You’d expect most 29-year-olds involved in football to be players, but the Bundesliga’s youngest-ever boss has just been named manager of the year.
Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann’s story is one for any young aspiring managers out there. The 29-year-old is the Bundesliga’s youngest manager and is leading his club towards the Champions League.
It was all a different story when he was appointed back in February 2016 with Hoffenheim. The club were second bottom and seven points from safety; Nagelsmann kept them up and it’s be upwards ever since.
This season started averagely with four consecutive draws, but it turned into the longest unbeaten run in Europe’s top-five leagues.
The run was ended at 17 matches before RB Leipzig beat them 2-1 at the Red Bull Arena, but they’ve only lost twice in 25 games this season, only bettered by Bayern Munich.
The former defender played at youth level for his two sides: 1860 Munchen or Augsbug but his career was ended at U19 level due to a knee injury.
He went on to stufy Sport Science at university and has worked his way through managing Hoffenheim’s different youth teams.
"To be honoured like this as a rookie leaves me almost speechless, which I am rarely,” he said.
“I want to warmly thank all those responsible, and can promise that to get such an award so early in my coaching career will serve as great motivation to continue on my path."