Hoffenheim signed coach
Markus Babbel until 2014 on Friday to replace Holger
Stanislawski who was sacked a day earlier after their surprise
German Cup quarter-final exit, the club said.
Babbel, who steered Hertha Berlin back into the Bundesliga
last year, had been fired in December after a public row over
The 39-year-old former Bayern Munich player, who has also
coached VfB Stuttgart, must now turn Hoffenheim's season around
after they recorded only one win in the last 10 league games. He
will be on the bench on Saturday against Werder Bremen.
Hoffenheim, in eighth place on 24 points, seven off the
relegation zone, also crashed out of the German Cup on
Wednesday, losing 1-0 to second division Greuther Fuerth.
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