• Frankfurt began the season with Armin Veh back in charge.
  • Veh sacked in March; Niko Kovac steered club clear of automatic relegation.
  • A play-off was ultimately needed to keep Frankfurt in the top-flight.

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.

Veh was dismissed at the start of March and Niko Kovac was brought in for the salvage operation of rescuing the season. He just about managed to stabilise things, with three wins in the last four games taking Eintracht out of the automatic relegation zone and into the play-off against Nürnberg.

Top three games

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.


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.

Lukas Hradecky was a key member of Eintracht Frankfurt's squad, on and off the field. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Simon Hofmann

What is next?

Frankfurt will take a lot out of their 2015/16 season in terms of a necessary development next term. If they want to establish themselves as Bundesliga regulars, they need more consistency rather than the ups and downs they have experienced in recent years. That will be the challenge for Kovac in the years ahead.

Frankfurt's fans played a major part in keeping their club up this season.

Personal Highlight

For our reporter Christoph Ruf, the Frankfurt fans proved towards the end of the season that they are second to none in the Bundesliga. "Situations like these form solidarity," said Eintracht CEO Heribert Bruchhagen. Not even he could have imagined the united front the fans put on when the going got tough towards the end of the season, with their vociferous support in the 1-0 win over Dortmund symbolic of the role they played in Frankfurt avoiding relegation.