There can't have been many better success stories than that of Eintracht Frankfurt this season. As a newly-promoted side, the Eagles defied all the odds to finish amongst the top six, thereby securing European qualification, something not even the most ardent fan would have hoped for at the campaign's outset.
For the eleventh time in the Bundesliga's 50-year history, a freshly-promoted club has gone on to make the leap straight into Europe. Eintracht Frankfurt were the last side to pull off the feat, at the end of the 2005/06 campaign, and it is they, once again, who have managed it this season.
In the dying minutes of a dramatic match the Eagles put themselves on the road to Europe. 51,500 celebrated a 2-2 draw against Wolfsburg and going through to the UEFA Europa League. Polak (8') and Diego (19') had put VfL two goals up, Meier got one back with a penalty (36' - Hasebe was sent off). And a stoppage time own goal of Rodriguez sealed it for SGE - the chant "Eintracht Frankfurt international" was echoing through the arena.