Nils Petersen, Maximilian Eggestein and Nico Schlotterbeck (l-r.) are at the heart of a Freiburg team still unbeaten in 2021/22 and potentially on the cusp of something big as they move to a new stadium. - © Sebastian Widmann/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty
Nils Petersen, Maximilian Eggestein and Nico Schlotterbeck (l-r.) are at the heart of a Freiburg team still unbeaten in 2021/22 and potentially on the cusp of something big as they move to a new stadium. - © Sebastian Widmann/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty

Are unbeaten Freiburg on the cusp of something big?

They have a new stadium to play in and are still the only undefeated team left standing in the Bundesliga. So are Freiburg on the cusp of greatness this season?

With Christian Streich in charge, Freiburg have made a habit of punching above their weight. The Bundesliga's longest-serving coach has been calling the shots at the club since December 2011, leading them to the top half of the table in three seasons since then.

Representing the city of Freiburg im Breisgau in the southwest of Germany, his side are defying the odds again in the 2021/22 campaign. Following their 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig on Matchday 8, they remain the only team yet to lose a Bundesliga game this term.

What's more, they will play out the remainder of the campaign in a shiny new stadium, having officially inaugrated the Europa-Park Stadion against Leipzig. Their new abode can welcome 34,700 supporters - a capacity upgrade of 10,000 on Freiburg's previous ground.

Watch: Check out Freiburg's new home

Freiburg bade farewell to the Dreisamstadion - their home since 1954 - at the end of September. They did so in the most fitting style imaginable too, recording a 3-0 win over Augsburg and with the charismatic Streich using a megaphone to lead the supporters in song after the final whistle.

"It was great to be involved," said Streich, who shed some tears at the end of what was an emotional day. "The players have done it before, but I hadn't. It was nice to be in the stands and get a sense of what they were saying. I'm delighted the fans were here for this. Now they have to bring this energy to the new stadium."

A total of 20,000 supporters - the maximum permitted under current coronavirus restrictions - were there to witness Freiburg's first competitive game in their new home.

Streich is hopeful that from the very start the supporters will demonstrate that their latest abode will be every bit as uncomfortable for visitors as the old one was.

"We'll be going there in good form," Streich said ahead of the Leipzig game. "We have a home game. We want to show that we have a home game. And we want to be able to hear that we have a home game. The way it was before. It's the same team, the same club - just a new venue."

And so it proved. Freiburg came from behind to draw with Leipzig, and were desperately unlucky not to go on and win the game. They now have have four wins and four draws from their first eight league matches in 2021/22. That unbeaten run also includes a home success against Borussia Dortmund and victories in the German capital against Hertha Berlin and away at southwest rivals VfB Stuttgart.

As usual, Freiburg have got to where they are this season using what is a meagre budget compared to some of the teams they're competing against. Midfielder Maximilian Eggestein - recruited from relegated Werder Bremen - was their only summer signing, with Streich once again banking on a mix of academy graduates and tenacious professionals to prove their worth.

Following Florian Müller's loan, goalkeeper Mark Flekken has excelled enough to be called up by the Netherlands, while centre-back Nico Schlotterbeck has gone from UEFA Euro U21 winner to a member of the Germany senior squad.

Watch: Freiburg thumped Augsburg in the final game at the Dreisamstadion

Left-back Christian Günter - an ever present in each of the last two seasons and previously capped by Germany - has also formed part of a miserly defensive unit. Freiburg have conceded a league-low six goals after eight rounds of fixtures.

"The team has grown, has become more mature and calmer on the ball," Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier told German sports magazine kicker. "But our defensive stability, based on a collective approach, is the foundation [for our success]."

Supersub Nils Petersen got the winner on Matchday 7 at Hertha, Italy international Vincenzo Grifo and striker Lucas Höler have two apiece, while South Korean attacker Woo-yeong Jeong scored his team-leading third of the season against Leipzig to extend Freiburg's record start to the campaign. It's something they hope to continue.

"We have to go in with a high intensity, put in a lot of hard work, and push a long way past our limits," said Schlotterbeck, who was previewing the Leipzig game but could easily have been talking about his team's general approach.

Watch: Highlights of a famous win over Dortmund

They are a club with players in form. Roland Sallai - who scored in the 2-1 in the victory over Dortmund - was also on target for Hungary against England, while attacker Kevin Schade - who we've only seen glimpses of in the league so far - has been in good goalscoring touch with Germany U21s, where he played alongside Yannik Keitel.

Streich told kicker that virtually every player develops positively at Freiburg because they can work in peace in a good environment and are given time to do so. It helps that he knows the club inside out, having played in midfield for Freiburg before starting out his coaching career with their U19s in 1995.

Streich's longevity in the role points to a stable club, but so too do the finances - which new president Eberhard Fugmann will be happy to discover are looking good. The coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for teams throughout the world, but the sales of success stories like Baptiste Santamaria, Robin Koch, Alexander Schwolow and Luca Waldschmidt mean Freiburg is an organisation in rude health.

Watch: Supersub Petersen was at it again against Hertha

Now 56, Streich has experienced enough highs and lows in Baden-Württemberg to know what's required to maintain their strong start. Freiburg had a brilliant fifth-placed finish in 2012/13, but were relegated two seasons later. They returned as swiftly as possible as Bundesliga 2 champions in 2015/16, finished seventh a year later and were then eighth in 2019/20.

Tenth last season, Freiburg could well have loftier ambitions this time around. Assuming, that is, that they get up and running quickly following their move to the Europa-Park Stadion.

"When the fans urge us on, when the first songs start, when we have the first good moves in the game and we get the first round of applause, then it quickly becomes a home game," Schlotterbeck said in an interview with club media.

"It feels like I've already played in every Bundesliga stadium - just not our own."