1899 Hoffenheim: The Incredible Story

ZedContributor IDecember 10, 2008
I want to take a moment to mention something special. You’ve probably now heard of 1899 Hoffenheim and their really incredible story.
A small town in Germany with just 3,700 people living in the village. Yet its football team sits on top of the table after just being promoted last year.

Just around six years ago, the club were in the fourth tier, Regionalliga Süd, and to climb three tiers up to the top the Bundesliga is quite an achievement.

They have invested heavily due to owner Dietmar Hopp a billionaire. Yet he isn’t buying the well-known names; instead, he's looking for the best talent in Germany. Looking at their progress so far this year, I would say job well done!

Vedad Ibisevic, a name that you probably aren’t familiar with, has been smashing this season. He has scored 18 goals in 16 Bundesliga matches this year. This is inspiring for a centre forward who was a Bosnian refugee at just the age of 15. Over 6', quick and he could be one of the number of talents in this club that teams would put top of their transfer target list.


Their man in charge, Ralf Rangnick has brought great things for the club and in future even more success. His coaching and footballing tactics are exceptional. He said: “Be aggressive in the press, never pass the ball backwards, be quick and direct in possession, move in unison.”

At this club anything is possible. Their could just be a few more surprises, we’ll see.

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