Sinsheim - All eyes were on south-western Germany on Tuesday when TSG 1899 Hoffenheim hosted their annual Bundesliga Media Day.
The event, which took place at the WIRSOL Rhein Neckar Arena, was used to present new signings, take official photographs and produce exclusive media content for use throughout the upcoming campaign.
bundesliga.com rounds up the highlights...
Hoffenheim media day: best bits
1) A softer side to 'Iron Ermin'
His uncompromising, no-nonsense centre-half play has earned him the nickname 'Iron Ermin', but Ermin Bicakcic's (r.) softer side was on show at his club's media day. One particular highlight was the Bosnian international's attempts to make his team-mates chuckle by imitating the notoriously difficult local Swabian dialect. Indeed, if he gets on as well with defensive partner Niklas Süle on the field as he does off the field, then it could be a fruitless season for Bundesliga forwards in Sinsheim.
"Ermin Bicakcic, Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Süle enjoying a little break."
2) Who's the real corner king?
New signing Jonathan Schmid is the obvious candidate to take over set-piece duties from the departed Sejad Salihovic for Markus Gisdol's side this season and striker Sven Schipplock was so confident of the Frenchman's dead-ball ability that he had no doubt predicting Schmid would net all three attempts at the Corner Kings challenge. The supposed specialist, however, had a tougher time than anticipated, while the defensively minded quartet of Pirmin Schwegler, Eugen Polanski, Tobias Strobl and Jeremy Toljan enjoyed better luck.
Don't forget to tune in to the official Bundesliga YouTube channel on 4 August to find out the results.
3) Not a bad way to introduce yourself...
At the start of the day, Pavel Kaderabek (c.) was meeting his new team-mates for the first time. The Czech, who represented his country's U-21s at the recently concluded European Championships, had enjoyed three weeks off after the tournament. One of his first tasks upon arrival was to take on the Corner Kings challenge, daunting for the most experienced pros, let alone new faces. If he was suffering any nerves, the right-back certainly didn't betray them, sinking two out of his three attempts to earn his colleagues' respect almost immediately.
4) The next Samba superstar?
The list of Brazilians to have gone from exciting prospect to household name while in Hoffenheim colours is impressive. Carlos Eduardo, Luiz Gustavo and most recently Roberto Firmino are three memorable examples and, if his refreshingly relaxed, but self-confident, attitude is anything to go by, new boy Joelinton could be the next name to join them.
5) Competition up front
The arrival of Mark Anthony Uth (r.) from Dutch side SC Heerenveen has provided head coach Markus Gisdol with a welcome selection dilemma up front. "I obviously haven't come to Hoffenheim to sit on the bench," the former 1. FC Köln striker explained. "There are lots of new faces here but I'm loving every second."
Social media highlights
Hoffenheim's corner king!
Check out this superlative effort from Pirmin Schwegler.
Uth's fighting talk
New boy Mark Uth: "I've obviously not come here to sit on the bench."
Heir to the throne
"Roberto Firmino's successor has already been found: Jonathan Schmid will be wearing the number ten."
"What we learnt today about Eugen Polanski:" reads the tweet below. "His role model was Steffan Effenberg and his favourite player was Zinedine Zidane."
Translation: Tobias Strobl and his "hero shot" at the Bundesliga’s Media Day.
… but no "action" just yet. Nonetheless, the stage is set for Hoffenheim’s Media Day.
Translation: Posing, smiling and action for the TSG players at today’s DFL Media Day.
All together now
Translation: TSG's 2015/16 Team photo. Only Kevin Volland and Nadiem Amiri are missing.