Eintracht Frankfurt plays in the Bundesliga, the top tier of German football, representing the town of the same name. Today’s club is derived from two Frankfurt clubs founded in 1899 who merged together in May 1911. Always performing well in the regional competitions that pre-dated the establishment of the Bundesliga, they took the German national title in 1959 which they followed up by an exciting run in the 1960 European Cup where they lost to Real Madrid in a ten goal thriller, regarded by many as one of the greatest football matches of all times. The final margin of defeat was 3-7 with Alfredo Di Stefano scoring a hat trick for Real with their other four goals being scored by Puskas.
This kind of form earned Eintracht an invitation to participate along with fifteen other clubs in the initial season of the Bundesliga in 1963 and for no fewer than thirty three seasons remained in the top division, more often than not earning a place in the top half of the table. Five times runner up, once being only two points light of the eventual champions, Eintracht also flirted with relegation, twice avoiding it only with playoff victories and eventually their lucky spell came to an end. The 1996-97 season saw them in the second division accompanied by 1. FC Kaiserslautern, these teams being two of only four that had been in the Bundesliga since the league's inaugural season.
Following seasons saw Eintracht bounce around between first and second divisions. The last relegation came after the 2010-11 season, ironically after a first half to the season where Eintracht set a record for the most points scored up to that stage of the year. However a year later, Eintracht won their covered Bundesliga place back. The popularity of the team and the football that they consistently play was demonstrated by the fact that Eintracht enjoyed the 16th highest attendance in Europe, well ahead of such major clubs as Celtic, Inter and Paris St Germain.
Eintracht is a club that has traditionally fared well in cup competitions. 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. As their opponents, Bayern Munich, were Bundesliga champions and played in the Champions League Eintracht received the Cup winner's place in the UEFA Cup where they advanced to the group stage.
Several players who represented Germany in winning World Cup teams were picked whilst playing for Eintracht. These included Alfred Pfaff (1954), Jürgen Grabowski and Bernd Hölzenbein (1974) and Uwe Bein (1990). In addition two players received Olympic medals: Jay-Jay Okocha winning gold for Nigeria in 1996 and Ralf Sievers bronze for Germany in 1988.
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