There are three tiers separating the Oberliga reserve league from Germany's premier division, meaning the step up for reserve team coach Markus Gisdol's troops is anything but easy. Still, recent matches against FC Bayern München and Schalke 04 proved that Hoffenheim youngsters Andreas Ludwig and Adam Jabiri are by no means lacking in talent.
The pair's first team debuts in recent weeks showed that the door at 1899 Hoffenheim is well and truly open for young hopefuls to make it all the way into the first team. Whether Gulde, Terrazzino, Conrad, Groß or Vukcevic - there are plenty of names to lay testament to that fact. Of course consistency is now the order of the day for these young stars, but as coach Ralf Rangnick and sporting director Jan Schindelmeiser consistently emphasise, they will get the time they need to develop into established pros. Ludwig and Jabiri serve as an inspiration to any young players hoping to make it into the Hoffenheim first team one day. "The training staff work extremely hard to ensure that the transition from the U23 team to the pros is as smooth as possible," said Jabiri.