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TSG 1899 HOFFENHEIM
GK #33 Tom Starke
RB #2 Andreas Beck (C)
CB #25 Isaac Vorsah
CB #5 Marvin Compper
LB #28 Edson Braafheid
CDM #6 Sebastian Rudy
CM #22 Roberto Firmino
CM #23 Sejad Salihovic
RW #15 Peniel Mlapa
ST #39 Srdjan Lakic
LW #10 Ryan Babel
PRESS RELEASE: 3.15.12
HOFFENHEIM UNVEIL NEW MANAGER
TSG Hoffenheim unveiled their new manager RedAL today ahead of the 5th season of TFS competition. After extensive contract negotiations, the German club was able to lure the esteemed RedAL away from a return to France (with what media reports say would have been a job at Stade Rennes) in favor of a chance to lead the small club to a brighter future.
"TSG have already made great strides since their ascent to the Bundesliga first division, so I have no doubt that they will be up for the challenge of competing for a TFS championship," said RedAL at the press conference, held at his own Mediterranean villa. "This team has everything that I look for in a club, with a strong back line, a pass-happy midfield, and capable strikers. They should be easily adaptable to my preferred style of play."
That preferred style of play seems to be turning heads in the TFS, as recent friendlies against some of the better clubs in the TFS have been positive for Hoffenheim. The club was forced to pull out of a pre-season tournament due to commitment issues, but that should not be a a problem for such an experienced manager as RedAL. While terms of the contract were not released, media speculation puts it as a 2-year deal with an option for a 3rd.
MATCHDAY 1: 3.21.12NIGHTMARE START FOR HOFFENHEIM TSG Hoffenheim fell to fellow German club Werder Bremen 3-0 in the opening match of the TFS season. The two sides played an even first half, with TSG managing the only 2 shots of the half. The second half started the same way, until Bremen struck on the counter attack with an A. Hunt goal. From that point forward, it was all the home side, as C. Pizarro managed two goals in an 8-minute span to put the result beyond a doubt. "We played well in the first half, especially our defense," said manager RedAL after the match. "However, we did not play well by any stretch in the second half. We were out-possessed, out-shot and out-hustled on every play. Their defense was a brick wall and it showed. We did not manage a single shot on target. We need to be better against Spartak Moscow and against Corinthians this week if we want to pick up any points." --------------------Match Summary:Werder Bremen 3-0 TSG Hoffenheim6 (4) Shots (SOT) 4 (0)56% Possession 44%24 Tackles 191 Fouls 21 00 Offsides 22 Corners 1Match Events: A. Ignjovski (14') A. Hunt M. Ekici (61') C. Pizarro M. Ekici (77') C. Pizarro Z. Junuzovic (85')CS: T. Wiese
MATCHDAY 2: 3.25.12
HOFFENHEIM FALL IN HOME OPENER
TSG Hoffenheim were defeated 3-2 by Spartak Moscow in the German club's home opener. The home fans erupted in joy after Ryan Babel used a bit of magic to spin past his defender and smashed an outside of the foot shot past the keeper's near post to put TSG ahead early. But just 8 minutes later the Hoffenheim defense began to crumble, as Ari equalized from a cross. With the score tied, a tackle in the box was deemed a penalty, albeit dubious, by the match referee. T. Starke guessed right, but D. Kombarov's shot sailed over his outstretched arm, 2-1 to Spartak. E. Emenike was next to score, putting the visitors up 3-1 going into halftime. TSG pulled one back in the second half through S. Lakic, but could not find the equalizer in the dying moments.
TSG Hoffenheim 2-3 Spartak Moscow9 (6) Shots (SOT) 14 (8)49% Possession 51%16 Tackles 133 Fouls 00 Cards 02 Offsides 13 Corners 0 Match Events: R. Babel (10') Ari D. Kombarov (18') D. Kombarov (27' pen) E. Emenike Welliton (37') S. Lakic (57')
MATCHDAY 3: 3.30.12
TSG TURN IT AROUND WITH ROAD WIN
TSG Hoffenheim snapped out of an early funk to the tune of a 2-0 victory away to Fiorentina. The home side's 5-man back line proved to be difficult to break down, and they held out well for most of the match. The breakthrough came in the 42' when La Viola defender C. Natali pulled down Roberto Firmino in the box to force the referee to call a penalty. S. Salihovic buried the shot to put the visiting team up 1-0 at the break. The second half began much like the first, with Hoffenheim holding the vast majority of possession, while Fiorentina looked to counter. The home side had some good chances, but failed to put their shots on target. In the end, it was another set piece that did Fiorentina in, as a clearance from a corner kick fell right into the path of R. Babel, who smashed home a 28-yd shot to give his team the 3 points.
Fiorentina 0-2 TSG Hoffenheim6 (2) Shots (SOT) 12 (9)42% Possession 58%19 Tackles 203 Fouls 20 Cards 01 Offsides 11 Corners 3 Match Events: S. Salihovic (42' pen) R. Babel (81')CS: T. Starke
COPPA GROUP MATCH 1: 3.28.12
HOFFENHEIM TAKE THREE IN FIRST COPPA MATCH
TSG Hoffenheim open their TFS Coppa campaign with a road win over Serie C side Bolton. Goals from both center backs and a S. Salihovic penalty were enough for the visiting Germans to grab all 3 points in their first group match. With remaining group matches against Montpellier and Fiorentina, these points could prove to be vital for TSG's advancement hopes.
Bolton 0-3 TSG Hoffenheim4 (1) Shots (SOT) 14 (11)45% Possession 55%30 Tackles 195 Fouls 01 00 Offsides 01 Corners 6 Match Events: I. Vorsah (42') S. Salihovic D. Wheater (45') S. Salihovic (45' pen) M. Compper (90')CS: T. Starke
MATCHDAY 4: 4.12.12
WHEELS COME OFF IN SNOWY SUNDERLAND
TSG Hoffenheim were derailed by an own goal in wintry England against Sunderland. E. Braafheid slid for a tackle, but poked the ball past his own keeper for the opening salvo, which was quickly compounded by a J. O'Shea corner kick routine. The visitors pulled one back late to make the score line readable, but the game was well out of reach by that point. A disappointing loss after such promising form in recent matches.
Sunderland 2-1 TSG Hoffenheim10 (2) Shots (SOT) 8 (4)54% Possession 46%13 Tackles 112 Fouls 10 Cards 02 Offsides 32 Corners 4 Match Events: (OG) E. Braafheid (25') J. O'Shea (32') S. Larsson P. Mlapa (85')
MATCHDAY 5: 3.28.12
LATE PENALTY ASSURES POINTS SPLIT
Penalties rule the day in snowy Germany as Hoffenheim and Koln battle to a draw. A foul in the box by TSG defender M. Compper just before halftime put L. Podolski at the spot, and he mad no mistake about burying the goal to put the visitors up at halftime. For long periods of the second half, the teams were deadlocked in midfield, but Hoffenheim began asserting themselves late on, and were rewarded with a penalty that S. Salihovic took well to level the score. The home side had two glorious chances to take the lead late, but Koln keeper M. Rensing denied them 3 points.
TSG Hoffenheim 1-1 FC Koln14 (10) Shots (SOT) 6 (3)54% Possession 46%17 Tackles 153 Fouls 10 Cards 01 Offsides 04 Corners 2 Match Events: L. Podolski (40' pen) S. Salihovic (82' pen)
MATCHDAY 6: 3.28.12
HOFFENHEIM HANG ON IN MONCHENGLADBACH
An end-to-end affair ends in favor of TSG Hoffenheim, who defeated B. M'gladbach, 4-3. The home side got out to a fast start, combining for a beautiful opener by M. Reus, and doubling the lead through I. de Camargo. Hoffenheim pulled one back just before halftime, then proceeded to score 3 goals in succession to go up 4-2. Hoffenheim GK T. Starke turned in the moment of the game, saving a penalty to preserve the 2-goal lead. Moments after the save, M'gladbach got a goal from a nice header to bring the defect to 1, but the visiting side held on for all three points.
B. M'gladbach 3-4 TSG Hoffenheim4 (3) Shots (SOT) 12 (8)40% Possession 60%22 Tackles 143 Fouls 30 11 Offsides 00 Corners 1 Match Events: M. Reus (15') I. de Camargo I. de Camargo (32') S. Lakic (36') S. Salihovic (58') R. Babel S. Salihovic (61' pen) Roberto Firmino (70') M. Compper (77')Pen Save: T. Starke (77') I. de Camargo (78') P. Herrmann
COPPA GROUP MATCH 2: 4.5.12
HOFFENHEIM FALL IN PIVOTAL GROUP MATCH
TSG Hoffenheim failed to capitalize on late opportunities, allowing Montpellier to creep back from a goal down to take all 3 points in a pivotal Coppa group stage match. S. Lakic was on target in the first half, blazing a shot past the keeper to put the visiting side ahead. But a J. Utaka brace on either side of halftime put the home team up, and TSG were forced to chase the game. There were opportunities to tie the match late, but the chances went begging. With 3 points in the group, Hoffenheim will need a draw or win against fellow Serie A side Fiorentina.
Montpellier 2-1 TSG Hoffenheim5 (4) Shots (SOT) 8 (5)50% Possession 50%22 Tackles 188 Fouls 12 01 01 Offsides 00 Corners 1 Match Events: S. Lakic (39') Roberto Firmino J. Utaka (45') S. Camara Hilton (49') J. Utaka (53') S. Camara Y. Belhanda (76') Hilton (90')
MATCHDAY 7: 4.12.12
HOFFENHEIM SURVIVE VILLA LATE SHOW
A high-octane affair between two of the TFS' oldest clubs saw TSG Hoffenheim hang on to an early lead and take 3 points from Aston Villa. The home side took the initiative early off a corner kick, but Villa equalized less than 10 minutes later. Hoffenheim scored 3 goals in succession, started by an S. Lakic goal just before halftime, and finished off with a superb S. Salihovic free kick. D. Bent broke out of the shackles late, scoring two goals to bring the deficit to one, but TSG hung on for the win.--------------------
TSG Hoffenheim 4-3 Aston Villa10 (8) Shots (SOT) 14 (6)61% Possession 31%15 Tackles 101 Fouls 30 Cards 00 Offsides 03 Corners 2 Match Events: I. Vorsah (16') S. Rudy G. Agbonlahor (23') B. Bannan S. Lakic (45') Roberto Firmino (49') S. Salihovic (59') D. Bent (62') D. Bent (87') G. Agbonlahor
MATCHDAY 8: 4.7.12
CSKA MOSCOW ESCAPE WITH POINT
CSKA Moscow escaped Germany with a point against TSG Hoffenheim. Despite dominating possession and consequently the match, TSG failed to capitalize on easy chances after losing the lead midway through the second half. "I know it, my team knows it, he [CSKA manager shiftee] knows it. We deserved the 3 points in this match," said manager RedAL in his post game interview. "[Ryan] Babel was unlucky to hit the post on his breakaway chance, and Fabian's [Johnson] header rose just over the bar. We should have taken the full points from this match and we could not." While the draw will feel bitter for a while, TSG can take solace in the fact that they dominated possession against the Serie A favorites. "If we play like that for the rest of the season, we can win this league, so long as we finish our chances."
TSG Hoffenheim 1-1 CSKA Moscow10 (6) Shots (SOT) 8 (2)59% Possession 41%17 Tackles 172 Fouls 10 Cards 00 Offsides 10 Corners 0 Match Events: S. Lakic (28') Roberto Firmino K. Honda (68') S. Oliseh
PRESS RELEASE: 4.9.12
FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR HOFFENHEIM
After a slow start to the Season 5 campaign, TSG Hoffenheim have turned things around, going unbeaten in their last 4 league matches. Last week's draw at home vs CSKA Moscow, while disappointing, has turned into a huge confidence builder for the club. "We should have won the match, yes, but the way we played was something that I haven't seen as a manager since my days at LOSC Lille. We played with purpose, we were composed and confident on the ball, and we had chances on goal," said manager RedAL in his weekly press conference. "We were able to grab almost 60% of the possession in the match, and when we control the ball, we have a much better chance at collecting all 3 points."
TSG will need to maintain their new found confidence in their final Coppa group match vs Fiorentina. Level on points, Hoffenheim need only to not lose to advance to the knockout stage after falling to group leaders Montpellier earlier in the week. "We managed a 2-0 win against [Fiorentina] in league play, but we had our fair share of luck in that one," said the manager. "Their 5-man back line is difficult to break down, and we struck on a set piece and a penalty kick, so we will need to do better in the run of play to advance."
MATCHDAY 9: 4.11.12
VORSAH SAVES HOFFENHEIM BLUSHES
I. Vorsah scrapped a goal off a corner kick to grab an away point for TSG Hoffenheim in England against Wolverhampton. The home side took the initiative in the 33' on a quick counter, finished off by S. Fletcher. Wolves dominated the second half for the most part, but in the 78' Hoffenheim won a corner kick that proved fruitful as the hulking defender was able to just get hit boot to the ball and push it over the line.
Wolverhampton 1-1 TSG Hoffenheim9 (4) Shots (SOT) 5 (4)55% Possession 45%20 Tackles 141 Fouls 00 Cards 00 Offsides 02 Corners 1 Match Events: S. Fletcher (33') K. Doyle I. Vorsah (78')
COPPA GROUP MATCH 3: 4.13.12
HOFFENHEIM ESCAPE GROUP OF DEATH
Hoffenheim escape the Group of Death with a draw against fellow Serie A side Fiorentina. Despite the early lead and lion's share of possession, the home side allowed the visitors a glimmer of hope with an 81' goal, but TSG were able to kill off the game in the final minutes.
TSG Hoffenheim 1-1 Fiorentina7 (4) Shots (SOT) 6 (3)60% Possession 40%25 Tackles 132 Fouls 40 Cards 01 Offsides 03 Corners 1 Match Events: Roberto Firmino (22') S. Lakic V. Behrami (81') S. Jovetic
MATCHDAY 10: 4.18.12
HOME DEFEAT HAUNTS HOFFENHEIM
TSG Hoffenheim were defeated by Stade Rennes at home by a final count of 3-1. The French side used their speed on the wings to good effect, with J. Pitroipa scoring the opening goal, and V. Montano adding a brace for good measure. The home side grabbed a consolation goal late through substitute P. Mlapa, but the game was well out of reach by then. Manager HokieNYC picked up his first win of the campaign, against a team he has never failed to take points.
TSG Hoffenheim 1-3 Stade Rennes11 (6) Shots (SOT) 10 (8)51% Possession 49%20 Tackles 292 Fouls 10 Cards 0OffsidesCorners Match Events: J. Pitroipa (19') V. Montano V. Montano (37') J. Pitroipa V. Montano (71') Y. Hadji P. Mlapa (90') S. Lakic
MATCHDAY 11: 4.18.12
STOKE LATE SHOW PROLONGS HOFFENHEIM MISERY
Stoke City scored a go-ahead goal in the 89' through Serie A leading scorer P. Crouch to take all 3 points from a struggling Hoffenheim side. The late goal extended the German side's winless streak to 4 matches. Hoffenheim tried to shut down crosses into the box, but were caught off guard as K. Jones opened the scoring from long range, connecting on a drive from about 30 yards. S. Lakic scored a goal in the 80' to level the score, but the English side were not to be denied at home, as a quick break led to Crouch's eventual winner.
Stoke City 2-1 TSG Hoffenheim9 (5) Shots (SOT) 10 (5)41% Possession 59%21 Tackles 171 Fouls 10 Cards 00 Offsides 23 Corners 2 Match Events: K. Jones (51') S. Lakic (80') R. Babel P. Crouch (89') K. Jones
Under new manager RedAL, TSG Hoffenheim got out to a characteristic slow start. In losses in their first two league matches against Werder Bremen and Spartak Moscow, the German side looked sluggish, unable to string together passes, and failing to stop the opposition's attack. Hoffenheim were able to turn things around however, taking 10 points out of their next 5 matches.
The clear turning point of the season came in Matchday 8, when 3-time reigning TFS A champion CSKA Moscow came to town. Hoffenheim took the initiative with an early goal, and maintained the majority of possession in the match. However a single defensive lapse and poor finishing in the final minutes of the game left it a draw. TSG took the positives from the match, and hoped to build on their performance...
"We felt after that match [vs CSKA] we were going in the right direction. We managed to execute our game plan, but we could not stop their offense," said manager RedAL. "Despite dropping the points, we were in a positive frame of mind after that match, and felt the sky was the limit."
...but something went horribly wrong. Hoffenheim took one point out of their next 3 matches, including a draw with Wolves (with a late goal saving a point), and losses against Stade Rennes and Stoke City. The club is currently sitting mid-table, but it is merely a function of other teams playing less matches.
"It is frustrating, yes, but we need to keep working," said manager RedAL. "We have had some close games that we should have won, but we cannot dwell on them. We need to keep looking ahead and focus on each match one at a time."
Hoffenheim will certainly be battling relegation fears in the 2nd half of the season. They will have to win games against the teams below them, and hope for a draw against the teams above.
MATCHDAY 12: 4.18.12
HOFFENHEIM FAIL TO MAINTAIN LEAD
TSG Hoffenheim could not maintain a 2-0 lead in Moscow, taking only 1 point from the match against Spartak. Two goals around halftime put the visiting side ahead, and with the lion's share of possession, it seemed 3 points were a mere formality. But defensive breakdowns allowed Spartak to strike twice, leveling the match on a beautiful move in the box by Welliton.
Spartak Moscow 2 - 2 TSG Hoffenheim14(9) Shots (SOT) 11(5)45% Possession 55%10 Tackles 130 Fouls 10 Offside 04 Corners 4 Match Events: Vorsah (42') SalihovicLakic (58') Roberto FirminoMcGeady (64')Welliton (69') Eminike
MATCHDAY 13: 4.18.12
PIZARRO HAUNTS HOFFENHEIM
After defeating Hoffenheim early on in the season, Bremen were expecting a tough matchup away from home. However, just 13 minutes in, it was evident that Claudio Pizarro had brought his A game and nothing else mattered. Claudio Pizarro bended in a shot to give Bremen the lead, as the keeper had no chance at saving the attempt. Then just before the half, Pizarro belted in his second goal of the match, giving his club a comfortable lead as they head into the tunnels. Pizarro would cap off his hat-trick with a header from a Lukas Schmitz cross, in which the Hoffenheim goalie was to blame for letting in a weak roller. On the other side, Tim Wiese was in fine form. The Bremen keeper made some impressive saves and shut down the Hoffenheim attack.
TSG Hoffenheim 0-3 Werder Bremen5 (3) Shots (SOT) 11 (5)47% Possession 53%14 Tackles 202 Fouls 20 00 00 Offsides 00 Corners 1
Match Events: C. Pizarro (13') M. Marin C. Pizarro (45') C. Pizarro (69') L. SchmitzCS: T. Wiese
PRESS RELEASE: 4.26.12
MASSIVE WEEK FOR HOFFENHEIM
With just over half the season played, TSG Hoffenheim are sitting squarely in the drop zone at 11th place on GD (level on points with B. M'gladbach). This week's match fixtures will either make or break Hoffenheim's season. First up are 8th place Sunderland, who are just a point ahead of TSG in the standings. A home win there would do wonders for the club's confidence going into the next two matches. Last place Fiorentina will travel to Germany in a huge relegation scrap. Hoffenheim must pick up points in that match if they want to stay in Serie A. At week's end, TSG travel to FC Koln for a matchup against a struggling side. Koln are 4th in the standings, so a draw will most likely be an acceptable result.
"It is no secret we have not played well this season," said manager RedAL at his weekly press conference. "As a manager I have never been in this situation before, but we feel that if we can get the results we are looking for this week, we will have a chance at avoiding this muck at the bottom." He continued, "We cannot allow ourselves any lapses in concentration at this point in the season. Our schedule seems to be back-loaded with talent, so we will need to get the points now in case we cannot at the end of the season."
Matchday 14 vs Sunderland (CANCELLED)
COPPA ROUND OF 16: 5.2.12
HOFFENHEIM'S HERIOC COMEBACK
TSG Hoffenheim advance to the Coppa quarterfinals with a comeback win over CSKA Moscow in Russia. It was a tense start to the match, as both sides played through midfield and did not take many shots. It was the home side who struck first, on the counter through S. Doumbia, to open the scoring. Just before half time, the home team added another goal, after stripping a Hoffenheim defender and burying the shot.
Down 2-0 at the half, the visiting German club seemed helpless. But a scrappy goal by defender M. Compper off the team's only corner kick of the game brought life to the side, and it was none other than S. Salihovic who leveled the score, blasting home a rebound from just outside the box. At 2-2, both teams seemed content to let it go to extra time, but 2nd half sub P. Mlapa was eager to prove he belongs in the first team. The hulking forward burst into the area, and was clipped just before getting off his shot. All eyes on the referee, he was quick to point to the spot, awarding a lifeline to Hoffenheim. S. Salihovic stepped up, and put the ball in the back of the net. The visiting fans erupted, and the German side saw off the last 4 minutes of the game to survive and advance.
CSKA Moscow 2-3 TSG Hoffenheim8 (3) Shots (SOT) 5 (3)49% Possession 51%22 Tackles 71 Fouls 40 Cards 01 Offsides 01 Corners 1 Match Events: S. Doumbia (42') M. Gonzalez A. Dzagoev (45') M. Compper (59') S. Salihovic (77') S. Salihovic (86' pen)
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