Frankfurt am Main: In front of some 50,000 spectators, Eintracht Frankfurt defeated F.C. Tokyo with a score of 3:2 to with the “Frankfurt Main Finance Cup”. The Cup was played as the Eintracht-season opener for the second time since 2014. “Football brings together people and markets,” says Dr. Lutz Raettig, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Frankfurt Main Finance. “After all, Eintracht Frankfurt has two players from the Japanese National Team, Makoto Hasebe and Takashi Inui, on its squad. The game highlights the ties between football and financial centres, Frankfurt and Tokyo, as well as Germany and Japan.”
Dr. Johannes Reich, partner at Bankhaus Metzler and member of the Executive Committee of Frankfurt Main Finance, explains the responsibility of Frankfurt’s financial institutions in football: “The Frankfurt Main Finance Cup is as international as the financial centre and draws a big crowd. Therefore, we’re supporting it again this year and look forward to starting Eintracht Frankfurt with this great event, celebrating together with friends from Frankfurt’s banks.” The similarities between the Finance sector and football are clear for him: “In the Financial Centre Frankfurt and on the football pitch, certain fundamentals apply equally: high performance, teamwork and fair competition.”
Hans-Dieter Brenner, CEO of Helaba and member of the Executive Committee of Frankfurt Main Finance, emphasized the importance of football for financial institutions: “As a premium partner of Eintracht we see ourselves as a strong proponent of football in the financial centre. As an internationally oriented financial institution anchored in Frankfurt, we have actively supported Eintracht for more than ten years. The Frankfurt Main Finance Cup shows that football not only makes a positive impact on fans, but the financial community as well.”
Wolfgang Steubing, chairman of the securities trading bank Steubing AG, a member of Frankfurt Main Finance and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eintracht Frankfurt, explains, “Eintracht Frankfurt and Frankfurt Main Finance are major supporters of the city. The connection of the two elements is beneficial for the financial centre. We have been committed to Eintracht for a long time and will continue to be in the future.”
The connection with Tokyo has also gained new momentum on the political level. A few weeks ago, representatives of the financial centre joined a delegation to Japan led by Prime Minister Volker Bouffier. The positive relationship between the financial centres could be deepened. Around 2,400 Japanese citizens live in Frankfurt and about 5,000 in the Rhine-Main region. About 170 Japanese companies are active in Frankfurt and every year, more than 70,000 people from Japan are guests in Frankfurt.