SC Freiburg swansong at Dreisamstadion


Last game at Freiburgs Dreisamstadium Image: SC Freiburg

Bundesliga club SC Freiburg coach Christian Streich shed tears and joined fans in the stand after his team beat FC Augsburg 3-0 in the Bundesliga (the top tier of the German football league system) on September 26th. And he had reasons to do so – his team was playing their last game in their residence – the stunning Dreisamstadion with its Black Forest views, which the club had been enjoying since 1954.

The ‘AP’ stated that the club’s senior team is moving after the international break to a new, bigger stadium – Europa Park Stadion – on the other side of the City Freiburg where they will play their new game.

SC Freiburg is a German football club based in the City of Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg (Germany). It plays in the Bundesliga, having been promoted as champions from the 2. Bundesliga in 2016.

Dreisamstadion is a football stadium in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is currently the home of Bundesliga team SC Freiburg. The stadium holds 24,000 spectators and was built in 1953. It is situated near the river Dreisam that it was named after.

SC Freiburg currently plays at the 24,000-seat Schwarzwald-Stadion but is all set to move to the new under-construction Europa-Park Stadion, which will enjoy a capacity of 34,000. Freiburg had originally hoped to move to its new ground during the 2020-2021 seasons but this has not been possible due to COVID-19 which had set its evil eye on the project. It is located in a part of the City called Brühl, near the airport.

The ‘AP’ further stated that the 56-year-old Streich – the longest-serving coach in the Bundesliga – joined supporters after the game. First, he put on a protective face mask, then he grabbed a megaphone, and he climbed a barrier to access the stand behind one of the goals, where he led supporters’ chants in front of his team sitting on the field.

“A fitting end to a memorable stadium,” Freiburg Captain Christian Günter said.

Streich had beer stains on the front of his jumper when he returned to the field.

“I don’t belong in the stand, the players belong in the stand,” said Streich, a firm fan favorite who has been in charge since December 2011.

Added Streich, “I’m only a coach and the people on the field are the reason the spectators come. But I couldn’t do it any other way and it was OK to do it like that.”

Midfielder for SC Freiburg Vincenzo Grifo converted a penalty for 3-0 in the 31st. It was the 999th goal scored in 360 Bundesliga games at the stadium. And the last!

Streich took over after the final whistle before supporters enjoyed a rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Former Freiburg coach Volker Finke, who led the club to its first Bundesliga promotion in 1993, and former German soccer federation President Fritz Keller were among those present.

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