Introducing opponents: Eintracht (Germany)

On July 2, the Pitmen will play another friendly match at the training camp in Austria. The Donetsk side will play with Eintracht Braunschweig.                                         

In Germany, there are two clubs with the same name. Frankfurt’s Eintracht finished in mid-table of the Bundesliga top flight and that from Braunschweig play in the second division of the German division.

The club’s most resounding success was the winning of the German league in 1966-67. Then Eintracht got more points than Munich 1860 and received the right to play in the European Champions Cup. The team reached the quarterfinals, where Juventus claimed a hard-fought win. In the seventies, Eintracht played three more times in the most prestigious club competition, but got eliminated at the stage of the second and third rounds. Shakhtar’s rivals left the top flight of the German football in the mid-eighties. The team returned there only in one season - in 2013/14, and then again got relegated to a lower division.                                                                                                                   

The legend of Eintracht is Franz Merkhoffer, who played about five hundred matches in all competitions between 1968 and 1984. Ihor Belonaov, a famous forward, who won the Golden Ball – 1986, also played for Eintracht. The European champion Paul Breitner was  part of the Braunschweig outfit as well, playing there after a spell with Real Madrid, and before returning to Bayern Munich.

For seven years, Eintracht have been headed by former team player Torsten Liberkneht. The team play their home games at the Eintracht-Stadion with a capacity of 23,000 seats.

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