Frankfurt - Eintracht Frankfurt return to European action after a seven-year absence when they face FC Girondins de Bordeaux in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening (kick-off 19.00 CET).

The Eagles go into their first group game of the competition on the back of an impressive 3-0 win over Werder Bremen and coach Armin Veh will be hoping his players can carry their domestic form into European action.

Looking forward


With excitement building in Frankfurt ahead of Eintracht's first match in the competition since 2006, Veh has warned their Group F opponents to underestimate his team at their peril: “We’re looking forward to the Europa League after our good performance against Bremen, but the Europa League should also be looking forward to us,” said the 52-year-old. “We have fantastic fans here in Frankfurt, who deserve to see us in this competition.”

The sold-out Commerzbank-Arena proved an intimidating venue for the second leg of their play-off against Qarabag FK last month, and defender Marco Russ believes the crowd will be just as vociferous this time around. “I’m expecting a great atmosphere and am really looking forward to the match,” he said. “It doesn’t matter whether we win 5-4 or 1-0, as long as we win."

Meier doubtful


Alexander Meier is the only major doubt for Frankfurt's Europa League opener. The 30-year-old missed the Eagles' victory over Bremen with a thigh problem and is unlikely to recover in time for Thursday’s game. Jan Rosenthal has returned to training following his calf injury and is racing to be fit, while Bastian Oczipka pulled a thigh muscle against Bremen and is definitely out. Captain Pirmin Schwegler remains sidelined following a knee operation.

Veh is likely to keep faith with Vaclav Kadlec in the Eagles' attack. The 21-year-old Czech striker has scored three goals in his last two matches, including two against Bremen last weekend. Veh was full of praise for the young forward, who signed from AC Sparta Praha in the summer: “He works hard for the team and scores goals on top of that. He’s an incredible talent with the potential to become an incredible player.”

Possible line-ups:

Frankfurt: Trapp - Jung, Zambrano, Anderson, Djakpa - Russ - Aigner, Rode, Barnetta, Inui - Kadlec

Bordeaux: Carrasso - Henrique, Sane, Orban, Mariano - Obraniak, N'Guemo - Biyogo Poko, Rolan, Saivet – Diabite