• Freiburg back in the top flight after a one-season absence.
  • Streich to mastermind survival bid.
  • Petersen and Grifo charged with scoring the goals.

With not long until the 2016/17 Bundesliga season gets under way in earnest, it is high time to put each club's upcoming campaign under the microscope. Accordingly,'s previews will provide you with all you need to know ahead of the big kick-off on 26 August…

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Next up are SC Freiburg...

Big question

The main question for Freiburg ahead of this season is whether they can stay up. Relegated on the final day in 2014/15, the Black Forest outfit bounced back to the big time in fine style by winning the second division title last season – scoring the most goals (75) in Bundesliga 2 in the process.

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In charge at Freiburg since 2011, Christian Streich – who led the club to a fifth-place finish in 2012/13 and the UEFA Europa League – is certainly the right man to mastermind a survival bid, but whether the same core of players that went down two campaigns ago can avoid a prolonged relegation battle remains to be seen.

New faces

Turkey international Caglar Söyüncü joined Freiburg from Altinordu SK this summer.

Freiburg have made some shrewd investments this summer, bringing in Janik Haberer, Aleksandar Ignjovski, Jonas Meffert, Onur Bulut, Manuel Gulde and Caglar Söyüncü.

Söyüncü, only 20 and already a full Turkey international, will bolster the defence, while Meffert and Bulut could prove handy reinforcements in midfield.


Christian Streich is eyeing survival with Freiburg this term.

Streich is perhaps as important to Freiburg as any player. The 51-year-old cycles to training, encourages his players to vote in local elections, and - perhaps most importantly - possesses an underappreciated tactical nous.

Having masterminded three successive survivals before relegation in 2014/15, Streich knows what it takes to keep Freiburg up.

Key man

Nils Petersen ended last season with 21 goals.

With 21 goals in Bundesliga 2 last season, Nils Petersen was crucial to his side's title-winning campaign. A former FC Bayern München man, the striker also found the net nine times in 19 appearances in the battle against the drop two season ago.

If Freiburg are to stay up, goals will be crucial, meaning proven scorer Petersen – who will represent Germany at the Olympic Games in Brazil in August – could be worth his weight in gold.

Pre-season form

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Key dates

Freiburg kick off their campaign in the capital against Hertha Berlin on Matchday 1. Streich's side then welcome Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 2, but face tough trips to Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 5 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 13.

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Home ground

One of the smallest Bundesliga stadiums, the Schwarzwald-Stadion can fit in 24,000 supporters.

The Schwarzwald-Stadion will host Bundesliga football again this season.