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Christian Streich (German pronunciation: [ˈkʁɪsti̯an ˈʃtʁaɪ̯ç]; born 11 June 1965) is a former German footballer and current manager of SC Freiburg of the Bundesliga. On 29 December 2011, he was named manager following the release of former manager, Marcus Sorg.[1] Because of his immediate success at the club and his enigmatic and, oftentimes, energetic personality, Streich has been called a "cult figure",[2] a "firebrand",[3] and a "football philosopher".[4]

Christian Streich
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Personal information
Date of birth (1965-06-11) 11 June 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth Weil am Rhein, Germany
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
SC Freiburg (manager)
Youth career
SpVgg Märkt-Eimeldingen
FV Lörrach
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Freiburger FC 56 (8)
1985–1987 Stuttgarter Kickers 21 (2)
1987–1988 SC Freiburg 22 (2)
1988–1990 FC 08 Homburg 33 (1)
1991–1994 Freiburger FC 77 (27)
Total 209 (40)
Teams managed
1995–2011 SC Freiburg U19
2007–2011 SC Freiburg (assistant)
2011– SC Freiburg
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Streich began his youth career in 1983 with Freiburger FC in the second division of Baden-Württemberg. In his first season with the club, Freiburg won the championship, but was defeated in the promotion round to reach the 2. Bundesliga. After a further season with FFC, Streich was transferred to the Stuttgarter Kickers in 1985. He left a little over a year later to play for SC Freiburg in the 2. Bundesliga.

After a season with SCF in which he made 22 appearances and scored 2 goals, Streich left the club and went to the second-division team FC 08 Homburg, with which he obtained the vice championship and promotion into the top national league in 1989. In the 1989–90 season, Streich made ten appearances for Homburg. In 1991, Streich transferred back to Freiburger FC and played there until his playing career was cut short by a broken metatarsal in 1995.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Streich returned to SC Freiburg in 1995 as a youth trainer. With the youth squad, he won the 2006, 2009, and 2011 junior DFB Cup and the Under 19 Fußball-Bundesliga championship in 2008.[3] After Robin Dutt was named manager of the Freiburg's first team in the summer of 2007, Streich served as a co-trainer, attending mainly to the youth squad. Under his direction, many youth players made the leap to the pros including: Dennis Aogo, Jonathan Pitroipa, Daniel Schwaab, Eke Uzoma, Ömer Toprak, and Oliver Baumann.

2011–12 seasonEdit

At the beginning of the 2011–12 season, Streich became assistant coach of Freiburg's first team with the new trainer Marcus Sorg after Robin Dutt left the club to become head coach of Bayer Leverkusen. Following a poor first half of the Bundesliga season which saw Freiburg in the relegation zone,[5] Streich became head coach on 29 December 2011 after Marcus Sorg was sacked.[6]

Following the winter break, Freiburg played its first Bundesliga match under Christian Streich against fellow relegation battlers FC Augsburg.[7] Freiburg won 1–0 off of an 88th-minute goal by Matthias Ginter,[8] a player who trained under Streich at the youth levels at SCF and who was brought to the senior squad by Streich himself. The goal came off of a free-kick by the newly signed Danish defender Michael Lumb, another of Streich's own signings during his first transfer period with the club.[9] With the victory, Streich became the first Freiburg manager to win their Bundesliga debut. Volker Finke lost his debut in 1991 while his immediate successors, Robin Dutt and Marcus Sorg, both drew in their debuts. The win also lifted Freiburg off of the bottom of the league table, passing Augsburg in the process.[10] Despite being viewed as a club that would certainly be relegated before Streich took over, following an unbeaten streak of 9 matches, Freiburg secured their place in the Bundesliga for the upcoming season on matchday 32 with a 0–0 draw against Hannover 96. The team finished the season with a club record of a 10-match unbeaten streak before losing on the final matchday of the season to league champions Borussia Dortmund.[11] Freiburg finished in 12th place.[12] After the season, Streich was named Coach of the Year by Goal!, the official Bundesliga magazine.[13]

2012–13 seasonEdit

Under Streich, the 2012–13 season saw the club finish in fifth place,[14] their best league standing since the 1994–95 season. The fifth-place finish secured a position in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, an accomplishment that the club had not achieved since the 2001–02 edition of the tournament. Had SC Freiburg defeated FC Schalke 04 on the final matchday of the season, Freiburg would have leapfrogged Schalke and qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club's history. However, the 1–2 defeat to Schalke saw Schalke secure fourth place in the league and qualify for the tournament instead.[15][16] During the 2012–13 season, Freiburg also advanced to the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal[17] for the first time in the club's history but lost to local rivals VFB Stuttgart 1–2 and missed the chance to play FC Bayern Munich in the final.[18] Following the season, Streich was named Coach of the Season by Kicker magazine, beating out treble-winning Jupp Heynckes.[19] Streich extended his contract at the end of the season.

2013–14 seasonEdit

The third season with Streich as coach started out very unsuccessful with Freiburg remaining 16th in the Bundesliga and were eliminated in the group stage of the Europa League[20] after finishing in third place. SC Freiburg was eliminated in round 3 of the 2013–14 DFB-Pokal by Bayer Leverkusen,[20] however finished the Bundesliga season as 14th and therefore remaining in the league.[21]

2014–15 seasonEdit

Freiburg started the season with a 2–0 win against Eintracht Trier in the DFB-Pokal.[22]

Only five wins in the second half of the season[23] were not enough and the team finished 17th and therefore relegated to the 2. Bundesliga by a single point.[24]

2015–16 seasonEdit

Freiburg started the season with a 6–3 win against 1. FC Nürnberg[25] and was able to win the 2. Bundesliga.[26] All managerial contracts including Streich's originally expiring summer 2016 were extended in February 2016.[27]

2016–17 seasonEdit

Freiburg started the season with a 4–0 win against SV Babelsberg 03 in the DFB-Pokal.[28]


Season League League Cup Europe Ref.
M W D L GF GA Win % Pos. Pos. Pos.
2011–12 Bundesliga 17 7 6 4 24 22 041.18 12th [7][12]
2012–13 34 14 9 11 45 40 041.18 5th SF [17][14]
2013–14 34 9 9 16 43 61 026.47 14th TR GS [20][21]
2014–15 34 7 13 14 36 47 020.59 17th QF [22][24]
2015–16 2. Bundesliga 34 22 6 6 75 39 064.71 1st SR [25][26]
2016–17 Bundesliga 34 14 6 14 42 60 041.18 7th SR [28]
2017–18 Bundesliga 34 8 12 14 32 56 023.53 15th TR QF
Total 221 81 61 79 337 325 036.65

Personal lifeEdit

Streich was born on 11 June 1965.[29] He is the son of a butcher and grew up working in his father's shop. He attributes his welcoming personality to his parents and their nature towards customers at the shop. After the abrupt end to his playing career, Streich completed his studies of German and also studied sport and history and eventually became a qualified teacher. Streich is known for his heavy southwestern German dialect and has been called a firebrand by many because of his energetic personality. Currently, Streich has two children and has described himself as, "...just a normal guy, no tattoos, no piercings". Streich also cycles to the stadium on his bicycle for Freiburg's home matches.[13]

Managerial recordEdit

As of matches played on 19 October 2019
Team From To Record
M W D L Win % Ref.
Freiburg 29 December 2011[6] present 293 109 80 104 037.20 [29]



SC Freiburg-Youth
SC Freiburg


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