Rather than jostling for a place in Europe, as they were a year ago, they are teetering on the brink of the bottom three. bundesliga.com takes a look at their season so far.
After topping promotion to the top flight with qualification for the UEFA Europa League at the first time of asking, nobody in Frankfurt was under any illusions that the dreaded second year was going to be further complicated by a monster schedule. So it has proven to be for Eagles, who have failed to take flight in the Bundesliga. Coach Armin Veh believes his team, without a home win in the current campaign, are "even stronger" this season than last, yet they sit just four points off the foot of the table.
was a relative unknown quantity when he joined Eintracht Frankfurt from AC Sparta Praha in the summer. Few now doubt the qualities of a Czech striker who has shown not only glimpses of why he can be the missing piece in the Eagles' jigsaw. With much of the responsibility for scoring goals lying on the shoulders of attacking midfielder Alexander Meier in recent years, having a striker who is capable of going into double figures gives them a new edge, and Kadlec is living his "dream" in the Bundesliga.
Frankfurt had to wait 11 games after beating SV Werder Bremen 3-0 away from home before registering their next victory of the season, and only their third in all, at Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 16. That leaves them just one win away from an historic milestone: Eintracht Frankfurt's next Bundesliga win will be their 400th in Germany's top flight. Gaining revenge for a 6-1 defeat on the opening day of the season when they face Hertha Berlin on 25 January would be an ideal time to notch that next win.
Frankfurt have arguably shown some of their best football in Europe this season. Indeed, with such a large following on their travels across the continent – 12,000 joined them on their trip to Bordeaux, for instance – they have regularly felt at home away from the Bundesliga. "For me, there's no doubt about it – we are a cup team," said Veh. "We're really good in the cup." Not only have they shone in the Europa League, but they are also into the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup.
has already caught the eye of many, but is Germany coach Joachim Löw also monitoring him? It is a FIFA World Cup year after all and after providing plenty of assists in the first half of the season, more of the same in 2014 could actually assist him in his ambition to break into the national team having had his first taste of international duty a year ago. With FC Bayern München and Germany captain Philipp Lahm being used increasingly in a defensive midfield position, for club and country, the chance is there for Jung to take.