Freiburg - SC Freiburg’s bid to qualify for Europe in their final two games of the season has been given a boost by the news that head coach Christian Streich has agreed a new contract with the club.

Assistant coaches Patrick Baier and Lars Voßler have also agreed to extend their existing deals at the Black Forest outfit.

Ink is dry


Chairman of the board Fritz Keller expressed his undoubted satisfaction at the deal, saying, “With Christian Streich and his coaching staff, the ink is now dry on the club’s most important acquisitions. We are all looking forward to following this club’s path to success together.”

Streich himself was also only too happy to continue his spell in charge of die Breisgauer. “There are lots of reasons to work in Freiburg. We have a lot of people here who live and breathe the club and who work day and night for it to be successful. All of the coaching staff are delighted to be able to work here.”

Saviour


Streich has been a revelation in the job since taking over from predecessor Marcus Sorg in the winter of the 2011/12 season. From being bottom of the table at the halfway stage, Freiburg came to life in the second half of the season and finished in twelfth place.

This season has been one of the club’s most successful in living memory. Streich’s team have thrilled the league with their energetic and tactically sound style of football, of the DFB Cup. European football, and even the UEFA Champions League, are still possible, however, with the club currently sitting just four points behind FC Schalke 04 in fourth and three points clear of Hamburger SV in seventh.