Alex Meier (r.) will be a key man for Frankfurt in 2016/17. - © © imago
Alex Meier (r.) will be a key man for Frankfurt in 2016/17. - © © imago
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Bundesliga season preview: Eintracht Frankfurt

With not long until the 2016/17 Bundesliga season gets under way, it is high time to put each club's upcoming campaign under the microscope. bundesliga.com's previews will provide you with all you need to know ahead of the big kick-off on 26 August…

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Next up are Eintracht Frankfurt...

Can Niko Kovac work his magic again and help Frankfurt avoid a season of flirtation with relegation? Eintracht were desperately close to the drop last season, with only Haris Seferovic's 66th-minute winner at 1. FC Nürnberg saving the Eagles in the play-off second leg.

Watch highlights: Frankfurt edge out Nürnberg in play-off thriller

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Kovac had, however, masterminded an upturn in form towards the end of the regular season with three wins in the final four games securing the play-off spot. If the Croatian coach can conjure more of the same, then Frankfurt will hope 2015/16's dalliance with the drop was but a one-season fling, and not a more lasting affair.

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New faces

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Coach

Key man

Key dates

It is a tough start for Frankfurt, who welcome Markus Weinzierl's new-look FC Schalke 04 on the opening day. Kovac's side then travel to local rivals SV Darmstadt 98 on Matchday 2, before welcoming Leverkusen on Matchday 3. Bayern come calling on Matchday 7, with Borussia Dortmund visiting five games later.

Click here to see Frankfurt's full schedule

Home ground

Frankfurt play their home fixtures at the Commerzbank Arena, a 51,500-seater venue in the south-west of the city.

Watch: get to know the Commerzbank Arena in the exclusive video tour below