Domenico Tedesco with RB Leipzig and Christian Streiche of Freiburg secured their first title as professional coach in the DFB Cup Final. Perhaps the Saxon coach has more pressure.
Both are mood. 36-year-old Domenico Tedesco is in no way inferior to Christian Streiche, who is 20 years older than him. On the sidelines, things could get busy in the DFB Cup final between RB Leipzig and SC Freiburg on Saturday in Berlin.
Away from the field, football coaches are calmer. The duel between Tedesco in Leipzig and the Freiburg joke is not only about the first title as a professional coach, but also about two interesting personalities.
Tedesco by RB Leipzig: Swabian with Italian roots
Italians meet Baden’s passion. Tedesco was born in Rossano, Calabria and was two years old when his family emigrated to Germany. Most of his relatives live in southern Italy, and Tedesco himself grew up in Esslingen, Swabia. His wife and two children still live in Stuttgart. The coach, who tracked American Jesse Marsh in RP in December, lives in Leipzig in a hotel. Tedesco holds Italian and German citizenship – and speaks six languages: German, English and Italian fluently, as well as Spanish and French, as well as Russian since he was in Spartak Moscow. Tedesco is a fan of Italian football – and a meticulous tactician.
Freiburg is playing the FA Cup final for the first time and facing the biggest match in the club’s history. For coach Streich, Captain Günter is a “symbol” of Baden’s path to success. The club continued to develop and remained true to itself.
Football teacher course with Nagelsmann
“You can’t talk about football with Domenico,” Julian Nagelsmann explained a few months ago. The FC Bayern coach completed the Football Teacher Training Course with Tedesco in 2015/2016. Since both were working in the youth department of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at that time, they formed carpools from Kraichgau to lessons in Hennef. Tedesco, always packed when others were partying, had the best of the year with a score of 1.0. The fact that he’s never played higher than in the National League as an active player isn’t an issue for Tedesco when dealing with superstars showing up in the Champions League. He once said, “It’s certainly not a shame to be a professional as a coach.” “You guys are looking at you and this helps in the short term.” But in the medium term, it is only about ‘content’. German-Italian fashion is more diligent than one might think at first glance.
Christian Streiche: Childhood and the stages of vocational training
Perhaps it was no coincidence that Tedesco’s coaching career really took off in Oe and Schalke, both regions characterized by mining. Streich did not move professionally for long. As a player, the son of a butcher from Imelden in the Lörrach district was only attracted to the Stuttgarter Kickers and the Homburg. “I am now 56 years old and do not live more than 200 km from my village. I seem to be a very conservative goat that speaks the world and always stays in the same place,” Stritch joked on the occasion of his 10th anniversary as Freiburger coach in December. Streich, who started in the SC’s youth division in 1995 and took charge of the Professionals during the 2011/12 winter break, is the star of his club. She became a cult figure who also enjoyed great popularity and respect outside of her sport.
Not the first final in Berlin for Strych
South Badner has clear opinions, also on social and political issues, and expresses them publicly – sometimes with a broad tone. In the midst of the high-paying football business, he seems to be a kind of voice of the people. As someone who still embodies something like the good spirit of the game. Many are delighted that Streich is also capping Freiburg’s already strong season by winning the DFB Cup for the first time after sixth in the league and entering the Europa League. Streich has already won the cup three times with SC A-Juniors. So he brings with him successful final experiences as a coach to the Berlin Olympic Stadium.
More pressure on Tedesco Leipzig?
But for Tedesco, this is his first major final as a coach. From mid-February to the end of April he went unbeaten 17 matches with Leipzig. After being eliminated in the Europa League semi-finals at Glasgow Rangers, right-back RB – including ahead of Freiburg – saved Champions League qualification to the final. The younger coach may be under more pressure on Saturday. Because the right-back RB does not want to lose his third cup final in four years.