However, before they leave, the Sinsheim squad still have two preparation matches to take care of. Firstly, they are up against lower league side Wormatia Worms on the 1st July, before travelling to Bruchhausen just two days later to face minnows, FV Ettlingenweier.
The 1899 squad will then travel down to Feldkirchen, Austria alongside new head coach on the 6th July for their 11-day training camp during which they have arranged three further friendly matches against stiffer opposition. First up is SV Ried who finished 4th in the Austrian Bundesliga on the 9th July, followed by the team just below them in 5th, Rapid Vienna, a day later on the 10th. The Kraichgau outfit then round up their training camp exploits with a friendly against Legia Warsaw of Poland's top flight on 15th July. Upon arriving back from Austria, SV Waldorf Mannheim will be waiting to take on Holger Stanislawski's charges in the Carl-Benz-Stadion in Mannheim.
An overview of the upcoming friendlies:
Friday, 01.07.11 18:00 1899 Hoffenheim - Wormatia Worms (Gimbsheim near Worms)
Sunday, 03.07.11 11:00 1899 Hoffenheim - FV Ettlingenweier (Bruchhausen near Ettlingen)
Saturday, 09.07.11 18:30 1899 Hoffenheim - SV Ried (Utzenaich/Austria)
Sunday, 10.07.11 17:30 Rapid Wien - 1899 Hoffenheim (Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadion Vienna/Austria)
Friday, 15.07.11 18:00 1899 Hoffenheim - Legia Warschau (TBD/Austria)
Thursday, 21.07.11 19:00 1899 Hoffenheim - SV Waldhof Mannheim (Carl-Benz-Stadion Mannheim)