Hübner: "I miss it already"

Benjamin Hübner made more than 100 competitive appearances for TSG Hoffenheim – always with full commitment, always as a vocal leader. The defender experienced frequent injury setbacks but repeatedly fought his way back. In December 2022, however, Hübner announced his retirement from professional football. "I can't go on," explained the 33-year-old. "Being a footballer really is the best job. But when you can't play, the exact opposite very quickly becomes the case," said Hübner, in an interview for the new SPIELFELD, TSG Hoffenheim's club magazine. In the February edition, the long-serving TSG captain looks back at his career and speaks openly about the end of his playing days and the next steps in his professional life.

Having made only seven competitive appearances over the past two and a half years, Hübner made the difficult decision to hang up his boots after battling in vain to make his comeback after an injury sustained in the first round of the cup in Rödinghausen. The highly regarded captain, whose immense importance was universally emphasised by his team-mates, wanted to always be there for the team above all else. "Without this role, the decision to retire might have been made even earlier," said the defender. The solidarity in the TSG team and the atmosphere in the changing rooms after a victory will be the things he will miss the most in the future. "I miss it already. It's simply the greatest thing; it's indescribable."

But just because his appearances on the pitch are over, that doesn't mean his time at TSG Hoffenheim is. "There are definitely plans for me to take up a position within the club," the former central defender explained. "Football has always been my life. That's why it makes sense for me to stay in football."

The February edition of SPIELFELD magazine also covers the following topics: Eduardo Quaresma reflects on his first few months at TSG during the training camp held in his homeland of Portugal; Austria's Women's Footballer of the Year Julia Hickelsberger-Füller answers questions in the "No comment" section without uttering a word; and U23 captain Umut Tohumcu looks back at his first steps in the first team, a journey which actually began indirectly when he was 13 and is a very special story. In addition, we took a look at ASC Neuenheim's futsal players and introduced the sport. The more than 100-page magazine also includes lots more interesting information about TSG.

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