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Steffen friend
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Steffen Freund (2005)
birthday 19th January 1970
place of birth Brandenburg an der HavelGDR
size 180 cm
position Defensive Midfield
Years station
1976-1984 BSG Motor South Brandenburg
1984-1989 BSG Stahl Brandenburg
Years station Games (goals) 1
1989-1991 BSG / BSV Stahl Brandenburg 31 (0)
1991-1993 FC Schalke 04 53 (3)
1993-1998 Borussia Dortmund 117 (6)
1999-2003 Tottenham Hotspur 102 (0)
2003-2004 1. FC Kaiserslautern 9 (0)
2004 →  Leicester City  (loan) 14 (0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1992 Olympic team 2 (0)
1995-1998 Germany 21 (0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2007-2009 Germany U-20 (assistant coach)
2008 Nigeria (assistant coach)
2009-2010 Germany U-16
2010-2011 Germany U-17
2011–2012 Germany U-16
2012-2014 Tottenham Hotspur (assistant coach)
1 Only league games are given.

Steffen Freund (born January 19, 1970 in Brandenburg an der Havel ) is a German soccer coach and former soccer player .

Player career

Club level

Freund started at BSG Motor Süd Brandenburg when he was six . As a schoolboy, he moved to BSG Stahl Brandenburg in 1984 , where he rose from the junior level to the GDR upper league team.

In 1991 he moved to the Bundesliga for FC Schalke 04 , where he became an important midfielder. For financial reasons, Freund was sold to Borussia Dortmund in 1993 and played 117 Bundesliga point games there until 1999. With the club he was German champion in 1995 and 1996 and in 1997 he won the UEFA Champions League and the World Cup .

In January 1999 he moved to Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League . In the same year he won the League Cup with Tottenham against Leicester City 1-0 . In January 2002, Freund suffered his second cruciate ligament tear . After a brief stint at 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 2003, he was loaned to England again in 2004 and ended his career there with Leicester City.

In 2009 he was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame .

National team

The defensive midfielder completed 21 international matches for the German national football team and won with the team , the UEFA EURO 1996 in England . He also took part in the 1998 World Cup in France . In 1988 he took 3rd place with the GDR at the European Junior Championships. In 1989 Freund was appointed to the GDR's Olympic team, with which he played several test matches. Even before the start of the qualifying games for the 1992 Olympics, the team was withdrawn in the course of German reunification .

Success as a player

Coaching career

In addition to working (until November 2010) as a volunteer junior manager and EA junior trainer at ESV Lok Elstal ( Havelland district ), Freund took over the post of assistant trainer from Frank Engel on the German U-20 national team on September 1, 2007 . For the Africa Cup of 2008 he supported the national coach of Nigeria, Berti Vogts , as assistant coach, in order to then work again as assistant coach of the German U-20 national team.

In May 2009 he successfully completed his training as a football teacher. On July 17, 2009, Freund was introduced as the new coach of the U-16 national team. A year later he became the coach of the U-17 national team, with whom he was runner- up in 2011 and took 3rd place at the U-17 World Cup in Mexico. Then he took over the new U-16 class again at the DFB.

On July 11, 2012, he returned to Tottenham Hotspur and signed a contract as assistant coach to André Villas-Boas . He then worked there from 2014 to 2015 as the association's international technical coordinator.

Success as a trainer

  • Vice European champion with the U-17 in 2011
  • 3rd place at the U-17 World Cup 2011


Steffen Freund is married, has two daughters and a son and lives in Berlin.


Until 2004, Freund was vice-president of the players' union Association of Contract Footballers (VDV).

In 2006 Freund appeared together with Boris Becker on the British television show They think it's all over , which refers to the 1966 World Cup final between Germany and England, which the English won 4-2.

Steffen Freund has been working regularly as a football expert for various television stations since 2000. In the 2011/12 season he was together with Jan Åge Fjørtoft and Markus Merk an expert for the top game at Sky Sport . In 2013/14, Steffen Freund was an expert for the British pay TV broadcaster BT Sport, where he analyzed national team and Bundesliga football matches. From June 2015 to November 2016, alongside presenter Markus Kavka, he was the expert for the live broadcasts of the UEFA European Qualifiers on RTL Nitro . Steffen Freund has been an expert on the 100% Bundesliga team at Nitro since 2017 and is working as a co-commentator at Marco Hagemann's side on Nitro's Europa League reporting .

Together with Scott Minot, Steffen Freund commented the final of the soccer World Cup 2014 live for the passengers of the London Underground .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Potsdam, Elstal and the White Hart Lane In: Potsdamer Latest News , February 17, 2007; Homepage of the association
  2. ^ ARD - teletext page 224 on August 29, 2007.
  4. Presidium ( Memento from October 14, 2013 in the Internet Archive )