SC Freiburg are STILL undefeated this season … and they have Bayern Munich in their sights this week
Bayern Munich face their biggest Bundesliga test of the season this weekend, but it’s not Borussia Dortmund or RB Leipzig. Forget them entirely, as SC Freiburg are literally Germany’s team to beat.
The minnows are the only team left in Germany’s top flight that have yet to lose a game this season. In fact, only Liverpool, Napoli and AC Milan share Freiburg’s undefeated status in Europe’s major divisions this season.
The Black Forest club is third in the Bundesliga, three points behind Bayern’s leader and perennial champion at the top, not bad for a team with the second-lowest salary budget in the division.
SC Freiburg is the team to beat in the Bundesliga this season with no losses so far this season
Freiburg faces leader Bayern Munich on Saturday in search of leveling the points with them
Freiburg spends just £ 12 million on its entire team’s salaries each season, which is less than what Bayern pays their entire team for a month. However, by Saturday afternoon, they could be tied on points with the best team in Germany.
Beating Bayern will not be an easy task, especially considering the fact that the defending champions have scored 23 goals in their last six games, but Freiburg have every reason to be confident.
The Minnows have the best defense in the league, conceding just seven goals in ten games so far this season. It is the main reason they remain undefeated, having taken points away from Leipzig and Dortmund during the first weeks of the season.
It’s no wonder his fans instructed their team to ‘take Lederhosens out of Bayern’ last week as they prepare to stun the champions this weekend.
Freiburg has the best defense in the Bundesliga with just seven goals conceded so far
Freiburg have already beaten Dortmund this season and are looking to cause another surprise
Leading the team is coach Christian Streich, who is not only the longest-serving coach in the German top flight, but also one of the most charismatic figures in European football.
The 56-year-old has been with the club since 1995, taking on various youth coach roles before being appointed to head the first team in 2011, and his passion for Freiburg is evident.
Streich, who grew up in his father’s butcher shop and is a qualified history teacher, bikes to the training ground and stadium every day to meet his ‘family and friends’ at the club, describing his role as a true ‘privilege’.
When the club said goodbye to its Dreisamstadion pitch earlier this year, an iconic venue that was on the wish list of most German soccer fans, the Freiburg coach broke down in tears and jumped into the stands to guide your ultras and followers in song.
The manager of Freiburg is the charismatic Christian Streich, Germany’s oldest boss.
His sideline antics are clear to watch most weeks, but the 56-year-old has caused some fireworks over the years. In 2019, he collided with Frankfurt captain David Abraham, sparking an almighty melee.
Streich was accused by some sectors of German football of making the most of the collision, while Abraham earned a seven-week ban and a £ 21,500 fine.
But while the Freiburg coach is a striking sight on the touchline, it is in his press conferences and interviews that he really shines.
Streich has used his meetings with the press to highlight various social issues over the years, including care workers and, more recently, rights over the coronavirus vaccine.
Streich is known for his sideline antics and memorable press conferences on social issues.
She even took time out at her press conference to support Angela Merkel welcoming a large group of refugees during the 2015 crisis, promoting ideas on ‘reducing the fears of strangers’ and’ learning other ways. of thinking’.
Streich presents himself as a very traditional human being. His first big television interview saw him describe himself as a “normal guy.”
“I’m not exactly your ideal marketing product,” she said in 2011. “No tattoos, no piercings.”
This traditional attitude is the reason why the Freiburg manager despises modern football so much. When Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for almost £ 200 million in 2017, it sparked one of Streich’s angriest press conferences to date.
“The god of money is getting bigger and bigger,” said the philosophical Streich.
Streich is firmly against modern football and complained about Neymar’s move to PSG of 200 million pounds.
‘Eventually it will devour everything. But most people will only realize when everything has been eaten.
“I don’t know how people who have nothing feel when they read this, if there will be frustration. I don’t know if it is good for our democratic order.
‘I think it’s not good. But I won’t avoid it. We are in the unreal realm, but it is a reality right now. ‘
He even disagreed that modern society does too much with Cristiano Ronaldo’s muscles, claiming that young players are drawing the wrong conclusions thinking that physique can bring success.
“Cristiano Ronaldo likes to show his beautiful muscles,” Streich said in 2017. “Because he has good muscles. He has trained these muscles.
“The problem is that young players see greasy muscles in the newspapers. And they think this is a showman. But that is not a showman, he is quite the opposite.
Streich has also complained about how Cristiano Ronaldo’s body is used in modern society.
Of course he (Ronaldo) celebrates it, but he has worked everything. And that’s where the wrong conclusions are drawn, and that’s the problem. ‘
On the field, Streich has done very well to keep Freiburg a competitive team, despite the fact that German minnows tend to lose their best players each season to the more reputable teams.
The Bundesliga club have lost players like Caglar Soyuncu and Robin Koch to Premier League teams Leicester City and Leeds.
Luca Waldschmidt moved to Benfica last year, while Maximilian Philipp, Admir Mehmedi and Matthias Ginter have been transferred in recent years.
But Streich and the Freiburg management make up for it with cunning and cheap signings, who go on to become important players for the team.
Freiburg sells its best players every season, including Caglar Soyuncu (right) to Leicester
The likes of Maximilian Eggestein, Rolland Sallai and the all-time record scorer Nils Petersen were all signed for less than £ 5 million and are big stars. This season’s top scorers, Lucas Holer and Woo-yeong Jeong, were even selected for less than £ 3 million each.
The latter was sacked by Bayern Munich after several seasons in the club’s B-team in the third division – no one will want to find the net more on Saturday afternoon than the South Korean forward.
Meanwhile, there is also a local sensation in this Freiburg squad, with 12 of the 26 players on the first-team squad coming from the club’s quarry, including captain Christian Gunter, who is approaching 300 appearances for the team. .
Streich and everything he brings has been so popular in the game that Bayern almost hired him in 2018. Bayern boss Uli Hoeness asked Freiburg president Fritz Keller about him, but the German giants chose Niko Kovac.
Forward Woo-yeong Jeong will be desperate to find the net against former club Bayern this week
Freiburg has recently moved to a new 35,000-seat stadium as the club looks up
Instead, Streich is a cult hero in Freiburg and there was no better man to lead the club into a new era when the German team moved into their new 35,000-seat stadium this season.
Historically, Freiburg is a club known for bouncing between Germany’s first and second division, with the occasional European campaign in the group stage from time to time.
“We go down, we go up, we go to the UEFA Cup!” was a common song during the 1990s.
Defeat Bayern on Saturday and they can start dreaming of changing that letter to the Champions League.