Nagelsmann, the 29-year-old manager taking Germany by storm….

Julian Nagelsmann

When Hoffenheim unveiled Julian Nagelsmann as the Bundesliga’s youngest full-time boss in February, it was dismissed by local media as a “public relations stunt” and “a crackpot idea”. Nagelsmann was just 28 and had never coached at senior level, while Hoffenheim, a village with a population of just 3,300 in southern Germany, were deep in relegation trouble, seven points from safety and running out of games. What has followed in the past nine months is truly remarkable. Nagelsmann, now 29, kept them up and now Hoffenheim are one of only five teams in Europe’s five major leagues to remain unbeaten this season.

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