Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
St. Louis prep star leads village to top of Bundesliga
by Paul Kennedy, August 26th, 2008 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[GERMANY] Hoffenheim, a village with a population of 3,272, is the surprise leader of Germany's Bundesliga after two days, and its star is a former St. Louis prep star.

Bosnian-born Vedad Ibisevic, who attended Roosevelt High School in St. Louis and starred briefly for Saint Louis University (18 goals in 22 games) before being recruited by Paris St. Germain, scored the only goal as Hoffenheim beat Borussia Moenchengladbach, 1-0, on Saturday for its second straight win. Ibisevic had scored twice when Hoffenbeim won at Energie Cottbus, 3-0, the week before.

Ibisevic is part of the team assembled by president Dietmar Hopp that his friend, Juergen Klinsmann, says will "sooner or later become a superpower."

Hopp, a former IBM engineer who made his fortune in SAP, the world's biggest maker of business-management software, invested in the 109-year-old club at which he played as an amateur.

Hopp, 68, has reportedly spent more than 100 million euros ($149 million) on its climb three levels to Germany's top league. Ibisevic, who played at PSG and Dijon in France before moving to Alemannia Aachen, joined Hoffenbeim in 2007 for its final push from the Second Division to the top. Hopp spent $29 million on new players in 2007 -- an unheard-of amount for a D2 team.

Hoffenheim, who played before a crowd of 26,000 in Mannheim, nearly eight times the population of its hometown. Hoffenheim is playing in Mannheim, 30 miles away, until its 30,500-seat Rhein Neckar Arena, built at a cost of $75 million, opens in January.

Hoffenheim's fairy-tale story is drawing the interest of fans who have flocked from across Germany to the village in search of souvenirs.

Hoffenbeim, which has one bus that runs once an hour (twice from noon to 1 p.m. to accommodate the lunch crowd), had one fan club a year ago. It now has 15.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Roy Keane    
"No way Wayne Rooney should be going to China. He can still play football at the ...
What They're Saying: Josh Mitchell    
"We didn't know whether to laugh or cry. It was an incredible experience to be playing ...
MLS Camp Chatter: Atlanta United shows off weapons    
Atlanta United got goals from all three Designated Players -- including goals from Josef Martinez in ...
Sneak Peek: Union coach Curtin promises 'fun'    
Philadelphia reached the playoffs for just the second time in its history last year and exited ...
Sneak Peek: Near-miss ramps up expectations for TFC    
Less than three months after breaking through as the first Canadian team to play in the ...
Sneak Peek: Quakes seek help for Wondo    
It's been rough going for the San Jose Earthquakes since they won the Supporters' Shield in ...
CCL: More frustration for New York Red Bulls    
Playing their first game ever in the knockout stage of the Concacaf Champions League against the ...
TV Report: MLS regional broadcast deals announced    
MLS teams are starting to announce regional television plans for the 2017 season. Houston and Sporting ...
Video Pick: Pouting keeper protests by giving up    
So upset was the goalkeeper of Vietnamese team Long An at a penalty kick call he ...
MLS Injury Report: Surgery sidelines Whitecaps' Reyna    
Vancouver will need a backup plan to replace departed playmaker Pedro Morales. The team has announced ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives