On his 57th birthday on Saturday (11 June), Christian Streiche can look back on the special year at FC Freiburg. However, a successful coach does not have much time to rest.
What a year what a season. On his 57th birthday, Christian Streiche can look back on the most successful season in the history of the Freiburg club. In the past 365 days, the sports club raised the Bundesliga, qualified for the Europa League and fought for the Champions League until the last round, moved to the new stadium, made it to the DFB Cup final and spread all over Germany again got huge sympathies.
Time for a glass of wine?
So Christian Streiche has every reason to sit back and relax during the summer holidays and have a glass of his beloved Baden wine on his special day, which he has at one point or another cared about for his press conferences.
But leaning back doesn’t really suit Christian Streiche. The longest-serving coach in the Bundesliga seems to be too busy for that. He knows that the success of SC Freiburg has only been achieved through hard and meticulous work.
Schlotterbeck replacement has already been found
Christian Streiche also knows that success is often a double-edged sword. Demands increase with victories, tension increases with the European Cup and with high performance comes inquiries from the competition. After all, Christian Streiche can answer the most important question: Matthias Ginter returns to Bresgau after eight years at Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach and will replace Nico Schlutterbeek, who after his brilliant season moved to Borussia Dortmund for 20 million euros. .
Matthias Ginter is a world champion and longtime Bundesliga player who is socially committed. With his move from Borussia Moenchengladbach to FC Freiburg, the 28-year-old is back in full swing.
SC Freiburg needs expansion
However, given the upcoming European Cup season, Streich needs to expand the squad. Because he knows how quickly stress can turn into a problem. Daniel Kofi Keri (26) of FC St Pauli, Alessandro Schopf (28) of Armenia Bielefeld and Ko Itakura (25) of Schalke 04 are being traded as candidates at Breisgau so that Freiburg can continue to develop their creative potential despite the treble. Play load, and may even increase.
According to the rumor mill, Stephen Tegues (23, Borussia Dortmund), Shane Sellar (23, FC Lugano) and Pampa Deng (22, Olympique Marseille) could boost the attack. In addition, Streich is still looking for the fast wingers, because after the prolonged injury to Kevin Shady (abdominal strain) at the end of the season, there was no equivalent replacement. Recently, Italian newcomer Wilfried Gnonto (18 years old) was circulated as a possible candidate.
Problem: The team shouldn’t be too big. Otherwise, in the worst case (the first round of the DFB Cup, exit from the Europa League after the group stage), the coach has the problem that too many players get very little playing time by the second half of the season at the latest.
With a sixth place in the Bundesliga and reaching the DFB Cup final, Freiburg can look back on a successful season. Now the path is set for the new round.
Streich in exchange with Hartenbach and Saier
All the mind games Christian Streiche will play the tried and tested way with Sports Director Clemens Hartenbach and Sports Director Jochen Sayer during the summer holidays. Nor is it certain that the team that welcomes Streich into practice on June 27 is also the same team that will send Streich out to race for the start of the season at the end of July/beginning of August.
Economically, SC Freiburg is in a good position anyway. The latest key figures, which are published by Bundesliga clubs routinely year after year (link to pdf), show a profit of €9.8 million for SC Freiburg – but for the 2020/21 financial year. The current figures have not been announced yet, but the Freiburg club have earned at least 7.5 million euros in bonuses by reaching the cup final. So Chief Financial Officer Oliver Leakey spoke of a balanced budget at Kicker – even though the sports club has had to deal with several matches without spectator income again this season due to the Corona pandemic.
Despite the many challenges, the best conditions for a comfortable 57th birthday in the Streich family. “I have no worries about next season,” the coach said recently. “Just a little, but not much.” So there may still be a little time to get a good premium from the Kaiserstuhl. Then back to the office.