Soccer-Hoffenheim name Breitenreiter as manager

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund v Hannover 96 - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - January 26, 2019 Hannover coach Andre Breitenreiter before the match REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler DFL regulations prohibit any use of photographs as image sequences and/or quasi-video

(Reuters) - Hoffenheim named Andre Breitenreiter as coach on Tuesday, with the former Schalke and Hannover manager replacing Sebastian Hoeness who left the club earlier this month.

Breitenreiter, 48, returns to the Bundesliga after a stint with FC Zurich, where he won the Swiss Super League this season. He has signed a contract until 2024.

"Breitenreiter is a very ambitious coach whose attacking philosophy makes him an outstanding fit for TSG," said Hoffenheim director of football Alexander Rosen.

Breitenreiter shot to fame after taking German club SC Paderborn 07 into the Bundesliga in 2014.

Hoffenheim parted ways with Hoeness after the club, who were in the top four in January, finished the campaign in ninth place and missed out on European football next season.

(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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