–04)

Medal winners at Summer Olympics


Football at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Nigeria national football team
- Jay-Jay Okocha (1992–96)


Football at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Germany national football team
- Ralf Sievers (1982–90)

Current club staff

Club Presidents

- Wilhelm Schöndube (1920–26)
- Fritz Steffan / Heinrich Berger (chairman) (1926–1927)
- Horst Rebenschütz (1927)
- Egon Graf von Beroldingen (1927–1933)
- Hans Söhngen (1933–1939)
- Rudolf Gramlich / Adolf Metzner (1939–1942)
- Anton Gentil (1942–1945) (temporary)
- Christian Kiefer (1945–1946) (temporary)
- Günther Reis (1946)
- Robert Brubacher (1946–1949)
- Anton Keller (1949–55)
- Rudolf Gramlich (1955–69)
- Albert Zellekens (1970–73)
- Achaz von Thümen (1973–81)
- Axel Schander (1981–83)
- Klaus Gramlich (1983–88)
- Joseph Wolf (chairman) (1988)
- Matthias Ohms (1988–1996)
- Dieter Lindner (footballer) (1996) (temporary)
- Hans-Joachim Otto (1996)
- Rolf Heller (1996-2000)
- Peter Fischer (2000–)
- Izidor Kürschner (1921–22)
- Maurice Parry (1925–26)
- Fritz Egly/ Walter Dietrich (1926–27)
- Gustav Wieser (1927)
- Paul Oßwald (1928–33)
- Willi Spreng (1933)
- Paul Oßwald (1935–38)
- Otto Boer (1939) (caretaker)
- Péter Szabó (footballer) (1939)
- Willi Lindner (1941) (caretaker)
- Péter Szabó (footballer) (1942) (caretaker)
- Willi Balles (1942) (caretaker)
- Willy Pfeiffer (1945) (caretaker)
- Sepp Herberger (1945) (caretaker)
- Emil Melcher (1946)
- Willi Treml (1947)
- Bernhard Kellerhoff (1948)
- Walter Hollstein (1949)
- Kurt Windmann (1950)
- Adolf Patek (1956–58)
- Paul Oßwald (1958–64)
- Ivica Horvat (1964–65)
- Elek Schwartz (1965–68)
- Erich Ribbeck (1968–73)
- Dietrich Weise (1973–76)
- Hans-Dieter Roos (1976)
- Gyula Lóránt (1976)
- Jürgen Grabowski (1977) (caretaker)
- Dettmar Cramer (1977–78)
- Otto Knefler (1978)
- Udo Klug (1978) (caretaker)
- Friedel Rausch (1979–80)
- Lothar Buchmann (1980–82)
- Helmut Senekowitsch (1982)
- Branko Zebec (1982–83)
- Klaus Mank (1983) (caretaker)
- Dietrich Weise (1983–86)
- Timo Zahnleiter (1986–87)
- Karl-Heinz Feldkamp (1987–88)
- Pál Csernai (1988)
- Jörg Berger (1988–91)
- Dragoslav Stepanović (1991–93)
- Horst Heese (1993)
- Klaus Toppmöller (1993–94)
- Karl-Heinz Körbel (1994) (caretaker)
- Jupp Heynckes (1994–95)
- Karl-Heinz Körbel (1995–96)
- Dragoslav Stepanović (1996)
- Rudolf Bommer (1996) (caretaker)
- Horst Ehrmantraut (1997–98)
- Bernhard Lippert (1998) (caretaker)
- Reinhold Fanz (1998–99)
- Jörg Berger (1998–99)
- Felix Magath (1999-01)
- Rolf Dohmen (2001)
- Friedel Rausch (2001)
- Martin Andermatt (2001–02)
- Armin Kraaz (2002) (caretaker)
- Willi Reimann (2002–04)
- Friedhelm Funkel (2004–09)
- Michael Skibbe (2009–11)
- Christoph Daum (2011)
- Armin Veh (2011–)
: 9–1 v Rot-Weiss Essen, 5 October 1974
- Away victory, Fußball-Bundesliga: 8–1 v Rot-Weiss Essen, 7 May 1977
- Home loss, Fußball-Bundesliga: 0–7 v Karlsruher SC, 19 September 1964
- Away loss, Fußball-Bundesliga: 0–7 v 1. FC Köln, 29 October 1983
- Highest home attendance: 81,000 v FK Pirmasens, 23 May 1959
- Highest away attendance: 127,621 v Real Madrid C.F., Hampden Park, Glasgow, 18 May 1960
- Highest average attendance, season: 48,324, 2007–08 Fußball-Bundesliga
- Most appearances, all competitions total: 720, Karl-Heinz Körbel 1972–1991
- Most appearances, Fußball-Bundesliga: 602, Karl-Heinz Körbel 1972–1991
- Most goals scored, total: 201, Bernd Hölzenbein 1967–1981
- Most goals scored, Fußball-Bundesliga: 160, Bernd Hölzenbein 1967–1981
- Most goals scored, season, Fußball-Bundesliga: 26, Bernd Hölzenbein, Fußball-Bundesliga 1976/77
- Jürgen Friedl, (born 23 February 1959) was the youngest player ever to take to the field in a Bundesliga match at age 17 years, 26 days on 6 August 1975 before being overhauled by Nuri Şahin of Dortmund.
- Richard Kress, (born 6 March 1925) is the oldest Bundesliga rookie, making his debut at 38 years, 171 days on the opening day of league play on 24 August 1963. He scored his first Bundesliga goal at 38 years, 248 days.
- Eintracht holds the record for most consecutive away games without a win: 32 games from 20 August 1985 to 25 August 1987. The club also holds the mark for early dismissal of its coach: twenty men have met this fate in Frankfurt.

Recent top scorers

- Location: Frankfurt am Main
- Capacity: 51,500 (42,200 seated)
- Inauguration: 21 May 1925
- Pitch Size: 105 x 68 metres
- Record Attendance: 81,000; Eintracht Frankfurt vs. FK Pirmasens, 23 May 1959
- Address: Commerzbank-Arena, Mörfelder Landstrasse 362, 60528 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
- Nickname: Waldstadion

The ground was inaugurated as Waldstadion (Forest Stadium) in 1925 with the German championship final match between FSV Frankfurt vs. 1. FC Nuremberg.

The facility was renovated for the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany. For Bundesliga fixtures the maximum capacity is 51,500 as on the East Stand next to the visitor's terrace some spaces are held free for security purposes.

Though the media usually refer to the ground by the official name,Commerzbank-Arena, the Eintracht faithful stick with the name Waldstadion.



Frankfurt derby

The 2011–12 season sees Eintracht play local rival FSV Frankfurt in a league match for the first time in almost 50 years. The last league game between the two had been played on 27 January 1962, then in the Oberliga Süd. For the first of the two matches, FSV's home game on 21 August 2011, the decision was made to move to Eintracht's stadium as FSV's Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion only holds less than 11,000 spectators. Eintracht won 0-4. The second match on 18 February 2012 ended in another victory for Eintracht, a 6-1 rout.

All-time results

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