Hoffenheim have appointed Sebastian Hoeneß as their new head coach, the brains behind Bayern Munich II's 3.Liga win replacing Alfred Schreuder for the 2020/21 campaign on a contract which runs until 2023.
Hoeneß - the nephew of long-time Bayern president Uli - steered the champions' reserve side to the third-tier title after an incredible run which saw them pick up 43 of a possible 57 points during the Rückrunde.
Although his team were captained by the 33-year-old Nicolas Feldhahn, Hoeneß was happy to blood youngsters such as USMNT U20 centre-back Chris Richards and prodigious New Zealander Sarpreet Singh - an ethos in keeping with UEFA Youth League regulars Hoffenheim.
"We've been in contact with Sebastian Hoeneß for a long time because we're impressed by his work and his view of football fits perfectly with the philosophy and strategy of TSG," explained sporting director Alexander Rosen. "Sebastian has impressively demonstrated his ability to shape young players into powerful assets and develop them individually."
"Working at Hoffenheim is a huge challenge that I'm really looking forward to," said Hoeneß. "The club's basic philosophy is identical to my idea of football - offensive, courageous, flexible and always active."
Hoffenheim parted company with Dutchman Schreuder in June with the club in seventh. Die Kraichgauer eventually finished the season in sixth following a 4-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on the final day, to qualify for next season's UEFA Europa League group stage.
At 38, Hoeneß is the second-youngest coach Hoffenheim have ever appointed after Julian Nagelsmann, who was 28 when he first took the reins at the PreZero Arena.
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