Steffen Freund (born 19 January 1970) is a German former professional football player. He played as a defensive midfielder. He is currently working for Tottenham Hotspur. His Son, Niklas plays for Redbridge as a Goalkeeper.
He started his career at Stahl Brandenburg, coming through their youth system. Freund has said that the Stasi made an unsuccessful attempt to recruit him as an informer during his time at the club. 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 1998. During his time at Dortmund, he won the league twice in 1995 and 1996 and gained a Champions League medal in 1997, but was left out of the squad for the final altogether. After this he transferred to English premiership club Tottenham Hotspur where he stayed until 2003 and is famous for having never scored a goal. He did however win the League Cup with Spurs in 1999. He was a firm fans favourite at the club for his work ethic and commitment. At the tail end of his career he went on to have short spells at 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Leicester City. On 4 December 2009, Freund was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur hall of fame alongside Darren Anderton.
Between 1995 and 1998, he won 21 caps for the German national team. He won UEFA Euro 1996 with Germany and also competed in the FIFA World Cup 1998.
On 1 September 2007, Freund was appointed assistant head-coach of the German U-20 team.
On 5 December 2007, he was named as a new assistant to Nigeria coach Berti Vogts for the time of the African Nations Cup. He then resumed his work as assistant to German U20-manager Frank Engel. In May 2009 he finished his coaching badges and on 17 July 2009 he was appointed manager of the German U-16 team signing a two-year contract. A year later he began managing the German U-17 team leading them to a runners up medal at the 2011 UEFA European U-17 Football Championship and a third place at the World Cup in Mexico. He then started working with the new generation of U-16 players. On 11 July 2012, Freund was appointed assistant head coach of Tottenham Hotspur.On 5 August 2014 he was appointed International Technical Coordinator. On the 21st of April 2017, while on Sky Sports, Freund stated that he was not interested in getting back into coaching. He instead was enjoying the freedom from pressure which he was experiencing as a pundit.
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. At the start of the 2011–12 season, Freund began working as a pundit for Eurosport's coverage of the German Bundesliga and Sky Deutschland.
Freund is married and has one son and two daughters. His son, Niklas, currently plays as a goalkeeper for VCD FC, based in Kent
- Borussia Dortmund
- Bundesliga: 1994–95, 1995–96
- UEFA Champions League: 1996–97
- Intercontinental Cup: 1997
- Tottenham Hotspur
- Football League Cup: 1999
- European Championship: 1996