Donaueschingen - Preparations for the upcoming Bundesliga campaign are swinging into top gear and the players at Germany's elite clubs are working up a concomitant sweat at their pre-season training camps at home and abroad. is dropping in on a few of them to keep you updated on how things are progressing and today, it's Eintracht Frankfurt in the spotlight. The Eagles are already well into their second camp, with the scenic Black Forest town of Donaueschingen the backdrop for some intense tactical work under new head coach Thomas Schaaf.

Makoto Hasebe may qualify as a veteran of the German game these days but the enthusiasm of the new arrival from 1. FC Nürnberg remains undiminished. "Eintracht's my third stop in the Bundesliga. The atmosphere in the stadiums is fantastic and a lot of Japanese players are finding their way over here now - in part because there's a similar mentality to back home," the 30-year-old Samurai Blue skipper enthused.

New boss Schaaf is also very much in the spotlight at the moment as he prepares to return to the Bundesliga stage following a season-long sabbatical. Departing SV Werder Bremen last summer after more than 40 years on the books as man and boy - the latter 14 of those as head coach - the former defender spent his time fruitfully while getting to “see things from a different angle”. Suitably revivified, Schaaf is now working to "get everyone pulling in the same direction as quickly as possible."

Timothy Chandler is another fresh arrival from Nürnberg although the surroundings are nothing new for the Frankfurt native, who came up through the youth ranks at Eintracht. The USA international had his own Brazilian tale to tell us, revealing that "our vice-president Joe Biden dropped in to the locker room and told us [the American president] Barack Obama was jealous, because he'd have loved to have been at the World Cup himself. But there was too much to do back at the office. That was cool".

Next up on the pre-season tour are VfL Wolfsburg, while you can also check out Tuesday's report from the Bayer 04 Leverkusen camp here.