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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.

The Fußballlehrer licence is considered the best coaching qualification in the world and requires practical experience in the top flight as head coach. The full time course stretches over 10 months and is among the most detailed and toughest on the planet.

The challenge has been no problem for Nagelsmann, who manages the balancing act between games and exams with style and energy. He is confident and believes in himself and his team, and displays his style on and off the pitch with panache - despite his side's precarious position in the Bundesliga table.

The appointment of Nagelsmann has been a wake-up call to many older coaches, many of whom likely believe that coaches who have not played at highest level are destined to fail. But you can hear jealousy in such claims. After all, did Jose Mourinho , Arsene Wenger or Sven-Goran Eriksson play at highest level?

Standing start: Not all coaches had amazing playing careers

Youth is not the same as inexperience. Nagelsmann is only 28, but already has 10 years of coaching under his belt. After a serious knee injury finished his playing career before it even started, he realised very fast that he needed a way to stay in the game. Coaching became his passion and after completing his coaching badges and stints at FC Augsburg and 1860 Munich he arrived at Hoffenheim with a burning ambition.

The current Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel was one of the first guys who Nagelsmann worked for after he realised that his playing career was over. During his recovery he scouted and analysed games for Tuchel. Tuchel know Nagelsmann well and he is convinced of his qualities.

Nagelsmannn's coaching style is not based on one system. He changes or adjusts accordingly to the opponent. He always works with a plan... and even more importantly, he always has a plan B. He speaks of patterns and principles, which every player – no matter what position or age – must fully understand.

Mentor: Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is an influence for the youngster (Photo: Alexandre Simoes)

Hoffenheim have lots of trust and confidence in this youngster. Sports director Alexander Rosen – one of Nagelsmann’s mentors when he worked with him at the academy – gave a very concise response when asked why Nagelsmann was appointed: "Because he can do it."

"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 gaffer. 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.

Julian Nagelsmann has been compared to Jose Mourinho and nicknamed 'baby Mourinho'