Eintracht Frankfurt say a massive THANK YOU to Alex Meier, whose contract will not be renewed this summer.

Alex Meier is leaving the club after 14 years of loyal service.
Alex Meier is leaving the club after 14 years of loyal service.

Alex Meier’s contract will not be renewed when his current deal expires on 30 June 2018, both club and player have agreed.

The perfect farewell

“We all know Alex’s Meier’s contribution to the club,” said the club’s board in a statement. “He’s remained loyal to Eintracht for all these years, working tirelessly to ensure the club came through a difficult period to become an established Bundesliga club.”

The timing could hardly be more fitting to bid farewell to the man the fans call ‘Football God’. Meier netted his 119th Bundesliga goal to crown a 3-0 win in the final home game of the season against Hamburg after almost a year out injured before presenting the DFB Cup trophy to the fans in Berlin along with his deputy David Abraham the following Saturday. “There’s no better send-off for a striker than scoring a goal like that in front of your home fans,” said board member Fredi Bobic. “I told him it was the perfect goodbye, topped off by the cup win in Berlin. It’s exactly what he deserves.”

Decision for football reasons

When Bobic joined the club in back in summer 2016, Meier’s contract was immediately extended. “We’ve always fulfilled our contractual obligations in the way you’d expect for a player of such standing. We think we’ve treated Alex in a fair and appropriate manner, communicating to all parties in an open and transparent way. Of course we’re aware that many people would have liked to have seen Alex continue in an Eintracht shirt, but we took a footballing decision to take a different direction, increasingly relying on younger players. After such a long period out injured, Alex remained highly professional and fought his way back to fitness. He knows he’s always welcome here at Eintracht.”

Fighting fit

Owing to injuries, Meier only made 26 competitive appearances over the past two years. “Eintracht Frankfurt was my football home for 14 years and it’s always meant a lot for me to play for this club,” he said. “I’m grateful for the time I spent wearing the Eagle on my chest and all the happy moments I experienced here. Everyone knows I would have liked to have stayed on, but I respect the club’s decision. I feel fit and worked hard towards my comeback over the last few months, so I want to keep playing. That’s the most important thing for me at this stage.”

Future role at SGE

Even if Meier won’t be turning out on the pitch for Eintracht next season, the 1.94m frontman’s legendary status at the club has earned him the option of staying on in another capacity, whether as a coach in the youth department or as a brand ambassador – or maybe something entirely different. Furthermore, the club will officially bid Meier farewell ahead of the Supercup curtain-raiser against FC Bayern Munich in August. He will also receive a testimonial match.