Hoffenheim head coach Julian Nagelsmann is regarded as one of the best of a new generation of German bench bosses. Nagelsmann got into coaching early after his playing career was ended through injury at the age of 20.
Julian Nagelsmann became the youngest head coach in Bundesliga history, when he took over from Huub Stevens in February 2016, at the age of 28. At the time, Hoffenheim were in danger of relegation, but Nagelsmann kept them in the first division and a season later, the club qualified for the Champions League for the first time in its history.
2020 was a big year for German football. With Hansi Flick, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann three German coaches reached the Champions League semifinals. And then there's Jürgen Klopp, too. What's the secret behind German coaching? Here's what makes them unique and special.
After matching Hansi Flick, outsmarting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and booking another date with Jürgen Klopp, Julian Nagelsmann returns to Hoffenheim. The RB Leipzig boss still needs to prove his teams can stay the pace.
In the battle between the Bundesliga's top two teams, Bayern and RB Leipzig delivered a game of extremely high quality. If the champions are to be challenged this season, then RB Leipzig will likely be the team to do it.
Champions League semifinalists last season, unbeaten Bundesliga leaders after five games this season — RB Leipzig are benefiting from Julian Nagelsmann, a young coach stamping his philosophy on a young club
Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann and Hansi Flick coach three very different clubs, and all have made it to the last four. Circumstances are different now, but their formative years in German football played a key role.