First Frankfurter Derby In 49 Years


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Although both clubs were originally founded well over a century ago during the time of the Kaiser in 1899, the first Frankfurter Derby between EINTRACHT FRANKFURT and ‘host’ FSV FRANKFURT in nearly 50 years was actually only the fifth-ever competitive meeting between the two teams from the fifth-largest city in all of Germany.

The last football match between the two, intra-city Hessian ‘rivals’ occured back on January 27, 1962 — seven months before the notorious and now-demolished Berlin Wall had even been built.

It should also be remembered that the last time Eintracht Frankfurt and FSV Frankfurt faced one another on the field in meaningful compeition, the Bundesliga, let alone a national second division, had still not yet been created, either, in what was then West Germany.

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COMMERZBANK ARENA on the outskirts of Frankfurt am Main, which will always be known to some as the WALDSTADION (Forrest Stadium), was originally opened in 1925. The facility has undergone four major renovations since that time, twice ahead of an approaching FIFA World Cup final tournament. The current official capacity for football matches at the venerable ground is 51,500 spectators including 9,300 standing-room-only places.
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The former WALDSTADION (above) is the long-time home of EINTRACHT FRANKFURT, who were actually the visiting club for the first Frankfurter Derby in nearly 50 years. For financial reasons, FSV Frankfurt, who normally play their home matches at the tiny Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion — the old Stadion am Bornheimer Hang with a capacity of just 10,470 — were more than happy to move the game to the larger Commerzbank Arena. An official crowd of 50,250 turned out on Sunday for the Hessian Derbyspiel and it is reported that FSV Frankfurt took in gate receipts of 1.2 million Euros, which easily establishes a new club record.
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“ZWEI HERZEN IN EINER BRUST” — “Two Hearts In One Chest”
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“In Frankfurt entwickelte sich ein Derby der etwas anderen Art. Im Gegensatz zu den Duellen in Hamburg (St. Pauli gegen HSV) und Muenchen (Bayern gegen TSV 1860) stehen sich die Fans die beiden Clubs eher freundschaftlich gegenueber.” — http://www.spiegel.de

‘In Frankfurt developed somthing of a different kind of Derby. In contrast to the duels in Hamburg or Munich, the fans of both clubs face each other in a rather friendly manner.’

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EINTRACHT FRANKFURT, demoted from the top flight of German football for this season, have never won the Bundesliga title but did claim the national championship once in 1959. The club have also captured the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal (German Cup) on four occasions with the last coming in 1988, as well. Eintracht Frankfurt, who reached the Final of the old, prestigous European Cup of Champions opposite Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid in 1960, also have lifted the old UEFA Intertoto Cup, in 1967, and the former UEFA Cup, in 1980.
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FSV FRANKFURT, who once finished second in the national championship the very same year the refurbished Commerzbank Arena was first opened as the Waldstadion almost ninety years ago, only returned to the 2.Bundesliga to start the 2008-09 campaign after having spent most of this last decade competing in the Oberliga Hessen (then operating with fourth division status). The club finished 13th in the German second divison last season after posting a pair of 15th-place finishes following promotion from the Regionalliga (then third division). Since the formation of the nation-wide Bundesliga to start the 1963-64 season, FSV Frankfurt have never reached the top flight of German football.
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Former Germany U-21 international midfielder SVEN MUELLER of ‘home’ side FSV Frankfurt, the 31-year-old who once contested an even 100 career Bundesliga matches for Vfl Wolfsburg as well as 1.FC Nuremburg, and Ivory Coast international defender CONSTANT DJAKP of Eintracht Frankfurt, the summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen who had been out on loan to Hannover 96 the past two seasons, in an aerial duel during the first Frankfurter Derby in nearly 50 years at the old Waldstadion in Frankfurt am Main on Sunday.
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Greece World Cup striker THEOFANIS GEKAS (left), who scored 16 goals for Eintracht Frankfurt in the German top flight last season and has registered 55 goals in 133 career Bundesliga games, receives congratulations from one-time Germany U-21 international midfielder MATTHIAS LEHMANN (8) after netting from the penalty spot to score his first-ever goal in the 2.Bundesliga just after the half hour in a rare Frankfurter Derby at the Commerzbank Arena.
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FSV Frankfurt’s sliding Brazilian defender GLEDSON (28) could do nothing to prevent the ‘visiting’ 31-year-old veteran midfielder BENJAMIN KOEHLER (7), who made three appearances for Germany’s U-21 national side once upon time and has been with Eintracht Frankfurt since the summer of 2004, from putting the issue of the Frankfurter Derby at the old Waldstadion beyond doubt with a pair of strikes in the 40th and 89th minutes.
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Bundesliga-Absteiger Eintracht Frankfurt, still unbeaten after five matches to start this 2011-12 season, celebrate a 4-0 victory over cross-town rival FSV Frankfurt — the very same result the last time the two teams met in January of 1962 — in the 2.Bundesliga contest and latest edition of the rarely-seen Frankfurter Derby from the old Waldstadion in the Hessian city of Frankfurt am Main on Sunday.

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