SC Freiburg

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SC Freiburg
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Full name Sport-Club Freiburg e.V.
Nickname(s) Breisgau-Brasilianer (Brazilians of Breisgau)
Founded 30 May 1904; 110 years ago (30 May 1904)
Ground Mage Solar Stadion
Ground Capacity 24,000
Chairman Fritz Keller
Manager Christian Streich
League Bundesliga
2013–14 14th
Website Club home page
Current season

Sport-Club Freiburg e.V., commonly known as SC Freiburg (German pronunciation: [ʔɛs ˈt͡seː ˈfʁaɪ̯bʊʁk]), is a German football club, based in the city of Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg. SC Freiburg has played in the Bundesliga, the top tier of German football, since their promotion in 2009. Freiburg has traditionally bounced between the first and second tier of the German football league system, leading to the fan chant "We go down, we go up, we go into the UEFA Cup!" during the 1990s.[1]

Since 1954, the club's stadium has been the Mage Solar Stadion. Volker Finke, who was the club's manager between 1991 and 2007, was the longest-serving manager in the history of professional football in Germany. Joachim Löw, current manager of the German national team, is the club's all-time leading goal scorer with 81 goals in 252 games during his three spells at SCF.[2]

History[edit]

The club traces its origins to a pair of clubs founded in 1904: Freiburger Fußballverein 04 was organised in March of that year; FC Schwalbe Freiburg just two months later. Both clubs underwent name changes, with Schwalbe becoming FC Mars in 1905, Mars becoming Union Freiburg in 1906, and FV 04 Freiburg becoming Sportverein Freiburg 04 in 1909. Three years later, SV and Union formed Sportclub Freiburg, at the same time incorporating the griffin head.

In 1918, after the devastation of World War I, SC Freiburg entered a temporary arrangement with Freiburger FC to be able to field a full side called KSG Freiburg. The next year, SC Freiburg associated themselves with FT 1844 Freiburg as that club's football department, until 1928 when they left to enter into a stadium-sharing arrangement with PSV (Polizeisportvereins) Freiburg 1924 that lasted until 1930 and the failure of PSV. SC Freiburg then picked up again with FT 1844 Freiburg in 1938. The club managed to play on highest level from 1928, first in the Bezirksliga Baden, then in the Gauliga Baden, from which they were relegated in 1934.

At the end of World War II, Allied occupation authorities disbanded most existing organizations in Germany, including football and sports clubs. The clubs were permitted to reconstitute themselves after about a year, but were required to take on new names in an attempt to disassociate them from the so-recent Nazi past. SC Freiburg was therefore briefly known as VfL Freiburg. By 1950, French-occupation authorities had let up enough to allow the clubs to reclaim their old identities. Finally, in 1952, SC Freiburg left FT Freiburg behind again.

To this point, the history of the club had been characterised by only modest success. Through the 1930s, SC Freiburg played in the Bezirkliga (II), with the occasional turn in the Gauliga Baden (I), and captured a handful of local titles. After World War II, they picked up where they left off, playing in the Amateurliga Südbaden (III).

While only a small club, SC Freiburg became known for the fight and team spirit in their play. This led them to the 2.Bundesliga in 1978–79 where they played for a decade-and-a-half before making the breakthrough to the Bundesliga in 1993–94 under the management of Volker Finke. In their first Bundesliga season Freiburg narrowly avoided relegation. They made an exciting run in their second season at the top level, finishing third, just three points behind champions Borussia Dortmund. It was at this time that they were first nicknamed Breisgau-Brasilianer (literally Breisgau-Brazilians) due to their attractive style of play.

SC Freiburg against Borussia Dortmund in 2012

The club's greatest success was reaching the UEFA Cup in 1995 and 2001.

SC Freiburg's first Bundesliga relegation was in 1997, after they finished in 17th position. While they have been relegated three times since first making the Bundesliga, they have twice managed to win immediate promotion back to the top league – but failed to do that in the most recent season, 2005–06. It was the first time since 1992 that Freiburg was playing in the 2. Bundesliga for two consecutive seasons.

Freiburg finished the 2006–07 season in fourth place in the 2nd Bundesliga, missing out on the third automatic-promotion spot on goal difference to MSV Duisburg. They won twelve of their last sixteen league games. They were knocked out of the German Cup in the second round by VfL Wolfsburg on 24 October 2006.

On 20 May 2007, Volker Finke resigned as the club's coach after sixteen years in the job. He was succeeded by Robin Dutt who himself left the club for Bayer Leverkusen in 2011.

On 10 May 2009, SC Freiburg managed to secure promotion into the Bundesliga once again, beating TuS Koblenz in an away game 5–2. In the 2011–12 season Freiburg appeared to be unable to avoid another relegation for the most part of the season but a coaching change turned the sides fortunes around and the club eventually finished 12th and survived.

Under Christian Streich, the 2012–2013 Bundesliga season saw the club finish in fifth place, their best league standing since the 1994/95 season. The fifth place finish secured a position in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, an accomplishment that the club had not achieved since the 2001/02 edition of the tournament. Had SC Freiburg defeated FC Schalke 04 on the final matchday of the season, Freiburg would have leapfrogged Schalke and qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club's history. However, the 1–2 defeat to Schalke saw Schalke secure fourth place in the league and qualify for the tournament instead.[3][4] During the 2012–2013 season, Freiburg also advanced to the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal for the first time in the club's history but lost to local rivals VFB Stuttgart 1–2 and missed the chance to play FC Bayern Munich in the final.[5]

Reserve team[edit]

The club's reserve team, formerly the SC Freiburg Amateure, now SC Freiburg II, has, for the most part of its history played in the lower amateur leagues. It made a three season appearance in the tier four Verbandsliga Südbaden from 1983 to 1986, but then took until 1994 to return to this league. In 1998 the team won promotion to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg after a league championship in the Verbandsliga. SC Freiburg II spent the next ten seasons at this level as an upper table side before another league championship took the team to the Regionalliga Süd. After four seasons at this league the team became part of the new Regionalliga Südwest in 2012. After a seventh place in its first season in the league the team finished runner-up in 2013–14.

Stadium[edit]

interior as of 2011

SC Freiburg plays its home games at the Dreisamstadion, named after the Dreisam River which flows through Freiburg. Because of sponsorship agreements, the stadium is currently known as the Mage Solar Stadion. The stadium has an approximate capacity of 24,000 spectators and was built in 1953. Forty years later, then manager Volker Finke began an initiative to transform the Dreisamstadion into Germany's first solar powered football stadium. There are solar modules on the north, south, and main tribunes. These panels generate 250,000 kWh of energy per year.[6][7]

Currently, the city of Freiburg and the club have been in discussions to determine whether a new stadium should be constructed for the club or if the current stadium should be renovated.[8]

In Europe[edit]

Matches[edit]

As of July 2014.[9][10]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1995–96 UEFA Cup First round Czech Republic Slavia Prague 1–2 0–0 1–2
2001–02 UEFA Cup First round Slovakia Matador Púchov 2–1 0–0 2–1
Second round Switzerland St. Gallen 0–1 4–1 4–2
Third round Netherlands Feyenoord 2–2 0–1 2–3
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Group H Spain Sevilla 0–2 0–2 0–4
Portugal Estoril 1–1 0–0 1–1
Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 2–2 2–1 4–3

Club records in UEFA competitions[edit]

As of July 2014[11]

  • Biggest Win in UEFA Competition: 1 November 2001, St Gallen 1–4 Freiburg, at Zurich
  • Biggest Defeat in UEFA Competition: 3 October 2013, Sevilla 2–0 Freiburg at Seville/12 December 2013, Freiburg 0–2 Sevilla at Freiburg
  • Club Appearances in UEFA Europa League: 3
  • Player with Most UEFA Appearances: Andreas Zeyer – 8 appearances
  • Top Scorer in UEFA Club Competitions: Sebastian Kehl – 2 goals

Club records[edit]

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cup[edit]

International[edit]

Youth*

League[edit]

Cup[edit]

  • German Under 19 Cup
    • Winnesr: (4) 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012

Under 21 International[edit]

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Won by reserve team.

Players[edit]

For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers summer 2014.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Switzerland GK Roman Bürki
2 Czech Republic DF Pavel Krmaš
3 Spain DF Marc Torrejón
5 France DF Christopher Jullien
7 Czech Republic MF Vladimír Darida
8 Germany MF Mike Frantz
9 Austria FW Philipp Zulechner
11 Germany FW Dani Schahin (on loan from FSV Mainz 05)
14 Switzerland FW Admir Mehmedi
15 Serbia DF Stefan Mitrović
17 France MF Jonathan Schmid
19 Germany GK Daniel Batz
20 Germany DF Marc-Oliver Kempf
21 Germany GK Sebastian Mielitz
No. Position Player
22 Germany DF Sascha Riether
23 Germany MF Julian Schuster (captain)
24 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Mensur Mujdža
25 Germany DF Oliver Sorg
26 Germany MF Maximilian Philipp
27 Germany MF Nicolas Höfler
30 Germany DF Christian Günter
31 Slovakia MF Karim Guédé
33 United States MF Caleb Stanko
35 Germany FW Sebastian Freis
36 Germany MF Felix Klaus
37 Germany MF Sebastian Kerk
41 Germany DF Immanuel Höhn
United States GK Zack Steffen

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
6 Norway DF Vegar Eggen Hedenstad (at Eintracht Braunschweig)
Germany GK Alexander Schwolow (at Arminia Bielefeld)
No. Position Player
Germany MF Hendrick Zuck (at Eintracht Braunschweig)

Selected notable former players[edit]

For a more complete list, see List of SC Freiburg players

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is not complete or all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.[16]

Managers: past and present[edit]

Managers of the club since 1946:[17]

Women's section[edit]

Main article: SC Freiburg (women)

Recent seasons[edit]

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The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[18][19]

  • With the introduction of the Regionalligas in 1994 and the 3. Liga in 2008 as the new third tier, below the 2. Bundesliga, all leagues below dropped one tier. In 2012, the number of Regionalligas was increased from three to five with all Regionalliga Süd clubs except the Bavarian ones entering the new Regionalliga Südwest.

Notable chairmen[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reason trumps rashness at Freiburg". Bundesliga website. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Peter Martin (2004). Sport-Club Freiburg, ed. Hundert Jahre 90 Minuten: Die Geschichte des SC Freiburg von 1904–2004. Freiburg. 
  3. ^ Gladwell, Ben. "SCHALKE SNATCH CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BERTH IN FREIBURG". Bundesliga. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Gladwell, Ben. "ALL‘S WELL THAT ENDS WELL FOR FREIBURG". Bundesliga. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Wittmann, Gerry. "VfB Stuttgart 2 – 1 SC Freiburg: Stuttgart Salvage their Season with Pokal Win". bundesliga fanatic. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Das badenova-Stadion". SCF website. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "badenova-Stadion" (in German). weltfussball.de. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Umbau oder Neubau des SC-Stadions?". Badische-Zeitung. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "The UEFA Cup 1995/96 – SC Freiburg (GER)". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "The UEFA Cup 2001/02 – SC Freiburg (GER)". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "SC Freiburg". UEFA.com. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Plzeň midfielder Darida joins Freiburg". UEFA.com. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Die Top-Ten-Spielerverkäufe des SC Freiburg". Badische Zeitung. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Matchday 18: Facts and figures". bundesliga.de. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  15. ^ The cup of Lev Yashin goes to Germany. RTSportNews. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "SC Freiburg.:. Spieler von A-Z" (in German). weltfussball.de. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "SC Freiburg.:. Trainer von A-Z" (in German). weltfussball.de. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "Historical German domestic league tables" (in German). Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "Ergebnisse – die Top-Ligen bei Fussball.de" [Results – the Top Leagues at Fussball.de] (in German). Fussball.de. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 

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