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MEET STUNNING JULIAN NAGELSMANN -HOFFENHEIM COACH AT JUST 29 BUNDESLIGA'S YOUNGEST EVER BOSS (MA


There is a sort of an Obama-feeling in the remote region of Kraichgau in Germany: trust is in the air where there had been resignation and frustration.

A couple of weeks ago, TSG Hoffenheim – the region's pride, the club that rose from the ashes a few years ago to compete with the top German football clubs – were last in the league. Anxious players, a coach without success, a club in depression... things didn't look good.

And then new kid on the block Julian Nagelsmann, a 28-year-old youngster, a no-name in the top league took over."He is perhaps still a young man, but already an experienced coach," added Rosen of the sports science graduate, who is already attracting interest from big boys like Bayern Munich.

Bigger things may come, but for now Nagelsmann is the perfect fit for Hoffenheim. And in fact, you noticed immediately the changes after he took charge of the team.

The players reacted very positively to the new boss. Five players, including captain Pirmin Schwegler and former German international Kevin Kuranyi, are older than their coach.

But they also say that the new man is not just talking their language, but convinces with his knowledge, leadership and sense of fun in training.

Nagelsmann was already an up and coming star within the club.He delivered outstanding work with different teams, but especially with the U19 team. In 2014 he won the German U19 Championship – the youngest man ever to do so – and reached the final again the following year, his side getting beaten narrowly by Schalke 04.

But why did a Bundesliga team threatened by relegation put their fate in the hands of such an inexperienced coach? This question was asked by many so-called experts in Germany.

Big task: Can Nagelsmann keep Hoffenheim up?

After coach Markus Gisdol was sacked last October, Huub Stevens, was hired on a short term contract to save the team from relegation. The Dutchman, Schalke's coach of he century, was ageing, but a plan was in place for Nagelsmann to take over next season, starting in July.

Stevens' style of play was always based on a tight defense with a very solid structure. He also helped Hoffenheim to gain more stability and prepared the team during a very phycial winter training camp in South Africa.

However, the 62-year-old's heart problems changed the club’s plan. Stevens resigned on February 10, ending a very successful career as the master of the rescue act. You could call him the last Red Adair of the Bundesliga.

Ahead of his time: The youngster is now part of Bundesliga history

Forced to make a decision, the club went back to its core philosophy and biggest strength: the promotion of young talent.

The strategy has now reached the dugout. Nagelsmann was given the nod and named theyoungest coach in the history of the German top flight.

Nagelsmann had a promising start: Hoffenheim drew at Werder Bremen then picked up an impressive 3-2 victory against Mainz. He swapped the usual back four for a flexible three and a slightly more direct style of play.