TSG Hoffenheim have made club history as they have secured a place in the Champion’s League qualifier for the first time ever.
What’s even more incredible is that they have the youngest ever manager in the Bundesliga (Germany’s top flight division), Julien Nagelsmann, who is only 29 years old.
With only three games left to play in this season, Hoffenheim are coming off their best season ever in the history of the club.
On Sunday, they played Eintracht Frankfurt, winning 1-0 after a last minute goal by Benjamin Huebner.
This win propelled them to 3rd place, placing them one point above Borussia Dortmund who were held to a 0-0 draw to Cologne.
If Hoffenheim secure 3rd place in the Bundesliga table, they will secure a spot in the Champion’s league group stage.
If they end up in 4th place, they will have to play a series of qualifiers to secure a spot in the Champion’s league.
What Julian Nagelsmann has done for Hoffenheim in such a short amount of time is incredible.
The appointment of Nagelsmann has proven to be the club’s best decision so far. Nagelsmann took over as manager in February 2016 when then manager Huub Stevens stepped down for health reasons.
At that point, at the age of 28, Nagelsmann had not even earned his coaching credentials from the German Football Federation (DFB).
But in the last few months of the 2015-2016 Bundesliga season, he saved the side from relegation.
Now, with three games left in the 2016-2017 Bundesliga season, Hoffenheim are enjoying their best season ever. The win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday means their unbeaten streak is now up to 16 games.
This also meant that they would earn more than 55 points in one season, beating a previous club record from the 2008-2009 Bundesliga season. Earlier this year, Julian Nagelsmann was rightfully named the DFB manager of the year for 2016.
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