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Freiburg is playing the FA Cup final for the first time and facing the biggest match in the club’s history. For coach Streich, Captain Günter is a “symbol” of Baden’s path to success.

Christian Streiss’ heart really jumps when he talks about his captain. Christian Günther’s career is a “little fairy tale”, says the SC Freiburg coach. And a “symbol” of the way for the people of South Baden.

On Saturday (8pm / ARD and Sky) they meet RB Leipzig in the DFB Cup Final. It is the biggest football game in the history of FC Freiburg. And the biggest joke. Walgunther. They have both already won the A-Junior Cup, even together in 2011. Now the small cup champions of the past can become the big champions.

When Günther was 17 and still a youth coach at the sports club, he didn’t know if the defensive talent would later make it to the top flight, says Streisch. Günther is now a 269-times professional in the Bundesliga and six times international. The fact that the left-back has gone this far, the coach said, “has a lot to do with his will and behaviour”. The boy from the Black Forest, who makes his way through the talent factory in Freiburg to the top – a feast for every football romantic.

The trio with the experience of winning the cup

In addition to Günther, Nicholas Hoeffler and Jonathan Schmid already under the leadership of Streiche German FA Cup of the A-Juniors won. On Saturday, the trio will return to Berlin with their longtime coach and sponsor – perhaps the culmination of an already impressive season in which Freiburg, sixth in the league, qualified for the European Cup for the fifth time. Günther is now 29, midfielder Hoefler 32 and winger Schmid 31. Streich says the fact that he’s now playing another major final with them in this constellation and with the same club is “very special” and “completely exceptional”. And certainly “it is no coincidence that in Freiburg something like this happens.”

Freiburg – At least here, the sometimes hectic world of football is still just fine for many. The people of Baden stand for modesty and humility, in a way that everyone seems to love. With his clear opinion, wide tone, and spirited looks on the sidelines, Streich has long become a cult figure. Former coach Volker Fink was also one of them. Under his leadership, Freiburg broke into the German Bundesliga in the 1990s and was celebrated as a “Brazilian brazilian” for their short passing match.

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Since then, they have been pestering large companies regularly, despite the relatively manageable financial means. And even if they landed in between, the Freiburg team remained true to themselves and their coaches. Sporting director Jochen Sayer and sporting director Clemens Hartenbach have been at the club since the early 2000s, and Streische joined the youth division in 1995 and took over as professional coach during the winter break of the 2011/12 season.

Tribute from former coach Finke

“I can only wish the club that this trio remain in sporting leadership for a long time,” says Fink, who coached the Supreme Committee from 1991 to 2007. “This continuity and the fact that Christian, Clemens and Jochen have Knowing each other well for many years is the key to success.”

With the new Europa Park stadium, another promising element has been added this season. “It’s a symbol of the new level the club has taken,” Finke says. The new arena also brings new financial opportunities. The Higher Committee, known for its good work with young people, will remain an educational and training association, officials agree. However, it has developed more economically and “reached a slightly different flying level,” in the words of Chief Financial Officer Oliver Leakey.

If all of Freiburg’s top players are bought after a good season, there may be only one this summer: Nico Schlutterbeek. The young national player moves to Borussia Dortmund, but is replaced by another national player. Local rookie and returnee Mathias Ginter must bridge the gap that the prospective player probably should have filled not so long ago. Someone like Günther. or courtiers. or Smith. When they were still at the beginning of their success story, which, like modern-day Friborg’s fairy tale football, could reach its initial climax on Saturday in Berlin.

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