After 67 years and 360 Bundesliga games, SC Freiburg is leaving the Dreisamstadion. The last game there was correspondingly emotional. As expected, cult trainer Christian Streich took center stage – and not just because of the victory.
After the final whistle, Christian Streich’s eyes filled with tears. Then the coach of SC Freiburg sprinted onto the lawn of the Dreisamstadion – and hugged his players with an emotionality that was unusual even for him. The result of the soccer game on the 6th Bundesliga matchday that ended shortly before (Freiburg won 3-0 against Augsburg) did not seem to interest most of the 14,400 spectators that evening.
The star was not the team – as t-online columnist Berti Vogts once said – but the stadium. After 360 Bundesliga games and 999 goals, the SC played its last home game in what is now an unusual venue for professionals.
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The reaction from cult trainer Streich was therefore not surprising. After all, the arena was like a second home for him for decades. What was unusual, however, was that he acted as a lead singer – after the fans called him into the block.
He used a microphone there, wearing a mask of course, to sing numerous chants – in honor of the club, the city and of course the stadium. And that for minutes. A scene that would be conceivable in very few Bundesliga stadiums with this intensity.
Freiburg coach Christian Streich had tears in his eyes after the game against Augsburg. (Source: BEAUTIFUL SPORTS / G. Hubbs / imago images)
Prank: “It’s about 25 years here”
“It’s about 25 years here, that’s a long time. I’ve worked here every day. I’ve completed countless games and thousands of training sessions. I can enjoy it,” summed up the visibly troubled prank at DAZN. good positional play and the necessary patience. That was cleverly played by the team. We don’t celebrate, we’ll go home afterwards. We have a short week. “
“A fitting conclusion in a memorable stadium”, added his captain Christian Günter happily, after the fans had chanted “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and switched on many mobile phone lights. A worthy farewell to an arena that is special in today’s football.
Game operations with a special permit
Because the Dreisamstadion, located directly at the entrance to the Black Forest, was unique in the German elite football class. The SC needed a special permit for the game operation, as the pitch is shorter than allowed and has a gradient of almost one meter.
And that’s not the only reason why the stadium exuded a special, time-honored charm in a league of multifunctional arenas, mostly located at motorway exits – with extendable seats and closable roofs.
All of this does not exist in the Freiburg stadium, which is located directly on the Dreisam river – but this evening showed why it will nevertheless occupy a special place in the history of the Bundesliga. Like the howling Christian Streich.