So, full disclaimer: I'm fairly new to these grounds. I've been following Eintracht Frankfurt for just under a decade, so you'll have to excuse me. Being from across the pond, we didn't have large exposure to the beauty and passion of European football until recently. Across the Atlantic, we also have a completely different perspective on professional Sports. When I discovered S.G.E. I latched on hard. It was love at first sight and an affair forged through trial. The fans seduced me more than the players or style of play. It was the supporters and their passion that drew me in. They seduced me to this diva, and I have no regrets.
When I first saw her, she was just the girl next door, but had that something:
With Divas, there are highs and lows and constant drama.
Niko and the guys had one more performance in them that year. "There's no one in the goal!", and we found ourselves in Europa League. Die Adler became Die Pokal Sieger, for at least a while. That's when the Diva..Diva'd. You don't earn the Diva moniker without having serious amounts of talent, and sometimes the Diva has to show you who they really are. R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me. I understood why Niko was leaving, even if I didn't respect it. I mean, it was Bayern Munich and probably a truckload of money. The bad thing about Divas though is history often repeats itself. And each time it does, it gets a little bit worse.
"Wait....Adi is leaving us for WHO? No way."
The thing about Divas is, everything is beautiful...until it isn't:
Divas will sell off all your favorite things when they're angry:
Players come and go, but Eintracht fans always push the team - Taka Inui
I kind of fear any of my favorite players breaking out, even though I'm desperate for them to. You just get a feeling they'll leave you for someone else. Someone bigger, flashier, makes more money, and drives a nicer car. They might even have a bigger and fancier house, but they'll never have a better home. I understand why Jovic would want to go to Real Madrid, or why Niko Kovac left for Bayern, but I'll never understand why Adi Hutter did what he did this year. Gladbach? Is he even serious with this? I'll never understand why Haller left us for West Ham, even if they paid him a ton of money. Mostly because.....it's West Ham. I'm not leaving my job teaching to scrape sewers, even if they tripled my salary. Being there was soo great, he left during a champions league run and they took a 20 million dollar loss on him. I don't even really understand Rebic leaving for A.C. Milan. Sure they're a big and storied club. We're a traditional club notching our way up. We have the greatest fans of any sport on the planet, and we've become a constant European qualifier of late. Rebic left for a club that rejected an offer to play in Europe because they were financially strapped. In the blink of an eye, the Buffalo Herd were all gone. You could make a good case that all three worsened their situation, but were chasing something bigger. Kevin Trapp went down that road, only to find his way back. Sebastien Rode too.
Not only do your players get sold, but they sometimes just leave: Lukas Hradecky, Kevin Prinz-Boateng just......left. Bruda, slag den ball lang packed his suitcase and left for Italy. Hradecky took his beer-drinking, fun-loving, Pokal winning attitude with him to Leverkusen. I understand, players come and players go, but the way some of these left just.....hurt.
Thanks again for reading,