Eintracht Frankfurt Season Preview 2015/16
- Founding Date: March 8, 1899
The Commerzbank Arena of Frankfurt
- Stadium Name: Commerzbank-Arena, 51,500 capacity
- Nickname: Die Adler (The Eagles)
- Colours: Red, Black and White
- Rivals: Mainz 05, Kaiserslautern, Kickers Offenbach, Darmstadt
After their up-and-down season 2014/15, where they hoped to qualify for the Europa League in winter, only to end up in no man’s land, Frankfurt will certainly look to get more consistency into their performances.
The team scored 56 goals but conceded 62 goals last season so their defence is certainly a point that they will look to improve. Veh made the first steps to stabilize the defence by signing a number of well known defensive players like David Abraham and Stefan Reinarzt. Much will be down to the man between the goal posts as well. May it be Hradecky or Lindner – none of them will have it easy to fill the gap Trapp left as he joined PSG last month.
Eintracht Frankfurt has already spent the Trapp money on a few players, some of them were mentioned before, but they still need to bring some depth into their squad. With reportly remaining 2 million euros on their transfer budget, it could be taff to strengthen the depth on the fullback, left wing and playmaker position. It will be interesting to see what Armin Veh can make of this situation.
3 Key Players:
- Alexander Meier: The Bundesliga top-scorer of the 2014/15 season will be a key-factor for Frankfurts season. After scoring 19 goals in 26 appereances last season, the captain will start this season injured after carrying his knee-injury into this season. But the striker will be ready to fire again when he will be fit to play in his 10th season as a Frankfurt striker.
- Carlos Zambrano: The central defender is undoubtly one of the best defenders in the league but only when he puts his mind together. After giving away to many stupid fouls and getting to many stupid cards the fans hope that the player finally steps up to his potential.
- Haris Seferovic: The striker from Switzerland will have to prove that he can perform without the big man Alex Meier beside him during the start of the season. And he showed that he has his scoring boots on already as he scored two goals during Frankfurts win against Unterhaching in the DFB Pokal’s first round clash. He definetly has the backing oft he fans as his passion and commitment for the club are more than just visible.
from left to right: Stendera, Seferovic, Meier and Hasebe will be looking to celebrate some goals again this season
3 Players to look out for:
- Marc Stendera: The 19-year old playmaker is expected to play his break through season this year. The German always got stopped from playing more games at a stretch as he had bad luck with injuries.
- Luca Waldschmidt: The striker could get some game time during this season as he proofed his qualities in pre-season as well as in Frankfurt’s cup game against Unterhaching. The 19-year old German can play as a striker and as a winger.
- David Kinsombi: The defender already played a few games last season and might get even more playing time at the start of this season as Frankfurt faces many injury problems, especially on the full-back position. Although this isn’t the 19-year old central defender’s favourite position he will definetly grab his chance.
Squad picture 2015/16
Manager Armin Veh has his say: „Everybody at the club is aiming high and everybody knows that we are at a club where the expectations of the fans are naturally higher than the expectations the players can fulfill. But we know as well that everything is possible with the help of our fans – we just have to believe that we can win every game we play. The fans are dreaming of the Europa League and I do it as well. But realistically, I see us between 12th and 8th place.“
Summary: All in all it could be a great season for the Moody Diva. If Frankfurt gets their defensive problems sorted they can compete for european places.
Expected finish: 11th place.