For the new Bundesliga season, BundesPremierLeague is rolling out a new feature: a podcast called Ten minute Bundesliga previews that you can find on Soundcloud as well.
The basic idea and the reason for the podcast is to give a quick summary of each team before the new Bundesliga season starts in late August. If you missed the transfer window, tuned out soccer for the summer, and\or were too busy watching the Olympics or the Euros to keep up with your club’s events, this is your chance to catch up. While the episodes and the previews are aiming to introduce the Bundesliga to a larger English-speaking audience, there will be more than enough content for die-hard fans to get a couple of nuggets for the upcoming season. I mean don’t you wanna impress your friends before the Bundesliga kicks off?
The format is as follows: we will start by briefly discussing the club’s background and history, moving on to last season’s performance. That is followed by some offseason transfers and finally we give a preview of next year, ending with a season prediction, with a number indicative of their predicted finish in the 16\17 season.
Hoffenheim take up the number nine spot in our rankings. TSG 1899 were a fifth division side for much if its existence, until software mogul Dietmar Hopp decided to invest heavily in the club. Having brought in Ralf Rangnick as manager, the Sinsheim outfit quickly turned into one of the Bundesliga’s rising stars, even leading the Bundesliga at the midway point of the 2008\09 season. Since the, TSG have failed to reach those lofty heights and have mostly struggled to avoid finishing in the bottom half of the Bundesliga. Last season, they went through two coaches before then 28-year-old manager Julian Nagelsmann lifted Hoffenheim out of the relegation zone after a magical spring run. If you want to learn more about Hoffenheim’s summer and their chances for the 16\17 season, click on the link and give our ten minute preview a listen!
Thanks and stay tuned for more Ten Minute Bundesliga Previews to be posted in the next couple of days as the Bundesliga gets underway in less than a week.