Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Hoffenheim https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/hoffenheim Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:01:52 +1100 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[Ralf Rangnick & Man Utd: Why compromise needed to make this deal happen]]> <p>COMMENT: They say you make you're own luck in this game. Fortune favours the brave - n'all that. And no-one has epitomised that better this past week than Ralf Rangnick... Manchester United's latest 'will he? Won't he?' candidate for their ever fluid technical director's post.</p><p>Whether by fault or design, he has a bite. With a few choice words. A carefully placed note. Rangnick has managed to reel in United, with it emerging last week that one club rep, on orders of their vice-chairman exec Ed Woodward, spent an afternoon with the former Red Bull Leipzig coach in Germany. No offer was tabled, it was more a feeling out exercise, but the interest is clear. Rangnick is a candidate for the job at United - and to make history. He would become United's first ever director of football. A prospect that is attractive to the German.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ralf-rangnick-man-utd-why-compromise-needed-to-make-this-deal-happen-4303772?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHoffenheim'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> COMMENT: They say you make you're own luck in this game. Fortune favours the brave - n'all that. And no-one has epitomised that better this past week than Ralf Rangnick... Manchester United's latest 'will he? Won't he?' candidate for their ever fluid technical director's post.

Whether by fault or design, he has a bite. With a few choice words. A carefully placed note. Rangnick has managed to reel in United, with it emerging last week that one club rep, on orders of their vice-chairman exec Ed Woodward, spent an afternoon with the former Red Bull Leipzig coach in Germany. No offer was tabled, it was more a feeling out exercise, but the interest is clear. Rangnick is a candidate for the job at United - and to make history. He would become United's first ever director of football. A prospect that is attractive to the German.

But that's not to say this is all a done deal. Far from it. Woodward's rep will have returned with a list of conditions from Rangnick. A list not dissimilar to what the now 61 year-old discussed in an unexpected (at least for those who pay attention to football's news cycle) interview with one major English daily a fortnight ago.

Without actually spelling it out in bright red ink, Rangnick made it clear he was interested in talking to United. And to the point where he essentially informed Woodward, via this interview, what would get him to the discussion table.

"I am happy where I am but if any club wanted to speak to me, the question would have to be: 'Can I be somebody who can influence areas of development across the whole club?' Otherwise you are only getting half of what I am capable of," Rangnick declared.

"If, after that, you can work together in a trustworthy and respectful way, then you are more likely to be successful."

A bit of digging. A couple calls. And this column can give you a picture of where this whole thing sits. Rangnick has long harboured an ambition to work in the Premier League. And when we say work, that's more as a manager, a coach on the training pitch day-to-day, rather than in an office. The German sees the Premier League as now the home of the world's great coaches, lamenting recently the loss to the Bundesliga of Jurgen Klopp, from Borussia Dortmund to Liverpool, and Pep Guardiola, from Bayern Munich to Manchester City.

"The fact is we no longer have such people in the Bundesliga, the pace is a bit more leisurely, the game has slowed down. This has also contributed to the fact that in recent years no world-class player has emerged from the Bundesliga," Rangnick opined.

But that's not to say taking up the position as technical director at United is beneath him. Indeed, far from it. While it was he who turned down the same job at RB Leipzig, Rangnick has been invigorated by the greater responsibility and demands required as Red Bull's overall technical chief. Stepping aside as coach of RBL and working with his successor Julian Nagelsmann wasn't enough. But he is being fulfilled by the new posting handed to him by Red Bull, where he is in charge of the drinks brand's four clubs around the world. And by his own admission, Rangnick has been seeking a fifth this year - with a focus on England. But in the meantime, he's already overseen the promotion of RB Bragantino, less than a year into their partnership with the Brazilians.

"I've experienced a lot in football, but it's unbelievable that something like this can happen," said Rangnick just days ago. RB's boss referring to the radical changes they had made to an ageing Bragantino squad to drive them to promotion to Brazil's top-flight. "We want to make the squad with every transfer window closer to a correct RB-team."

A hint to what United can expect - and perhaps why they acted so quickly after that interview a fortnight ago. Rangnick's attitude essentially dovetailing into United's 'new' approach to the transfer market: Reducing the age of the squad, buying for the future - and with a conscious effort of not blocking the pathway of the club's academy talent. All team building principles Rangnick also abides by. Only what will be whirring around his head today, will be the exciting prospect of seeing these players fulfill their potential under him.

With RBL and before then with Hoffenheim, Rangnick built a reputation - both as a football director and coach - as someone who could uncover a young, raw talent, see him develop, before selling for a massive profit. With TSG, he signed and sold the likes of Demba Ba and Roberto Firmino. With RBL, he's identified and brought through Timo Werner and Joshua Kimmich. But it was with VfB Stuttgart where he almost pulled off what would've been the greatest transfer in Bundesliga history.

At 17, one Ronaldo Nazario was a step away from signing for VfB. Then youth coach Rangnick identified and pursued the teen - and even had the Cruzeiro striker pose with a Stuttgart shirt. But the 5m demanded for his transfer was just too rich for the Germans and Ronaldo would eventually move to PSV Eindhoven.

"Stuttgart was then the first club that was interested in me," Ronaldo would later confirm.

But that frustration only acted as a motivator for Rangnick, who is now regarded as an expert when it comes to working the South American transfer market. A region United have struggled to get their arms around since the days of the Da Silva twins, Rodrigo Possebon and Desportivo Brasil.

Rangnick fancies the move. And United clearly now have an interest. But he's not going to have the run of the place as he did with RBL. And he's not going to have the responsibilities as he now has as RB's football boss. It's going to get down to compromise - at both ends of the table.

How much power is Woodward willing to grant Rangnick? And in turn, how much is the German willing to give up to fulfill this ambition of working in England?

With that interview, Rangnick created this opportunity for himself - and Woodward has bit. But we've been down this 'will he? Won't he?' road before.

Woodward has Rangnick's conditions. Now it's about the fine details. And compromise. Just don't hold your breath, United fans.

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<![CDATA[Hoffenheim midfielder Diadie Samassékou puts Watford, Newcastle on notice]]> <p>Hoffenheim midfielder Diadie Samasskou admits he sees his future in England.</p><p>Watched by Watford and Newcastle United this year, Samasskou sees his spell with TSG as a launching board to England.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/hoffenheim-midfielder-diadie-samassekou-puts-watford-newcastle-on-notice-4302392?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHoffenheim'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Hoffenheim midfielder Diadie Samasskou admits he sees his future in England.

Watched by Watford and Newcastle United this year, Samasskou sees his spell with TSG as a launching board to England.

"Yes, of course," he replied to BILD when asked about the Premier League.

"Whoever comes here wants to develop and then look ahead. So far, apart from the injury, it's gone very well.

"When I come back, I want to go full throttle and then keep looking forward."

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<![CDATA[Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia leaves door open to Hoffenheim]]> <p>Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia is delighted with his move to Hoffenheim.</p><p>The Dutchman joined TSG on-loan for the season.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/brighton-striker-jurgen-locadia-leaves-door-open-to-hoffenheim-4296085?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHoffenheim'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia is delighted with his move to Hoffenheim.

The Dutchman joined TSG on-loan for the season.

He told Kicker: "I think I had the chance to go to TSG four years ago, but it was not the time to leave Eindhoven."

On Brighton, Locadia added: "I played some games there, then I just sat on the bench for a long time. I had no rhythm, too little match practice.

"I also had other options in other leagues, but Hoffenheim was currently the best for me. Whether I only play here this season, you will see, that is future music."

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<![CDATA[Brighton boss Potter explains letting Andone leave for Galatasaray]]> <p>Brighton manager Graham Potter is happy with his attacking options after Florin Andone's departure to Galatasaray.</p><p>The Seagulls also shipped out Jurgen Locadia to Hoffenheim this month.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/brighton-boss-potter-explains-letting-andone-leave-for-galatasaray-4295354?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHoffenheim'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Brighton manager Graham Potter is happy with his attacking options after Florin Andone's departure to Galatasaray.

The Seagulls also shipped out Jurgen Locadia to Hoffenheim this month.

Potter said: "We are comfortable with our attacking options in terms of the players already here, those we've recruited, and on the back of the progress made by both Aaron Connolly and Steven Alzate.

"Both players have earned their opportunity, and are demonstrating their capability at this level. Aaron is a good addition to our goalscoring options alongside Glenn Murray and Neal Maupay.

"Steven also provides an extra attacking option from wide positions, playing just off a striker and in midfield alongside the likes of Leandro Trossard, Pascal Gross, Solly March, Alireza Jakhanbaksh, and Yves Bissouma and Jose Izqueirdo once they are both back to full fitness."

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<![CDATA[​DONE DEAL: Hoffenheim loan deal for Brighton striker Locadia]]> <p>Brighton's Jurgen Locadia has completed a season-long loan move to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.<br></p><p>The 25 year old Dutch forward arrived on the south coast from PSV Eindhoven in January 2018, for what was then a club record 15m fee.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-hoffenheim-loan-deal-for-brighton-striker-locadia-4294765?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHoffenheim'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Brighton's Jurgen Locadia has completed a season-long loan move to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.

The 25 year old Dutch forward arrived on the south coast from PSV Eindhoven in January 2018, for what was then a club record 15m fee.

Head coach Graham Potter said, "Since I arrived, Jurgen's trained really well and been great to work with, but I also appreciate it's been a frustrating time for him ever since he signed for the club for a number of reasons.

"He wants to play week in, week out and this move presents a real opportunity for him to go and get some games and goals in a top European league."

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<![CDATA[Hoffenheim desperate to land Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia]]> <p>Hoffenheim are ready to push through a deal for Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia.</p><p>TSG are in the market for a late striker signing after losing Andrej Kramaric to injury and the rejection of Ajax's Kasper Dolberg.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/hoffenheim-desperate-to-land-brighton-striker-jurgen-locadia-4294709?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHoffenheim'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Hoffenheim are ready to push through a deal for Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia.

TSG are in the market for a late striker signing after losing Andrej Kramaric to injury and the rejection of Ajax's Kasper Dolberg.

AD says Hoffenheim are now seeking to close terms for Locadia.

TSG coach Alfred Schreuder is driving the move for his fellow Dutchman.

The Bundesliga club would favour a loan arrangement.

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<![CDATA[Hoffenheim sound out Brighton for Jurgen Locadia]]> <p>Hoffenheim are eyeing Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia.</p><p>Sky Deutschland says Hoffenheim are seeking a loan arrangement for the forward.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/hoffenheim-sound-out-brighton-for-jurgen-locadia-4294573?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHoffenheim'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Hoffenheim are eyeing Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia.

Sky Deutschland says Hoffenheim are seeking a loan arrangement for the forward.

Locadia moved in January 2018 from PSV Eindhoven to Brighton for 17m.

But he has struggled to make a major impact in England.

For PSV, the former U21 international scored 62 goals and produced 39 assists in 176 competitive games.

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<![CDATA[Hoffenheim ​Locadia set for Brighton loan exit]]> <p>Jurgen Locadia will be granted an out at Brighton and Hove Albion.<br></p><p>The attacker, who is out of favor at the Premier League side, is set for a move to the Bundesliga.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/hoffenheim-locadia-set-for-brighton-loan-exit-4294542?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHoffenheim'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Jurgen Locadia will be granted an out at Brighton and Hove Albion.

The attacker, who is out of favor at the Premier League side, is set for a move to the Bundesliga.

There is still time to close deals before the September 2 European transfer window shuts.

Per The Argus, Locadia is the subject of interest from Hoffenheim.

It is possible that Brighton will sanction his exit on a season long loan.

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<![CDATA[Joelinton: I know Newcastle invested a lot in me]]> <p>Former Hoffenheim striker Joelinton is delighted with his move to Newcastle United.</p><p>The 22-year-old put pen to paper on a six-year deal with United, keeping the frontman at St. James' Park until the summer of 2025.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/joelinton-i-know-newcastle-invested-a-lot-in-me-4290154?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHoffenheim'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Hoffenheim striker Joelinton is delighted with his move to Newcastle United.

The 22-year-old put pen to paper on a six-year deal with United, keeping the frontman at St. James' Park until the summer of 2025.

Joelinton will wear the famous number nine shirt and could be in line to make his United debut in Saturday's pre-season friendly at Preston North End.

Joelinton told nufc.co.uk: "I'm really happy to be here. I know the club is investing a lot in me and it's a huge responsibility. But I'm happy, motivated and I hope to give something back on the pitch.

"I know it's a big club, with massive history here in England and around the world. I've followed the Premier League from Brazil since I was little and know about the huge tradition of the club and how passionate the fans are.

"I'm passionate about the game. I bring a lot of emotion on to the pitch. I'll never being lacking in desire and dedication. I like playing football and like to enjoy myself on the pitch.

"I hope to have a great career here. As I said before I'm really happy and hope to bring a lot of joy to the fans and everybody involved with the football club."

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<![CDATA[​Newcastle boss Bruce: Supporters will love Joelinton]]> <p>Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce believes that fans will fall in love with new signing Joelinton.<br></p><p>The Magpies have announced the club record purchase of the Brazilian attacker.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/newcastle-boss-bruce-supporters-will-love-joelinton-4290081?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHoffenheim'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce believes that fans will fall in love with new signing Joelinton.

The Magpies have announced the club record purchase of the Brazilian attacker.

And Bruce believes fans will instantly take to him.

He said of the transfer: "The kid's got an exciting time ahead of him. He's a smashing young player and we're obviously delighted to get him. It's been going on for a little bit now, so to get him is great for everybody.

"He's got everything that a modern-day player wants. He's big, strong and athletic, and of course he's got age on his side too which is vitally important.

"He's learned the history and wanted it (the No 9 shirt), and that's always a big shirt to fill. But in his eyes, it was 'bring it on - it's what I'm here for'.

"He's risen to that challenge, and I'm sure he will be a big, big favourite of the supporters. He's got an incredible work-rate about him, he's got a really good humility about him, and all the attributes a top striker needs."

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