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Steffen Freund (born 19 January 1970 in Brandenburgmarker) is a Germanmarker former professional football player. He played as a defensive midfielder.


He started his career at Stahl Brandenburg, coming through their youth system. In 1991 he was transferred to FC Schalke 04 and he established himself as an important midfield player. Schalke were forced to sell Freund due to financial reasons in 1993 to Borussia Dortmund where he stayed until 1999. During his time at Dortmund, he won the league twice in 1995 and 1996 and gained a champions league medal in 1997. After this he transferred to English premiership club Tottenham Hotspur where he stayed until 2003 and is famous for having never scored a goal, but he was adored by the Spurs fans. "Steffen Freund's a football genius" " I love Steffen Freund, Steffen Freund love me" He did however win the League Cup with Spurs in 1999. In his last year he went on to have short spells at FC Kaiserslautern and Leicester City.

International career

Between 1995 and 1998, he won 21 caps for the German national team, scoring no goals. He won Euro 1996 with Germany and also competed in the World Cup 1998.

Coaching career

On December 5, 2007, he was named as a new assistant to Nigeria coach Berti Vogts. On 6 July 2009 was announced Freund will work as Head Coach of the Germany U-16 and signed here an one year contract.

Television career

In 2006 he appeared alongside Boris Becker in a special England v. Germany edition of the popular panel show They Think It's All Over.


Freund is married with one son and one daughter and currently lives in the town of Potsdammarker.

Career honours


  1. Steffen Freund - Fussballdaten - Die Fußball-Datenbank
  2. Freund soll U16-Trainer beim DFB werden
  3. Freund trainiert DFB U-16

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