All you need to know about Bundesliga traditionalists Eintracht Frankfurt.

Fun facts

  • One of Germany’s oldest clubs, having been founded on 8 March 1899, Eintracht Frankfurt are one of the original members of the Bundesliga.
  • Ninth in 2014/15 and boasting the Bundesliga's top scorer in Alexander Meier, Frankfurt needed the promotion/relegation play-off to secure their survival last season.
  • Niko Kovac replaced Armin Veh at the Commerzbank Arena in March.

Alexander Meier (r.) is a club legend with his amazing goals return for an attacking midfielder. © imago

History

Despite boasting higher average attendances than both Paris Saint-Germain and FC Internazionale Milano in recent seasons, Eintracht Frankfurt continue to flirt between triumph and despair. A founding member of the Bundesliga, the Eagles were relegated four times between 1996 and 2011 - unthinkable for a fan base which had been brought up on famous European nights.

Invariably full, the Commerzbank Arena is home to one of the best atmospheres in European football. © gettyimages / Matthias Hangst

Promotion in 2012 under Veh, and immediate European qualification the following season left Frankfurt fans optimistic, but that came undone in 2015/16 with a 2-1 aggregate win over 1. FC Nürnberg in the relegation play-off required to guarantee their top-flight status. Kovac's appointment in March saw an upturn in fortunes, but with Meier now 33, finding another source of goals is a priority for Die Adler.

Honours

DFB Cup winners: 1973/74, 1974/75, 1980/81, 1987/88

UEFA Cup winners: 1979/80

Stadium: Commerzbank Arena

Capacity: 51,500