• Freiburg spend the winter break in eighth place.
  • Promoted side have steered clear of drop zone in first season back.
  • Strong forward line has helped fire team ahead.

At the halfway point of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season, it is time for to dissect the campaigns of each club so far.

Here we take a look at SC Freiburg...

Story so far

Freiburg have held their own since returning to Germany's top flight this season, winning as many as they have lost through 16 matches. The south-west club opened their season on a sour note with a loss at Hertha Berlin, but wins over teams in the mid to lower echelons of the Bundesliga mean they have not spent a single second in the relegation zone this term.

Watch: Highlights of Freiburg's most impressive win so far - a 3-1 triumph over Gladbach on Matchday 2:

Star player: Vincenzo Grifo

Grifo made a big impact with Freiburg in the Bundesliga 2 last season, and has not missed a beat since moving up a tier. The 23-year-old has found the back of the net three times in the first half of the season and he has registered four assists. Moreover, he's a workhorse: Grifo has played in all but one of the 1,440 minutes of play in Freiburg's season so far.

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Vincenzo Grifo has been Freiburg's standout performer of the season so far.

Honourable mention: Maximilian Philipp

With five goals and an assist this season, Philipp appears ready to thrive at Freiburg. The 22-year-old Berlin native struggled to make an impact when SCF were last in the top flight, but a year of development and confidence-building in the second tier appears to have sharpened his skills. His speed and reliable shots from distance have made him a danger in the attacking third.

Maximilian Philipp has scored five Bundesliga goals so far this term.

Top facts

  • Freiburg's seven wins, two draws and seven losses put them squarely in the middle of the Bundesliga pack.
  • None of SCF's strikers are close to the top of the scoring charts, but the club has three forwards (Philipp, Florian Niederlechner, Nils Petersen) with five goals each.
  • In his job since December 2011, Streich is the Bundesliga's longest-serving coach.