Eintracht Frankfurt profile Alexander Meier is staying put. The 33-year-old recently renewed his contract with the Bundesliga-side until the summer of 2018, despite attracting interest from money-stuffed clubs in China. Meier arrived at Frankfurt while the club was housed in the 2. Bundesliga back in 2004 after leaving his youth team Hamburger SV. The 33-year-old has represented the club 353 times, and has scored 131 goals and assisted 53. The impressive goal tally has made Meier a fan-favorite at the Commerzbank-Arena, and he looks forward to spending more time at the club that he regards as his “home”.
“All I’ve been saying for years [is] that I’ve found my new football home in Frankfurt, because I feel very comfortable here,” Meier is quoted as saying after the announcement of his new contract, according to Kicker.
“The city, the people, the fans in the stadium – it all just fits.”
Meier is mostly deployed in a central attacking position, and had his most productive season back in 2011/12, when he fired Eintracht back into the Bundesliga after a lone year in the second tier, as he scored 17 goals and assisted eight. He scored 19 goals during the 2014/15 Bundesliga season, and was crowned the best goal scorer in the league that year, ahead of players like Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski and national team striker Thomas Müller.
Meier managed to score 12 goals in 19 outings last season, including a hat trick in Eintracht’s impressive 6-2 win over 1. FC Köln, despite being plagued by injuries. Meier now hopes to be able to put his days on the injured list behind him, so that he can continue to be an offensive threat for Eintracht during the up and coming seasons.
“I am delighted that the club continues to give me confidence, and I certainly hopes that I can stay healthy,” Meier says.
“I feel good and I want to play the next two years at the highest possible level and help this team.”
An example to follow on and off the field
Alexander Meier is not only important on the field of play, and continues to be so year after year, he is also an example to follow for the rest of the squad outside of the pitch, according to Eintracht’s sporting director Bruno Hübner.
“Alex Maier has done tremendous services to our unity and is very important for our entire environment, and for the fans,” Hübner says. “There is something special when a player has played for a club for so long and continues to be successful.”
The new contract can also be seen as a reward for Meier’s loyalty to the club, sporting CEO Fredi Bobic says.
“We wanted to set an example and pay tribute for all his achievements, his loyalty to the club, and thus secure a good harmony with an important role model,” Bobic says.
It was also confirmed that Meier will remain at Eintracht Frankfurt even after his playing career is over, but the club refused to confirm exactly what role the 33-year-old is expected to take on in the future.
Barely avoided relegation
Eintracht Frankfurt had to defeat 1. FC Nürnberg in the Bundesliga play-off in order to remain in the top flight this year, and Meier started in the first leg that ended as a 1-1 draw and was substituted on, with the scoring chart standing at 0-0, in the return leg. He was on the field when Haris Seferovic scored the only goal of the game that secured a prolonged Bundesliga stay for the Frankfurt club.
Eintracht has signed Taleb Tawatha (Maccabi Haifa), Omar Mascarell (Real Madrid), Danny Blum (Nürnberg) and Branimir Hrgota (Borussia Mönchengladbach) besides tying down Meier to the club for another two years, in order to avoid a similar fate this year. Ante Rebic (Fiorentina) and Jesús Vallejo (Real Madrid) have also been singed in loan deals.
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