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Eintracht Frankfurt
Full name Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball e.V.
Nickname(s) Die Adler (Eagles),
SGE (Sportgemeinde Eintracht),
Launische Diva (moody diva)
Founded 1899
Ground Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main
(former Waldstadion)
(Capacity: 52,300)
Chairman Germany Heribert Bruchhagen
Manager Germany Michael Skibbe
League Bundesliga
2008–09 Bundesliga, 13th
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Eintracht Frankfurt is a German sports club, based in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse that is best known for its football team.




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 FV (Kickers-Viktoria), an instand success, taking out 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 20's and into the 30's Eintracht won a handful of local and regional championships, first in the Kreisliga Nordmain, then in the Bezirksliga Main, and Bezirksliga Main-Hessen, but never made it very far in the national championship rounds except for 1932 when they became runners-up in the German national championship (the final was lost 0-2 to Bayern Munich). In 1933, German football was re-organized into sixteen Gauligen under the Third Reich 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, 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 in an exciting 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 Bundesliga, Germany's new professional football league, formed in 1963. 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 1991-1992.

They also narrowly avoided relegation on several occasions. In 1984, they defeated MSV Duisburg 6-1 on aggregate, and in 1989 they beat 1. FC Saarbrücken 4-1 on aggregate, in two-game playoffs. Eintracht finally slipped and were relegated to 2.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 1998-1999, but they pulled through by beating defending champions Kaiserslautern 5-1, while 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 DFB (Deutscher Fußball-Bund or German Football Association) for financial misdeeds, but pulled through with a win by a late goal over SSV Ulm on the last day of the season. The club was plagued by financial difficulties again in 2004 before once more being relegated.

Between 1997 and 2005, Eintracht has bounced between the top two divisions and has often kept its fans on edge over whether or not the side would be demoted, but in the 2005-06 season supporters learned earlier than is often the case that the club would stay up, as they finished their Bundesliga season in 14th place, three points clear of relegation.

In the 2006-07 campaign Eintracht secured the Bundesliga spot on the 33rd day again.

As of 2007 Eintracht has over 10 million sympathisers in Germany.[1]

In 2008-09 Eintracht had the 20th highest attendance in Europe, ahead of such prominent clubs as Feyenoord, Liverpool and Atlético Madrid.

Success outside the Bundesliga

The club has enjoyed considerable success in competition outside the Bundesliga. Eintracht famously lost the European Cup final to Real Madrid on May 18, 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 Di Stéfano scoring 3 and Puskás scoring the other 4 for Real.

In 1967 they won the Intertoto Cup beating Inter Bratislava in the final.

They won the German Cup in 1974, 1975, 1981, and 1988, and took the UEFA Cup over another German team – Borussia Mönchengladbach – in 1980. More recently, Eintracht were the losing finalists in the 2006 German Cup. Their opponents in the final, Bayern Munich, Bundesliga champions that year, qualified to participate in the 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.

Eintracht's crest is based on the city coat of arms.

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.

Centennial kit in 1999-2000

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 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.

Eintracht's eagle (Adler) over the years: the logo of Frankfurter FV 1911, the red eagle of TuS Eintracht Frankfurt 1920, Sportgemeinde Eintracht Frankfurt 1967, and the predominantly black crest in use ca. 1980-1999 before today's more traditional style logo was adopted.

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.

The players themselves have been referred to as the Schlappekicker - "Slipper Kickers" in the local slang - because, in the days before big-monied professionalism, many of them were employed at a local slipper factory.





  • Southern German 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)


League results

Recent seasons

All time

Green denotes the highest level of football in Germany; yellow the second highest.


For recent transfers see List of German football transfers summer 2009 and List of German football transfers winter 2009–10.

Current squad

As of 1 February 2010. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Macedonia GK Oka Nikolov
2 Germany DF Patrick Ochs
3 Serbia DF Nikola Petković
4 Germany DF Maik Franz
5 Republic of Macedonia DF Aleksandar Vasoski
6 Germany MF Selim Teber
7 Germany MF Benjamin Köhler
8 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Zlatan Bajramović
10 Greece FW Nikos Liberopoulos
11 Austria MF Ümit Korkmaz
13 United States MF Ricardo Clark
14 Germany MF Alexander Meier
16 Switzerland DF Christoph Spycher (captain)
17 Czech Republic FW Martin Fenin
18 Greece FW Ioannis Amanatidis
No. Position Player
19 Turkey FW Halil Altıntop
21 Germany GK Markus Pröll
22 Germany GK Ralf Fährmann
23 Germany DF Marco Russ
24 Germany DF Sebastian Jung
25 Germany FW Marcel Heller
26 Germany FW Juvhel Tsoumou
27 Switzerland MF Pirmin Schwegler
28 Germany GK Jan Zimmermann
29 Brazil DF Chris
30 Brazil MF Caio
32 Germany MF Faton Toski
34 Germany FW Cenk Tosun
35 Germany FW Marcos Alvarez
36 Germany MF Marcel Titsch-Rivero

Players out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
13 Germany MF Markus Steinhöfer (on loan at 1. FC Kaiserslautern)
19 France DF Habib Bellaïd (on loan at US Boulogne)
27 Germany DF Alexander Krük (on loan at VfL Osnabrück)

Greatest ever team

Greatest ever Eintracht Frankfurt team

The following team was voted the greatest ever Eintracht Frankfurt team by supporters.[citation needed]

World Cup Winners while signed at Frankfurt

World Cup 1954 - Germany

World Cup 1974 - Germany

World Cup 1990 - Germany

Other World Cup Winners who played in Frankfurt

World Cup 1954 - Germany

World Cup 1990 - Germany

World Cup 1990 - Germany

Medal winners at Summer Olympics


Summer Olympics 1996 - Nigeria


Summer Olympics 1988 - Germany

Current club staff

Manager Germany Michael Skibbe
Assistant manager Germany Edwin Boekamp
Reserve team manager Germany Frank Leicht
Goalkeeping coach Germany Andreas Menger
Physiotherapist Germany Stefan Braunsdorf Germany Thomas Kühn
Custodian Germany Michael Fabacher
Equipment manager Italy Franco Lionti
Team doctor Germany Dr Matthias Feld
Academy manager Germany Karl-Heinz Körbel
Head Scouts Germany Bernd Hölzenbein Germany Ralf Weber

Club Presidents

  • 1949-1955 Anton Keller / Ernst Geerling
  • 1955-1969 Rudolf Gramlich / Erich Gabler
  • 1969-1970 Rudolf Gramlich
  • 1970-1973: Albert Zellekens
  • 1973-1981: Achaz von Thümen
  • 1981-1983: Axel Schander
  • 1983-1988 Klaus Gramlich
  • 1988-1996: Joseph Wolf / Matthias Ohms
  • 1996: Dieter Lindner
  • 1996: Hans Joachim Otto
  • 1996-2000: Rolf Heller
  • Since 2000: Peter Fischer

Managers/Head Coaches



Recent top scorers

Season Player's name Nationality Goals
2004-2005 Arie van Lent  Netherlands 16
2005-2006 Ioannis Amanatidis  Greece 12
2006-2007 Naohiro Takahara  Japan 11
2007-2008 Ioannis Amanatidis  Greece 11
2008-2009 Nikos Liberopoulos  Greece 9

Stadium information

The inside of the stadium
  • Name: Commerzbank-Arena
  • Location: Frankfurt am Main
  • Capacity: 52,300 (42,000 seated)
  • Inauguration: May 21, 1925
  • Pitch Size: 105 x 68 metres
  • Record Attendance: 81,000; Eintracht Frankfurt vs. FK Pirmasens, May 23, 1959
  • Address: Commerzbank-Arena, Mörfelder Landstrasse 362, 60528 Frankfurt am Main
  • Nickname: Waldstadion

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

Among supporters the new name Commerzbank-Arena is very unpopular and though the media usually refer to the ground as the official name, the Eintracht faithful stick with the name Waldstadion.

Shirt Sponsors

Reserves team

Eintracht Frankfurt U23 is the reserve team of Eintracht Frankfurt. The team plays as U23 (Under 23) to emphasize the character of the team as a link between youth academy and pro team. The team plays in the regular league system in the 4th tier, the Regionalliga Süd.

Notable fans

Team trivia

Aero Flight A320 in colours of Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Predecessor sides FC Viktoria and Frankfurter FC were founding members of the DFB (Deutscher Fussball Bund or German Football Association) in Leipzig in 1900.
  • Jürgen Friedl, (born February 23, 1959) was the youngest player ever to take to the field in a Bundesliga match at age 17 years, 26 days on August 6, 1975 before being overhauled by Nuri Şahin of Dortmund.
  • Richard Kress, (born March 6, 1925) is the oldest Bundesliga rookie, making his debut at 38 years, 171 days on the opening day of league play on August 24, 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 August 20, 1985 to August 25, 1987.
  • The club also holds the mark for early dismissal of its coach: twenty men have met this fate in Frankfurt.
  • Besides 1. FC Köln and Bayern Munich, Eintracht is the only club having members in each of Germany's World Cup winning teams.
  • Since 2006 Eintracht has a living mascot, Golden Eagle Attila from the nearby Hanau zoo who is very popular among supporters.
  • In 2007 an official Eintracht museum was erected in the interior of the stadium, where regularly veteran players and coaches lead guided tours through the club's history.

See also

Other sections within the club

Indoor court of Eintracht's tennis section in Seckbach

The sports club Eintracht Frankfurt e.V. is made up of sixteen sections:

01 Gymnastics (since 22 January 1861)
02 Football (since 8 March 1899)
03 Athletics (since 1899)
04 Field hockey (since 1906 as "1.Frankfurter Hockeyclub )
05 Boxing (since 1919)

06 Tennis (since spring 1920)
07 Handball (since 1921)
08 Rugby (since summer 1923)
09 Table tennis (since November 1924)
10 Basketball (since 4 June 1954)

11 Ice stock sport (since 9 December 1959)
12 Volleyball (since July 1961)
13 Football supporter's section (since 11 December 2000)
14 Ice hockey (1959–91 and again since 1 July 2002)
15 Darts (since 1 July 2006)
16 Triathlon (since January 2008)

Betty Heidler while being honoured in Ōsaka

The most famous athlete of Eintracht Frankfurt is Betty Heidler, the hammer thrower world champion of 2007. Other Eintracht athletes include the 2008 olympians Andrea Bunjes, Ariane Friedrich, Kamghe Gaba and Kathrin Klaas.[1]

The clubs rugby union section twice reached the final of the German rugby union championship, in 1940 and 1965.[2]

Within the football section, the sports club directly manages only the youth system and the reserve team. The professional footballers are managed as a separate limited corporation, Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball-AG, which is a subsidiary of the parent club.

UEFA ranking

Current Club Ranking

Full List

Current National League ranking (Previous year rank in italics)

Full List


  1. ^ a b Frankfurter Neue Presse:Eintracht wird den Deutschen sympathisch
  2. ^ Die Deutschen Meister der Männer DRV website - Gernab rugby union finals, accessed: 29 December 2008

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