Nagelsmann & Matarazzo pay visit to Easter Camp
There was a big surprise at the Easter Camp organised by the TSG Hoffenheim Soccer School on Wednesday. Head coach Julian Nagelsmann and his assistant coach Pellegrino Matarazzo attended a training session during the Easter Camp and surprised more than 100 kids on the pitch. It goes without saying that there was a lot of autograph-signing and tip-giving.
The TSG Hoffenheim Soccer School's Easter Camp runs from 23 to 25 April. There are two training sessions per day which are held by a total of nine coaches.
Rosen understanding as Eintracht Frankfurt's Bundesliga meeting with Mainz on Matchday 33 is rescheduled
Now that Eintracht Frankfurt have booked their place in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League, the German Football League (DFL) has opted to move the Matchday 33 Bundesliga meeting between Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FSV Mainz to 18:00 CET on Sunday 12 May 2019.
As previously announced on 19 March, the rescheduling gives Eintracht Frankfurt two days of recovery between the Europa League away match against Chelsea on 9 May and their Bundesliga meeting with 1. FSV Mainz 05. This provision has been in the DFL statutes since 2010 and states: "The last two rounds of matches in the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga are to be played simultaneously in each division. If a club is involved in European competition, an exception to this rule can be made."
Alexander Rosen, the sporting director at TSG Hoffenheim, who are competing with Eintracht Frankfurt for a place in European competition next season, has spoken out in favour of the measure taken by the DFL: "In other countries, such fixture adjustments have long since been commonplace. I welcome this decision and think it's good − it's in the interests of German football."
"Team of the Round" double for Belfodil
There was more good news for Ishak Belfodil the day after the frenetic 5-2 win at Schalke 04. The striker, who scored a brace against the Royal Blues, was rewarded for his performance by being named in the Team of the Round by kicker. It was the fourth time the Algerian has been included in the magazine's selection this season. The 27-year-old additionally made it into the ARD Sportschau Team of the Round. As of Matchday 30, Belfodil has the highest kicker rating of any outfield player in the division.