Steffen Freund

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Steffen Freund
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Personal information
Full name Steffen Freund
Date of birth (1970-01-19) 19 January 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Brandenburg, East Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur (coach)
Youth career
BSG Motor Süd Brandenburg
0000–1988 BSG Stahl Brandenburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 BSG Stahl Brandenburg 57 (0)
1991–1993 Schalke 04 53 (3)
1993–1998 Borussia Dortmund 117 (6)
1998–2003 Tottenham Hotspur 102 (0)
2003–2004 1. FC Kaiserslautern 9 (0)
2004Leicester City (loan) 14 (0)
Total 352 (9)
National team
1992 Germany Olympic 2 (0)
1995–1998 Germany 21 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2012 Germany U16
2010–2011 Germany U17
2012– Tottenham Hotspur (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Steffen Freund (born 19 January 1970) is a German former professional football player who played as a defensive midfielder in both the German and English top flights. He was capped 21 times for his country and played a significant part in Germany's UEFA Euro 1996 winning campaign. He is currently working for Tottenham Hotspur. His son, Niklas plays for SV Empor Berlin as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

He started his career at Stahl Brandenburg, coming through their youth system. Freund has said that the Stasi made an unsuccessful attempt to recruit him as an informer during his time at the club.[1] In 1991, he was transferred to FC Schalke 04 and he established himself as an important midfield player. Schalke were forced to sell Freund due to financial reasons in 1993 to Borussia Dortmund where he stayed until 1998.[2] During his time at Dortmund, he won the league twice in 1995 and 1996 and gained a Champions League medal in 1997, but was left out of the squad for the final altogether. After this he transferred to English premiership club Tottenham Hotspur where he stayed until 2003 and is famous for having never scored a goal. He did however win the League Cup with Spurs in 1999. He was a firm fans favourite at the club for his work ethic and commitment. At the tail end of his career he went on to have short spells at 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Leicester City. On 4 December 2009, Freund was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur hall of fame alongside Darren Anderton[3]

International career[edit]

Between 1995 and 1998, he won 21 caps for the German national team.[4] He won UEFA Euro 1996 with Germany and also competed in the FIFA World Cup 1998.

Coaching career[edit]

On 1 September 2007, Freund was appointed assistant head-coach of the German U-20 team. On 5 December 2007, he was named as a new assistant to Nigeria coach Berti Vogts for the time of the African Nations Cup. He then resumed his work as assistant to German U20-manager Frank Engel. In May 2009 he finished his coaching badges and on 17 July 2009 he was appointed manager of the German U-16 team signing a two-year contract. A year later he began managing the German U-17 team leading them to a runners up medal at the 2011 UEFA European U-17 Football Championship and a third place at the World Cup in Mexico. He then started working with the new generation of U-16 players. On 11 July 2012, Freund was appointed assistant head coach of Tottenham Hotspur. On 5 August 2014 he was appointed International Technical Coordinator.[5] On the 21st of April 2017, while on Sky Sports, Freund stated that he was not interested in getting back into coaching. He instead was enjoying the freedom from pressure which he was experiencing as a pundit.

Television career[edit]

In 2006, he appeared alongside Boris Becker in a special England v. Germany edition of the popular panel show They Think It's All Over. At the start of the 2011–12 season, Freund began working as a pundit for Eurosport's coverage of the German Bundesliga and Sky Deutschland.

Personal life[edit]

Freund is married and has one son and two daughters. His son, Niklas, currently plays as a goalkeeper for SV Empor Berlin FC, having previously played for VCD Athletic and Redbridge.

Career honours[edit]


Borussia Dortmund
Tottenham Hotspur




  1. ^ Crossman, Steve (4 June 2015). "Champions League final: Steffen Freund - How I resisted the Stasi". Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  2. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (14 April 2016). "Steffen Freund - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Pair Join Hall Of Fame". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  4. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (14 April 2016). "Steffen Freund - International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Club Announcement: Steffen Returns". Tottenham Hotspur. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012.

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