At the halfway point of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season, it is time for bundesliga.com to dissect the campaigns of each club so far.
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Here we take a look at SC Freiburg...
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.