Hoffenheim win first friendly in India

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim completed the Bundesliga season with a week-long trip to India.

In partnership with the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL), Hoffenheim were in India to promote the Bundesliga across the subcontinent. The focus of the visit was in addition to the promotion of the league, especially in the uptake of sustainable, social projects. In close cooperation with main sponsor SAP, TSG looked after four social projects. In Calcutta, Goa and Aizawl TSG 1899 visited schools and clubs, also they conducted training sessions with children, among other activities, f.e. they visited an orphanage in Kolkata.

Foto: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Foto: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Sporting highlight was a friendly match in the mountain region of Aizawl against a team of the state of Mizoram. “We gave a good account of ourselves,” said Headcoach Markus Gisdol: “The players had a lot of fun and our opponents were very active and had some good chances to score." Final result: 3-0 (strikers: Anthony Modeste, Eugen Polanski and Jiloan Hamad) in front of a crowd of 11,000 spectators. "It was also nice to feel the enthusiasm of the people here", mentioned Gisdol: "This wonderful experience will live long in our memories.”

The "Tour of India" was organizational by the support club "Global United FC". "We are pleased to make this trip as an international ambassador of the Bundesliga, while being able to push sustainable, socially relevant projects," says Alexander Rosen, director of professional football at: "Our young team will be able to collect very valuable experience in cultural and social terms."


Trip Timetable
MAY 11: Frankfurt to New Delhi
MAY 12: Stopover New Delhi, flight to Calcutta
MAY 13: flight to Aizawl, friendly match in the evening ( 16:30 CET)
MAY 14: soccer camp in Aizawl, return flight to Calcutta, football camp in Kolkata
MAY 15: sightseeing, visiting an orphanage, flight to Goa
MAY 16: Goa Sightseeing
MAY 17: Training Camp in a football academy
MAY 19: Back to Frankfurt


Infos: Hoffenheim in Facebook, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Video: Hoffenheim in India (in German)

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Anlaufstelle in Pune


Die Kooperation zwischen Karlsruhe und dem indischen Pune ist einen Schritt weiter: Im Januar 2014 wurde im "MCCIA Trade Tower", 403, Senapati Bapat Road, eine direkte Karlsruher Anlaufstelle mit den Repräsentantinnen Iris Becker und Winnie Kulkarni von "Let's Bridge IT" in Pune eröffnet.

Durch Erfolg und Ausbau der vielfältigen Aktivitäten - ob Infos rund um den Standort Karlsruhe, aktiv Kontakte zu indischen Firmen halten oder deutsche Firmen aus der TRK in und um Pune bekannter machen - erfolgte im März 2018 ein Umzug in neue Räumlichkeiten, auch durch die Erweiterung um die Repräsentanz des Landes Baden-Württembergs in Maharashtra sowie das Marketingbüro der „Hochschul Föderation Südwest“. 


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