Record-breaker Baumann pens new deal at TSG

Bundesliga football club TSG Hoffenheim have agreed on a contract extension with Oliver Baumann which will keep the goalkeeper at the club for an additional two years, until 30 June 2023. The original contract was set to expire in the summer of next year.

''Oli has been with us for six years now and in this time he's had a key role to play in the successful development of TSG. He's truly become one of the faces of the club,'' says Alexander Rosen, director of football at TSG, going on to add: ''He is also one of the best goalkeepers in the league and an ever-dependable presence at the heart of the team. Oli has a great sense of identification with both the club and its fans.''

Baumann, who moved to Hoffenheim from SC Freiburg back in the summer of 2014, has set various individual records over the last few years. The goalkeeper can well stake a claim as the Bundesliga's marathon-man: the 30-year-old played more games in the German top-flight in the past decade than any other player. According to a list compiled by kicker magazine, the TSG goalkeeper leads all players with a total of 316 Bundesliga appearances made between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2019, just ahead of Thomas Müller (314, Bayern Munich) and Robert Lewandowski (307, Bayern/Dortmund). 185 of these appearances were in goal for TSG, with the other 131 coming for former club SC Freiburg. What is more, Baumann marked his 300th Bundesliga appearance last year at the age of 29 years and 77 days. Only four other goalkeepers in history have hit the 300-game mark by this age - German goalkeeping legends Eike Immel, Norbert Nigbur, Bodo Illgner and Toni Schumacher.

Baumann had the following to say about his decision: ''I feel really appreciated here - both by the club and the fans. Unfortunately it's rare for players to stay so long at one club in modern football. The whole business is now very fast-moving. All the more reason for me to be happy that everything's working out so well here.'' 

Baumann has kept goal for TSG Hoffenheim in 205 domestic matches - 198 in the Bundesliga and seven in the DFB Cup. He has also made eight appearances in the UEFA Champions League and five in the Europa League. 

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