Hoffenheim are hoping to have plenty of reason for cheer in 2016/17. - © © imago
Hoffenheim are hoping to have plenty of reason for cheer in 2016/17. - © © imago

Bundesliga season preview: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

With not long until the 2016/17 Bundesliga season gets under way, it is high time to put each club's upcoming campaign under the microscope. bundesliga.com's previews will provide you with all you need to know ahead of the big kick-off on 26 August…

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Next up are TSG 1899 Hoffenheim...

The main question for those of a Hoffenheim persuasion is whether young coach Julian Nagelsmann can continue the phenomenal success he enjoyed after taking over last season. The 29-year-old led the club to safety with plenty to spare and he has already made it clear that he will not countenance having to do the same again this season. "Of course we don't want to be relegated, but I'm not going to say that because that's not setting a target," he said recently.

Watch: Hoffenheim's Sebastian Rudy answers some quickfire questions

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"I'm not going to accept 13th, 14th or 15th happily. I want as much success as possible, and that would be the title - although anyone with a bit of sense knows that'll be pretty tough. So far my tenure has been about picking up points, not so much about the development of the team. Now I can focus on that, and by doing this we will be more successful. We want to dominate the opposition more."

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Key man

Key dates

Hoffenheim's season begins on home turf with a visit from RB Leipzig. Fixtures including opponents such as Mainz, Wolfsburg and Schalke follow before they travel to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 8. Two weeks later the Sinsheimers face FC Bayern München at the Allianz Arena, before travelling to Borussia Mönchengladbach for the following away fixture.

Click here to see Hoffenheim's full schedule

Home ground

The WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena has a capacity of 30,150, and recently hosted the UEFA European Under-19 Championship final, France beating Italy 4-0.

Watch: get to know the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena in the exclusive video tour below