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Certainly one of the most picture-esque cities in Germany, if not all of Europe. 

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Also, appears to be one of the most likeable teams in Germany. Do well despite a smaller wage bill, and plays decent football. And while this may not create any earthquakes, I did hear that they have gotten Guus Til on loan from Spartak Moscow!

 

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They've also been trying to get Baptiste Santamaria from Angers, one of the best DMs in France. I don't know much about Freiburg's level or ambitions, but I was expecting him to go to at least a Europa League side. 

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6 minutes ago, Eco said:

 

Still injured, so will unfortunately miss the pre-season completely. 

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What's the recent love for Freiburg just out of interest?

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1 minute ago, nudge said:

Still injured, so will unfortunately miss the pre-season completely. 

Yes - but he'll catch up I believe. While he didn't 'wow' at Spartak, he did show glimpses of being pretty creative. 

Would love for Freiburg to get Larsson from Spartak, as Tedesco doesn't seem to care much to play the younger talent. 

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1 minute ago, Stan said:

What's the recent love for Freiburg just out of interest?

From me or in general? 

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6 minutes ago, Eco said:

From me or in general? 

Yourself :) 

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6 minutes ago, Stan said:

Yourself :) 

Well, ESPN bought the rights to show all of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga here in the States, so now I can watch every game, every week, and all the replays for a whopping $10/mo. (I already have this as they also have all the MLS games and Serie A). 

So, over the past couple of weeks I have been reading the wikipedia pages and other information on each of the teams except for a select few, and just learning about them. Also, since I did have an Aunt stationed in Kaiserslautern for 12 years, my father and I would also take summer vacations to see her, and travel throughout Germany, so I have been to many of the cities which are represented here. Add to that, my Wife lived in Essen, Germany, for a year after high school and speaks some German, so I can finally get her excited about football on the TV now that the Bundesliga is much more accessible. Lastly, we have discussed moving to Germany in a year or two and raising our daughter there for a few years and let her gain the experience of another culture and language. 

As for Freiburg...it's one of the cities I have never been to, but the pictures are absolutely stunning. As someone who runs through the woods, and hikes/camps, the idea of a city lying in the Black Forest is just picturesque to me. Wife and I were looking at photos of the town and region and have put it on our bucket list for places to visit. I mean look at this...

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Last minute addition to the preseason schedule, and due to short notice, no live stream will be available. 

 

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Found this video on Youtube tonight, and I thought it was well done, but also reminded me a bit of what @Pyfish is trying to do with his podcast (but in England). 

 

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5 hours ago, Eco said:

Found this video on Youtube tonight, and I thought it was well done, but also reminded me a bit of what @Pyfish is trying to do with his podcast (but in England). 

 

And now I’ve learnt something about them too! 

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As expected after the Flekken injury - 

 

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He's a brilliant player, I really hope Freiburg will be a good choice for him.

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1 minute ago, ...Dan said:

 

A great signing for them? 

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8 minutes ago, nudge said:

A great signing for them? 

I know nothing about Freiburg, but he's a very good player. He could've gone to one of the top clubs in France, he was linked to Napoli and Villarreal before, I think he'll be a big success in Germany.

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I see they were only a point off a Europa League spot last season, are they expected to challenge for a top 7 place again this season?

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10 minutes ago, ...Dan said:

I see they were only a point off a Europa League spot last season, are they expected to challenge for a top 7 place again this season?

I'd say an European spot would generally be seen as an overachievement for Freiburg, although at the same time nobody would be surprised if they do either. That probably didn't make any sense 😂 

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15 minutes ago, ...Dan said:

I see they were only a point off a Europa League spot last season, are they expected to challenge for a top 7 place again this season?

I think they will certainly struggle this year, they lost a lot of talent, and now their GK is suffering from a long term injury. 

They have brought in some talent, but I do worry about cohesion. Finishing in the bottom 5 is where I feel like they will end. 

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26 minutes ago, nudge said:

I'd say an European spot would generally be seen as an overachievement for Freiburg, although at the same time nobody would be surprised if they do either. That probably didn't make any sense 😂 

I guess I'll take that in a positive way xD

 

22 minutes ago, Eco said:

I think they will certainly struggle this year, they lost a lot of talent, and now their GK is suffering from a long term injury. 

They have brought in some talent, but I do worry about cohesion. Finishing in the bottom 5 is where I feel like they will end. 

If he's moved to Germany to play a relegation battle I'm gonna be mad. He deserves so much more than that.

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Just now, ...Dan said:

If he's moved to Germany to play a relegation battle I'm gonna be mad. He deserves so much more than that.

Mate, this league is almost impossible to call between 5th and relegation. 

If Freiburg finished in 6th, or 7th, I don't think I'd be surprised much...same as if they were in a relegation battle. 

So who knows if it'll be a fight for Europe, or a fight for relegation...no one really knows at this point. xD

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29 minutes ago, Eco said:

I think they will certainly struggle this year, they lost a lot of talent, and now their GK is suffering from a long term injury. 

They have brought in some talent, but I do worry about cohesion. Finishing in the bottom 5 is where I feel like they will end. 

Disagree, don't see them involved in a relegation fight. I think their squad is good enough for anything from mid-table to European spots. 

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2 minutes ago, nudge said:

Disagree, don't see them involved in a relegation fight. I think their squad is good enough for anything from mid-table to European spots. 

We'll see how these new players fit in. I do hope that they are able to avoid a relegation battle, but if I had to pick 5 teams that will battle it out, I' might have include them. 

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Two reasons I was attracted to Freiburg... the first was the picturesque city itself.  Spent a lot of time on YouTube watching virtual tours of the town and it's amazing.  The second was the football.  I watched the team play and couldn't believe the style of play for such a small club.  Being a Bielsa convert at Leeds I can appreciate trying to play football the right way.

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Back to back solid performances for Freiburg.  Got to hope that Schalke are shell-shocked after the Augsburg match and we can hit them cold.

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16 hours ago, Coma said:

Back to back solid performances for Freiburg.  Got to hope that Schalke are shell-shocked after the Augsburg match and we can hit them cold.

Schalke seem to be in disarray and in terrible form right now. It would be no surprise if Freiburg win against them, even if  Freiburg are playing away from home. 

Back to your previous comments, Freiburg is indeed a beautiful and picturesque city in Southern Germany. The clubs stadium is situated next to the hills of the Black Forest, so yes, the views are great in the Schwarzwald stadium. Freiburg have traditionally always played the attractive football that they display today. Their quick short passing style and their attractive attacking combination football has always been a theme of their game. You will hardly ever see Freiburg lumping the ball upfield to a tall centre forward, unlike many other clubs at the bottom half of the Bundesliga who attempt to do so.

Freiburg also have one of the smallest budgets in the Bundesliga, which makes it all the more remarkable how they have managed to spend so many years in the Bundesliga, playing in the style that they do.

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