Timo Hildebrand could be a costly gamble for Eintracht Frankfurt

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Blessings come in all shapes and forms, and nothing could be said truer of standby Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper, Timo Hildebrand.

Hildebrand who at the grand age of 35, already has 15 years of first team experience behind him, with the Worms-born goalkeeper having represented the likes of both Schalke 04, VfB Stuttgart and Valencia during this time frame.

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Best known for his golden locks and questionable play, Hildebrand has also been capped seven times by Germany, and had the honour of sitting happily on the bench for the Eagles during the 2006 FIFA World Cup as backup to both Jens Lehmann and Oliver Kahn.

Perhaps you could argue that the opening three paragraphs of this article wouldn’t go amiss in the 35 year old’s own personal statement, a piece of literary wisdom which caught the eye of none other than Eintracht Frankfurt.

With first team goalkeeper, Kevin Trapp ruled out until January with an ankle injury sustained in Frankfurt’s 2-2 draw with Mainz last Tuesday, the Eagles were under pressure to sign another shot-stopper with Felix Wieldwald there only their only other option.

The Hessen based outfit best known for getting players on the cheap rather than to break the bank for Grade A signings, scoured lists of free-agents before finding the name of Hildebrand.


At first glance, Chairman, Peter Fischer, did the sensible thing of arranging a medical and the required paperwork for Hildebrand to complete and sign before any other club suffered the same fate as the Eagles.

However, the main problem in store is that despite boasting a CV of 15 years of professional experience within Germany and Spain, the Worms-born goalkeeper has not been a first-team choice at any club since leaving Stuttgart in 2007.

In the seven years since swapping damp Baden-Württemberg for the sun of Valencia, the 35 year old misfit has only played 100 first-team games with a fair number of these resulting in heavy criticism.

Indeed, Hildebrand has been criticised and tormented from pretty much everything, from his weight, goalkeeping blunders and falling out with pretty much every single manager that he has played under.

Both Fischer and Frankfurt manager, Thomas Schaaf however will hope that this is not the case with a professional who has had the honour of featuring in three international tournaments for Germany, with the club desperate to stability within the Bundesliga.

Unfortunately for both men they had no other choice other than to sign Hildebrand as a replacement for Trapp until January and it’s fair to say that there were a lot worse choices than the former Schalke goalkeeper.

To sign Hildebrand comes with a dose of anti-venom in the way that the 35 year old could either be the unsung saviour to a Frankfurt team who are more than desperate to finish the season within the top eight, or that he could cost the Eagles crucial points by shipping an array of goals.

Perhaps the best thing for Frankfurt to do at the moment is to give a man who won over 300 caps for VfB Stuttgart between 1999-2007 the chance in proving to the World of Football that he has what it takes to prove the antidote that the the Red and Blacks have been searching for.

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