Lukas Hradecky (l.) and Alexander Meier celebrate as the Eagles avoid the drop - just. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Lukas Hradecky (l.) and Alexander Meier celebrate as the Eagles avoid the drop - just. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Bundesliga

Season Review 2015/16: Eintracht Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt needed extra time to secure their Bundesliga status next season, with a play-off victory over 1. FC Nürnberg masking only a few of the cracks laid bare by a trying campaign.

Season in a nutshell

With Armin Veh, the man who guided Frankfurt back into the Bundesliga and subsequently into the UEFA Europa League, back in the saddle after a season away, there was an air of optimism that the Eagles were set to take flight again this season. Seven points from the first four games suggested as much, but a string of bad results soon saw things go awry. Sporadic victories and encouraging displays, such as in the 0-0 against FC Bayern München at the end of October, suggested the blip may be overcome, but these were false dawns.

MD4: Eintracht Frankfurt 6-2 1. FC Köln

Frankfurt's best performance of the season under Veh came via three goals from their 'football God' Alexander Meier. It was the most entertainment the Eagles delivered all season.

MD11: Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 FC Bayern

After Bayern had registered a league record ten straight wins from the start of the campaign, Eintracht sprung a surprise to become the first team to take points off Pep Guardiola's men in 2015/16.

MD33 Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Borussia Dortmund

A win over second-placed Borussia Dortmund on the penultimate weekend of the season practically banished the ghost of automatic relegation, with the Commerzbank Arena bouncing at their team's committed, brave-hearted display.

MVP

The departure of Kevin Trapp to Paris Saint-Germain was a considerable loss for Frankfurt, but replacement goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky ensured his departure was soon forgotten about. The Finn, who was born in Slovakia, gave his back line an enormous amount of confidence with his presence, while he was a key player off the field too with his endearing personality. He soon became the new leader of the side, and at the age of 26 he still has a long, bright career ahead of him.

- © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Simon Hofmann