Eintracht Frankfurt

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Eintracht Frankfurt
Club coat of arms of Eintracht Frankfurt
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Surname Eintracht Frankfurt e. V.
Seat Frankfurt am Main , Hesse
founding March 8, 1899
Colours Red-black-white
Members 90,552 (August 1, 2020)
president Peter Fischer
Website eintracht-frankfurt.de
Football company
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Surname Eintracht Frankfurt Football AG
Shareholders 67.88%: Eintracht Frankfurt e. V.
18.55%: Friends of Adlers GmbH
10.00%: Friends of Eintracht Frankfurt AG
03.57%: Steubing AG
Board Fredi Bobic
Axel Hellmann
(marketing, communication, merchandising, fan support)
Oliver Frankenbach
(finance, human resources, IT)
Website eintracht.de
First team
Head coach Adi Hütter
Venue Deutsche Bank Park
Places 51,500
league Bundesliga
2019/20 9th place
First division positions of Eintracht at the end of the season

Eintracht Frankfurt (traditional name: Sportgemeinde Eintracht or SGE for short ) is a registered sports club in Frankfurt am Main . With its football department , Eintracht was a founding member of the Bundesliga in 1963 , is considered one of the great traditional clubs in German football and, after 51 seasons in the Bundesliga, is 8th in the all-time table . The club's greatest successes include winning the German Championship in 1959 and the UEFA Cup in 1980 . Between 1996 and 2012, the club had to compete in the 2nd Bundesliga for a total of six seasons and repeatedly had to fight for its sporting and economic existence. In May 2018, Eintracht won a major title again with their fifth victory in the DFB Cup after 30 years.

The club also has 17 other departments for various sports. The club colors are red, black and white, the club's coat of arms is the Frankfurt eagle, and the playing attire is traditionally black, red or black and white. The home games of the professional footballers are played in the Deutsche Bank Park (formerly Waldstadion or Commerzbank-Arena ) in Sachsenhausen-Süd . The Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG office is located there in the west stand and, since 2011, also in the east stand. The training sessions of the first team take place on an outside field in front of the stadium, formerly at Riederwald. The club itself maintains its office at the sports field at Riederwald in the Seckbach district of Frankfurt, which was inaugurated in 1952 .

The club has over 90,500 members (as of August 1, 2020), making it the eighth largest sports club in Germany and 20th worldwide.

Club structure

The Eintracht Frankfurt e. V. consists of the following 19 departments:

01 gymnastics (since January 22, 1861)
02 football (since March 8, 1899)
03 athletics (since 1899)
04 hockey (since 1906 as 1st Frankfurt HC )
05 boxing (since 1919)
06 tennis (since spring 1920)
07 handball (since 1921)

08 Rugby (since summer 1923)
09 Table tennis (since November 1924)
10 Basketball (since June 4, 1954)
11 Ice sports (since December 9, 1959)
12 Volleyball (since July 1961)
13 Fan & support department (since December 2000)
14 Ice hockey (1959–91 and since July 1, 2002)

15 darts (since July 1, 2006)
16 triathlon (since January 2008)
17 ultimate frisbee (since 2015)
18 table football (since July 2016)
19 e-sports (since 2018)

In terms of football, the Eintracht Frankfurt club only supports the youth and amateur teams as well as the women's team. The football professionals report to Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball Aktiengesellschaft, a subsidiary of the club.


Former office of the club (not the first soccer team) on the Riederwald area in Frankfurt-Seckbach

The highest body of the association is the presidium. It consists of the President ( Peter Fischer ) and currently four Vice-Presidents responsible for certain areas (Dieter Burkert: Amateur and Youth Area, Thomas Förster: Finance and Treasurer, Stefan Minden: Legal, Fan and Funding Department, Michael Otto).

Other governing bodies are the Board of Directors, the Election Committee and the Honorary Council . The heads of all departments are represented on a further body, the advisory board.


The profit-oriented professional football stock corporation was founded on July 1, 2000. The shareholders of the AG are the registered association with 67.88%, the Freunde des Adlers GmbH (Philip Holzer and Stephen Orenstein) with 18.55%, and the Friends of Eintracht Frankfurt AG ( Bankhaus Metzler , DZ Bank , Landesbank ) with 10.00% Hessen-Thuringia and BHF-Bank ) and with 3.57% Wolfgang Steubing AG.

Since September 1, 2015, it has been led by a three-person executive board , which has included Fredi Bobic , Axel Hellmann and Oliver Frankenbach since June 1, 2016 .

The board of directors is monitored by a nine-person supervisory board, which includes representatives of the owner (the association), the city and the state of Hesse and whose chairman has been Philip Holzer since July 28, 2020. The previous chairman Wolfgang Steubing was appointed honorary member of the Supervisory Board for life on July 28, 2020.

The sporting management is responsible for the sporting interests of the men's Bundesliga team. You belong to the sports director Bobic u. a. sports director Bruno Hübner , head coach Adi Hütter and head scout Ben Manga . Christoph Preuss acts as team manager. The head of the licensed player department is Thomas Westphal.

The 1st and 2nd women's football teams that will start for Eintracht Frankfurt on July 1, 2020 after the merger with 1. FFC Frankfurt and play in the women's Bundesliga and the second women's Bundesliga , respectively, are assigned to the AG .

Eintracht Frankfurt has also been operating and marketing the stadium, Deutsche Bank Park, since July 1, 2020 . For this purpose, the Eintracht Frankfurt Stadion GmbH was founded as a subsidiary of the AG .

History of the club

1899–1920: The previous clubs

Coat of arms of the Frankfurter FV (from 1911), the TuS Eintracht Frankfurt (1920), the Frankfurter Sportgemeinde Eintracht (1967) and the white eagle on a black background (1980–1999)

On March 8, 1899, the Frankfurt soccer club Victoria von 1899 , an early spin-off of the oldest Frankfurt soccer club Germania 1894 , was founded as the predecessor of today's Frankfurt Eintracht. Probably in the same year a second club of the Eintracht, the " Frankfurter Fußball-Club Kickers von 1899 " was established. A few years later, the latter also provided the first Frankfurt national player: In the first international match of a German national soccer team, a friendly against Switzerland in 1908, Kickers player Fritz Becker scored two goals and thus contributed to the final score of 3: 5. Also in 1908 the 1st Frankfurt Hockey Club joined the Kickers.

On May 13, 1911, the two opponents Victoria and Kickers merged to form the "Frankfurter Fußballverein (Kickers-Victoria) von 1899", or Frankfurter FV for short . In its first season, the FFV immediately secured the North Circle Championship. This was the first time a Frankfurt club had made it to the finals for the southern German championship in 1912 , where the FFV had no chance. In the summer of 1912, the new club premises on Roseggerstrasse were occupied and inaugurated on September 8th with a game against Quick Den Haag . In terms of sport, the northern district championship could also be repeated in the following seasons and in the subsequent southern German finals, the FFV did significantly better in 1913 and 1914 and was each southern German runner-up.

During this time, the Frankfurt FV already had over 800 members and provided twelve football teams, hockey, cricket and fencing as well as various athletics disciplines were practiced as other sports. The membership of the FFV, which was not rooted in a single district like the other large Frankfurt clubs, came mainly from the upper middle class, which was also reflected in the cultivation of prestigious sports such as hockey and cricket.

1920–1933: Eintracht on the way to becoming a top team

Almost nine years (April 1920) after the first merger to form FFV Kickers-Victoria, the club merged again, this time with the Frankfurt gymnastics community founded in 1861 to form the "gymnastics and sports community Eintracht Frankfurt von 1861". With this merger, the defining term "Eintracht" came into contact with the people of Frankfurt for the first time. In 1927, however, under pressure from the German Gymnastics Association , the separation again occurred as part of the clean divorce : the “Turngemeinde Eintracht Frankfurt from 1861” and the “Sportgemeinde Eintracht Frankfurt (FFV) from 1899” were re-established.

After the forced split in 1927, the sub-clubs “Frankfurter Sportgemeinde Eintracht (FFV) von 1899 e. V. "and" Turn- und Fechtgemeinde Eintracht Frankfurt von 1861 e. V. ". The registered association has been called "Eintracht Frankfurt e. V. ".

From the 1920/21 season onwards, Eintracht played their home games in the Riederwald Stadium in the Bornheim district . The newly built stadium offered 30,000 spectators and was one of the largest stadiums in Germany. In 1921, Eintracht qualified as champions of the Nordmain district league for the southern German championship, but did not make it into the final. In the following years, Eintracht occupied one of the top places in the Nordmain district league, but it wasn't until 1928 that they could qualify for the southern German championship.

During this time, Eintracht received support from the Jewish owners of the Frankfurt shoe factory J. & CA Schneider . The shoe factory, run by the brothers Fritz and Lothar Adler and their cousin Walter Neumann , mainly produced slippers, which in Frankfurt dialect are sloppy . At that time, the Eintracht footballers were called Schlappekicker . In 1928 the greatest success in the club's history was achieved by qualifying as South German runner-up for the final round of the German championship . Eintracht was eliminated in the last sixteen against SpVgg Sülz . Until 1933, Eintracht managed to qualify for the South German championship every year; In 1932 Eintracht Frankfurt was even the South German champions and after a 2-0 defeat against FC Bayern German runner-up.

1933–1945: Moderate success in the Gauliga and wartime

From the 1933/34 season, 16 Gauligen formed the highest class of German football. The Eintracht came (among other things together with the FSV Frankfurt ) in the Gauliga Südwest . There were no major sporting successes, only once ( 1938 ) was the league win and the associated qualification for the German soccer championship 1937/38 , but Eintracht was eliminated in the group games due to the poorer goal difference compared to Hamburger SV . From 1939 onwards, like most German football clubs, Eintracht suffered from a lack of players due to the war, as many players had to go to the front. During the Second World War , the Riederwaldstadion burned down completely in the air raids on Frankfurt am Main in 1943 due to Allied fire bombs , so Eintracht played their home games from January 1944 on their old sports field on Roseggerstrasse. Due to the increasing shortage of players towards the end of the war, Eintracht and FSV Frankfurt formed the "Frankfurt War Sports Association" from the 1944/45 season. This team played their last game on January 7, 1945.

1945–1963: Oberliga Süd and German championship

Oberliga Süd 1946: Karlsruhe FV - Eintracht Frankfurt

After the Second World War , the newly formed SG Eintracht won the Hesse Cup in 1946. In the spirit of increasing professionalism in German football, Eintracht set up a contract players' department in 1948. In 1954, Eintracht Frankfurt sent the national player Alfred Pfaff on the occasion of the soccer world championship in Switzerland to the circle of the national team, which won the world championship there. In 1959, Eintracht achieved the greatest success in the club's history to date with the German championship and defeated local rivals Kickers Offenbach in the finals in Berlin 5: 3.

In the post-war years up to 1959, the women's table tennis department also won the team championship title seven times, thereby underlining the variety of sports within the club.

Eintracht Frankfurt was the first German team to reach the final of the European Cup in 1960 , but was spectacularly beaten 7: 3 in the final in Glasgow by Real Madrid , the measure of all things at the time . Frankfurt striker Erwin Stein, who scored a double goal in the final, later commented: “My opponent José Emilio Santamaria almost undressed me on the pitch. In contrast, we were just a bunch of good Hessians ”. Despite the seven goals conceded, Eintracht fought valiantly and had a good final. The game was later named the best European Cup final of all time with ten goals.

1963–1978: Eintracht in the Bundesliga

In 1963 Eintracht Frankfurt was one of the founding members of the Bundesliga, which was founded as the new top division instead of the upper leagues . In the first season they were third and runner-up in the cup after a 2-0 draw in the cup final against TSV 1860 Munich in Stuttgart.

In the year of the World Cup in England (1966), Eintracht, Jürgen Grabowski and Friedel Lutz, put two players on the national team that became vice world champions.

In the 1971/72 season , Eintracht was able to qualify for the first time for the UEFA Cup introduced in the same season , but had Lospech and had to play in the first round against Liverpool . Frankfurt dropped out and Liverpool won the competition.

As in 1966 and 1970, Grabowski, now with his teammate Bernd Hölzenbein , also took part in the 1974 World Cup in Germany. Hölzenbein played a penalty in the final against the Netherlands , which Paul Breitner from FC Bayern converted to 1-1. Germany finally won 2-1 and became world champions for the second time since 1954.

In the world championship year and the following year (1975), Eintracht won the DFB Cup twice . 1974 in the final against Hamburger SV by 3-1 nV and 1975 by a 1-0 against MSV Duisburg . In the Bundesliga, however, it was only enough to third place (1975) and fourth place (1974 and 1977). Between November 20, 1976 and August 1977, the team remained undefeated in 21 Bundesliga games in a row.

1978–1994: near relegations and near championships

Logo of Eintracht from 1977 to 1999.

On May 21, 1980 Eintracht Frankfurt won the UEFA Cup under the coach Friedel Rausch . The opponent in the all-German final was Borussia Mönchengladbach . The team from Gladbach won the first leg 3-2, but Eintracht won the second leg in the Waldstadion with a 1-0 draw thanks to Fred Schaub , who had recently been substituted on . Due to the away goals rule , Eintracht won the UEFA Cup.

A year later , Eintracht came with a 3-1 win against 1. FC Kaiserslautern and in 1988 against VfL Bochum (1-0) to their third and fourth success in the DFB Cup. In the league, on the other hand, Eintracht was mostly in midfield in the 1980s and barely escaped relegation several times. Low viewer numbers in football and mismanagement in the ice hockey department had resulted in great losses for Eintracht. It turned out to be a stroke of luck that George Koskotas, the then owner of Olympiacos Piraeus , was willing to pay the record sum of DM 18 million as a transfer for midfielder Lajos Détári . Détári had shone with 14 competitive goals in the previous season. While 8 million DM went to the Hungarian Football Association, the whereabouts of the transfer fee of 10 million DM at Eintracht has not yet been fully clarified. Nevertheless, the club managed to pay off a large part of its debts. In 1988/89, Eintracht landed in 16th place at the end of the season and had to be relegated to 1. FC Saarbrücken . The Frankfurt team under coach Jörg Berger was able to narrowly win this. In the following season, Eintracht surprisingly came in third and was also able to set the top scorer for the first time with Norwegian Jørn Andersen . Andersen was the first foreigner to win this title.

As in the 1954 and 1974 world championships, Eintracht also had a national player when they won the title in 1990 : Uwe Bein . Also in the squad was Andreas Möller , who moved back to Eintracht for the 1990/91 season.

In the following years, Eintracht always finished among the top five teams. In those years, Eintracht played the legendary "Football 2000", whose representatives included Anthony Yeboah , Jay-Jay Okocha , Uwe Bein , Maurizio Gaudino and Andreas Möller . In these years, however, Eintracht did not achieve any success at the international level. You could qualify regularly for the UEFA Cup, but were mostly eliminated in the first round. In the 1993/94 season, the team under Klaus Toppmöller reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup, but was eliminated on penalties against the eventual finalists Austria Salzburg . Probably the most tragic game in the club's history took place in 1992 on the last match day of the 1991/92 season at FC Hansa Rostock , who still had a theoretical chance of staying up through a win. Eintracht lost 2-1 in the Ostseestadion , among other things after the referee Alfons Berg had denied Eintracht the legitimate penalty after a foul on Ralf Weber in the penalty area . Berg later admitted his mistake, but Frankfurt missed the German championship; Master was VfB Stuttgart . The Eintracht team of the 1991/92 season is considered the best Frankfurt team of all time. In 1993/94, Eintracht had meanwhile led the table by 5 points over second-placed Bayern Munich. In the second half of the season, however, Eintracht only got 14 points and ended the season in 5th place.

1994–1996: End of uninterrupted membership in the first division

After the turbulent events of the 1994/95 season, including the suspension of players Jay-Jay Okocha , Anthony Yeboah and Maurizio Gaudino by coach Jupp Heynckes , the 95/96 season began with Charly Körbel as coach, who Heynckes was already in April 1995. The expectations of the team were high, as Markus Schupp , Johnny Ekström and the resumed Maurizio Gaudino apparently reinforcements were committed. But even before the start of the season, Eintracht Frankfurt lost 3-0 in the quarter-finals of the UI Cup against the French first division club Girondins Bordeaux (with Bixente Lizarazu and Zinédine Zidane, among others ). Eintracht survived the first round in the DFB Cup with a lot of luck (2: 1 a.s. in Saarbrücken), and after the 5th matchday they finished 5th in the Bundesliga table. But then things went downhill, even though they were refilled in September and striker Ivica Mornar came from Hajduk Split . The cup came out already in round two against 1860 Munich (1: 5), the next five league games brought only one point to the account and a slip to 16th place in the table. With a 4-1 win against Bayern Munich , the crisis seemed to be over. By the end of the first round located in the defense to the December of the scrambled Queens Park Rangers fetched Ned Zelic increased Eintracht and was ranked 10. But appearances were deceptive, athletic did not run much. From the 18th to the 29th match day, the Adler were able to record just one victory, the hoped-for turnaround by a coach change after the 0-2 home defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach - Charly Körbel was followed by an old friend in Dragoslav Stepanović . At the end of the season there were 32 points and 17th place in the table - Eintracht was no longer first class for the first time in its history. The sporting decline found its equivalent at management level: The President Matthias Ohms was withdrawn from trust, the treasurer Erbs thereupon also resigned from his office. Also in 1996, Frankfurt goalkeeper Andreas Köpke took part in the European Championship in England , where the German team won the title.

1996–2002: threatening decline

The "traditional eagle" reintroduced in 1999

The first second division year was disappointing for Eintracht. At the end of the first half of the season they were in relegation rank 15, in the cup there was a clear 6: 1 defeat in the second round at league rivals SV Meppen . After a coach change from Stepanović to Horst Ehrmantraut and a satisfactory second half of the season, Frankfurt ended up in seventh place in the table. In the 97/98 season , Eintracht rose again as champions in the Bundesliga. In the following Bundesliga season, Eintracht Frankfurt had a total of four coaches. After Ehrmantraut's release in December, assistant coach Bernhard Lippert , then Reinhold Fanz and finally Jörg Berger took care of the team. In a relegation battle that was exciting right up to the last minute, Eintracht managed to stay in the league with a 5: 1 on the last matchday against 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Thanks to a decisive goal in the 89th minute by the Norwegian crowd's favorite Jan Åge Fjørtoft , the Frankfurters slipped to 15th place in the table, while 1. FC Nürnberg, who previously thought they were secure, had to relegate.

Against the background of the 100th anniversary of the club in March 1999, the club gave itself a new club crest. The slightly different red "traditional eagle" that had been used since the club was founded replaced the stylized black and white eagle that Eintracht had been using since 1980. In the context of financial difficulties, the football department of Eintracht was spun off. Bernd Ehinger , spokesman for the executive committee at the time, founded the stock corporation, which now takes part in games as "Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG". It is a subsidiary of the "Eintracht Frankfurt" association.

In the 1999/2000 season , Eintracht, from which two points were deducted, had to hibernate in last place despite many newly bought players. After a coaching change from Jörg Berger to Felix Magath , Eintracht surprisingly became the third strongest team in the second half of the season and secured relegation again with a 2-1 win against direct rivals SSV Ulm 1846 .

On August 19, 2000, Peter Fischer became President of Eintracht at the suggestion of the Board of Directors . On December 11, 2000 committed Eintracht members established the fan and sponsorship department as the 13th department of Eintracht Frankfurt.

In 2001, Eintracht had less luck than in the two previous years, when relegation was secured on the last match days of the season, and was relegated to the second division for the second time. Eintracht started the season well (fifth place on matchday 13), but this was followed by six defeats in a row, which led to the dismissal of coach Felix Magath in February. Sports director Rolf Dohmen temporarily trained the team for ten game days until Friedel Rausch became the new coach. From this, however, one separated again after the unity was relegated.

In the following year, the future of the Eintracht football department faced an uncertain fate more than once; After the exit of the investor Octagon and the surprising dropping out of a potential investor at the last minute, there was an 8 million hole in the budget for the new season. Only through the creation of a pool of sponsors around companies in (partial) ownership of the city ( RMV , Fraport , Mainova , Messe Frankfurt ), under the chairman of the supervisory board, Volker Sparmann , it was possible to find the missing millions. However, due to an error in the license documents, the license was not granted to Eintracht on time. SpVgg Unterhaching , who had already been relegated to the sport, lodged a complaint with the DFL and tried, as 15th of the past second division season, to slip to the saving 14th place due to the forced relegation of Eintracht resulting from the license withdrawal. On July 17, 2002, the lawsuit was dismissed and relegation to the amateur classes was avoided. In the league, Eintracht failed to return to the first division as seventh.

2002–2016: The "Bruchhagen Era"

Volker Sparmann switched from the supervisory board to the management board and took over the chairmanship. Because of the long time uncertain league affiliation of Eintracht, new players were only signed at short notice at the beginning of the 2002/03 season . Despite the supposedly weaker players, the new coach Willi Reimann made it to the Bundesliga for the second time. Only on eight match days was Frankfurt not on a promotion spot; in the first half of the season they finished second. At the end of the season, however, the promotion was threatened again when they lost on matchday 31 in Mainz and slipped to 5th place. On the last day of the match, Eintracht managed to move up into the Bundesliga with two decisive goals in stoppage time in the now legendary 6: 3 against SSV Reutlingen 05 in third place, ahead of 1. FSV Mainz 05 with equal points . In the cup, Frankfurt defeated Rot-Weiß Erfurt (3: 2 afterwards) and then lost to Hansa Rostock 0: 1.

In the following 2003/04 season, Eintracht Frankfurt played against relegation from the start. The SGE's first competitive game against Kickers Offenbach since they were relegated to the Bundesliga in 1984 took place in the cup . Frankfurt won 4: 3 after penalties on Bieberer Berg (1: 1 after penalty); in the second round it was over against MSV Duisburg . In the first half of the Bundesliga, Eintracht could only win three times and came last. After Peter Schuster had to resign from office as the new CEO after just 6 weeks in August 2003, Heiko Beeck, who had switched from the Supervisory Board to the Executive Board, acted interim as Executive Board spokesman until Heribert Bruchhagen took up the position of CEO on December 1, 2003 ; the new board, however, was only able to soften the decisions made by its predecessors. During the winter break, there were some sensible transfers, but they only brought short-term successes (three wins and two draws at the beginning of the second half of the season). On March 20, 2004, during the game in Dortmund (0: 2), coach Willi Reimann attacked fourth official Thorsten Schriever , which resulted in a five-game ban and a € 25,000 fine against Reimann. In the second half of the season Eintracht was twelfth, the 16th place in the table and thus the third relegation in the club's history could not be prevented. This led to Reimann's dismissal as a trainer.

In 2004 Friedhelm Funkel became the new coach of the second division team. Eintracht started the new season without any spectacular transfers and with a concept that has since been abandoned (cheap and integrable players, loan shops for young talent, some from the region). After a bad start (14th place on matchday 11), the club moved up to 5th place during the winter break and, as the best team in the second half of the season, achieved third promotion to the first division with a 3-0 win against Wacker Burghausen . In the cup, Eintracht reached the round of 16 after victories against FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt and SpVgg Greuther Fürth , where they lost 2-0 to the eventual finalists FC Schalke 04 .

In the first Bundesliga year, Frankfurt had a surprisingly good first half of the season with young players in the 2005/06 season (10th place and 21 points) and, despite the second-worst second half (15 points), secured relegation on matchday 33. In the end, she finished the season with 36 points in 14th place in the table. In the DFB Cup , Eintracht moved to victories against Rot-Weiß Oberhausen (2: 1), FC Schalke 04 (6: 0), 1. FC Nürnberg (5: 2 n.E.), TSV 1860 Munich ( 3: 1) and Arminia Bielefeld (1: 0) into the cup final. There, Frankfurt lost 0-1 to FC Bayern Munich on April 29, 2006 in Berlin . As the German champions qualified for the Champions League, SGE played in the UEFA Cup for the first time since 1994.

Eintracht got off to a good start in the 2006/07 season. In the UEFA Cup you could first defeat Brøndby IF sovereign . In the group stage, the SGE was eliminated with three draws and one defeat against Newcastle United (0-0), Celta Vigo (1-1), Fenerbahçe Istanbul (2-2) and US Palermo (1-2). In the DFB Cup, Sportfreunde Siegen (2: 0), Rot-Weiss Essen (2: 1), 1. FC Köln (3: 1 afterwards) and local rivals Kickers Offenbach (3: 0) were eliminated before a 0: 4 in the semifinals at 1. FC Nürnberg prevented the return to the final. In the Bundesliga, Frankfurt started the new season with one win and seven draws. At the end of the first half of the season, Eintracht was in tenth place in the table with 20 points, like last year. The second half of the season, which was characterized by unnecessary point losses due to many goals conceded in the last few minutes, began with six games without a win and the fall on the relegation places. However , CEO Bruchhagen refused to dismiss coach Funkel, which, among other things, the Hessian FDP chairman Jörg-Uwe Hahn demanded. After victories against Alemannia Aachen (4: 0) and Werder Bremen (2: 1) on the 32nd and 33rd matchdays, relegation could be secured early, as in the previous season. In the end, Eintracht was in 14th place with 40 points. At home and away, 20 points were collected.

In the 2007/08 season, the SBU in the defeated German Cup competition the 1. FC Union Berlin (4: 1), but retired in the second round of the eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund from (1 2). In the league, the Eintracht started strong (four wins and two defeats in the first nine games), but then followed a clear 1: 5 defeat at 1. FC Nürnberg and a series of seven games without a win. The first half of the season ended in ninth place with 23 points. During the winter break, Frankfurt strengthened itself with Caio (€ 4 million transfer fee) and Martin Fenin (€ 3.5 million), two of the three most expensive purchases in the club's history. At the beginning of the second half of the season Eintracht Frankfurt took 19 points from the first nine games. As a result, the Frankfurters were in seventh place on matchday 26, three points behind the Champions League places. From the remaining eight games, however, only four points could be taken. The club finished the season in ninth place, the best placement since 1995, with 46 points, 28 of them in their own and 18 in other stadiums.

In the following season, 2008/09, the season goal of getting more than the 46 points of the previous year could not be achieved. In the cup, Eintracht was eliminated in the second round at home against Hansa Rostock (1: 2 afterwards). The league began with seven games without a win, which led to considerable criticism from the fans of coach Friedhelm Funkel. With three wins in the next four games, however, Eintracht reached the midfield again and finished the first half of the season with 19 points in 12th place. In the second half of the season Frankfurt often disappointed and only won 3 games. This was the second worst second half of all Bundesliga clubs with only 14 points. The result was that Eintracht and Funkel announced a separation at the end of the season before the last game day. The season ended with 33 points in 13th place in the table. Despite the disappointing performance, this was the second-best placement since 1995. During the entire season there was not a single win against a team from the top two thirds of the table.

On June 5, 2009, Michael Skibbe was introduced as the new trainer. In the DFB Cup, Frankfurt was eliminated 4-0 after victories against local rivals Kickers Offenbach and Alemannia Aachen in the round of 16 against FC Bayern Munich . The SGE got off to a good start in the league and remained unbeaten until the 7th matchday. At the end of the year, Eintracht had 24 points and was in 10th place. In terms of points, this meant the best first round record since 1993/94. The team was also successful in the second half of the season and was involved in the fight for the European Cup for a long time. Due to a weak phase before the end of the season (only two points from the last five games of the season), however, Eintracht ended the season in tenth place in the table with 46 points, just like during the winter break.

After a weak start to the 2010/11 season , when only three points could be won in the first five games, Eintracht was in a relegation zone. However, as the following games were more successful, the team finished fourth at the end of the first half of the season with 26 points and seventh place in Theofanis Gekas (14 goals this season), the most successful striker in the league at the winter break. Despite the good starting position, an unlikely downward trend began in the second half of the season. In the first eight games after the winter break, the team failed to score and remained a total of ten games without a win. On March 22, 2011, Eintracht Frankfurt announced the separation from Michael Skibbe. Christoph Daum was appointed as his successor . With a new negative record of only eight points in the second half of the season, Eintracht was relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga after the season . On May 16, 2011, two days after relegation, Daum declared that he would no longer be available for Eintracht for the 2011/12 season. On May 31, Armin Veh was introduced as coach for the 2011/12 season . The second division season was overall successful, and two match days before the end of the season, on April 23, 2012, a direct return to the Bundesliga was achieved with a 3-0 win at Alemannia Aachen. In addition, Alex Meier was the top scorer of the season with 17 goals (together with Olivier Occéan from SpVgg Greuther Fürth and Nick Proschwitz from SC Paderborn 07 ).

The entry into the new Bundesliga season 2012/13 succeeded brilliantly. With four wins from the first four games, they set a new club record as well as a Bundesliga record: never before had a newcomer had four successes at the start of a season. On November 10, 2012, Sebastian Jung was nominated for the German national team for the first time in 13 years - at that time Horst Heldt - when Joachim Löw called him up for the friendly game on November 14, 2012 in Amsterdam against the Netherlands , however, was not used. The first half of the season ended Eintracht in fourth place in the table. At the end of the season, the Frankfurt Eintracht ranked 6th and qualified for the first time since 2006 for an international competition, the Europa League . There the team prevailed after successfully qualifying (2-0 and 2-1 against Qarabağ Ağdam ) in the group stage with five wins, but lost in the first knockout round ("sixteenth finals") against FC Porto after two draws the away goals rule from the competition. In the Bundesliga , however, there were only 3 wins in the entire first half of the season , so the Frankfurt team had to hibernate in 15th place in the table near the relegation zone. The second half of the season went a little better and a 3-1 defeat of Hamburger SV at FC Augsburg finally secured Eintracht relegation on matchday 32. In the DFB Cup , the team was able to advance to the quarter-finals, where they failed with 0: 1 at Borussia Dortmund.

After Armin Veh had declared at the beginning of March 2014 that he would not renew his contract, the club announced on May 21 that Thomas Schaaf would be the new coach in July 2014. In the course of the first half of the 2014/15 season, Eintracht increased and stabilized, especially towards the end and occupied 9th place in the table with 23 points at the winter break, which they also occupied at the end of the season. Alex Meier won the top scorer cannon this season. In the DFB Cup , however, Eintracht did not get beyond the second round (1: 2 at home against Borussia Mönchengladbach ). On May 26, 2015, three days after the end of the season, the contract with Thomas Schaaf, which was supposed to run until summer 2016, was terminated at his request.

As Schaaf's successor, Armin Veh was again committed for the 2015/16 season . The first half of the season was relatively mixed. The highlights were the big wins against Stuttgart (4: 1) and Cologne (6: 2) as well as the 0: 0 against FC Bayern (with the exception of the defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayern's only loss of points in the first half of the season). Eintracht was eliminated from the DFB Cup again in the second round (0: 1 in Aue ). After seven games without a win and standing on the relegation site with the team, Veh was released from the club on March 6, 2016. On March 8, 2016, Niko Kovač became the new head coach. This change did not have any immediate effect, but after three wins in the last four league games (including a 1-0 win against Borussia Dortmund ) - with only five wins in the entire second half of the season - they were tenth in the table in the relegation against 1. FC Nuremberg prevail with 1: 1 and 1: 0 and thus secure relegation.

Since 2016: present

Mural in Frankfurt, Grüneburgweg 81, to commemorate the cup victory in 2018

The “Bruchhagen era” also ended with the 2015/16 season. His quasi-successor as "Board Member Sport" (the post of CEO as Bruchhagen held, does not exist anymore after his departure) was the former Bundesliga professional and German national player Fredi Bobic .

After the relegation achieved relegation, the squad was strengthened at the beginning of the 2016/17 season with numerous reserve players and talents from top European clubs (including the Jamaican international Michael Hector from Chelsea , Guillermo Varela from Manchester United and Jesús Vallejo from Real Madrid ) but were only signed on loan for one year. After a bumpy start to the season with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out (1-1 after extra time) at 1. FC Magdeburg in the first round of the DFB Cup , the team played a very good Bundesliga series with wins a. a. against Schalke , Leverkusen and Dortmund . With position 3 on the 19th match day, she achieved the best placement of the season. After that she could only win two league games until the last match day, conceded 10 defeats, 7 of them without having scored a goal, and ended the league season in 11th place. With victories against Ingolstadt (4: 1 n. E. still in the First round), in Hanover (2: 1), against Bielefeld (1: 0) and in Mönchengladbach (8: 7 a.s.) the team at least made it into the final of the DFB Cup, which they did against Borussia Dortmund lost 1: 2. An emotional highlight of the Frankfurt Cup season was the substitution of Marco Russ in the second half of the game against Bielefeld. Russ had to take a break in the first half of the season because of cancer therapy.

In the 2017/18 season , overall performance was increased despite significant changes in the regular squad - with the signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng , Eintracht made one of the most sensational summer transfers in the Bundesliga. Due to a series of defeats at the end of the season, the direct qualification for the Europa League was lost, but with mostly harmless victories against Erndtebrück (3: 0), Schweinfurt (4: 0), Heidenheim (2: 1 a.d.), Mainz 05 (3: 0) and a controversial 1: 0 at Schalke , the team again reached the final of the DFB Cup . On May 19, 2018, the team defeated the highly popular FC Bayern Munich 3-1 and won the DFB Cup, their first title in 30 years. In stoppage time, Eintracht benefited from a controversial decision that the referee did not revise even after viewing the video images . For Niko Kovač it was the last game as Eintracht coach after it was announced on April 13th that he would be moving to Bayern next season.

For the 2018/19 season , the Austrian Adi Hütter took over from Kovač. In addition, Lukáš Hrádecký and Marius Wolf left two pillars of Eintracht, and the contract of long-time striker Alex Meier, who was celebrated as the “god of football”, was not extended. Newcomers included the Danish national goalkeeper Frederik Rønnow , who was hired as the successor to Hrádecký, and Filip Kostić . Under Adi Hütter, Eintracht lost the game for the DFL Supercup against FC Bayern on August 12, 2018 5-0 and was eliminated a week later in the first main round of the DFB Cup against fourth division club SSV Ulm 1846 . The team then played a series of eleven unbeaten competitive games in a row from September to November 2018 and was also the first German team to win all six group games in the Europa League. In the knockout stages of the Eintracht came to the semi-finals before, in the second leg they are in the penalty shootout to Chelsea was defeated. At the end of the season, Eintracht Frankfurt finished 7th in the Bundesliga with 54 points and thus reached the Europa League qualifying round.

For the 2019/20 season, Luka Jović ( Real Madrid ) and Sébastien Haller ( West Ham United ), two top performers, left the club, with Frankfurter Eintracht receiving a total transfer fee of around 100 million euros. At the same time, the loan players Martin Hinteregger, Kevin Trapp and Sebastian Rode were able to sign three top performers from the previous season, and shortly before the end of the transfer period, the Portuguese international André Silva was loaned from AC Milan , whereupon Ante Rebić became the third player from the so-called "buffalo herd" took the opposite route to Milan. In the early summer of 2020, Eintracht was also affected by the corona crisis and had to pause from March 2020. It was not until May 16 that the season continued as a ghost game with the home game against Borussia Mönchengladbach . Until the end of the season, the encounters took place under strict conditions in front of only a few people, who consisted exclusively of officials, supervisors, substitute players, journalists and stewards. In addition, it was temporarily allowed to swap five players with immediate effect, although this could be done in just three interruptions. At the end of the Bundesliga season the Frankfurt team occupied 9th place in the table with 45 points. In the DFB-Pokal , the team reached the semi-finals and failed there at Bayern Munich (1: 2). In the Europa League , Eintracht penetrated, among other things, after a 2-1 away win at Arsenal with 9 points as group runner-up in the round of 32 and prevailed there against FC Salzburg (4-1 and 2-2). In the last sixteen, the team was eliminated with two defeats against FC Basel (0: 3 and 0: 1).

Development of the club logo

The club logo is also used today in a black and white version.

League affiliation

All placements from the 1920/21 season can be found under Eintracht Frankfurt's seasonal balance sheets . In the all-time league table of the Bundesliga, Eintracht occupies 8th place and is the club with the most defeats (660 in 1730 games). In the all-time table of the 2nd Bundesliga, Eintracht is in 48th place (all information as of the end of the 2019/20 season).

Professional football (Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG)


Replicas of the club trophies in the Eintracht Museum
1 Frankfurt FV
2 FFC Victoria
3 FFC Kickers 1899
4th Eintracht Frankfurt II

Records (current and historical)

  • With Charly Körbel (602 appearances, 1972 to 1991), the club is the record player in Bundesliga history. He played these games exclusively for Eintracht Frankfurt and "survived" 15 coaches. Later he was twice a Bundesliga coach at Frankfurt and fell victim to the 15th early coaching release on March 30, 1996.
  • Luka Jović is with his five goals on October 19, 2018 in a 7-1 (3-0) against Fortuna Düsseldorf the only five-time goalscorer in Eintracht history and the 17th five-time goalscorer in Bundesliga history. At 20 years and 300 days, Jović is the youngest five-time goalscorer in Bundesliga history and the first Serb to score at least three goals in a Bundesliga game.
  • Jürgen Friedl (born February 23, 1959) was the youngest Bundesliga player at 17 years and 26 days until August 6, 2005.
  • Richard Kreß (1925–1996) took part in the Bundesliga start in 1963/64 and has held the record as the oldest league debutant of all time (38 years, 171 days) since the Bundesliga began. He is also the oldest goalscorer in his first Bundesliga (38 years, 248 days).
  • From August 20, 1985 to August 25, 1987, the club set a series of negative records: 32 away games in a row without a win.
  • The Greek international Giorgos Tzavelas had set a Bundesliga record for the goal scored from the furthest distance with his 73-meter goal on March 12, 2011 in the 2-1 defeat at FC Schalke 04 . This was outbid on September 20, 2014 by Moritz Stoppelkamp (from 83 meters).
  • With four wins in the first four games of the 2012/13 season, Eintracht Frankfurt set a new start record as a newcomer.
Aero Flight A320 in the colors of Eintracht Frankfurt.
  • The fastest red card in the Bundesliga so far was seen on May 14, 2011 by Marcel Titsch-Rivero, who played for Eintracht Frankfurt, in the game against Borussia Dortmund, only 43 seconds after being substituted on.
  • The fastest red card to date in the DFB Cup competition saw Gelson Fernandes, who played at Eintracht Frankfurt, in the semifinals against Schalke 04 on April 18, 2018, just 33 seconds after being substituted on.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt holds the current record for the total number of goals and conceded goals in one season (155, 83:72, 1981/82)
  • Eintracht Frankfurt holds the current record of participation in the relegation to the Bundesliga (three: 1984, 1989 and 2016) together with 1. FC Saarbrücken and 1. FC Nürnberg. But only Frankfurt managed to win all three participations. 1. FC Saarbrücken could only prevail once and 1. FC Nürnberg twice (inferior to Frankfurt in 2016).
  • In the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League , Eintracht Frankfurt won all six group stage games , something no other German club had achieved in the European Cup before .
  • The away game against Schalke 04 on April 5, 2019 was won by Eintracht with the latest penalty goal in Bundesliga history. Luka Jović scored in the ninth minute of added time.
  • Martin Hinteregger has scored eight goals from corners in the 2019/20 season so far, which is a record for the most goals scored in one season.
  • On June 3, 2020, Stefan Ilsanker scored a goal in a 3-0 win at Werder Bremen 17 seconds after being substituted on, setting the record for the fastest joker goal in the Bundesliga since detailed data collection began.


  • Eintracht has been running a football school since 2002, which is run by Karl-Heinz "Charly" Körbel.
  • Since 2005 Eintracht has had a living mascot, the golden eagle Attila from the Hanau Wildlife Park , which is very popular with fans .
  • As a partner of Eintracht, Aero Flight painted an Airbus A 320 in the colors of Eintracht Frankfurt in 2005 . The “steel eagle” with the registration D-ARFE was brought back from the leasing company after the bankruptcy of Aero Flight and leased elsewhere. The lettering and the eagle were removed in December 2005.
  • Since 2007 there has been a museum inside the main stand of the stadium, in which veteran players, coaches and deserving personalities regularly lead tours through the club's history. Stadium tours are also offered and various changing exhibitions and events are organized.
  • As a premium partner, Deutsche Bahn designed an electric locomotive of the DB class 101 in the Eintracht-Frankfurt design at the end of August 2012 . The Eintracht Frankfurt locomotive is to be used throughout Germany and across borders in IC and EC traffic.
  • Since 2012, you can get a lifelong membership in the association for a contribution of 1899 euros (based on the year it was founded). Sebastian Vettel , who was awarded this honorary status, became the first lifelong member of Eintracht .
  • Since January 2013, eleven “legendary” players and a trainer, who were selected via internet voting, have received special recognition in the Willy-Brandt-Platz underground station with the “pillars of harmony”.

Colors and coats of arms

The club eagle is based on the city arms.

The club coat of arms is derived from the coat of arms of the city of Frankfurt am Main , which in turn is based on the one-headed imperial eagle of the 13th century. The coat of arms underwent only minor changes over the years until a stylized eagle in black and white was introduced in 1977. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary in 1999, the club decided to reintroduce a more traditional eagle.

Coat of arms of the Frankfurter FV (from 1911), the TuS Eintracht Frankfurt (1920), the sports community Eintracht Frankfurt (1967) and the white eagle (1977–1999)

The official club colors are red, black and white and have their origins in the predecessor clubs Frankfurter FC Viktoria and Frankfurter FC Kickers , which wore red and white or black and white as playing attire. Red and white are the colors of the city's coat of arms, while black and white symbolize the colors of Prussia . When the two Frankfurt clubs merged, those responsible decided to take the colors of both teams into account. However, since local rivals Kickers Offenbach wears red and white jerseys, Eintracht prefers to play in black and red or black and white clothing.

All Bundesliga coaches

Well-known former players

All professional players since the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963/64 can be found under the list of football players from Eintracht Frankfurt .

Honorary captain football


All information as of the end of the 2019/20 season

Top scorer


2nd Bundesliga:

Record player


Most Bundesliga games Most Bundesliga goals
01. Karl-Heinz Körbel : 602 01. Bernd Hölzenbein : 160
02. Jürgen Grabowski : 441 02. Bernd Nickel : 138
03. Bernd Nickel : 426 03. Jürgen Grabowski : 108
04. Bernd Hölzenbein : 420 04. Alex Meier : 93
05. Ralf Falkenmayer : 337 05. Anthony Yeboah : 68
06. Manfred Binz : 336 06. Wilhelm Huberts : 67
07. Marco Russ : 280 07. Rüdiger Wenzel : 51
08. Alex Meier : 270 08. Bum-Kun Cha : 46
09. Willi Neuberger : 267 09 Wolfgang Solz : 46
10. Uwe Bindewald : 263 10. Karl-Heinz Körbel : 45

Current professional team

Squad 2020/21

Frankfurt team before a Europa League game against FC Salzburg on February 28, 2020
position No. Nat. player birthday In the team since Contract until BL games BL gates
goal 01 GermanyGermany Kevin Trapp July 8, 1990 2019 2024 169 00
29 GermanyGermany Felix Wiedwald March 15, 1990 2018 2021 073 00
32 DenmarkDenmark Frederik Rønnow Aug 4, 1992 2018 2022 011 00
Defense 02 FranceFrance Evan N'Dicka Aug 20, 1999 2018 2023 049 02
13 AustriaAustria Martin Hinteregger Sep 7 1992 2019 2024 134 14th
16 NetherlandsNetherlands Jetro Willems March 30, 1994 2017 2021 046 00
18th FranceFrance Almamy Touré Apr 28, 1996 2019 2023 026th 01
19th ArgentinaArgentina David Abraham (C)Captain of the crew July 15, 1986 2015 2021 171 05
20th JapanJapan Makoto Hasebe Jan. 18, 1984 2014 2021 311 07th
24 GermanyGermany Danny da Costa July 13, 1993 2017 2022 099 04th
25th GermanyGermany Erik Durm May 12, 1992 2019 2023 073 02
35 BrazilBrazil Tuta 4th July 1999 2019 2023 000 00
36 GermanyGermany Yannick Brugger Jan. 17, 2001 2018 2021 000 00
Guinea-aGuinea Simon Falette Feb 19, 1992 2017 2021 035 01
midfield 03 AustriaAustria Stefan Ilsanker May 18, 1989 2020 2022 091 02
08th SwitzerlandSwitzerland Djibril Sow Feb 6, 1997 2019 2024 030th 01
10 SerbiaSerbia Filip Kostic Nov 1, 1992 2018 2023 187 27
11 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Steven Zuber Aug 17, 1991 2020 2023 105 19th
15th JapanJapan Daichi Kamada Aug 5, 1996 2017 2021 031 02
17th GermanyGermany Sebastian Rode Oct 11, 1990 2019 2024 154 09
22nd United StatesUnited States Timothy Chandler March 29, 1990 2014 2022 215 12
26th GermanyGermany Nils Stendera Sep 30 2000 2014 2022 000 00
27 GermanyGermany Aymen Barkok May 21, 1998 2013 2022 042 02
28 GermanyGermany Dominik Kohr Jan. 31, 1994 2019 2024 171 04th
37 AustriaAustria Lukas Fahrnberger Jan. 8, 2001 2019 2021 000 00
42 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Marijan Ćavar Feb. 2, 1998 2018 2021 001 00
Storm 09 NetherlandsNetherlands Bas Dost May 31, 1989 2019 2022 109 44
21st GermanyGermany Ragnar Ache July 28, 1998 2020 2025 000 00
33 PortugalPortugal André Silva Nov 6, 1995 2019 2025 025th 12
38 AngolaAngola Jabez Makanda Aug 8, 2001 2018 2021 000 00
39 PortugalPortugal Gonçalo Paciência Aug 1, 1994 2018 2023 034 10
As of August 26, 2020

Entries and exits in the 2020/21 season

Accesses Departures
Summer 2020

Due to the postponement of the end of the 2019/20 season and the start of the 2020/21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DFB, together with the DFL and in consultation with FIFA, adjusted the summer transfer period (generally July 1 to August 31). The transfer window is open on July 1st (changeover period I.1) and from July 15 to October 5, 2020 (changeover period I.2). The first, one-day phase is intended in particular for the registration of contracts that have already been concluded starting on July 1st.

Trainer and staff

The Austrian Adi Hütter (here 2020) has been the head coach of the professionals since the 2018/19 season
Surname function
Coaching staff
Adi Hütter Head coach
Christian Peintinger Assistant coach
Armin Reutershahn Assistant coach
Jan Zimmermann Goalkeeping coach
Andreas Beck Head of Athletics, Prevention and Rehabilitation
Martin Spohrer Athletic trainer
Markus Murrer Athletic trainer
Andreas Biritz Athletic trainer
Sporting management
Bruno Huebner Sports director
Ben manga Chief scout
Christoph Preuss Team manager
Thomas Westphal Team manager
Andreas Möller Head of the youth training center


Overview of all jersey and main sponsors of Eintracht Frankfurt:


Overview of the jersey manufacturers from Eintracht Frankfurt:

  • 1974–1976 Adidas
  • 1976 00000admiral
  • 1977–1987 Adidas, and at times its subsidiary Erima
  • 1987-2001 Puma
  • 2001–2003 Fila as of February 1, 2000
  • 2003–2014 JAKO
  • 2014– Nike0000


Fan culture

The fan scene in Frankfurt is one of the most active in Germany and has more than 750 official fan clubs (EFC) that have been founded since the late 1960s and today have around 50,000 members. The fan clubs are run by the Eintracht Frankfurt Fanclubverband e. V. represented. Important and influential groups in the Frankfurt fan scene are the Ultras Frankfurt (UF97) founded in 1997 , the Fan and Funding Department (FuFA) founded in 2000 and the Nordwestkurve Frankfurt e. V. The city of Dreieich is considered to be one of the strongholds of Frankfurt's Eintracht , which is around 11 kilometers from Frankfurt city center.

The stadium's occupancy rate for home games is regularly over 90%, making the club one of the 30 most visited football clubs in Europe.

"The eagles" , one of the club's nicknames, is derived from the club's coat of arms . Among his supporters, the club is also very often SGE according to the traditional club name S port g emeinde E intracht called. The part of the name "Sportgemeinde" was dropped in 1968 by the club. The name Schlappekicker , which is rare today, comes from the early days of the club . In the pre-professional times, many players were employees of the local slipper factory ("Schlappe" is a dialectal term for slippers), the operator of which was also one of the club's patrons.

Due to the frequent alternation between sporting success and failure, the SGE is also known as the “moody diva from the Main”. The team apparently often performs well against stronger opponents, while supposedly weaker opponents are not taken seriously and the games are therefore lost. However, there is no statistical evidence of this fact.

Nevertheless, the name of a diva has been retained by the club itself and in the fan and media landscape to this day. There is a restaurant on the club's premises at Riederwald with this name, the official club magazine is called "Diva vom Main". Furthermore, the diva is sung about in various fan songs, also from the official side the harmony is sometimes referred to as a diva.


In the 1970s and 1980s, the song Im Wald daspiel die Eintracht was enormously popular, but has been more and more forgotten since the 1990s.

In 2003 the Duo Mundstuhl published the song Adler auf der Brust based on the Lightning Seeds melody Three Lions .

The 2008 song Forza-SGE by the thrash metal band Tankard achieved great popularity and is often played in the Waldstadion during half-time.

At the turn of the millennium, the song “In the Heart of Europe” established itself as the club's anthem. It was composed by two members of the Frankfurt Police Choir as a tribute to their city. The version of the song sung by the Frankfurt Police Choir is played at every home game before kick-off.

Also widespread is the song “Black and White Like Snow”, sung by the Frankfurt thrash metal band Tankard , which is also played before every home game. In 2006, 2017 and 2018 Tankard played the song live before the final of the DFB Cup in the Olympiastadion Berlin .


Traditional rivals are the Offenbacher Kickers (see Mainderby ). Other regional rivals are SV Darmstadt 98 , 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Karlsruher SC . To the city neighbor FSV Frankfurt (see Frankfurter Stadtderby ), on the other hand, there is a rather friendly, harmonious relationship today, due to the sporting and economic differences that do not allow any competition within the city. Encounters against 1. FSV Mainz 05 are not viewed as a derby by the Frankfurt supporters, even if they are sometimes referred to as such in media reports.

Fan friendships

Banner from Eintracht Frankfurt in recognition of the friendship with BSG Chemie Leipzig

At the end of the 1970s and in the course of the 1980s there were friendly contacts with fans of VfB Stuttgart , Hamburger SV , 1. FC Nürnberg and FC Schalke 04 , but they were all very short-lived. A brief friendship between part of the fan scene and Alemannia Aachen is also reported. The friendship with MSV Duisburg that lasted longer than the 1980s, but has since come to a standstill . Abroad, we have long-standing friendships with FC Wacker Innsbruck and Atalanta Bergamo . Within Germany, there are currently friendships with BSG Chemie Leipzig (since 2004) and SV Waldhof Mannheim . Both fan groups used to be very enemies and therefore the friendship with the Mannheimers is not shared, especially by older fans on both sides. This friendship arose on the basis of the mutual aversion to 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Kickers Offenbach .

Departments of the parent club (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Department 01: Gymnastics

The gymnastics department of Eintracht was founded on January 22nd, 1861, making it the oldest department of the club into which it was incorporated after its later founding. With over 3,000 members, including more than 800 children and young people, the department also the largest active field of sports of the club is. It is the department both in performance and in amateur sport active, offered sports are in addition to the classic turn sports and sports such as cheerleading , Aerobics , rhythmic gymnastics , badminton , volleyball or dancing .

After a year of second division, the women's team of the Frankfurt Turner team has been part of the Bundesliga since it was promoted again in 2009. The promotion team consisted of the gymnasts Veronika Ozanova, Lara Wondrak, Myriam Boeschen, Annabelle Hölzer and Silvie Wentzell from Weidenauer , who had started for Bordeaux in the French First League .

Ernst Winter

The most successful gymnast of the club is Ernst Winter , who was world champion on horizontal bar at the gymnastics world championships in Budapest in 1934 and Olympic champion in the all-round competition with the German national team in Berlin in 1936 .

At the German championships in 1931, 1932, 1934 and 1935 and at the German Gymnastics Festival in Stuttgart in 1933, he took second place in the individual all-around competition.

Winter fell in World War II.

Department 02: Football

Under the responsibility of the Eintracht Frankfurt club, the football department is responsible for youth teams, women's football and futsal .

The second team

The second team of Frankfurter Eintracht, the U23, last played in the Regionalliga Südwest and consisted for the most part of young players who moved up from their own youth.

The second team used to be called Eintracht Frankfurt Amateure, later as Eintracht Frankfurt Reserve and Eintracht Frankfurt II and, after several years in the Oberliga Hessen, played in the Regionalliga Südwest since summer 2012 . In addition, the second team took over for the SBU in the Hesse Cup part, which she won 1969th In addition, she was twice Hesse champion (1970 and 2002). At times, players from the Bundesliga team came to the U23, especially to gain match practice. After the DFL had lifted the obligation to field an U-23 team, Eintracht Frankfurt decided to dissolve the U-23 team trained by Alexander Schur and Patrick Glöckner on June 30, 2014.

Women's soccer

Since 2004, women's football has also been offered in the football department. The first team played in the third-class Regionalliga Süd until 2020 . For the 2020/21 season there was a merger with 1. FFC Frankfurt , which has since played as the Eintracht women's team in the Bundesliga .


  • Champion of the Regionalliga Süd (1): 2018
  • Hessenmeister (2): 2012, 2017
  • Hessen Cup Winner (2): 2013, 2019

Youth work

Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG maintains a youth performance center, which is located on the club's premises in Riederwald and was extensively modernized in autumn 2010. In addition to young football players, it is also used by young members from other fields. At the end of the 2013/14 season of the Regionalliga Südwest , the U23 was canceled after the DFL released the professional clubs from the obligation to provide a second team. Since then, the U19 has acted as an unofficial second team, which will compete in the season 2020/21 under the direction of Jürgen Kramny in the season south / southwest of the A-Juniors-Bundesliga .

The greatest successes include the three German championships (1982, 1983 and 1985) for the A juniors and four German championships (1977, 1980, 1991 and 2010) for the B juniors.


The futsal division was Hessian champions in 2006 and 2007 and South German champions in 2006.

Department 03: Athletics

The soccer department is the best-known division of the club, but the athletics department is the most successful.

Betty Heidler at the award ceremony in Osaka

In addition to more than 220 German championship titles in almost all athletic disciplines, Eintracht Frankfurt has produced numerous title holders and medal winners at international championships. So won z. B. Tilly Fleischer won the women's javelin competition at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin after she had won the bronze medal in this discipline in Los Angeles four years earlier. Heinz Ulzheimer also won such a medal over 800 meters at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. In addition, athletes from Eintracht Frankfurt represented the German colors at world and European championships. The youngest medal holder is the hammer thrower Kirsten Klose , who won the bronze medal in her discipline at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The German hammer throw champion , Betty Heidler , won first place and thus a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka . The department appears as LG Eintracht Frankfurt together with five other clubs.

Department 04: Hockey

Game scene TSV Mannheim - Eintracht Frankfurt

In the Eintracht hockey department, the focus is on the women's team. This plays in the hall in the 1st Bundesliga , while the first men's team took last place in 2005 in the 2nd Regionalliga Süd and was relegated. The women's team also achieved the greatest successes in the department's history when they won the German championship on the field in 1991 and in the hall in 1997. In addition, the European Cup Winners' Cup was won in 1990 .

Honorary captain hockey

Department 05: Boxing

The boxing department, founded in 1919, trains in the Frankfurt Klingerschule or on the training grounds of the Riederwald Stadium .

The boxing department had glorious years, especially in the 1950s. In 1954 , Erich Walter won the German light middleweight championship. Ossi Büttner, known in Frankfurt as the “bad boy”, was German heavyweight runner-up in 1955 and 1956.

Department 06: Tennis

Tennis hall on the Riederwald area in Seckbach

The tennis department of Frankfurter Eintracht was founded in the spring of 1920 and today plays on the tennis facility at Riederwald on 13 tennis courts and in a three-court indoor tennis hall. The first men's team rose to the Hessenliga for the first time in the club's history in 2006, the women compete in the association league. In 1980 and 1987 the division became German senior champions, and various national junior championships were also won. Michael Otto is the head of the tennis department.

Honorary captain tennis

Department 07: handball

The handball department, which has existed since 1921, is under the management of Markus Matthes and trains in the sports halls of the Friedrich Ebert and Konrad Haenisch Schools . The first men's team forms a syndicate with the gymnastics club Seckbach 1875 and currently plays in the regional league.

Department 08: Rugby

The rugby department has existed since the summer of 1923. Marko Deichmann is the department head .

There are men, women and youth teams. The game supervision is in the hands of Günter "Doktor" Fooßen. The captain of the first men's team is Dirk Bangert from Frankfurt . The striker has been playing for Eintracht for 10 years. The men's team currently plays in the regional league Hessen / Rhineland-Palatinate . The coach of the women's team is Andreas Weidemann . In summer they train on the Eintracht training ground in Frankfurt-Niederrad, in winter on the Riederwald.

Honorary captain rugby

Department 09: table tennis

The table tennis department of Eintracht is one of the most successful of the club. The women's team has been German champions seven times, the men's team played in the Bundesliga for 15 years . Although she only plays in the regional league today, she is still ranked 9th in the Bundesliga "Eternal Table".

The beginning in the twenties

In November 1924, Eintracht tennis players founded a table tennis department at the Jaé business college on Berger Strasse , which was headed by Otto Abel . Table tennis was initially played as a hobby within the club, and it was not until 1927 that the club took part in a tournament for the first time (in Darmstadt). The training facilities for the Eintracht players were rooms in the Helmholtz School . In 1930, Eintracht even hosted an international tournament that was won by the Hungarians who dominated this sport at the time. Successful players such as Karl Ziegler, Albert Schimmel and Karl-Heinz Eckardt (who later became President of the German Table Tennis Association ) played at Eintracht . In 1931 the founder of the department, Otto Abel, resigned due to a falling out within the club, and the players also turned their backs on the club.

The women's team as serial champions

Gaming was not revived until after the Second World War. In the destroyed city, the initiators from the hockey and handball departments, u. a. Heinz Fuß (* 1914), finally a suitable venue, the gym of the Comenius School. This laid the foundation for a successful new beginning. This success was mainly achieved by the Eintracht women's teams. The team around Gustel Cranz (with Ilse Donath , Neuland, Ria Häneli, Schimanski and Becker) became German champions in 1948 . In 1952, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959, six more national championship titles followed. Hanne Schlaf and Erna Brell also won individual German championship titles. In 1957 the players Hanne Schlaf, Hilde Bussmann , Ellen Hennemann , Marianne Blumenstein, Annemie Mann and Christel Bischof were awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf by Federal President Theodor Heuss , the highest honor for German athletes. Until 1966 the women were able to hold out in the Oberliga Südwest, then they were withdrawn from the then highest women's division due to line-up difficulties. In 1975 the team was even withdrawn from the Hessen League.

The men's team in the Bundesliga

The men's team around Werner Haupt was also able to catch up with the successes of their teammates at the end of the 1950s, in 1957 they failed with an 8: 8 only because of the poorer set ratio at TTC Mörfelden and only became runner-up. Hanne Schlaf and Wolf Berger became German mixed champions in 1959 .

When the men's table tennis Bundesliga was founded in 1966 , Eintracht was not yet there. She was fourth in the Oberliga Südwest and was therefore allowed to take part in the Bundesliga qualification, but failed there in her group at DJK TuSA 06 Düsseldorf . A year later, Eintracht achieved promotion to this top division. She quickly established herself in the Bundesliga and finished three seasons in third during the 1970s. Players like Heiner Lammers , Günter Köcher or the later national coach Klaus Schmittinger were among the pillars of the team.

In 1980 table tennis unity, which was struggling to finance the increasing financial needs of the Bundesliga operations, had success with a request that was very unusual for the time: The Chinese Table Tennis Association agreed that the Chinese individual champion from 1975, Wang Jiang Quang , moved to Frankfurt to. Wang was the first Chinese player in the German Bundesliga. At the same time, through the mediation of the South Korean Eintracht soccer player Bum Kun Cha, the change of the then best table tennis player in the country, Park Lee-hee , to Eintracht.

The 80/81 season was very successful, but at the end of the season the main club of the department cut 25 percent of its budget. The game operations in the Bundesliga could be maintained with difficulty, but at the end of the following season, after 15 years in the Bundesliga, they were relegated. The team stayed in the 2nd Bundesliga until they had to be withdrawn to the 2nd District League in 1991 for financial reasons.

Further table tennis sources

Department 10: Basketball

The basketball department was established in 1954. The basketball players played in the basketball league ( BBL ) of the German Basketball Federation ( DBB ) for two seasons, from 1967 to 1969 , and in the 1979/80 season . In 1975, Eintracht was a founding member of the 2nd basketball league .

The men's team currently plays in the Regionalliga Südwest. The games are played in the sports hall of the Wöhlerschule (250 seats). The women's team also plays in the regional league. The basketball department of Eintracht Frankfurt operates intensive youth work. The male U19 team is represented in the youth basketball league (NBBL).

Department 11: Ice Sports

The ice sports department was founded on December 9, 1959, and between 2002 and 2006 the department was exclusively dedicated to ice stock sport . Since 2006, the curling division of Eintracht Frankfurt has been part of the ice sports department.

A women's team and two men's teams from the ice stock division are represented in the Bundesliga. The teams train in the ice rink in Frankfurt am Bornheimer Hang .

Department 12: volleyball

The Eintracht volleyball department has existed since 1961. After great successes in the 1970s and 1980s, in which Eintracht teams played in the first and second Bundesliga, things got a little quieter in the 1990s. From 2006 to 2011 the women played in the third highest German division (Regionalliga-Südwest). In 2012/13 the men played in the Regionalliga-Südwest and rose as champions in the Third League South , where they played until 2015. In 2016, the women rose to the Third League South . There are currently five women, three men and four youth teams active in the Eagle Bearers.

Honorary captain volleyball

Department 13: Fan and Funding Department

The Fan and Funding Department (FuFA) of Eintracht Frankfurt was founded on December 11, 2000 as the 13th department of Eintracht Frankfurt. With over 29,000 members (as of September 2017), it is the largest department of the association.

Among other things, the FuFA organizes trips away to Bundesliga matches for the Eintracht Bundesliga team. In addition, the FuFA collected donations in order to have duplicates made of the trophies won by Eintracht Frankfurt, the UEFA Cup and DFB Cup, as well as the championship trophy won in 1959 .

Department 14: Ice Hockey

The first ice hockey department

The Frankfurt ice rink , 1981–1991 venue for ice hockey unity

The first ice hockey department of Eintracht was founded in 1959 by Rudi Gramlich and played their first game on January 14, 1960. The ice hockey unity played in front of an often low backdrop in the major league . In the 1968/69 season he was promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time, but only for one year.

After long years in the league, after the opening and the move to the new ice rink on Ratsweg in December 1981, sporting success and the interest of the spectators returned: in 1982 they were promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga, in 1986 they even got promoted to the 1 . Bundesliga. Membership in the ice hockey Bundesliga was characterized by changing sporting success and growing debts. The license for the new season could only be obtained with difficulty. Unprofessional management, an expensive team and the Eintracht Frankfurt ice hockey department's lack of freedom of action let the mountain of debt grow to over seven million DM. In order not to endanger the main club in the event of a possible bankruptcy of the ice hockey department, the board of the entire club therefore decided in March 1991 to separate the ice hockey department from the main club.

The previous ice hockey department of Eintracht was then re-established on March 5, 1991 as Frankfurt ESC "Die Löwen" and initially downgraded to the regional league. The club rose very quickly to the 1st Bundesliga, played from 1994 to 2010 under the name Frankfurt Lions in the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) and won the German championship in 2004 . After the 2009/10 season , however, the club had to file for bankruptcy. The previous parent club Young Lions Frankfurt now plays under the name Löwen Frankfurt in the DEL2 .


On July 1, 2002, another ice hockey department was established in Eintracht after the players of the dissolved EHC Frankfurt 1988 e. V. switched to Eintracht. The first season you played in the Landesliga Hessen. In the 2003/04 season one reached under the player- coach Jay McNeill the 6th place in the Regionalliga Hessen , but moved the team back to the regional league after the season. In the 2004/05 season, Eintracht was superior champions of the national league and played again in the 2005/06 season in the regional league, in which they could keep up surprisingly well and could just celebrate relegation. In the 2006/07 season, after a massive change in personnel, the class could no longer be held, but in the following 2007/08 regional league season, after an unexpectedly strong season, they returned to the Regionalliga Hessen. For the 2009/10 season, this league was merged with the Regionalliga NRW to form the Regionalliga West, whereby the Eintracht under the department head Alexander Hermann changed to the newly founded Hessenliga .

Department 15: Darts

After two months of preparation, the darts department was founded on July 1, 2006 as the 15th department in coordination with the advisory board. With this department, the club intends to further expand its range of popular and competitive sports.

Department 16: Triathlon

The department was founded in 1992 under the umbrella of PSV Blau-Gelb and moved to Eintracht in January 2008. It promotes both popular and competitive sports. Georg Heckens is the founder and department head. The members of the triathlon division include over 1,000 ambitious amateur and professional athletes, who represent the largest triathlon club in Germany. The triathlon department and its athletes are represented in the following leagues of the Hessian Triathlon Association:

  • 1. Hessenliga 1 women's team
  • 2. Hessenliga 1 women's and 1 men's team
  • 3. Hessenliga 1 men's team
  • 4. Hessenliga 1 men's team
  • 5. Hessenliga 1 men's team 1 U-23 team
  • Senior league: 3 teams (1 women's, 2 men's teams)
  • Master league: 1 men's team

as well as in the Regionalliga Mitte women and men of the German Triathlon League

Department 17: Ultimate Frisbee

The Eintracht Frankfurt Ultimate team had been organized in the rugby department since spring 2007. An independent Ultimate department has existed since 2015.

Eintracht Frankfurt is represented in the divisions Mixed (Mrs. Rauscher & the Bembelboys, Flachmixer), Women (Mrs. Rauscher), Open (Sturm & Drang) and U14 (Liliputs). The mixed team is one of the leading teams in Germany and took part in the XEUCF Club European Championship 2009 in London and the XEUCF 2013 in Bordeaux . The women won the German second league indoor championship in 2008. In the 2013 outdoor season, Ms. Rauscher & the Bembelboys reached 11th place in the Mixed DM 1st League, Ms. Rauscher 6th place in the Women's DM 2nd League and Sturm & Drang 2nd place in the Open DM 2nd League.

Department 18: table football

In July 2016 a table football department was founded. After just two years, the department had 60 members.

The most important trophy in European club football was won in 2018. In the final of the ITSF European Champions League they beat last year's winner Evry les Coyotes from France with 40:33 . The following year the women could do the same as the men.

Department: Fencing

On January 1, 2017, fencing has been back at Eintracht Frankfurt for the first time since the early 1970s . Most of the fencers at UFC Frankfurt, which broke up at the end of 2016, switched to Eintracht.

Department: eSports

On January 16, 2019, the Frankfurters started with their own eSports team in the VBL Club Championship . In the end, Eintracht finished 16th and qualified for the playoffs.


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