SC Freiburg are back in the Bundesliga after an absence of just one season. - © imago
SC Freiburg are back in the Bundesliga after an absence of just one season. - © imago
Bundesliga

Bundesliga season preview: SC Freiburg

With not long until the 2016/17 Bundesliga season gets under way in earnest, it is high time to put each club's upcoming campaign under the microscope. Accordingly, bundesliga.com's previews will provide you with all you need to know ahead of the big kick-off on 26 August…

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Next up are SC Freiburg...

The main question for Freiburg ahead of this season is whether they can stay up. Relegated on the final day in 2014/15, the Black Forest outfit bounced back to the big time in fine style by winning the second division title last season – scoring the most goals (75) in Bundesliga 2 in the process.

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In charge at Freiburg since 2011, Christian Streich – who led the club to a fifth-place finish in 2012/13 and the UEFA Europa League – is certainly the right man to mastermind a survival bid, but whether the same core of players that went down two campaigns ago can avoid a prolonged relegation battle remains to be seen.

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New faces

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Coach

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Key man

Pre-season form

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Key dates

Freiburg kick off their campaign in the capital against Hertha Berlin on Matchday 1. Streich's side then welcome Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 2, but face tough trips to Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 5 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 13.

Click here to see Freiburg's full schedule

Home ground

One of the smallest Bundesliga stadiums, the Schwarzwald-Stadion can fit in 24,000 supporters.