SC Freiburg also have a supporters base in the West of Ireland. A group of Men from County Mayo set up 'The Full Irish Freiburg' on Facebook which is the first Freiburg supporters group from outside Germany.

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.

As we go for a stroll, I can't disagree. We pass a city farm and five play areas, themed by age group and activity. On Vauban's main drag, we stand in the bright afternoon sunlight as Phillip, one of Barbara's 10-year-old twin boys, earns a few euros selling books and toys at an improvised flea market.

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Freiburg's first Bundesliga relegation was in 1997, after they finished in 17th position. While they have been relegated three times since first making the Bundesliga, they have twice managed to win immediate promotion back to the top league – but failed to do that in the most recent season, 2005–06. It was the first time since 1992 that Freiburg was playing in the 2. Bundesliga for two consecutive seasons.

Following their latest victory, away at Heidenheim on Friday night, SC Freiburg sit top of the 2. Bundesliga, above RB Leipzig on goal difference. As it stands, they look set to bounce back from the bitter disappointment of relegation from the top flight last season.

Freiburg had only been in the bottom two for eight of the previous 33 weeks and went into the final round of matches on the back of a 2-1 home victory against Bayern Munich. Streich’s team had finished 14th the season before and were always going to be among the favourites for the drop. However, their relegation never seemed nailed on and many thought, and maybe hoped, they would somehow save themselves. Many Bundesliga fans knew Freiburg and their trainer would be missed.

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And then there is the trainer. Streich is a dichotomy. On one hand, what you see it is what you get. He is a man without pretence – not even a tracksuit manager, but a jeans-and-T-shirt trainer. The son of a butcher, Streich is a straight talker, neither mincing his words nor hiding behind clichés. On the other hand, he is also a sensitive and reflective character who is at ease discussing current socio-political issues alongside football tactics.

Despite being new in the role, Streich was certainly not new to the club, where he had spent 15 years as a player and coach. He was aware of the young talent at his disposal and quickly reached into the youth set-up and reserve team to booster his depleted squad – perhaps most notably with Matthias Ginter, a powerful and promising teenage defender who was born and bred in Freiburg.

Titisee or Feldberg in the forest, the spa resort town of Baden Baden, the Kaiserstuhl wine growing area or even Switzerland are all within a few hours on the train and make easy daytrips.

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Freiburg is home to football teams SC Freiburg, which plays at the Dreisamstadion, and Freiburger FC.

It looks lovely! No wonder Andy and Ali are so happy there!

With the lofty heights of two seasons ago long forgotten, many supporters foresaw a difficult campaign, and one that ultimately ended in relegation once the fallen giants of Hamburg and Stuttgart mustered together enough fight and quality to save themselves. The club’s recent seasons had won them fans and made them a natural second team for many people. As long as they weren’t facing your club, you’d generally want them to do well.

Fasching is the German version of Mardi Gras celebrated 6 weeks ahead of Easter on a Monday. Not an official festival, but October brings New Wine Season. Check out the sweet new wine in the market.

Currently, the city of Freiburg and the club have been in discussions to determine whether a new stadium should be constructed for the club or if the current stadium should be renovated.[8]

Köppen climate classification classifies its climate as oceanic (Cfb). Marine features are limited however, as a result of its vast distance to oceans and seas. As a result, summers have a significant subtropical influence as the inland air heats up. July and August are even under normal circumstances akin to a heatwave for most of Germany. Winters are moderate but usually with frequent frosts.

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.

To this point, the history of the club had been characterised by only modest success. Through the 1930s, SC Freiburg played in the Bezirkliga (II), with the occasional turn in the Gauliga Baden (I), and captured a handful of local titles. After World War II, they picked up where they left off, playing in the Amateurliga Südbaden (III).

The win started an impressive second half of the season. Although they won none of their next five games, collecting only two points, Streich then led Freiburg on a run of 10 games without defeat, picking up 22 points from a possible 30. And, having looked doomed in the winter break, they secured their safety with two games to spare, eventually finishing a very respectable 12th.

Just as Streich himself is refreshing, so too is the manner in which he has been treated by SC Freiburg and the club’s fans. Despite following a fifth-place finish with a scrap for survival, and then a disappointing relegation, both fans and club stuck by their man. There were no unrealistic expectations and no short-termism.

On 10 May 2009, Freiburg managed to secure promotion into the Bundesliga once again, beating TuS Koblenz in an away game 5–2. In the 2011–12 season, Freiburg appeared to be unable to avoid another relegation for the most part of the season but a coaching change turned the sides fortunes around and the club eventually finished 12th and survived.

Since 1954, the club's stadium has been the Schwarzwald-Stadion. 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, current manager of the Germany national team, is the club's all-time leading goal scorer with 81 goals in 252 games during his three spells at SCF.[2]

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.

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The club's greatest success was reaching the UEFA Cup in 1995 and 2001.

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.

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On a pine-covered mountain overlooking Vauban, I spot a dozen giant wind turbines turning so slowly their movement is almost imperceptible. 'There's not much wind,' I quip, but Stefan corrects me. 'They're not allowed to spin any faster because of ... I forget the word in English ... der fledermaus.'

These are local farms that turn into small pop-up restaurants throughout the summer, serving their own wine and food. Griestal Strausse is in a vineyard, several winding roads outside the village of Opfingen. A steady stream of families turns up, and people sit around on the grass waiting for space at the rough-hewn wooden tables beneath the walnut and cherry trees.

Sit in the sun and enjoy a cold beer or wine in a square.

To be precise, the city of Freiburg, among the mountains of the Black Forest. And as it happens I do have an excuse for coming here. Three excuses in fact: delicious food, wonderful scenery and family fun. The first two are easily ticked off in one go, by heading straight out to one of Freiburg’s Strausse.

Der SC-Verteidiger über den gelungenen Saisonstart, fruchtbare Positionswechsel und die kurze Atempause bis zum kommenden Punktspiel.

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The brainy people said, "No, we won't have it" - and when they say no, they mean no.'

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.[17]

The club and manager did not hide their hurt when they went down. Streich choked up in the press conference following relegation and had to leave the room. But what better person to try and get them back up again? Despite relegation, his future was never in question. And having held on to Streich, with a new stadium under construction, and promotion looking possible, the future seems bright for the club from one of Germany’s sunniest cities.

Most managers are sacked after suffering relegation but SC Freiburg’s board and supporters stood by Christian Streich when they fell out of the Bundesliga this summer. The charismatic coach is proving that their faith was well founded