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Squad builder at FC Bayern: Stroke of fate changed Christoph Freund's life

2023-12-09T03:57:10.591Z

Highlights: Christoph Freund has been in charge of FC Bayern's transfer affairs since 1 September. The 46-year-old had to take over the family business when his father died at the age of 24. His professional career as a footballer was over, and Freund moved to the Austrian third division shortly after his father's death. Freund: "Whether it's in the trade or in football, it's always about people. If you engage with your counterpart and take an interest in him, you build a completely different basis and get much more in return"



Status: 09.12.2023, 04:47 a.m.

By: Luca Hartmann

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Christoph Freund has been in charge of FC Bayern's transfer affairs as sporting director since 1 September. What few people know is that Freund had to cope with a stroke of fate at an early age.

Munich – FC Bayern's transfer plans for the upcoming winter transfer window and the coming season are in full swing. The Munich club have just signed Bryan Zaragoza, their second player for the 24/25 season. In the middle of it all is sporting director Christoph Freund, who has played a decisive role in the transfers. Freund has had a great deal of responsibility not only since his time at the record champions.

Christoph Freund
Born:July 2, 1977 (age: 46 years) in Leogang, Austria
Posts at FC Bayern:Club
At FC Bayern since:September 1, 2023

Christoph Freund had to take over the family business

Rather, a stroke of fate ensured that the life of the native Austrian took a drastic turn at a young age and brought him great responsibility overnight. His father died at the age of 24 and his friend had to take over the family business, a carpentry workshop with around 20 employees.

"I was only able to do this because my father had formed a really good, well-rehearsed team in the company. It was then that I learned what is possible when you stand together in a difficult situation and support each other," said the 46-year-old in an interview on the record champions' website. His professional career as a footballer was over, and Freund moved to the Austrian third division shortly after his father's death.

Bayern sporting director Christoph Freund had to take on a lot of responsibility at a young age. © IMAGO/Ulrich Wagner

From carpenter to FC Bayern sporting director

Although Freund was a "total career changer" in the industry, he managed to keep the business going. "For me personally, it was the greatest success of my life that, together with the employees, I managed to keep things going. The carpentry workshop still exists today, it is one of the largest carpentry workshops in the Salzburg region," says the sports director proudly. But Freund also admits that his father's death "pulled the rug out from under his feet."

At the beginning, it was unclear what would happen to the carpentry. "I remember going to the company for the first time after the funeral on Monday morning. The employees were standing in the workshop, no one knew what would happen next. People had existential fears," Freund explains. "That's when I took the floor and said that I'm going to stay there from now on and we'll get through it together."

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According to Freund, the new experiences at the time not only had a lasting impact on Freund, but also prepared him for his current position. "Whether it's in the trade or in football, it's always about people. If you engage with your counterpart and take an interest in him, then you build up a completely different basis and get much more in return," says Freund.

And the sporting director also transfers some of the findings from the carpentry workshop one-to-one into the club structure at FC Bayern. "There are also different types of wood in forests, monocultures are not as stable as mixed forests," explains Freund. For example, there must be "different types of players" in a team and "everyone has to contribute their individual strengths" to the management.

"The more different the types, the broader the range of services that can be mapped. The only important thing is that you always find common ground," said Freund, who recently explained the record champions' talent strategy. (LuHa)

Source: merkur

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