Summary

  • At 28, Nagelsmann became the youngest ever Bundesliga head coach.
  • Took over a team bottom of the Bundesliga and led them to safety.
  • Alongside Real Madrid, Hoffenheim are the only top European club unbeaten this season.

A few eyebrows were understandably raised when TSG 1899 Hoffenheim announced last February that Julian Nagelsmann - then aged 28 - was being appointed as their new head coach.

Thrown firmly in at the deep end as the youngest ever coach in Bundesliga history – the inexperienced Nagelsmann steered Hoffenheim clear of relegation trouble before masterminding this season’s 16-match unbeaten run. The Sinsheim-based club were on the precipice when he stepped in following Huub Stevens' resignation on health grounds, and their chances of staying up appeared remote.

Read: Hoffenheim's season so far.

Nagelsmann has had plenty to celebrate in just ten months as a Bundesliga coach.

Leading a young team playing a bold style – even in the midst of a cut-and-thrust relegation battle – there is certainly much to admire about Nagelsmann’s coaching philosophy. As for Hoffenheim, they have now shown a knack for discovering talent both on and off the field.

Only Real Madrid CF from Europe's five top leagues share Hoffenheim's unbeaten record so far this season, and it is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility to picture the two sides meeting in the UEFA Champions League next term. Hats off to Nagelsmann, the Bundesliga's Rookie of the Year for 2016, who is proving to be anything but a novice on the Hoffenheim bench.

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