Hübner joins the TSG first-team coaching staff

Having completed a multi-faceted trainee programme with Bundesliga club TSG Hoffenheim over the course of recent months, the Kraichgau club's former captain Benjamin Hübner has now become a permanent member of the TSG first-team coaching staff, strengthening the team led by head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo.

"It may sound a little strange to many people at first when I speak of a great talent in reference to Benni Hübner," said TSG Managing Director Alexander Rosen with a grin, before going on to explain: "Of course, I'm not referring to the player in this instance, but rather Benjamin Hübner the coach. During his training programme with TSG as a member of the coaching staff for the U19s in the Bundesliga Süd/Südwest, Benni very quickly showed the potential he has as a coach. Having already worked actively with the first team in recent weeks and made a strong impression too, it is with full conviction that we have now decided to integrate this exciting coaching talent into the first-team coaching staff with immediate effect. Even though he obviously still has a lot to learn, we are sure that Benni  with his communicative nature, his excellent understanding of football and his strong personality  will be an excellent addition to the existing team led by head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo in the short term."

"I'm incredibly grateful to TSG for giving me the chance to get to know the inner workings of a professional club from a different perspective following my retirement. It was always clear to me that I wanted to stay involved in football and, above all, with this special club that I have grown very fond of over the years. After my playing career, however, I needed a bit of distance and above all time to get my bearings – and that's exactly what I've used my trainee programme at TSG for over the last few months," said Benjamin Hübner, who continued: "I realised very quickly that I don't belong behind a desk, but above all on the pitch. I'm fired up and am now looking forward to the great task of strengthening the first-team coaching staff as a permanent member and working together with my colleagues on the pitch."

After acquiring the UEFA Certificate for Football Management in cooperation with the Université de Lausanne in the past while still a player, Benjamin Hübner returned to TSG as a trainee in July of last year. From now on, however, Hübner's focus will primarily be on sporting issues relating to the Hoffenheim first-team squad. The 34-year-old is also aiming to obtain a coaching licence.

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