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Eintracht Frankfurt Fanzone: Getting to know the Bundesliga’s soaring Eagles

Planning a trip to Germany's financial capital to see the Eagles of Eintracht Frankfurt soar higher than the city's famous skyscrapers? bundesliga.com is on hand to make sure your stay is one to remember...

History

Founded on 8 March 1899 as Frankfurter Fußball-Club Victoria, a merger with Frankfurter Turngemeinde (a gymnastics club) in 1920 first introduced the word 'Eintracht' (united) into the official name.

Frankfurt Frankfurt's biggest success to date was winning the German championship in 1959 – a triumph made all the sweeter due to the fact they beat local rivals Kickers Offenbach 5-3 in the final – and they were also a founding member of the Bundesliga in 1963. They picked up silverware at regular intervals in the 1970s and 80s (see below), which was around the same time that an eagle was incorporated into the club's crest, giving the team their eponymous nickname.

More recently, Eintracht have bounced between Germany's top two divisions, although their last relegation was at the end of the 2010/11 campaign, and they have been in the Bundesliga uninterruptedly since 2012/13, enjoying DFB Cup success in 2018 and a UEFA Europa League campaign to remember in 2018/19 that saw them reach the semi-finals.

Frankfurt won their sole major European honour in 1980, beating fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach on away goals. - imago/Thomas Zimmermann

Honours

German champions (1959)
DFB Cup (1974, 1975, 1981, 1988, 2018)
UEFA Cup (1980)
Bundesliga 2 champions (1998)

Coach

Adi Hütter had the unenviable task of replacing the hugely popular Niko Kovac in the Frankfurt hot seat after the latter was headhunted by Bayern Munich for 2018/19. Nevertheless, the 49-year-old Austrian, who joined from Swiss top-flight side Young Boys, did just as much to win over the hearts of the Frankfurt faithful.

A title winner in Switzerland and double-winning coach in his native Austria, Hütter is known as a superb man-manager who can squeeze out every last drop of potential from his players, frequently displaying his bold attacking style as Eintracht whipped up a storm both at home and abroad.

Adi Hütter won the adoration of the Frankfurt fans thanks to his side’s attacking displays in 2018/19. - AFP/Getty Images

Star man

Luka Jovic may have stolen all the headlines in Frankfurt’s remarkable 2018/19 campaign, while Sebastien Haller provided the glue up front, but Ante Rebic is now the main man in the Frankfurt attack. After winning Eintracht their first DFB Cup in 30 years with his final brace against Bayern Munich, the Croatia international returned from finishing second at the 2018 FIFA World Cup to record the best league campaign of his career since leaving his homeland in 2014. His haul of nine Bundesliga goals and three assists ensured that the Eagles had a better record with him than without him.

Watch: Who is Ante Rebic?

Last season

Despite a rather slow start to the 2018/19 campaign that saw Frankfurt lose four of their opening five competitive matches, Hütter’s men quickly clicked into gear. A seven-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga would propel them towards the top, where they remained in contention for UEFA Champions League qualification until the final day of the season, ultimately finishing an impressive seventh after a gruelling 50-match campaign.

Although failing to defend their DFB Cup title after being knocked out in the first round by fourth-tier Ulm, it was in Europe where Eintracht won over the hearts of fans and neutrals alike. The Eagles became the first German team in history to win all six games of a Europa League group stage, beating Lazio and Marseille before claiming the scalps of Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Benfica in the knockout stage to set up a semi-final with Chelsea, only losing to the eventual champions on penalties at Stamford Bridge. It was a campaign to remember for all at Frankfurt.

The stadium

The Commerzbank-Arena was built at on the site of Frankfurt's previous stadium - the Waldstadion, which had stood since in 1925 – at a cost of €126 million between 2002 and 2005 with a capacity of 51,500 (9,300 standing). As you might expect by now from a stadium in Germany, no detail was too minute and it is kitted out with (among others): a retractable roof, a 30-ton video cube that hangs over the centre circle, and a rain-water recycling system that covers almost 100 per cent of water usage in the stadium's toilets and restrooms.

Watch: Inside the Commerzbank-Arena

In addition to hosting football matches - including men's and women's internationals - Frankfurt's home also regularly stages other major sporting and musical events. U2, The Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode and Bruce Springsteen have all played here, while heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko successfully defended his world title in 2010.

The city

Frankfurt is the fifth largest city in Germany, with a population of almost 2.5 million people in its urban area. Famed as the country's beating financial heart, there is plenty more to see and do once you've finished marvelling at the skyscrapers in the banking district.

Thousands of fans turned out in front of the Frankfurt town hall to celebrate the club’s 2018 DFB Cup win. - 2018 Getty Images

For literary fiends, a visit to the Goethe House Museum, the former home of Frankfurt native and a heavyweight German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is a must, while the city centre and Römberberg plaza, which hosts the city's annual Christmas market, are another essential stop on any tour of the Hessen capital. Round your day off with a visit to the Palmengarten botanical gardens or a stroll along the banks of the River Main, taking in the historic monuments and buildings.

Getting there

Frankfurt is one of the most well-connected cities in Germany, a veritable transport hub of planes, trains, busses and trams that weave a web across every corner of the continent.

Frankfurt am Main Airport is Germany’s busiest, serving over 300 destinations across five continents, so is easy to reach from wherever you are. And remember: this is Germany, so once you arrive, there will be no shortage of reliable public transport to take you wherever you need to go.

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Getting to the Commerzbank-Arena

In most cases, tickets for Frankfurt's home games double up as your ticket for local trains, trams and buses. If you're arriving on public transport, leave Frankfurt central station (Hauptbahnhof) on the overland trains S7 (to Goddelau-Erfelden), S8 and S9 (to Flughafen/airport or Wiesbaden) and head towards to 'Stadion'/stadium. Alternatively you can take tram 21.

If coming from the south (Südbahnhof), take bus 61 (towards Flughafen/airport) to the stop Stadion Osttribüne (Stadium east stand). For those coming directly from Frankfurt airport, use the overland trains S8 or S9 (to Frankfurt, Offenbach, Hanau) connect to Stadion/stadium.

If coming by car, take the A3 or A5 towards Frankfurt and then simply follow the road signs with a football symbol. From the city centre, take the river Main bridges towards the south, then take 'Kennedy Allee' until 'Oberforsthaus', where you can find stadium parking.

Buying tickets

Tickets can still be bought via the official club website HERE.

Can’t make it? Watch here:

If you can’t make it to the stadium, Bundesliga matches are broadcast around the world. FOX Sports and Univision provide coverage in the United States, while BT Sports are the exclusive broadcaster in the United Kingdom. In Germany, Sky Sports show the majority of matches, with Eurosport hosting one match per week.

- Eintracht Frankfurt

Buy the kit

You can get your own Frankfurt jersey from the official club shop.