Apr 5, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT
Hoffenheim’s new coach enjoyed a winning start as his team beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-0 today to keep alive their faint hopes of avoiding relegation.
The German club booted coach Marco Kurz and general manager Andreas Mueller on Tuesday and brought in Markus Gisdol, a 43-year-old who used to coach their reserves.
Kurz replaced former Germany, Liverpool and Bayern Munich defender Markus Babbel at the helm in January but lasted only ten matches, collecting just two wins and two draws. When he left, Hoffenheim were nine points adrift of safety. Thanks to this afternoon’s victory, they’ve cut the gap to six as Duesseldorf sit fifteenth, one place outside the drop/relegation play-off zone. But Hoffenheim have only six matches left.
Left back Fabian Johnson started for Hoffenheim but his fellow U.S international, midfielder Daniel Williams, was left out of the line-up.
Relegation after five seasons in Germany’s top tier would close the chapter on a remarkable rise that’s both romantic and routine.
The club from near scenic Heidelberg in south-west Germany were minnows playing fifth-level soccer as recently as 1999-2000, and everybody loves to see an underdog thrive. But how much of an against-the-odds tale is it? After all, much like Wigan Athletic in England, the club has been bankrolled and cultivated to a size far beyond its natural limits by a generous benefactor. In Hoffenheim’s case, that’s Dietmar Hopp, one of the founders of software giants SAP.
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Apr 17, 2014, 7:37 AM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 17, 2014, 12:24 AM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 16, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 16, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 16, 2014, 8:57 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 16, 2014, 7:57 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 16, 2014, 6:52 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 16, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 16, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT(Edit)
Real win Copa del Rey as Barcelona’s bad run continues:
Apr 16, 2014, 5:26 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 16, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT(Edit)
Two late goals gave Sunderland a lead, one City pulled back just before full-time.
Apr 16, 2014, 4:51 PM EDT(Edit)
Eagles soar to safety, but Everton’s Champions League dreams are in ruins:
Apr 16, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 16, 2014, 2:56 PM EDT(Edit)
Which Liverpool player picked up the Player of the Week accolade?
Apr 16, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT(Edit)
Both sides look to cash in on matches in hand at the Etihad.
Apr 16, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT(Edit)
Can Tim Howard and the Toffees win their eighth-straight game? Watch live online, right here:
Apr 16, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT(Edit)
Having MLS teams share their home with NFL sides could be a smart move ahead of the next wave of expansion:
Apr 16, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT(Edit)
Two PL matches take place on Wednesday, with both set to impact the top and bottom of the standings:
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