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!
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 SV. 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 Wolfsburg. VFL WOLFSBURG - EINTRACHT FRANKFURT Kick-off: Sunday (16 August 2015), 15.30 CET Venue: Volkswagen Arena (Wolfsburg) Referee: Christian Dingert (58 Bundesliga matches) THE OPPONENT You can find English news on the Wolves HERE (VfL website) and HERE (bundesliga.com). BUILD-UP 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. LIVE MATCH INFO 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 onwards. LIVE TV COVERAGE 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. SOCIAL MEDIA Follow our English language channels on TWITTER and FACEBOOK (hashtags #SGE, #VFLSGE). #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. HISTORY VfL have only lost four of their 26 BL meetings with Frankfurt (W12, D10). 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.: http://www.eintracht.de/newsletter/link.php?id=5e8ad5bc134c9875a7a929669991475c 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. HEINZ LINDNER (24), GOAL, #13 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). LUKAS HRADECKY (25), GOAL, #1 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. DAVID ABRAHAM (29), DEFENSE, #19 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. MIJAT GACINOVIC (20), MIDFIELD, #11 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 appearances). STEFAN REINARTZ (26), MIDFIELD, #7 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. LUC CASTAIGNOS (22), FORWARD, #30 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. ENIS BUNJAKI (17), FORWARD, #38 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!: http://www.eintracht.de/newsletter/link.php?id=6ae7c5d2d0646fb96cd476f14ad39d8b 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.: http://www.eintracht.de/newsletter/link.php?id=ac5a73212e985475a080e623223d9c6c Imprint: http://www.eintracht.de/english/imprint © YUM new media Newsletter System v.3.2.6