Salzburg preview: Time to re-write history
Standing between Eintracht and a place in the last 16 are FC Salzburg, opponents that head coach Adi Hütter knows only too well.
Thursday’s guests at the Commerzbank-Arena will be FC Salzburg – a club that Adi Hütter knows only too well. The current Frankfurt boss was also head coach in the Austrian city, leading the team to the league and cup double in 2014/15.
New name, same old foes
This is the second time that Eintracht are facing a team from Salzburg in European competition. Back in the 1993/94 season, Frankfurt went out at the hands of FC Salzburg’s previous incarnation which went under the name of SV Casino Salzburg, before they changed club colours and official title. Eintracht’s defeat back then can also be laid squarely at the feet of someone who is plotting revenge on their behalf this time around.
On 3 March 1994, a 24-year-old midfielder by the name of Adi Hütter scored the only goal in the first leg for Salzburg, then after 120 tense minutes in the return leg, he calmly stroked the ball home from the spot in the shoot-out.
Semi-final experience on both sides
As well as that connection, the two teams from Germany and Austria are also linked by their recent success in the UEFA Europa League. The Eagles made it through to the semi-finals last season, while Salzburg reached the same stage the year before, with their equally spectacular run only coming to an end in extra time against Olympique Marseille.
Both teams will therefore be looking to keep their European dreams alive and write new pages in their respective histories, and there might be the odd score to settle into the bargain.
Kick-off: Thursday 20 February, 18.55 CET, UEFA Europa League 2019/20, Round of 32 first leg.
Stadium: Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt.