On Friday night, Borussia Dortmund will host Bundesliga side SC Freiburg. We interviewed London-based Freiburg fan Daniel, who you can follow @DieBreisgauer on Twitter.
Hello Dan, Borussia Dortmund host SC Freiburg this Friday. You’ve been a fan of Die Breisgauer for quite some time. First off, how did you fall in love with the club and what makes them special to you?
I would say amongst fans of Bundesliga clubs (and I can say this for sure with a Chaosverein who have disappeared) there aren’t many who haven’t got at least a small place in their hearts reserved for our club.
A stable, financially sound club with a dedicated set of fans (what else did I wake up at 4am to see Heidenheim away for?), many things add up to making us a special club. But I’d say the number one thing would be the clubs dedication and grounding to Baden and its Badenian roots. From singing the Badnerlied practically at every match, to a deep-rooted commitment to training up of young players in and around the bordering regions. Many fan bases are closed off. We welcome the students of the city with open arms, no matter where they come from.
After one year in the second division, Christian Streich has brought Freiburg back to the top flight. In a general sense, what is Freiburg’s playing style?
“Der SC Freiburg will den Ball haben. Immer und egal gegen wen. Wenn der Gegner sagt, ihr kriegt ihn nicht, sagen wir: Doch, wir wollen ihn!” – “SC Freiburg wants to have the ball. Always, no matter against who. If the oppenent says: You don’t get the ball, we say: Yes, we want the ball.”
Sums it up pretty well. Although, this changed in the year we played in the second division. We play far more direct now, with emphasis on our set plays.
So far Freiburg’s campaign has been a mixed bag with two wins (Gladbach, Hamburg), and two losses (Hertha BSC, 1. FC Köln). What worked out so far, what didn’t?
Streich has always said that it takes a while for us to get into a full rhythm, so I’d say this has been a very good start for us actually. Usually we flail until November and then finally start to pick up and play our best football. We look solid at home, the offence is working pretty well, but Söyüncü has had some problems adapting in the defence up until now meaning we are pretty rigid at the back and fairly easy to penetrate and forced into committing fouls.
How do expect Freiburg to set-up against Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion and how do you rate their chances to grab a result on Friday?
This match for me is a bonus. We haven’t got such a flattering record against Dortmund [23 losses, 8 draws, 4 wins]. Especially away, but we always have fun and maybe this time we will actually score a goal.
Lastly, where do you reckon SCF will finish this year?
We’re a thoroughly average Bundesliga side. And that’s brilliant. 12th, no higher, no lower.