SC Freiburg was founded in 1912 in the south-west of Germany near the Black Forest, as a result of the fusion between two existing clubs: FFV04 and FC Union (both founded in 1904). Local rivals Freiburger FC were the more successful side for many decades but SC's fortunes changed when Achim Stocker became president in 1972. The club was promoted to the second tier and became the city's number one club.
They made it to the Bundesliga for the first time in 1993 under legendary coach Volker Finke. Their first year in the top flight was a nervy relegation battle, but SC survived in 15th place. They became a league sensation in the 1994/5 season and the ‘Brazilians from the Breisgau', as they were nicknamed by the German media, surprised the competition with their modern, fluid passing game. They famously defeated Giovanni Trapattoni's FC Bayern München 5-1. Finke's men, led by Argentinean playmaker Rodolfo Esteban Cardoso, ended the campaign in third place and qualified for the UEFA Cup.
They qualified for a second time in 2000-01, following a sixth-place finish. Freiburg were relegated three times over the course of the next eighteen years but always managed to bounce back. They have been back in the top flight since winning promotion in 2015/16 under head coach Christian Streich and finished 13th in the 2018/19 season.
The U19 and U17 teams are currently playing in their respective top tiers. SC's U19s are the record winners of the Junioren-Pokal with six titles.
SC Freiburg's women's team has played in the Frauen Bundesliga since 2011. Their biggest achievement to date has been their appearance in the DFB-Pokal final in 2019. The national team for the Women's World Cup in 2019 included nine players who either currently play for Freiburg or were products of the youth system here.
SC Freiburg dates and facts
Colours: White and Red
Sports: Football, Tennis
Capacity: 24,000 (new stadium under construction for 2020/21)
Sporting director: Jochen Saier
Financial director: Oliver Leki
2. Bundesliga Champions (1993, 2003, 2009, 2016)
UEFA / Europa League participants (1995, 2001, 2013, 2017 qualifying)
U19 DFB-Pokal winners (2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018)
U19 German Champions (2008)