SC Freiburg

This small club in the extreme southwest Germany has risen from obscurity to post some decent results. The club was originally founded in 1904 as Schwalbe Freiburg, and then went through various name changes, including FC Mars Freiburg and Union. In 1912, they then merged with the FV04 Freiburg to form the current Sport-Club

Success was moderate, although by the 1930s, SCF played in the highest regional league, the Gauliga Baden. During the French occupation, for some odd reason the club name was banned, so it was called VfL Freiburg until it reverted to SCF in 1951.

Success continued only on a moderate scale in the amateur leagues. Then in 1978 they made the next step up, into the 2nd division - where they would then remain for some 15 years. In the early 90s they then moved into the top flight for the first time. The 94-95 season saw an amazing 3rd place finish, the best ever in club history. The club was noted for it's fighting spirit and team play, led by coach Volker Finke and stars Jens Todt and Argentinian goal scorer Rudolfo Cardoso. Unfortunately, both stars would soon leave for (as yet) mediocre careers with bigger clubs.

The goal in 1998-99 was merely staying up, and with a fighting performance, the "Breisgauer" achieved it. Despite difficulties, they repeated the performance the next season. Once again coach Volker Finke's squad pulled rabbits out of hats, with attractive attacking soccer. Despite dropping down a couple of years later, they popped right back up. Given the meager resources, one can't expect much more.

After 4 years in the 2.Liga wilderness, Freiburg bounced back into the Bundesliga.

Fullname Sport-Club Freiburg e.V.
City Freiburg/Breisgau (Baden-Württemburg) pop: 208,000 (2002)
Address Schwarzwaldstr. 193, 79117 Freiburg
Phone: (0761) 385510 Fax: (0761) 3855150
Colors Red shirt, thick black vertical stripe bordered by thinner white stripes, black shorts. Road uniform is white shirt with diagonal black strip, black shorts.
Stadium Dreisamstadion Capacity: 25,000 (14,500 seats)
Built originally in 1954, the latest expansion was finished in 2000. There are two solar energy panels that generate approximately 146,000 kwH a year.
Nickname Die Breisgauer, Die Falken
Tickets Prices range from 9-43 euros (2004). SCF virtually sells out every game, playing in a small park. Tickets are hard to come by. Your best bet might be the official website, which has section for folks (usually season ticket holders) trying to sell tickets they can't use.
Supporters Fanatical, but well behaved local support. Small park means a sell-out, averaged 24,000 in 2004.
Foes Given the collapse of Freiburger FC, there really is no local rivalry. Obviously other southwest teams, such as VfB Stuttgart and Karlsruher SC, along with SSV Ulm.
Beer Ganter , a local brewery.
Pub Grub
The Net Official site:

1963-64	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	15th
1964-65	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	1st
1965-66	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	9th
1966-67	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	10th
1967-68	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	1st
1968-69	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	12th
1969-70	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	4th
1970-71	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	3rd
1971-72	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	18th
1972-73	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	7th
1973-74	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	6th
1974-75	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	2nd
1975-76	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	6th
1976-77	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	2nd
1977-78	(III)	Amateurliga Sudbaden	1st
1978-79	(II)	2.Bundesliga Sud	15th
1979-80	(II)	2.Bundesliga Sud	6th
1980-81	(II)	2.Bundesliga Sud	7th
1981-82	(II)	2.Bundesliga		15th
1982-83	(II)	2.Bundesliga		8th
1983-84	(II)	2.Bundesliga		7th
1984-85	(II)	2.Bundesliga		8th
1985-86	(II)	2.Bundesliga		16th
1986-87	(II)	2.Bundesliga		8th
1987-88	(II)	2.Bundesliga		10th
1988-89	(II)	2.Bundesliga		13th
1989-90	(II)	2.Bundesliga		9th
1990-91	(II)	2.Bundesliga		9th
1991-92	(II)	2.Bundesliga Sud	3rd
1992-93	(II)	2.Bundesliga		1st
1993-94	(I)	Bundesliga		15th
1994-95	(I)	Bundesliga		3rd
1995-96	(I)	Bundesliga		11th
1996-97	(I)	Bundesliga		17th
1997-98	(II)	2.Bundesliga		2nd
1998-99	(I)	Bundesliga		12th	
1999-00	(I)	Bundesliga		12th
2000-01	(I)	Bundesliga		6th
2001-02	(I)	Bundesliga		16th
2002-03 (II)	2.Bundesliga		1st
2003-04 (I)	Bundesliga		13th
2004-05 (I)	Bundesliga		18th
2005-06 (II)	2.Bundesliga		4th
2006-07 (II)	2.Bundesliga		4th
2007-08 (II)    2.Bundesliga		5th
2008-09 (II)    2.Bundesliga		1st
2009-10	(I)	Bundesliga		14th
2010-11 (I)     Bundesliga		9th
2011-12 (I)     Bundesliga

(c) Abseits Guide to Germany