Eintracht Frankfurt captain David Abraham played his final Bundesliga game on Matchday 16 of the 2020/21 season, ahead of his belated return to his native Argentina to be with his family.
Frankfurt’s 3-1 win over Schalke was Abraham’s 185th appearance of a Bundesliga career that began at Hoffenheim eight years ago.
“In January 2013, I played my first game in Germany for Hoffenheim, in Frankfurt,” Abraham recalled in an interview with kicker magazine. “I can remember looking at the fans and the backdrop from the bench – it was unbelievable, incredible. The fans created a real atmosphere and got behind their team for the whole game.
“That’s when I thought: ‘Man, it’d be great to play for Eintracht one day’. Two-and-a-half years later, the offer came in.”
Abraham had already played for Independiente in Argentina, Spain’s Gimnastic and Getafe, and Swiss giants Basel, when he made the switch to the Bundesliga, aged 26. The Chabas-born defender had won the FIFA U20 World Cup with Argentina, as well as three three successive Swiss League titles and two Swiss Cups whilst at Basel.
After racking up 50 competitive appearances in a Hoffenheim shirt, he got the chance to add to his trophy collection with Frankfurt.
Although Abraham will lace his boots for hometown club Huracan Chabas in the months ahead, he hasn’t ruled out returning to Frankfurt in some capacity down the line
In the short-term, it will be as one of their biggest fans – as it was all those years ago in the Hoffenheim dugout.
“I see it as a ‘see you later’ rather than a ‘goodbye’,” he said. “I’ll always find time to come back and visit.”