HSV: The Never Ending Story of Frustration Continues

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HSV once again sack their coach, but what now? The Red Shorts dire performance in Saturday’s 6-2 loss to table toppers Dortmund was the last straw for Hamburger SV Sporting Director Oliver Kreuzer and executive Carl-Edgar Jarchow, who dismissed Coach Thorsten Fink Tuesday. Fink’s sacking seemed increasingly likely over the last weeks, as the problems were mounting for the team that […]

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Hoffenheim sack Babbel


U23 coach Frank Cramer steps in as Die Hoffe’s interim coach. The next Hoffenheim coach is going to be presented during the winter break. Markus Babbel’s stint in the Kraichgau lasted only nine months. Hoffenheim have lost 14 of their 29 matches under the former Hertha and Stuttgart coach’s leadership. Seven wins and eight draws weren’t enough to keep Babbel […]

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Hoffenheim 3 – 3 Greuther Fürth – Fürth come from behind three times against wasteful Hoffenheim


On paper it didn’t look like the most attractive match but the rest of the fixtures this weekend will do well in matching it, as Hoffenheim and Greuther Fürth ended up drawing 3 goals apiece in a thrilling second half at the Rhein-Neckar Arena. Babbel’s men had the lead three times but the determined visitors came back three times, the […]

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Hoffenheim 3 – 1 Hannover – Babbel Earns First Win of the Season


Hoffenheim earned a reprieve from their ugly start to the 2012/2013 season with a 3-1 comeback win against Hannover 96 at the Rhein-Neckar Arena Sunday.  The fixture could hardly have featured two more different clubs — a Hannover side that was undefeated in all competitions and had a +5 goal difference in league play against a winless Hoffenheim side that […]

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Season Preview – 1899 Hoffenheim – Europe or Avenue of Broken Dreams


1899 Hoffenheim is the suburban strip mall of the Bundesliga: unhistorical, placeless, charmless, unstoried, and sometimes not even functional.  Hard to love, yet easy to forget. Hoffenheim could vanish and be replaced with a more romantic club from 2.Bundesliga, yet would many care? I doubt it. Do we mourn the razed strip mall that is replaced with a mixed-use development? […]

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Hertha Berlin 3 – 1 Hoffenheim – Hertha clinch relegation playoff on final matchday


Coupled with Köln’s loss to Bayern, Hertha clinched the relegation playoff with their win over Hoffenheim on the last matchday of the season. Following their abysmal performance in Schalke last week, Otto Rehhagel’s team stepped up when it mattered most to earn the chance to stay in the Bundesliga for another season.  Two goals from Ben-Hatira and a last minute […]

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NEWS: Dante to join Bayern, Chandler extends contract at Nürnberg, and more…


Champions league finalists FC Bayern München have made a move to bolster their defense for next season while an American international has re-signed with his Bundesliga side while a Croat international leaves his for another German club.  Jefferson Farfan and Tim Wiese are also in the news as speculation as to where they’ll perform next season intensifies. Bayern sign Dante, Olic […]

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News: Matthieu Delpierre Headed to Hoffenheim…Tim Wiese To Follow?


The next step in what looks to be a continuing turnover of personnel at Hoffenheim appears to be unfolding.  Begun this winter with players such as Vedad Ibisevic sold to Stuttgart along with Chinedu Obasi and Gylfi Sigurdsson leaving the Sinsheim club on loan, the next step begins as veteran Stuttgart defender Matthieu Delpierre, 30, is officially headed to Hoffenheim […]

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Hoffenheim 1 – 1 Mainz: The Status Quo Continues


1899 Hoffenheim and FSV Mainz 05 met Friday evening at the Rhein Neckar Arena with the home team leading Mainz by two points in the table.  After 90 minutes, Hoffenheim maintained their two point lead following a 1-1 result.  The draw keepsHoffenheim’s unbeaten streak at home alive — they last dropped all three points at home back in August against […]

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Bundesliga News: Skibbe Gets the Axe


The Bundesliga coaching carousel, circling slowly during the Hinrunde, has been cranked up and is whirling full-tilt now, as Michael Skibbe was dismissed from his recent appointment as Hertha Berlin coach while his predecessor, Markus Babbel days earlier replaced Holger Stanislawski at Hoffenheim.  Skibbe’s firing becomes the sixth coaching change during this Bundesliga campaign, following Michael Oenning, Ralf Rangnick, Marcus […]

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The Fight for a mid-table finish: Hertha’s Hinrunde Reviewed

At the start of the season, things looked promising: coach Markus Babbel had shown a good amount of flexibility in his tactics in the 2010-11 season and managed the first immediate repromotion in club history. A few good signings–notably goalkeeper Thomas Kraft–looked to patch up the weak spots in the team. Forty-two points and a mid-table finish didn’t seem like […]

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