Eintracht Frankfurt recorded a 5-1 mauling of Bayern Munich on Saturday afternoon in one of our favourite kits of 2019.
There’s something strangely familiar about Eintracht Frankfurt’s red, black and white striped shirts but we can’t quite put a name to the face.
Thinking back to the early-1990s, we’re fairly sure that hotbeds of fashion like Wembley Market were trotting out designs similar to the Eagles’ wonderful 2019-20 kits with names like “Giorgio” emblazoned across the midriff.
Instead of any faux-Italian fashion house, these shirts carry the names of Nike and job search engine Indeed amid a boldly teutonic combination of colours that probably deserves some explanation.
The origins of Eintracht’s red, black, and white stripes can be traced back to those of Frankfurter FC Viktoria and Frankfurter FC Kickers, whose merger in 1911 ultimately led to the formation of the club we know today.
Viktoria had worn the red and white from Frankfurt’s coat of arms, while Kickers sported the black and white colours of Prussia. When further mergers occurred in 1920, the expanded club took the German word for harmony and concord as their name, and thus Eintracht Frankfurt were born.
The happy compromise between Viktoria and Kickers’ colours hasn’t always given Eintracht shirts as individual as these, with regular home and away kits coming in red and black or white and black stripes.
For our money it’s the differing width of the stripes on show that really makes this season’s shirt sing.
Die Adler wore these glorious shirts in the demolition of 10-man Bayern Munich, who parted company with boss Niko Kovač after the game – just 18 months after the Croatian coach had left Eintracht Frankfurt.
Great shirts need to be associated with memories of great victories and for fans of Eintracht Frankfurt, it doesn’t get much better than drubbing Bayern Munich.
Kit of the Week, certainly, but Eintracht Frankfurt’s harmonious mix of three bold colours is so good it might even be the best Bundesliga kit of the season.
At least Mr Kovač doesn’t need to look too far for ideas on where to find his next job . . .