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SC Freiburg
SC Freiburg logo.svg
Full name Sport-Club Freiburg e.V.
Nickname(s) Breisgau-Brasilianer (Breisgau Brazilians)
Founded 1904; 120 years ago (1904)
Ground Europa-Park Stadion
Ground Capacity 34,700
President Eberhard Fugmann
Manager Christian Streich
League Bundesliga
2020–21 Bundesliga, 10th of 18
Third colours

Sport-Club Freiburg e.V., commonly known as SC Freiburg (German pronunciation: [ʔɛs ˈtseː ˈfʁaɪbʊɐ̯k]) or just Freiburg, is a German professional football club, based in the city of Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg. It plays in the Bundesliga, having been promoted as champions from the 2. Bundesliga in 2016. Between 1954 and 2021, Freiburg's stadium was the Dreisamstadion. The club moved to the newly built Europa-Park Stadion in 2021. 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, former manager of the Germany national team, is the club's second-highest all-time leading goal scorer, with 81 goals in 252 games during his three spells at the club, behind Nils Petersen.


Early history

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 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 (Polizeisportverein) Freiburg 1924 that lasted until 1930 and the failure of PSV. SC Freiburg then started again with FT 1844 Freiburg in 1938. The club played first in the Bezirksliga Baden in 1928, 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 reconstituted themselves after about a year, but were required to take on new names in an attempt to disassociate them from Nazis. SC Freiburg was therefore briefly known as VfL Freiburg. By 1950, French-occupation authorities allowed the clubs to reclaim their old identities. Finally, in 1952, SC Freiburg left FT Freiburg behind again.

Freiburg Performance Chart
Historical chart of Freiburg league performance

Through the 1930s, SC Freiburg played in the Bezirkliga (II), in the Gauliga Baden (I), winning local titles. After World War II, they resumed playing in the Amateurliga Südbaden (III).

The Finke era with ten Bundesliga seasons (1991–2007)

SC Freiburg were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga in 1978–79, which they would compete in for a decade-and-a-half before making the breakthrough to the top-flight Bundesliga in 1993–94 under the management of Volker Finke. In their first Bundesliga season, Freiburg narrowly avoided relegation. They made a third place finish 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.

The club's reached the UEFA Cup in 1995 and 2001.

Freiburg's first Bundesliga relegation was in 1997 after they finished in 17th position. While they have been relegated four times since first making the Bundesliga, they have thrice won immediate promotion back to the top league. It was the first time since 1992 that Freiburg played in the 2. Bundesliga for two consecutive seasons.

Freiburg finished the 2006–07 season in fourth place in the 2. Bundesliga, missing out on the third automatic-promotion spot on goal difference to MSV Duisburg, although they won 12 of their last 16 league games. They were knocked out of the DFB-Pokal in the second round by VfL Wolfsburg on 24 October 2006.

On 20 May 2007, Volker Finke resigned as the club's coach after 16 years in the job. He was succeeded by Robin Dutt, who himself left the club for Bayer Leverkusen in 2011.

On 10 May 2009, Freiburg secured promotion into the Bundesliga once again, beating TuS Koblenz in an away game 5–2.

Streich era

Borussia Dortmund SC Freiburg 05052012
SC Freiburg against Borussia Dortmund in 2012

In the 2011–12 season, a coaching change by appointing Christian Streich, with the club finishing 12th. Under Christian Streich, the 2012–13 Bundesliga season saw the club finish in fifth place, their best league standing since 1994–95. The fifth-place finish secured a position in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League. Had Freiburg defeated Schalke 04 on the final matchday of the season, Freiburg would have advanced further in the league table against Schalke and qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in club history. The 1–2 defeat to Schalke, however, saw Schalke secure fourth place in the league and qualify for the tournament instead. During the 2012–13 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 Bayern Munich in the final.

In the 2014–15 season, after six years in the top flight, Freiburg was relegated to the 2. Bundesliga by a single point after a final-day defeat at Hannover 96. This was despite beating Bayern Munich in the second-last game. In the following season, however, the club earned its fifth promotion to the Bundesliga, with two matches to spare. The first season back in the Bundesliga saw them end seventh. This saw Freiburg qualify for the Europa League, as German cupwinners Borussia Dortmund were already qualified for the Champions League. The side were eliminated in the third qualification round against NK Domžale from Slovenia. Freiburg stayed in the top flight, finishing 15th.

In the 2021–22 season, Freiburg finished sixth in the league to qualify to the next season's Europa League, where they reached the round of 16. In the following season, they finished fifth in the league to achieve another direct qualification to the Europa League group stage, despite being in the Champions League spots most of the season; however, two consecutive losses against rivals RB Leipzig and Union Berlin had them drop down in the league table with two games remaining. In the DFB-Pokal of the same season, defeated Bayern Munich 2–1 in the quarter-finals, in an away match for the first time in their history, before losing in the semi-finals at home 1–5 to RB Leipzig.

Reserve team

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. 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.

A South Baden Cup win in 2001 qualified it for the first round of the 2001–02 DFB-Pokal, the German Cup, where it lost to Schalke 04.


Badenova-Stadion 2011
Dreisamstadion interior in 2011

SC Freiburg formerly played its home games at the Dreisamstadion, named after the Dreisam River which flows through Freiburg. Because of sponsorship agreements, the stadium was known as the Schwarzwald-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.

The new Europa-Park Stadion designed by HPP Architekten, was completed in October 2021. Located in the west of the city in a part of the city called Brühl — immediately to the west of Freiburg Airport — it has a capacity of 34,700.


In April 2022, the team announced their sponsorship with car retailer Cazoo starting in July 2022. The Cazoo brand is visible on the front of the new jerseys as the team's main sponsor. In addition to the Bundesliga professionals, Cazoo appeared as shirt sponsor and advertising partner of the second team of SC Freiburg in the third division and as co-sponsor of the Freiburg Football School, and became visible at all matches of the SC junior teams. Cazoo also became a co-sponsor and sleeve sponsor of SC Freiburg's Bundesliga women.

UEFA competitions


Season Competition Round Opponent 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 3rd
Portugal Estoril 1–1 0–0
Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 2–2 2–1
2017–18 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round Slovenia Domžale 1–0 0–2 1–2
2022–23 UEFA Europa League Group G Azerbaijan Qarabağ 2–1 1–1 1st
Greece Olympiacos 1–1 3–0
France Nantes 2–0 4–0
Round of 16 Italy Juventus 0–2 0–1 0–3
2023–24 UEFA Europa League Group A Greece Olympiacos 5–0 3–2 2nd
England West Ham United 1–2 0–2
Serbia TSC 5–0 3–1
Knockout round play-offs France Lens 3–2 (aet) 0–0 3–2
Round of 16 England West Ham United 1–0 0–5 1–5

Overall record

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League &&&&&&&&&&&&&034.&&&&&034 &&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&049.&&&&&049 &&&&&&&&&&&&&038.&&&&&038 +11 &&&&&&&&&&&&&041.18000041.18
Total &&&&&&&&&&&&&034.&&&&&034 &&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&049.&&&&&049 &&&&&&&&&&&&&038.&&&&&038 +11 &&&&&&&&&&&&&041.18000041.18

Club records in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win in UEFA competition:
    • 9 November 2023, Freiburg 5–0 TSC, at Freiburg
    • 30 November 2023, Freiburg 5–0 Olympiacos, at Freiburg
  • Biggest defeat in UEFA competition:
  • Club appearances in UEFA Europa League: 6
  • Player with most UEFA appearances: Matthias Ginter – 22 appearances
  • Top scorer in UEFA club competitions: Michael Gregoritsch – 8 goals

Club records

Statistics correct as of 6 April 2024.

  • Most 1. Bundesliga goals scored: 69 – Nils Petersen 19 May 2023
  • Highest transfer fee paid: €10 million for Baptiste Santamaria
  • Highest transfer fee received: €21.1 million for Çağlar Söyüncü
  • Youngest goalscorer: Matthias Ginter – 18 years, 2 days
  • Player who has scored the most against club: Claudio Pizarro – 14 goals in 17 matches
  • Biggest home win: 6–0 – against Rot-Weiß Erfurt on 24 August 1991
  • Biggest 1. Bundesliga home win: 5–0 – against Hansa Rostock on 17 September 1999 and against VfL Bochum on 9 December 2000
  • Biggest away win: 6–0 – against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 5 December 2021
  • Biggest 1. Bundesliga away win: 6–0 – against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 5 December 2021
  • Biggest home loss: 0–6 – against Bayern Munich on 16 December 2003 and against Werder Bremen on 4 December 2004 and 21 November 2009
  • Biggest 1. Bundesliga home loss: 0–6 – against Bayern Munich on 16 December 2003 and against Werder Bremen on 4 December 2004 and 21 November 2009
  • Biggest away loss: 0–7 – against Bayern Munich on 10 September 2011
  • Biggest 1. Bundesliga away loss: 0–7 – against Bayern Munich on 10 September 2011

Most appearances

  • Players marked in bold are still playing for the club.
Rank Player Position Period Appearances
1 Germany Andreas Zeyer MF 1989–1997, 1999–2004 441
2 Germany Christian Günter DF 2012– 392
3 Germany Nicolas Höfler MF 2010– 337
4 Germany Reinhard Binder MF 1975–1984 307
5 Germany Karl-Heinz Schulz DF 1982–1991 297
6 Germany Rolf Maier DF 1980–1992 295
7 Georgia (country) Alexander Iashvili FW 1997–2007 281
8 Germany Nils Petersen FW 2015–2023 277
9 Italy Vincenzo Grifo MF 2015–2017, 2019– 264
10 Germany Joachim Löw FW 1978–1980, 1982–1984, 1985–1989 263

Top goalscorers

  • Players marked in bold are still playing for the club.
Rank Player Position Period Goals Games
1 Germany Nils Petersen FW 2015–2023 105 277
2 Italy Vincenzo Grifo MF 2015–2017, 2019– 84 264
3 Germany Joachim Löw FW 1978–1980, 1982–1984, 1985–1989 83 263
4 Germany Wolfgang Schüler FW 1976–1978, 1979–1980 67 103
5 Georgia (country) Alexander Iashvili FW 1997–2007 63 281
6 Senegal Souleyman Sané FW 1985–1988 58 113
7 Germany Uwe Spies FW 1990–1997 53 202
8 Germany Andreas Zeyer MF 1989–1997, 1999–2004 46 441
9 Mali Soumaïla Coulibaly MF 2000–2007 43 234
10 Germany Reinhard Binder MF 1975–1984 39 307
Senegal Papiss Cissé FW 2010–2012 67



  • 2. Bundesliga (II)
    • Winners: 1992–93, 2002–03, 2008–09, 2015–16
  • Regionalliga Südwest (IV)
    • Winners: 2020–21
  • Oberliga Baden-Württemberg (V)
    • Winners: 2008, 2017
  • Amateurliga Südbaden (III)
    • Winners: 1965, 1968, 1978
  • Verbandsliga Südbaden (V)
    • Winners: 1998


  • South Baden Cup (Tiers III–VII)
    • Winners: 1975, 1978, 2001
    • Runners-up: 2005
  • DFB-Pokal
    • Runners-up: 2021–22


  • German Under 19 championship
    • Winners: 2008
  • Under 19 Bundesliga South/Southwest
    • Winners: 2005–06, 2008–09
  • German Under-19 Cup
    • Winners: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2018

Under-21 International

  • Lev Yashin Cup
    • Winners: 2011

Won by reserve team.


Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Noah Atubolu
3 Austria DF Philipp Lienhart
4 Germany DF Kenneth Schmidt
5 Germany DF Manuel Gulde
6 Hungary DF Attila Szalai (on loan from TSG Hoffenheim)
7 Germany MF Noah Weißhaupt
8 Germany MF Maximilian Eggestein
9 Germany FW Lucas Höler
11 Ghana MF Daniel-Kofi Kyereh
14 Germany MF Yannik Keitel
17 Germany DF Lukas Kübler
20 Austria FW Junior Adamu
21 Germany GK Florian Müller
22 Hungary MF Roland Sallai
No. Position Player
23 Kosovo MF Florent Muslija
25 France DF Kiliann Sildillia
26 Germany FW Maximilian Philipp (on loan from VfL Wolfsburg)
27 Germany MF Nicolas Höfler
28 Germany DF Matthias Ginter
30 Germany DF Christian Günter (captain)
31 Germany GK Benjamin Uphoff
32 Italy MF Vincenzo Grifo (vice-captain)
33 France DF Jordy Makengo
34 Germany MF Merlin Röhl
37 Germany DF Max Rosenfelder
38 Austria FW Michael Gregoritsch
42 Japan MF Ritsu Dōan

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Germany DF Kimberly Ezekwem (at SC Paderborn until 30 June 2024)
Germany DF Keven Schlotterbeck (at VfL Bochum until 30 June 2024)
No. Position Player
Belgium DF Hugo Siquet (at Cercle Brugge until 30 June 2024)
Germany DF Robert Wagner (at Greuther Fürth until 30 June 2024)

Selected notable former 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.

  • Albania Altin Rraklli
  • Argentina Rodolfo Esteban Cardoso
  • Austria Andreas Ibertsberger
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Zlatan Bajramović
  • Cameroon Mohammadou Idrissou
  • Republic of the Congo Rolf-Christel Guié-Mien
  • Costa Rica Austin Berry
  • Croatia Damir Burić
  • Croatia Nikola Jurčević
  • Denmark Michael Lumb
  • Georgia (country) Alexander Iashvili
  • Georgia (country) Levan Kobiashvili
  • Germany Dennis Aogo
  • Germany Martin Braun
  • Germany Michael Frontzeck
  • Germany Richard Golz
  • Germany Jörg Heinrich
  • Germany Andreas Hinkel
  • Germany Sebastian Kehl
  • Germany Ralf Kohl
  • Germany Joachim Löw
  • Germany Stefan Müller
  • Germany Sascha Riether
  • Germany Jörg Schmadtke
  • Germany Karl-Heinz Schulz
  • Germany Martin Spanring
  • Germany Uwe Spies
  • Germany Axel Sundermann
  • Germany Jens Todt
  • Germany Uwe Wassmer
  • Germany Marco Weißhaupt
  • Germany Günther Wienhold
  • Germany Tobias Willi
  • Germany Andreas Zeyer
  • Iran Ferydoon Zandi
  • South Korea Cha Du-ri
  • Lebanon Roda Antar
  • Lebanon Youssef Mohamad
  • Mali Soumaila Coulibaly
  • Mali Boubacar Diarra
  • Netherlands Harry Decheiver
  • Senegal Papiss Cissé
  • Senegal Souleyman Sané
  • Slovenia Miran Pavlin
  • Switzerland Alain Sutter
  • Tunisia Zoubeir Baya
  • Tunisia Mehdi Ben Slimane
  • Tunisia Adel Sellimi
  • Turkey Çağlar Söyüncü
  • United States Paul Caligiuri

Club staff

Position Name
Sporting Director/Head of Scouting Germany Klemens Hartenbach
Manager Germany Christian Streich
Assistant Manager Germany Lars Voßler
Germany Patrick Baier
Germany Florian Bruns
Goalkeeper coach Germany Michael Müller
Fitness coach Austria Daniel Wolf
Technical Assistant/Bus Driver Germany Stefan Spohn
Video Analyst Germany Leon Krämer
Coordinator of talent management Germany Julian Schuster
Match Analyst Germany Heiko Sander
Team coordinator Germany Torsten Bauer
Head of Soccer School Germany Martin Schweizer
Sports coordinator Germany Vincent Keller
Scout Italy Carlo Curcio
Germany Vincent Keller
Slovakia Karim Guédé
Team Doctor Germany Helge Eberbach
Germany Jochen Gruber
Germany Markus Wenning
Physiotherapist Germany Torge Schwarz
Germany Markus Behrens
Germany Florian Mack
Physiotherapist/Masseur Germany Uwe Vetter
Lead Academy Physiotherapist Germany Valentin Bohsung
Head of Media and Communications/Press Officer Germany Sascha Glunk
Kit Manager Germany Max Beckmann
Academy Manager Germany Andreas Steiert

Head coaches

Coaches of the club since 1946:

Volker Finke
Volker Finke, former coach of SCF and longest serving coach in German football history
  • Germany Andreas Munkert (1946–49)
  • Arthur Mattes (1949–50)
  • Germany Andreas Munkert (1950–53) (second time)
  • Willi Hornung (1953–55)
  • Kurt Mannschott (1956–58)
  • Germany Hans Roggow [de] (1960–63)
  • Germany Hans Faber (1963–64)
  • Germany Hans Diehl (1964–69)
  • Germany Edgar Heilbrunner (1969–72)
  • Germany Manfred Brief (1 July 1972 – 30 September 1978)
  • Germany Heinz Baas (30 Sep 1978 – 30 June 1979)
  • Germany Norbert Wagner (1 July 1979 – 24 January 1980)
  • Germany Jupp Becker (1 July 1980 – 24 January 1981)
  • Germany Horst Zick (25 Jan 1981 – 30 June 1981)
  • Germany Lutz Hangartner (1 July 1981 – 30 June 1982)
  • Germany Werner Olk (1 July 1982 – 30 June 1983)
  • Germany Fritz Fuchs (1 July 1983 – 30 June 1984)
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Antun Rudinski (1 July 1984 – 1 January 1986)
  • Germany Jupp Becker (25 Jan 1986 – 22 March 1986) (second time)
  • Germany Horst Zick (23 March 1986 – 30 June 1986) (second time)
  • Germany Jörg Berger (1 July 1986 – 17 December 1988)
  • Germany Fritz Fuchs (1 Jan 1989 – 8 April 1989) (second time)
  • Germany Uwe Ehret (9 April 1989 – 30 June 1989)
  • Germany Lorenz-Günther Köstner (1 July 1989 – 26 August 1989)
  • Germany Uwe Ehret (27 Aug 1989 – 26 November 1989) (second time)
  • Germany Bernd Hoß (1 Dec 1989 – 30 June 1990)
  • Germany Eckhard Krautzun (1 July 1990 – 30 June 1991)
  • Germany Volker Finke (1 July 1991 – 20 May 2007)
  • Germany Robin Dutt (June 2007 –30 June 2011)
  • Germany Marcus Sorg (1 July 2011 – 29 December 2011)
  • Germany Christian Streich (29 Dec 2011 –)

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Recent seasons

Bundesligaplatzierungen SC Freiburg Herren

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:

  • 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.
Promoted Relegated

Notable chairmen

  • Germany Achim Stocker † (1972–2009)

See also

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