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Eintracht Frankfurt in the realm of the heavyweights

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Of: Ingo Durstewitz

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Jens Petter Hauge (left) and Kristijan Jakic from Eintracht Frankfurt. © HMB Media / Imago Images

Eintracht Frankfurt is growing steadily and by participating in the premier class, it is not only able to retain players like Jakic and Hauge.

Frankfurt – So now Real Madrid, the Royals, los Galácticos. Another myth. The next highlight of a year rich in highlights awaits Eintracht Frankfurt on August 10th, then the Uefa Supercup in Helsinki is on the program, then the Europa League winner from Frankfurt meets the newly crowned Champions League winner Real Madrid. It is the pinnacle of European club football. Another milestone in the history of the club for Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Hessian club will definitely approach this big game (entrance fee 3.5 million euros, prize money one million) with maximum seriousness, it’s about prestige and glory. Which is why there is only one clear goal: “We don’t go into a game and say: ‘It’s great that we’re there’. We always go in with ambitions to win, we want to win the Supercup,” says coach Oliver Glasner, who watched the final on Saturday evening between Real Madrid and FC Liverpool (1-0) in his home town of Upper Austria on the television screen and had his own scout sent to France. “I said to one of our analysts, ‘You’re not on vacation yet. I want you to be in the stadium in Paris.’” You want to be well prepared for the game of games, even if even the junior coach of SV Schottheide-Frasselt could probably recite the benefits of the white ballet in his sleep.

Eintracht Frankfurt is somehow capable of everything

Will Eintracht Frankfurt, after Betis Sevilla and the glorious FC Barcelona, ​​now also teach the royal world club from Madrid to fear? The Frankfurt club from the heart of Europe is somehow capable of anything.

The development of Eintracht is amazing, only Corona was able to slow down the club for a short time, but the turbo, the booster, has long since been ignited again. The Europa League triumph acts like a renewed growth accelerator, on all levels – economically and in terms of image. Coach Glasner was able to experience this during his short vacation with his family on Crete, when he could no longer stroll through the streets unnoticed. “European Cup is everywhere in Europe,” he says. “We drove into town once, it was all: photo, photo, autograph, autograph.” He thoroughly enjoyed it.

The great season has had only positive effects for Eintracht, the auditing company KPMG, for example, now lists the club as a heavyweight for the first time and places it in the top 32 of the most valuable football clubs in the world. With a value of 428 million euros, Eintracht ranks 23rd, from Germany only Borussia Dortmund is represented in 13th place (1.226 billion) and Bayern Munich in fourth place (2.749 billion). This is an outstanding award for the club and not entirely unimportant when it comes to the search for a financially strong partner who should strategically support Eintracht in the future. Because it is clear that the Hessians will soon be launching new capital measures to straighten out the corona dents, increase equity and generally be competitive at a high level. Because the club is already coming from a fairly high level, which is leveling off below the top of the Bundesliga – at least that’s what the published DFL figures say, according to which only six clubs in the Bundesliga spend more money on their staff than Eintracht (97.6 Millions). Eintracht is also in the first third when it comes to consultant fees, paying almost 15.7 million to agents as commissions. That’s a heap of wood and about as much as three years ago, when she had to serve similarly high demands from the intermediaries.

In general, it should be noted in the DFL report that Eintracht is based on the 2021 calendar year and not the 20/21 season. So the numbers may well be watered down. For example, the DFL recorded a loss of almost ten million euros, but Eintracht CFO Oliver Frankenbach recently put the loss for the past season at 23 million euros, compared to 36.1 the year before.

Of course, participating in the Champions League now gives the club more leeway. Eintracht will not deviate from their general strategy and will not take any financial risks, but there are now two or three more expensive transfers that the club could not have afforded if the final in Seville had been lost and he was involved would have stood empty-handed. In retrospect, too, the enormous drop in this one game becomes clear.

Rumors about Bochum’s Polter and Bayern’s Roca

In any case, Eintracht will get an additional striker, although the track to Bochum’s Sebastian Polter has cooled off a bit. For midfield, interest in Bayern professional Marc Roca is stored. But Eintracht will not pay eight million euros, as allegedly demanded by Munich, for the 25-year-old. The defensive midfielder only made nine appearances last season, none of them over 90 minutes.

Eintracht will still have to improve in defensive midfield, where they are relatively thinly manned, precisely because nobody can seriously predict how long Captain Sebastian Rode’s previously damaged knee joints will last. The 31-year-old cannot even be replaced in terms of quality. Not even by Kristijan Jakic, the brave fighter who will remain in harmony. She has activated the purchase option anchored in the loan agreement with Dinamo Zagreb, which is why the 25-year-old will be transferred to Frankfurt for around 3.5 million euros and will receive a contract until 2026.

Jakic is a great fighter and a reliable size, of course he has room for improvement in football. This also applies to Jens Petter Hauge, who Eintracht has also firmly committed to 2026. The 22-year-old Norwegian was subject to a purchase obligation agreed with the main club AC Milan. The offensive power will cost Eintracht more than ten million euros as a whole. This is definitely a problem for the player: Hauge, who has mostly been disappointing so far, will have to improve a lot if he wants to justify his purchase price. (Ingo Durstewitz)

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