Eintracht Frankfurt was established in 1899 and has since been one of the most consistent German clubs. The Eagles, or the Moody Diva as the team is often referred to, has been pronounced German champions once but has won the DFB Pokal a total of five times. Their achievements outside of the homeland include a UEFA Cup and a European Cup runner-up spot. This is one of the founding members of the Bundesliga in 1963.
However, in recent years Eintracht Frankfurt has failed to achieve much. With the exception of winning the domestic cup three years ago, the German side has yet to become a bigger factor in German and European football in the present. The club is becoming more and more consistent with their performances and is on the right track to the top as their squad is filled with promising young players as well as experienced ones.
Eintracht Frankfurt Transfers
Lajos Détári from Honvéd SE for €1.80 Million in 1987 – Détári came through Honvéd’s youth academy and played for seven seasons with the senior team, before being bought by Eintracht in 1987. During his only campaign with Frankfurt, he contributed significantly to winning the DFB Pokal and scored the only goal in the final. In 1988 Greek club Olympiacos decided to buy the Bundesliga club owned midfielder. Olympiacos did so for the then world-record sum of €8 Million. This amount of money is significant even by today's standards, but for the '80s, this was tremendous.
Jay-Jay Okocha from Borussia Neunkirchen on a free transfer in 1992 – It's safe to say that the career of the prominent Nigerian midfielder started at Eintracht Frankfurt following his move from the much smaller German club B. Neunkirchen. He served Eintracht well in his 90 appearances, but unfortunately, due to a feud with the then manager Jupp Heynckes, he left the club for Fenerbahce – or at least this is the gossip. This same season Frankfurt was relegated, and Jay-Jay Okocha kept on playing in a top-tier league.
Kevin Trapp from 1.FC Kaiserslautern for €1.50 Million in 2012 – Trapp was spotted by the Eagles after spending three years with Kaiserslautern. He quickly became the first-choice goalkeeper for Eintracht, and it wasn't long before some bigger club took notice of him, mainly PSG. In 2015 the Parisians spent nearly €10 Million to acquire the German keeper. Similarly to the situation within the Bundesliga club, he was instantly named the No.1 man between the sticks for Saint-Germain. Frankfurt received a nice amount of finances from the three years in which they worked with Trapp.
Sebastian Haller from FC Utrecht for €7 Million in 2017 – The then 23-year-old forward's transfer was a perfect deal for the sum of €7 Million. The Frenchman was a regular starter during his two seasons at the Commerzbank-Arena and scored over 30 league and cup goals for the Eagles. Two years later, in 2019, was the pivotal moment in his career as he joined Premier League club Aston Villa. Eintracht gathered €43 Million in profit after agreeing on a €50 Million fee for Haller's transfer.