Eagle Eye #79 – Bundesliga Edition 15. August 2015

Dear Eagles around the globe,

Finally, the summer break is over. Last week, Eintracht played their first regular season match against Bremer SV. The fifth-division side showed a great performance, but in the end, were no big hurdle for Eintracht to enter the second German Cup round. The Frankfurters won the match with a score line of 3-0.

Tomorrow, on Sunday, 16 August 2015 (kick-off at 15.30 CET), the Eagles have a tough nut to crack when they face current German Cup holders and vice champions VfL Wolfsburg for a Bundesliga matchday 1 encounter. Nevertheless, with new signings Stefan Reinartz, Heinz Lindner, David Abraham, Luc Castaignos, Lukas Hradecky and Mijat Gacinovic improving the team, we hope (and believe) that Eintracht will have a decent chance collecting at least one point in Volkswagen Arena.

Our newsletter contains information on the upcoming match against the Wolves, on what our players have been up to lately, and on a voyage to China. Also, we have compiled a short overview of all of Eintracht’s summer signings for you.

As always, keep on following Frankfurt – over land and sea!

Sincerely yours,

The English Eintracht Internet Team

In dieser Ausgabe:

+ #VFLSGE: The Preview!
 - - Bundesliga Matchday 1 -

+ #VFLSGE: Facts & Figures
 - - Bundesliga Matchday 1 -

+ Summer Signings
 - - Introduction of all of Eintracht's new Arrivals -

+ Kick-Off to the new Season!
 - - Social Media Review -

+ Teaching Kids how to Play Football
 - - Eintracht's Football Academy in China -


#VFLSGE: The Preview!
- Bundesliga Matchday 1 -

Eintracht's Japanese international Makoto Hasebe used to play for 
Wolfsburg. The picture was taken during the DFB Cup match v. Bremer
Finally, the waiting is over. On Sunday, 16 August 2015  (kick-off at
15.30 CET), Eintracht will play their first Bundesliga  match of the
2015/16 campaign. The Eagles' opponents are vice-champions  VfL

Kick-off: Sunday (16 August 2015), 15.30 CET
Venue: Volkswagen Arena (Wolfsburg)
Referee: Christian Dingert (58 Bundesliga matches)
You can find English news on the Wolves HERE (VfL website) and
HERE (bundesliga.com).
The Wolves, last season's German Cup winners and Bundesliga vice
champions, have recently won the DFL Supercup against Bayern
München.  Their most prominent new signing is former Borussia
Mönchengladbach  forward Max Kruse, who is also a German
international. With stars such  as Kevin De Bruyne and Luiz Gustavo, VfL
will be a tough nut to crack  for Eintracht.
You can follow live updates via the English language live match  
center. All key events such as goals, shots, subs, fouls, cards and     
  so on will be posted as and when they happen. Plus you'll get the  
line-ups, statistics and live tweets. Click HERE from kick-off
To find out about  channels in your country showing Bundesliga      
matches (outside Germany),  you can check the league's list of      
international broadcasting partners HERE.
Follow our English language channels on TWITTER and FACEBOOK (hashtags

#VFLSGE: Facts & Figures
- Bundesliga Matchday 1 -

Eintracht's new goalkeeper: Finnish international Lukas Hradecky
The Eagles are faced with a tough task on the first matchday of  the
2015/16 campaign. Their opponents, VFL Wolfsburg, are one of 
Eintracht’s bogey teams.


  VfL have only lost four of their 26 BL meetings with Frankfurt (W12,
  SGE’s win percentage against Wolfsburg is lower than against any
other team they’ve played over at least two BL seasons (15.4%).
  Frankfurt have faced Wolfsburg away from home on 13 occasions in  the
BL but have only returned home with all three points once (D5, L7). 
Their only victory in Wolfsburg (2-0 in December 2012) was also their 
only clean sheet there to date.
  However, last season, Eintracht were able to collect one point in
Wolfsburg. On matchday 2, they drew with the Wolves (2-2).

Check out further statistics ahead of the match.: 

Summer Signings
- Introduction of all of Eintracht's new Arrivals -

Left to right: Stefan Reinartz, Luc Castaignos, Manager Armin Veh, Heinz
Lindner, David Abraham
Eintracht signed some promising talents this summer. Seven  recruits
joined the first team, mostly from all over Europe. One player  comes
from Argentina, and one from Eintracht's own youth academy.

The 24-year old Austrian international goalkeeper Heinz Lindner  signed
a two-year contract with Eintracht. He joined from SK Austria  Wien. In
2013, when Austria Wien won the title, Lindner was awarded the 
"Goalkeeper of the Season" trophy. In 2013/14, he made his
debut in the  UEFA Champions League (six UCL appearances).
Finland international goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky joined Eintracht 
Frankfurt on a three-year deal. Hradecky has made 120 appearances in the
 Danish league, 69 of them for Brondby IF, his last club. He was part of
 all Finland youth teams and made 21 caps as the first team's goalkeeper
 since 2010.
29-year-old central defender David Abraham joined the Eagles from TSG 
1899 Hoffenheim, where he played for the last two and a half years. 
Argentinian-born Abraham came to Europe in 2008 from Independiente de 
Avellaneda to Basel FC (three Swiss titles), then joined Getafe in 
Spain. He spent the first half of the 2012/2013 season in La Liga before
 joining Hoffenheim in January 2013.
Serbian Under-20 talent Mijat Gacinovic joined from FK Vojvodina Novi 
Sad on a four-year contract. The 20-year old will support SGE's 
midfield, he played 50 games for Novi Sad (twelve goals, five assists) 
and won the Under-20 World Cup 2015 with Serbia in New Zealand (seven 
Stefan Reinartz (148 league games, eleven goals) joined from Bayer 
Leverkusen. Ahead of the 2008/2009 campaign, he became a pro at Bayer 
but joined 1. FC Nürnberg on loan for the second half of the
season.  After that, his career at Leverkusen took off, Reinartz gained
Champions  League experience and played three caps for Germany.
22-year old striker Luc  Castaignos joined  the Eagles from the Dutch
Eredivisie team Twente  Enschede. In 131 league  matches for Twente and
Feyernord, he scored  56  goals. Castaignos signed a four-year contract
with SGE.
17-year old Enis Bunjaki made the move to SGE's  first team from the
Under-19 side, where Bunjaki will keep gaining match  experience. The
talented striker was trained in Eintracht's youth  academy.

Kick-Off to the new Season!
- Social Media Review -

Follow SGE's new goalie Heinz Lindner on Facebook!
Heinz Lindner at “Heimspiel”
Another newcomer, Heinz Lindner, has been with the Eagles for a  couple
of weeks now. Past Monday, he had his first TV appearance as SGE  goalie
in the Hessian sports programme “Heimspiel”. (...)

Read the Social Media Review!: 

Teaching Kids how to Play Football
- Eintracht's Football Academy in China -

Currently, a delegation from Eintracht’s "Football Academy" is
on a promotion tour in the People’s Republic of China. Former SGE
sweeper Manfred “Manni” Binz, former SGE playmaker Ervin Skela and
football academy staff member Manuel Hiemenz have travelled to Changsha,
a city with seven million inhabitants in South Central China, to show
kids how a professional football training looks like.
The training sessions are held on the school grounds of Yali High
School, one of the few Chinese institutions that have a long tradition
of teaching kids how to play football. Thus, it does not come as a big
surprise that last season’s Bundesliga top scorer, SGE’s Alex Meier, is
not unfamiliar to the school kids.
Ervin Skela, a former Albanian international who used to play for
Eintracht until the summer of 2004, is fascinated by the kids’ spirit
and enthusiasm. “At first, they were a bit shy, but once the ice was
broken, they opened up and became eager to get the coaches’ advice”,
Skela said. “The children are very determined and focused, we have a lot
of fun together. They immediately try to follow our instructions. Of
course, the conditions here in China are different than in Germany, but
we get along very well.”
Former German international Manni Binz concurs with Skela’s statement.
He added, “I had expected more difficulties. But the training sessions
are great, and the Chinese hospitality is very warm-hearted.”
SGE’s “ambassadors” will stay in Changsha until 17 August. The voyage
was initiated by ex-SGE goalie Thomas Ernst, who works, among others, as
an intermediary in the field of sports.
Football Academy
Eintracht’s Football Academy, promoted and led by Eintracht legend
Charly Körbel, gives kids a meaningful use of their leisure time by
teaching them how to train like professional football players. In doing
so, the football school also helps in discovering and developing young
talents early on. The academy conducts football camps from one to five
days, for example during public school holidays and on weekends.

Here, you can find more information on Eintracht's Football Academy.: 


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