Monday, November 5, 2007
Eintracht Frankfurt is a German sports club, based in Frankfurt, Hesse that is best known for its football team.
The origins of the side go back to a pair of football clubs founded in 1899: Frankfurter Fußball-Club Viktoria von 1899 – regarded as the "original" football side in the club's history – and Frankfurter Fußball-Club Kickers von 1899. These two teams merged in May of 1911 to become Frankfurter FV (Kickers-Viktoria), which in turn joined the gymnastics club Frankfurter Turngemeinde von 1861 to form TuS Eintracht Frankfurt von 1861 in 1920.
At the time, sports in Germany was dominated by nationalistic gymnastics organizations, and under pressure from that sport's governing authority, the gymnasts and footballers went their separate ways again in 1927, as Turngemeinde Eintracht Frankfurt von 1861 and Sportgemeinde Eintracht Frankfurt (FFV) von 1899.
Through the late 20's and into the 30's Eintracht won a handful of local and regional championships, but never made it very far in the national championship rounds except for 1932 when they became runners-up in the German national championship (the final was lost 0-2 to Bayern Munich). In 1933, German football was re-organized into sixteen Gauligen under the Third Reich and the club played first division football in the Gauliga Südwest, consistently finishing in the upper half of the table and winning their division in 1938.
They picked up where they left off after World War II playing as a solid side in the first division Oberliga Süd, capturing division titles in 1953 and 1959. Their biggest success came on the heels of that second divisional title as they went on to a 5:3 victory over Kickers Offenbach to take the German national title and followed up immediately with an outstanding run in the European Champions Cup. Eintracht lost 3:7 to Real Madrid in an exciting final widely regarded as one of the best football matches ever played.
The side continued to play good football and earned themselves a place as one of the original sixteen teams selected to play in the Bundesliga, Germany's new professional football league, formed in 1963. Eintracht played Bundesliga football for thirty-three seasons finishing in the top half of the table more often than not. Their best Bundesliga performances were five third-place finishes: they ended just two points back of champion VfB Stuttgart in 1991-1992.
They also narrowly avoided relegation on several occasions. In 1984, they defeated MSV Duisburg 6:1 on aggregate, and in 1989 they beat 1. FC Saarbrücken 4:1 on aggregate, in two-game playoffs. Eintracht finally slipped and were relegated to 2.Bundesliga for the 1996-97 season. At the time that they were sent down along with 1. FC Kaiserslautern, these teams were two of only four sides that had been in the Bundesliga since the league's inaugural season.
It looked as though they would be out again in 1998-1999, but they pulled through by beating defending champions Kaiserslautern 5:1 away, while Nürnberg unexpectedly lost at home, to give Eintracht the break they needed to stay up. The following year, in another struggle to avoid relegation, the club was "fined" two points by the DFB (Deutscher Fussball Bund or German Football Association) for financial misdeeds, but pulled through with a win by a late goal over SSV Ulm on the last day of the season. The club was plagued by financial difficulties again in 2004 before once more being relegated.
Since 1997, Eintracht has bounced between the top two divisions and has often kept its fans on edge over whether or not the side would be demoted, but in the 2005-06 season supporters learned earlier than is often the case that the club would stay up, as they finished their Bundesliga season in 14th place, three points clear of relegation.
In the 2006-07 campaign Eintracht secured the Bundesliga spot on the 33rd day again.
As of 2007 Eintracht has over 10 million sympathisers in Germany.
Founding member of the Bundesliga
The club has enjoyed considerable success in competition outside the Bundesliga. Eintracht famously lost the European Cup final to Real Madrid on May 18 1960 at Hampden Park 7-3 in front of 127,621 spectators. It is one of the most talked about European matches of all time, with Di Stéfano scoring 3 and Puskás scoring the other 4 for Real.
They won the German Cup in 1974, 1975, 1981, and 1988, and took the UEFA Cup over another German team – Borussia Mönchengladbach – in 1980. More recently, Eintracht were the losing finalists in the 2006 German Cup. Their opponents in the final, Bayern Munich, Bundesliga champions that year, qualified to participate in the Champions League. As a result Eintracht received the Cup winner's place in the UEFA Cup where they advanced to the group stage.
As of 17th September, 2007.
The players in bold typeface are still active in football.
¹ - Player is currently playing for the club.
Dr. Peter Kunter
Jan Åge Fjørtoft
Dragoslav Stepanović Famous players
The following team was voted the greatest ever Eintracht Frankfurt team by supporters.
Anthony Yeboah Greatest ever team
World Cup 1954 - Germany
World Cup 1974 - Germany
World Cup 1990 - Germany
Uwe Bein World Cup Winners in Frankfurt
Current club staff
1955 Rudolf Gramlich
1970 Albert Zellekens
1973 Achaz von Thümen
1981 Axel Schander
1983 Klaus Gramlich
1988 Joseph Wolf/Matthias Ohms
1996 Dieter Lindner/Hans Joachim Otto
1996 Rolf Heller
2000 Peter Fischer Club Presidents
1919 Albert Sohn
1921 Dori Kürschner
1925 Maurice Parry
1926 Fritz Egly/Walter Dietrich
1927 Gustav Wieser
1928 Paul Oßwald
1933 Willi Spreng
1935 Paul Oßwald
1939 Otto Boer (caretaker)
1939 Péter Szabó
1941 Willi Lindner (caretaker)
1942 Péter Szabó (caretaker)
1942 Willi Balles (caretaker)
1945 Willy Pfeiffer (caretaker)
1945 Sepp Herberger (caretaker)
1946 Emil Melcher
1947 Willi Treml
1948 Bernhard Kellerhoff
1949 Walter Hollstein
1950 Kurt Windmann
1956 Adolf Patek
1958 Paul Oßwald
1964 Ivica Horvat
1965 Elek Schwartz
1968 Erich Ribbeck
1973 Dietrich Weise
1976 Hans-Dieter Roos
1976 Gyula Lóránt
1977 Jürgen Grabowski (caretaker)
1977 Dettmar Cramer
1978 Otto Knefler
1978 Udo Klug (caretaker)
1979 Friedel Rausch
1980 Lothar Buchmann
1982 Helmut Senekowitsch
1982 Branko Zebec
1983 Klaus Mank (caretaker)
1983 Dietrich Weise
1986 Timo Zahnleiter
1987 Karl-Heinz Feldkamp
1988 Pál Csernai
1988 Jörg Berger
1991 Dragoslav Stepanović
1993 Horst Heese
1993 Klaus Toppmöller
1994 Karl-Heinz Körbel (caretaker)
1994 Jupp Heynckes
1995 Karl-Heinz Körbel
1996 Dragoslav Stepanović
1996 Rudolf Bommer (caretaker)
1997 Horst Ehrmantraut
1998 Bernhard Lippert (caretaker)
1999 Reinhold Fanz
1999 Jörg Berger
1999 Felix Magath
2001 Rolf Dohmen
2001 Friedel Rausch
2001 Martin Andermatt
2002 Armin Kraaz (caretaker)
2002 Willi Reimann
2004 Friedhelm Funkel Managers/Head Coaches
Home victory, Bundesliga: 9-1 vs. Rot-Weiss Essen, October 5, 1974
Away victory, Bundesliga: 8-1 . Rot-Weiss Essen, May 7, 1977
Home loss, Bundesliga: 0-7 vs. Karlsruher SC, September 19, 1964
Away loss, Bundesliga: 0-7 vs. 1.FC Köln, October 29, 1983
Highest home attendance: 81,000 vs. FK Pirmasens, May 23, 1959
Highest away attendance: 127,621 vs. Real Madrid, Hampden Park, Glasgow, May 18, 1960
Highest average attendance, season: 47,625, 2006-2007
Most appearances, all competitions total: 718, Karl-Heinz "Charly" Körbel 1972–1991
Most appearances, Bundesliga: 602, Karl-Heinz "Charly" Körbel 1972–1991
Most goals scored, total: 201, Bernd Hölzenbein 1967–1981
Most goals scored, Bundesliga: 160, Bernd Hölzenbein 1967–1981
Most goals scored, season, Bundesliga: 26, Bernd Hölzenbein, 1976/77 Records
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