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Stunt Frankfurt in the cup final against Borussia Dortmund?

Eintracht Frankfurt in the German cup final against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in Berlin the opportunity to moderate season still to give colour.

Niko Kovac © belgaimage

For AA Gent remember they are still in the UEFA Cupwedstrijden from the season 1991/92, when the Buffalo under the guidance of René Vandereycken completely unexpected as the eighth-finals reached. After a 0-0 in the private Ottenstadion was the goaltjesdief Erwin Vandenbergh with a kopbaldoelpunt the stunt gave form.

Far away is the time that Eintracht Frankfurt once to became champion (in 1959), the UEFA Cup conquered (in 1980) or four times winner of the DFB-Pokal (in 1974, 1975, 1981 and 1988). The 2011/12 season was one of the largest traditieteams from Germany even a year in the second Bundesliga. After a sixth, thirteenth, ninth, and sixteenth spot will be the current vintage to be finished with an anonymous spot in the middle. The cause: a dramatic second half, which hardly points were gathered.

You would then expect there to be an accusing finger pointed to the Croatian coach Nico Kovac (45), which since the beginning of march 2016, together with his brother Robert as an assistant to the forwarded Armin Veh tasty. But nothing is less true. Because the former central midfielder was responsible for the preservation, made from the mediocre team without big names – at a certain moment a candidate for the EL and piloted the team to the cup final against Borussia Dortmund. This was a blood-curdling penaltythriller against Borussia Mönchengladbach needed, because after 120 minutes it was 1-1 and was eventually 6-7.

For Kovac is the Saturday at 20 pm in the Olympiastadion of Berlin an emotional experience. Because the Croatian was born in the German capital and played three seasons at Hertha BSC. “I will most of the cards on my name, have ordered, that is certainly jam”, said the manager.

Just like with Hoffenheim for the success reference is made to Julian Nagelsmann and at SC Freiburg to coach Christian Streich, they speak in Frankfurt on the K-factor. Kovac is true as meticulous, innovative, dogged, kickend on success, tactical, modern, and professional. Especially the way he is very human in line with his players and in that way a close-knit collective is trying to forge is keen to put in the paint. However, the question is whether the effect of his way of working is not elaborated?

The most notable name in the team is that of the Mexican midfielder Marco Fabián (27), with seven goals, four assists and seven pre-assists a prominent role in the offensive compartment. The most remarkable story is that of central defender Marco Russ (31), the leader in mid-march returned to the field after a year ago teelbalkanker was determined. And also crowd pleaser Alexander Meier (34) deserves a mention. The tall striker may be located in Frankfurt the voetbalgod call, because he plays football there since 2004.

(Frédéric Vanheule)

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