Stepping up to the plate in place of the departed quintet of Max Kruse, Johannes Flum, Jan Rosenthal, Daniel Caligiuri and Cedrick Makiadi, Christian Streich's next crop of talent made the most of their fleeting spell in the UEFA Europa League - for a good while at the expense of their domestic efforts closer to home. bundesliga.com looks at how die Breisgauer's season unravelled...
Ten games into the season, Freiburg found themselves toiling in the bottom two. Then, on Matchday 11, they earned their maiden three-point haul of the campaign. The 3-0 success over 1. FC Nürnberg gave the club a massive boost and, although they only picked up a further two wins during the Hinrunde, once out of Europe, Streich was at last able to channel all his energy into Bundesliga survival. With two games to spare, following a 2-2 draw with VfL Wolfsburg, Freiburg were home and dry.
Midfield duo Vladimir Darida and Julian Schuster are both worthy contenders, but it's FC Dynamo Kiev loanee Admir Mehmedi who just about tops the pile in the best player department. The Swiss striker settled seamlessly into the Bundesliga, weighing in with 12 goals and four assists in 32 league appearances over the course of Freiburg's relegation-skipping campaign, and will hope to follow suit at next month's FIFA World Cup. Luckily for Freiburg, they at least have the option to make the move permanent.
Freiburg played their part in ending the 2013/14 campaign’s goal glut, after settling for a point in the Bundesliga's maiden 0-0 draw of the season against SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 9, the league's first goalless stalemate since 28 April 2013.
"If I wasn't coaching Freiburg, I could maybe have taken it in and enjoyed it as a fan," said Christian Streich after his side's 5-0 battering at the hands of Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 7. "It was absolutely awful."
Over 1,000 fans accompanied Streich and Co. on the road in the Europa League. Freiburg were beaten 2-0 by eventual winners Sevilla FC on the final matchday in Spain, but managed to hold Portuguese outfit G.D. Estoril Praiha to a draw, before goals from Matthias Ginter and Francis Coquelin earned the Baden-Württemberg minnows their only win in Group H at FC Slovan Liberec. Freiburg ended the campaign in third with a respectable six points from as many games.