Frankfurt - With Armin Veh back at the helm and a handful of fresh faces in tow, Eintracht Frankfurt held their annual Media Day on Wednesday.
The event, which takes place at the Commerzbank Arena, is used to present the Eagles' new signings, take official photographs and produce exclusive media content for use throughout the upcoming campaign.
bundesliga.com rounds up the highlights…
Frankfurt media day: best bits with Luc Castaignos
bundesliga.com saw how the Eagles’ new signing got on at the club’s official Media Day.
1. New experiences
For Luc Castaignos, Eintracht’s summer signing from FC Twente, the Media Day in Frankfurt was an unfamiliar experience. “We never had anything like this in the Eredivisie,” said the highly-touted striker, who joined the Eagles after making a name for himself in the Dutch top-flight, scoring 52 goals in 131 appearances.
2. Merry Christmas?
Formerly on the books with FC Internazionale de Milano, the Dutchman fully immersed himself in the goings on and, having wiped the shocked look of his face after pulling a Santa Claus hat with matching beard out of a box, jovially donned the costume before wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas”, knowing full well that the clip wouldn’t be used until later this year.
3. Best buddies already
It seems that Castaignos has already found a brother in arms at the club in the form of the squad’s joker in the pack Constant Djakpa. As the Ivorian international was giving an interview, Castaignos snuck behind him with a garden hose before turning on the tap. It could well be the start of a great friendship between the two.
4. Europe on the mind
Castaignos already has a few German words and sayings in his vocabulary even if he does still prefer to do all of his interview in English. “You have to talk really loud here,” he confirmed. Now wonder considering that there are constantly planes flying overhead at the training ground in Frankfurt, inspiration perhaps for the travelling demanded of a side who finish in the top six. “I hope we manage to secure UEFA Europa League qualification,” admitted the 22-year-old.
5. Consistently good from the corner flag
The last stop of the Media Day was at the so called 'Cornerkings' challenge, where Castaignos had a chance to prove why everyone in Frankfurt is raving about his talents. The aim: put the ball in the net with one bounce or less from a corner. Two of his four attempts did just that – a record which earned him respect from his new team-mates.
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