Hoffenheim turns to Babbel

Hoffenheim has named Markus Babbel as its and-a-half year contract.

Babbel takes the place of Holger Stanislawski, who was fired on Thursday following a loss to second-division side Greuther Furth in the quarterfinals of the DFB-Pokal.

After leading Hertha back to the top flight last season, Babbel failed to agree on a contract extension with the club and he joins a Hoffenheim side that has claimed only one win from its last 10 league matches.

Babbel will make his coaching debut on Saturday at Werder Bremen just one day after leading his first training session.