Winter Break Facts & Figures
A fantastic first season half has come to an end, with plenty of great moments and enjoyable football throughout. The Eagles have taken the league by storm - read facts and figures about the Bundesliga "Hinrunde".
Never change a winning team
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
- Eintracht are in their best first season half since 1993: 17 matches, 9 wins, 30 points, 33 goals.
- Only 3 promoted sides in Bundesliga history collected more points in the first 17 matches in their first season (back) in the top flight.
- The Eagles won their first 4 matches of the season – never before had a promoted team managed to do so.
- The first Bundesliga match ever against Greuther Fürth saw SGE collect their 2.000th Bundesliga point.
- Sebastian Jung received a call-up to the German national team in November (for the match v the Netherlands), the first Eintracht player on duty for Germany since 1999.
- On matchday 12 Eintracht played the very first competitive match against FC Augsburg (4-2), the fixture had never taken place in Bundesliga, Bundesliga 2 or the cup before.
- SGE grabbed their 30th Bundesliga win against Werder Bremen, they collected as many wins only against Mönchengladbach.
- On matchday 17 Eintracht managed their first ever away win against VfL Wolfsburg (2-0).
- For the first time in the club history a lifetime honorary membership was awarded, to triple Formula 1 champion and SGE supporter Sebastian Vettel.
- According to kicker magazine Eintracht are the third best team of the league, based on both player grades and nominations for the team of the week (19). They also lead kicker’s transfer table which looks at the impact of summer signings.
Hard to beat on home soil - 20 points at the Commerzbank Arena
SEASON’S GREETINGS: 2012/13
- Eintracht scored 10 headed goals – no other Bundesliga team scored more headed goals.
- SGE’s midfield players scored 27 goals – more than 11 Bundesliga teams were able to score in total.
- No team managed to collect more points at home compared to the Eagles (20, as Bayern and Leverkusen).
- Eintracht's Commerzbank Arena has seen the most goals in Europe's top five leagues this season (38).
- Eintracht are the best promoted side of Europe’s top 5 leagues (1.76 points per match) followed by Valladolid (1.38) and West Ham (1.35).
- SGE were ranked 2nd (7 times) or 3rd (5) on 12 of 17 matchday and never lower than 5th.
- Eintracht won 52% of their one on one duels, second best to Schalke (52.1%).
- Only Bayern, Dortmund and Schalke recorded more overall ball possession than SGE (54%).
- 14 of the Eagles’ 33 goals were scored by summer signings (42%).
- 7 Eagles were always in the starting line-up (Oczipka, Rode, Meier, Trapp, Inui, Aigner, Jung ) – more than in any other team.
Goal scoring machine: Alex Meier
PERSONALITIES: EAGLE BY EAGLE
- Sebastian Jung featured in his 100th competitive match for Eintracht on matchday 8 and even scored his 2nd Bundesliga goal in that match.
- Pirmin Schwegler also had his 100th competitve match for SGE (on matchday 10 against Fürth).
- Marc-Oliver Kempf had his Bundesliga debut aged 17 years, 9 months and 30 days v Mainz and was the youngest debutant this season.
- Alex Meier scored 11 goals already – his personal Bundesliga record (so far he scored a maximum of 10 per season). He scored his first goal against Werder Bremen in his 10th match against the Northerners.
- On matchday 17 Meier scored his 43rd Bundesliga goal for Eintracht moving into the top 10 of the club’s all-time top scorers. Only 4 Eintracht players had managed to score double figures in the first season half before.
- Bastian Oczipka recorded the most ball touches for Frankfurt (1259, 7th most in the league). He assisted 7 goals, joint most in Bundesliga.
- According to kicker player grades Kevin Trapp is the second best Bundesliga player of the „Hinrunde“, 4 times he was in kicker’s team of the week.
Sources: kicker - Opta - Impire - eintracht.de
(Holger Ruhl - 21.12.2012)