Confirmed: Christian Streich ends career at SC Freiburg

confirmed christian streich ends career at sc freiburg

Last Update: 18.03.2024 10: 30 Am

It had been hinting for some time. It is now clear that Freiburg’s cult coach Christian Streich will quit after the current season.

“I have thought for a long time and had many conversations, but I believe that after 29 years, now is the right time to make room for new energies, new people and new opportunities. It has been very important to me in the past that I do not miss the moment when I believe it is right to leave,” said Christian Streich in a statement. “I had hundreds of extraordinary experiences during my time at the Sports Club. This association is my life and I am grateful for the great affection and support I have experienced here.”

Sports director Jochen Saier: “joint journey is not over yet”

“We have been in an intense, very trusting and emotional exchange of thoughts with Christian over the past few weeks – at the end of which there is a decision that we regret, but can fully respect and understand. As special as the joint decision-making was and is Christian’s work as head coach over the past twelve and a half years and a total of almost three decades of coaching for our SC. However, the moment to finally appreciate this special time has not yet come, since the joint journey here and today has not ended. In the remaining eight Bundesliga matches, there is still too much to achieve together. The transparent exchange enabled us to enter into discussions at an early stage,” said Sports Board Member Jochen Saier.

Review: it was the 29th. December 2011. The day Christian Streich first stepped onto the big football stage. The long-time youth coach of SC Freiburg was introduced as the new head coach of the Bundesliga team. As the successor of the unsuccessful Markus Sorg, whose assistant coach he was before. Streich was supposed to save what could hardly be saved, to save the then last in the table from relegation.

More than twelve years on the bench at SC Freiburg

Five months later, in mid-May 2012, the Mission was surprisingly accomplished. The SC Freiburg had managed to maintain the class under the coach-novice Christian Streich. It was the beginning of a unique career. Over the next twelve years, the Football teacher, born in Weil on the Rhine, created a grandiose sporting work in Breisgau. Despite Intermediate relegation in 2015, which was promptly corrected with direct Re-promotion. Streich formed a Team from the former relegation candidate, with whom he reached the DFB Cup final and twice qualified for the Europa League.

For Christian Streich and all those involved, the emotional Highlight was above all the “Berlin experience”, the enthusiasm surrounding the unfortunate penalty shootout loss to Leipzig in the Olympic Stadium, including the reception after returning home in Freiburg.

SC Freiburg was under the spell, which meant above all incredible team maturity and cohesion. In addition, the coach formed from many young talents, preferably from his own Freiburg football school, seasoned Bundesliga professionals, some of whom even became national players. Oliver Baumann, Dennis Aogo, Matthias Ginter or Christian Günter are examples here.

Also structurally, the SC Freiburg has developed enormously during this time. Meanwhile, The Sports Club plays in the state-of-the-art new Europapark Stadium, which is always well filled with around 35,000 Fans, a Temple of atmosphere of a very special kind. The membership Boom also continues, with around 60,000 Club members now crossing their fingers at the Sports Club Team.

Christian Streich-cult coach of the Bundesliga

Christian Streich himself developed more and more into the cult coach of the Bundesliga during these years at the Freiburger Bank. A striking personality, honest and direct, witty and quick-witted. A man-catcher with his human-highly emotional nature, coupled with the sympathetic Alemannic dialect of the man from the Markgräflerland. Metzgersson and pedagogue with Teacher Training in German Studies, History and sports in Freiburg.

The diverse world of thoughts of the former Second Division kicker did not end between the two penalty areas. The almost 59-year-old always took a clear position on all socio-political issues. Finally, once again and clearly against right-wing extremism, racism and intolerance. For this there was a lot of recognition, but also criticism.

Last match on 18. May at Union Berlin

Now an unforgettable coaching era ends at SC Freiburg with Christian Streich. The second after Volker Finke, who had once led the Sports Club to the Bundesliga and remained coach for 16 years. In two months, on June 18, 2014. May, 34. On the matchday of the Bundesliga season, Christian Streich will sit on the Freiburger bench for the last time in the away match of the Sport Club at Union Berlin. Then the longest-serving Bundesliga Coach by far will say goodbye and leave a big gap in every respect.

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