Andre Breitenreiter will replace Sebastian Honek at TSG Hoffenheim. He comes to Kraichgau from Switzerland with a championship title. But this is not the only recommendation.
For Andre Breitenreiter, this is his fourth engagement in the Bundesliga at TSG Hoffenheim. Lower Saxony’s coaching career began with the Havells regional league team. He set his first exclamation mark eight years ago when he first entered the Bundesliga with SC Paderborn.
A year later, the SCP was dropped outright. Breitenreiter but remained in the Upper House. The league attracted attention by his coaching methods and how Westphalians played football under his leadership. In the summer of 2015, Breitenreiter became head coach of FC Schalke 04, which led to him finishing fifth, but a year later he was fired by the new sporting director Christian Heidel.
Succeeded in Zurich despite a long break
In March 2017, Breitenreiter again hired Hannover 96. He was also promoted to the Bundesliga along with Lower Saxony, held the class, but had to leave in January 2019.
Until last summer, he was a bit off the radar of coaching. Breitenreiter’s career seems to have taken a hit. But there were purely personal reasons for the break of two and a half years. The 48-year-old’s attention was completely lost. During this time his mother died and Breitenreiter took care of his father, who was suffering from dementia. The inquiries, which were from home and abroad, he said.
After this long but wanted a break from coaching, Koch started again in Switzerland and surprisingly won the Swiss championship with FC Zürich by a large margin. It could not be expected that the cooperation in the first season was so successful. Last summer there was a major change in Zurich personnel. But Breitenreiter hit the right note on Letzigrund and handed FCZ the right signing.
Breitenreiter’s style of play suited Hoffenheim
In Hoffenheim they want to see attractive attacking football. It served under ex-coach Hoeneß, but rarely needed stability in defense. Breitenreiter needs to get back the right mix of power play and defensive credibility.
The new coach stands to press, his teams playing rapidly and vertically under the wings, coupled with high stakes. Similar Hoffenheim professionals such as national player David Raum and offensive players Andrzej Kramarik or Christoph Baumgartner, to name just a few, are predetermined in the TSG squad and fit Breitenreiter’s game idea.
Furthermore, the 48-year-old is known to be a motivator and communicator who speaks strongly to his pros. An important feature that could help in the re-orientation of his fourth coaching position in the Bundesliga. Dietmar Hope has already set ambitious goals: Consistently in the top six in the league.
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