Munich – Every Bundesliga season is good for a surprise package or two and leading the way in that category at the moment, without much doubt, are Eintracht Frankfurt.

Freshly returned to the top flight after the briefest of demotions, the Eagles took off straight away, stirring things up with a confident and assertive brand of attacking football rarely seen in a promoted team. Coach Armin Veh and his charges are playing it cool and still insist that avoiding relegation is their primary season objective. Yet fourth in the table, on 30 points, they are considerably ahead of schedule as far as that goes.

It's difficult to pinpoint any specific match or moment that turned things around for Frankfurt, given that they have impressed consistently from the off. What one might call their mini-slump first mini-slump - a home draw against Fürth with narrow defeats at Stuttgart and Bayern - was ended by a resounding 4-2 win against Augsburg on Matchday 12. Perhaps the defining moment of Eintracht's season so far, then, was the winning start they made against Leverkusen.

New signing Kevin Trapp has excelled as the last line of defence, while at the other end of the pitch attacking midfielder Alexander Meier is maturing like a fine wine and one of the league's top scorers. garners altogether fewer headlines, but the Swiss international holding midfielder is Armin Veh's choice to wear the skipper's armband – and the fact that Frankfurt lost the only two league games he has missed so far tells its own story.

Local lad Sebastian Jung has not missed a minute of league action this season. At 22, the athletic right back has already experienced the implosion that led to Frankfurt's unexpected relegation two years ago and the joys of the renaissance since under Veh. Germany coach Joachim Löw has been keeping an eye on Jung's progress and in November, he was added to the squad for the friendly with the Netherlands – the first Frankfurt player to earn the privilege in more than a decade.

3 - Only three promoted clubs in the history of the Bundesliga have played a better first season-half than Frankfurt (Bayern in 1965/66, Kaiserslautern in 97/98 and Hoffenheim in 08/09)
33 - Eintracht have hit the net more often than any other team apart from league leaders Bayern (45) and champions Dortmund (35)
9 - The Eagles have already won as many games as they did in the entire season when they went down two years ago.

"The atmosphere in the stadium was incredible. I don't even want to know how loud it gets when it's full."

(New signing Stefan Aigner after the home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 1, when the attendance was capped at 28,000)