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SC Freiburg: The best 50 players of all time – ER is the eternal number 1! – Bundesliga

They are the best! The best of all!

Fans discuss, experts argue. Who are the greatest players in the 18 Bundesliga clubs? The greatest of ALL TIMES?

BILD has now made a decision. For weeks, our club reporters evaluated data, made phone calls, researched, spoke to eyewitnesses and searched archives.

The result: a top 50 list for each club, plus the historical top eleven.

Today: SC Freiburg

Who finishes in 1st place?

50th place: Johannes Flum

Between 2008 and 2013 he made 130 appearances for SC. With his move to the second team in 2020, a circle was closed. With Freiburg II he rose to the 3rd division and even managed to stay up. Now he has ended his career.

49th place: Robin Koch

Born in Lauterer, he wore the SC jersey for three years (2017 to 2020). He then moved to Leeds United. He is now a DFB international.

48th place: Klemens Hartenbach

Today’s sporting director has been in goal at SC Freiburg 14 times.


Klemens Hartenbach now works as sports director at SC

Klemens Hartenbach now works as sports director at SCPhoto: picture alliance / Press photo Rudel

Platz 47: Florian Bruns

From 1999 to 2003 he kicked the midfielder for the SC – made a total of 53 games for the professionals. He now works as an assistant coach in Christian Streich’s team.

46th place: Dennis Aogo

His path took him from the SC Freiburg U17s to the Bundesliga. Aogo played for Freiburg for a total of six years.

45th place: Sebastian Kehl

He also only played for SC for a year and then also joined Borussia from Dortmund.

44th place: Roman Bürki

The goalkeeper stood between the SC posts for a year (14/15). He then moved to BVB.

43rd place: Heiko Butscher

From 2007 to 2012, Butscher played for the Breisgauers. He later ended his career at VfL Bochum.

Place 42: Niels Schlotterbeck

From 1989 to 1991, the uncle of today’s pros Nico and Keven Schlotterbeck played for SC Freiburg. After the end of his career, he later founded the Schlotterbeck football school.

Platz 41: Jonathan Pitroipa

The striker spent the first four years of his career at a sports club.

40th place: Martin Braun

Leader when they first got promoted to the Bundesliga in 1993. He played for Breisgau for five years. After retiring, he was press spokesman for the SC for another four years.

39th place: Admir Mehmedi

The striker played for SC from 2014 to 2015, scoring 20 goals in 72 games.

Platz 38: Mohamadou Idrissou

In 2009, the offensive man rose to the Bundesliga with SC. He then moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach.

37th place: Gabor Zele

Zele was active in defense at SC Freiburg for eight years. In 1987 he ended his career as a player at FC Nordstern Basel.

36th place: Karl-Heinz Wöhrlin

In the 80s, the kicker was active at SC Freiburg. Wöhrlin ran for the SC for a total of six years. He now works as a car salesman. His nephews are brothers Daniel and Marco Caliguiri.

35th place: Sascha Riether

He also came from the SC youth. From 1998 to 2007 he played for the Breisgauer. In 2014 he returned to SC from Fulham.

Platz 34: Daniel Caliguiri

The midfielder’s path at SC Freiburg led him from the U19s to the second team and into the Bundesliga. Caligiuri played for SC for three years before moving to Wolfsburg.

33rd place: Dominique Heintz

They all just called him “Heintzi”. He played for SC for three years before moving to Union Berlin in winter 2022.


Dominique Heintz (left) in a duel with Kai Havertz

Dominique Heintz (left) in a duel with Kai HavertzPhoto: REUTERS

32nd place: Florian Niederlechner

Every time he returns, he is hailed by fans for his three years. He scored 26 goals in 89 games.

31st place: Alexander Schwolow

Was only able to assert himself at the second attempt at SC – after his loan to Arminia Bielefeld. After that he was number 1 from 2015 to 20 before moving to Hertha.

30th place: Philipp Lienhart

The Austrian has been playing for the sports club since 2018, came from the Real youth team and is now the undisputed regular in defence.

29th place: Gelson Fernandes

Is now Vice-President of FC Sion. He wore the Freiburg jersey in 38 competitive games.

Platz 28: Baptiste Santamaria

Only played one year in Freiburg – from 2020 to 2021. The playmaker switched to Stade Rennes for 14 million and, despite the short time, brought the third-highest transfer fee.

27th place: Jonathan Schmid

The Frenchman moved back from Augsburg in 2019. This year he impressively worked his way back onto the pitch after suffering from corona.

26th place: Luca Waldschmidt

Played for two years in Breisgau and then moved to Benfica Lisbon in Portugal for a whopping 15 million euros. At SC he made 56 appearances – 16 goals.

Platz 25: Oliver Baumann

Already won the DFB Cup with coach Christian Streich in the U19s, worked his way up to become Freiburg’s number 1 and also kept goal in the 2013/14 Europa League games. He then moved to TSG Hoffenheim.

Platz 24: Karim Guede

Eight goals in 114 games. Especially: Before this year’s cup final, the former SC striker played the saxophone in front of the Freiburg curve and got the fans in the mood for the game.

Platz 23: Uwe Spies

Promoted to the Bundesliga with Freiburg in 1993.

22nd place: Papiss Demba Cisse

The Senegalese made Freiburg a lot of fun from 2009 to 2012 – in 65 games, 39 goals. By the way, he switched from Breisgau to Newcastle.

Platz 21: Max Kruse

Only played for the SC for one year, but he still left his mark. In 39 appearances he scored twelve goals and ten assists.

Platz 20: Mike Frantz

Six years of his career in the service of the SC and even took over the captaincy in 2016. 162 for the people of Breisgau.


Ex-Captain Mike Frantz

Ex-Captain Mike FrantzFoto: Bongarts/Getty Images

Platz 19: Alexander Iashvili

Completed the most games for Freiburg (281 games). Was even captain of the team under coach Volker Finke.

Platz 18: Levan Tskitishvili

The Georgian played in Breisgau for seven years and formed the congenial duo with Kobiashvili, who later became Schalke.

Platz 17: Levan Kobiashvili

Part of the legendary “Vili time”. His free kicks in particular were a real weapon. He played 185 times in a Freiburg jersey – 35 goals.

16th place: Julian Schuster

Played 242 times for Freiburg. He ended his career in 2018 – to this day he is very popular with the fans. And now works as a talent promotion coordinator at the sports club.

Platz 15: Harry Decheiver

Played in the Black Forest from 1995 to 1997 and scored 18 goals in 43 games for SC.


Haryy Decheiver (center) prevails against Bayern's Lothar Matthäus

Haryy Decheiver (center) prevails against Bayern’s Lothar MatthäusFoto: picture-alliance / dpa

14th place: Vincenzo Grifo

180 games for Freiburg. He moved back to Breisgau twice. He was not happy in either Gladbach or Hoffenheim. He also played a major role in reaching the cup final last season.

Platz 13: Uwe Wassmer

Played for the sports club from 1993 to 2000. He single-handedly shot down Bayern in a 3-1 win in 1993, making himself immortal. Seven years later he moved to Waldhof Mannheim.

12th place: Altin Rraklli

Was also part of the legendary Breisgau Brazilians. Scored 16 Bundesliga goals for SC, just as many he scored in the promotion season a year earlier.

11th place: Mark Flekken

The goalkeeper has been playing for SC since 2018 – since last season he has been the undisputed number 1 and this year he even became the Dutch national goalkeeper.

Platz 10: Caglar Soyuncu

A mystery, as the Freiburg discovered him in 2016 in Izmir. Two years later – thanks to Streich – Söyüncü became Baden’s record transfer at the time. He was allowed to move to Leicester City for a whopping 21 million euros.

9th place: Nicolas Höfler

Won the DFB Cup with Streich as a U19 player. Now he was in the big cup final together with his coach. 257 games for the SC professionals.

8th place: Matthias Ginter

Passed through all stations of the SC youth. Celebrated his Bundesliga debut (2012) with Streich and scored the decisive 1-0 win over Augsburg. In 2014 he left SC for Dortmund. From the coming season he will play again for the Breisgauer. A real transfer miracle

7th place: Jens Todt

Moved from Havelse to Breisgau in 1991 and became Freiburg’s first international two years later.

Platz 6: Andreas Zeyer

With 441 games for Freiburg, he is the undisputed leader. When he made his Bundesliga debut, he was still enrolled at the University of Freiburg.

5th place: Christian Günter

He has worn the captain’s armband since 2019. At 4:3 he made his 330th game for the SC. Since March 2, 2019, he has been on the pitch for 90 minutes in every game.

Place 4: Nico Schlotterbeck

Came from his own youth and grew into a national player at SC. Did Freiburg bring a new record transfer fee with his move to BVB – approx. 20-25 million

Platz 3: Rodolfo Cardoso

Between 1993 and 1995, the man from Azul, Argentina, enchanted the hearts of Freiburg with his outstanding technique and game vision. And his goal record of 16 goals was not broken until 2011.


Rodolfo Cardoso later coached HSV

Rodolfo Cardoso later coached HSVPhoto: picture alliance / BREUEL-BILD

2nd place: Jogi Löw

A flawless 83 goals in 252 games in the 1980s was enough for the honorary captain of the SC to win the record goalscorer’s trophy – until 2015, when a certain Nils Petersen sent Freiburg into ecstasy.

1st place: Nils Petersen

The striker came to SC from Bremen in 2015. In Freiburg he shot his way to the Bundesliga record joker – 33 joker goals in 120 substitutions. He also overtook Jogi Löw as Freiburg’s record goalscorer.

Die Top-Elf: Flekken – Söyüncü, Ginter, N. Schlotterbeck, Günter – Schmid, Todt, Höfler, Cardoso – Löw, Petersen

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