Julian Nagelsmann takes over as first-team coach

Julian Nagelsmann is the new manager of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The 28-year-old, who up until now had coached the U19s, wasn’t due to take on the role until the start of the new season. His predecessor Huub Stevens stepped down on Wednesday due to health reasons. Nagelsmann has signed a contract until 30th June 2019.

The decision to appoint Nagelsmann as the new head coach followed intensive talks. “We have a duty of care to the club and of course the people involved,” said Dr. Peter Görlich. “Just like in autumn, we sat down with Julian and meticulously weighed up the chances and risks we were taking, before deciding that he would join us on our path earlier than planned,” explained the TSG managing director.

Julian, who not only wants to take on this responsibility but also very much can, will provide the team with a fresh impetus,” explained Hoffenheim director of football following the talks with Nagelsmann. “The circumstances may have changed in the short term, but that doesn’t affect the fact that he is the ideal appointment for TSG, even in the precarious situation in which we find ourselves in the league.”

Nagelsmann, who will complete his DFB coaching badges in a matter of weeks, says he is aware of the “huge challenge” that awaits him, made more difficult by the club’s current position in the table. “I don’t fear it though,” assured the new boss. “I’m looking forward to working with the team and being able to add a new stimulus with my approach.”

TSG are not only in close contact with the German Football Association (DFB) and its head of coach development Frank Wormuth, but also with the German Football League (DFL). Both organisations have given the green light for the appointment to go ahead.

Nagelsmann, born in Landsberg, has been active in various managerial roles for almost ten years, doing an outstanding job in each position, particularly with the TSG academy. In the last two years, he led the U19s to the final of the German U19s’ championship both years, winning the competition in 2014. In the 2012/13 season, as assistant manager of Hoffenheim he gained the necessary experience at professional level.

Julian Nagelsmann

  • D.O.B: 23rd July 1987, Landsberg am Lech 
  • Played at FC Issing, FC Augsburg, TSV 1860 München
  • 2008-10: TSV 1860 München U17 assistant manager 
  • 2010-11: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, U17 assistant manager
  • 2011-12: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, U16 manager
  • 2012-13: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, U16 manager. From December 2012 assistant manager of the senior team with Frank Kramer, Marco Kurz und Markus Gisdol
  • 2013-14: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, U19 manager: South German and German champion
  • 2014-15: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, U19 manager: South German champions and German runner-up
  • June 2015: Began coach development course
  • Unmarried, in a relationship, a son (Maximilian, 1 year old)
  • Graduated from University (Subject: Sports science and applied coaching)
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