Last season's surprise package Hertha Berlin entertain promoted SC Freiburg on Matchday 1.
Last season's surprise package Hertha Berlin entertain promoted SC Freiburg on Matchday 1.

Freiburg head to the capital on Bundesliga return

Black Forest outfit SC Freiburg head to the capital this Sunday to meet Hertha Berlin on their return to the Bundesliga after a one-year absence (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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Freiburg make their return to the top flight after just one season in the second division, and Christian Streich – the man who guided them into the UEFA Europa League in extraordinary fashion in 2013 – is still at the helm of an exciting, youthful team which will be boosted by the return of Nils Petersen from his Olympic heroics for Germany.

Season preview: Hertha Berlin

Season preview: SC Freiburg

Their hosts Hertha survived a penalty shoot-out to reach the second round of the German Cup last weekend, but have already suffered the disappointment of early elimination from the Europa League. That leaves Pal Dardai's team with just the Bundesliga to focus on this season in an attempt to return to the European stage. In-form strikers Vedad Ibisevic and Salomon Kalou will be keen to fire them to glory on that front.

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    Streich was named the Bundesliga's coach of the season in 2012/13 when he guided Freiburg to a fifth-placed finish.Nils Petersen was the second-highest scorer in Bundesliga 2 last term, earning him a place in Germany's Olympic Games squad.Vedad Ibisevic is eight goals short of a century in the Bundesliga.

The venue: Olympiastadion

Possible line-ups

Hertha: Jarstein - Pekarik, S. Langkamp, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred, Darida - Haraguchi, Stocker, Kalou - Ibisevic

Absentees: Stark (suspended), Duda (bone)

Head coach: Pal Dardai

Freiburg: Schwolow - Ignjovski, Gulde, Söyüncü, C. Günter - Höfler, Abrashi - Haberer, Grifo - Philipp - Niederlechner

Absentees: Kempf (meniscus), Torrejon (ankle), Nielsen (infection)

Head coach: Christian Streich