Podcast: Week 14 – Hoffenheim!

On this week’s show, our German correspondent, Hans, takes a look at the surprise package in the Bundesliga, Hoffenheim.

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Welcome from another report from the Bundesliga, and this season has been quite exciting already. Bayern Munich are not performing as well as usual, Hamburg, Shalke, Bremen struggling a little bit, and at the top of the table Bayer Leverkusen and the unlikely name of Hoffenheim.

Who are Hoffenheim? Well, they were promoted this season to the Bundesliga for the first time. They are a tiny team. In fact, their home stadium only holds just over 6,000 fans, so they have to play at a bigger stadium nearby. Hoffenheim are causing a stir because of their exciting, attacking style of play. Their games have been won by large margins, and they frequently score four or five goals in a game. In fact, they have scored more goals than any other team in the Bundesliga this season.

Hoffenheim were only in the second Bundesliga for one season too, and they are backed by a lot of money, which they are investing in a much needed new stadium.

The Bundesliga has a couple of other points of interest at the moment. Podolski is well known, he plays for Bayern Munich, but he can’t seem to get a game, and he may be leaving them in this transfer window to go back to his hometown Koln. Meanwhile Bremen are struggling to find form, and even in the Champions League have not won a game yet. Bayer Leverkusen, as mentioned before, currently sit on top of the table, and their young team are playing exceptionally well. And they are my pick to lift the crown at he end of the season. But, as every neutral would say, we all hope Hoffenheim are the eventual champions.

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