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Steffen Freund

1999 - 2003

Appointed our Assistant Head Coach in July, 2012, nine years after his playing career with us came to an end.

He became a real fans' favourite during his five-year spell at White Hart Lane as a player, signing for us on December 22, 1998. He made his debut in a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday on January 9 and by the end of March he had a League Cup winners' medal to his name. He featured in 102 Premiership games, 11 in the FA Cup and14 in the League Cup plus four in the UEFA Cup before joining Kaiserslautern in December, 2003.

Born at Brandenburg, he began his career with BSG Motor Süd Brandenburg at the age of six! He moved on to BSG Stahl Brandenburg during 1983 and progressed through their youth teams to play 58 times for the first team. During his time with Stahl he gained international honours for East Germany at Olympic, Under-21, Under-19 and Under-18 levels and prior to signing professional worked in the locksmith trade.

He signed for FC Schalke 04 during 1991 and made the first of his 53 Bundesliga appearances for them, scoring three goals. It was during July, 1993, that he joined Borussia Dortmund where he made his European debut during their 1993-94 UEFA Cup campaign. Season 1994-95 saw Steffen gain his first Full international cap for Germany against Spain on February 22 and at the end of that campaign he won a Bundesliga champions medal. The title was retained the following year with Steffen an ever-present member of the side. He featured in the Euro ‘96 championships, only to be injured two minutes from the end of extra time in the semi final with England and miss out on a place in the final.

The injury kept him out for virtually the whole of season 1996-97 and he also missed out on Dortmund's Champions League success over Juventus. He reappeared in the German national side during April, 1998, gaining the last of his 21 caps against Finland on May 27. He joined us having scored nine goals in 169 senior games for Dortmund, while he returned to England following his spell with Kaiserslautern, featuring for Leicester City. His final career tally was 12 goals in 423 competitive appearances.

He then embarked on a coaching career which has seen him have spells as co-trainer of the Germany Under-20 squad; assistant manager of the Nigerian national team for their African Cup of Nations campaign between December, 2007, and February, 2008; and head coach of the German Under-16 team.

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Steffen Freund
League Appearances
102
League Goals
0
League Cup Appearances
14
League Cup Goals
0
FA Cup Appearances
11
FA Cup Goals
0
European Appearances
4
European Goals
0