Nagelsmann named DFB coach of year

Nagelsmann

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim head coach Julian Nagelsmann has been awarded coach of 2016 by the German Football Association after achieving a miraculous turnaround with the club.

The 29-year-old was acknowledged for his work inside the Hoffenheim academy prior to being put in charge of the first team, and after taking over the reins in February 2016, Nagelsmann managed to steer them away from relegation and into a top-four contender gunning for a Champions League berth.

"I'm very surprised and proud to have won this award," he told the Bundesliga's official website. "There are so many colleagues who have done such a great job at the highest level over many years and who would have deserved such recognition at least just as much.

"To be honoured like this as a rookie leaves me almost speechless, which I am rarely. 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."

Hoffenheim were also the last remaining undefeated club in the top five European leagues after Real Madrid lost to Sevilla earlier in the year.

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