Monday, September 03, 2007



A decade ago, Hoffenheim were playing in the 7th level of German football. After some limited success, a new owner, the founder of SAP took over and the club took off. They are extremely ambitious and are currently having a 30,000 seater stadium built, in preparation for the Bundesliga. Ralf Rangnick, a hugely experienced coach, formerly with Stuttgart, Hannover and Schalke, was employed, with a 5 year plan to get into the top tier, he earned them promotion last season and they look ahead of schedule.

They have been huge spenders and before the deadline invested some 20m euros + on Edu ( Nigeria) , Eduardo ( Brazil) and Demba Ba ( Senegal), three youngsters with immense promise.

Freiburg look to have gone backwards and after missing out on promotion last season, lost their coach and several key players.

The visitors are worthwhile following for a few weeks and we have to start today.

4 points Hoffenheim +3/4 ball 1.78 asian line.

Good Luck.

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