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Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim to arrive in India on Monday, May 12

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Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim will arrive in India for their first-ever visit to the country on Monday, May 12. The German Bundesliga stars will touch down in Kolkata on Monday (May 12) afternoon following a short stopover in New Delhi on their journey from Germany.

“The Hoffenheim players and officials will get a first feeling of India during a short stopover in Delhi on their way to Kolkata. The team is looking forward to experience a new culture and country during the one-week long 2014 India Tour organised by Adamant Sports,” Arunava Chaudhuri, Project Manager, Adamant Sports Management AG said.

Hoffenheim will travel to Aizawl on Tuesday (May 13) to face a Mizoram XI in an exhibition match which will feature various I-League stars like Jeje Lalpekhlua, Lalrindika Ralte and Shylo Malswam Tulunga from the state besides local Mizoram Premier League stars. The German side will also conduct a football clinic for children at the Lammual Stadium on the morning of the day after the match. The clinic will be presented by Global United FC, a non-profit organisation run by Hoffenheim’s Director of International Relations and former goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel.

The German visitors will return to Kolkata on the same day and conduct another clinic in the Wednesday evening in the City of Joy. “TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Global United FC have organised football clinics for children in different parts of the world and they are looking forward to transfer their knowledge to the children in India,” Adamant Sports representative Chris Punnakkattu Daniel said. “Lutz Pfannenstiel has visited India two years ago to conduct three coaching courses for the German Football Association (DFB) and it is great to see him along with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim following up to the visit.”

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim will do a sightseeing tour of Kolkata and visit Social Project “Shrishti” supported by the club’s main sponsor SAP on Thursday (May 15), before they fly to Goa in the afternoon. The club will conduct another round of football clinics in Goa on Saturday (May 17) and return to Germany on Monday (May 19).

“From the start the tour was jointly planned as a social and cultural trip besides playing a match by Adamant Sports and 1899 Hoffenheim. It wasn’t easy as it is election time in India, but we wanted to start the Hoffenheim-India relationship in 2014 and we have succeeded with this plan,“ Arunava Chaudhuri further added.

Football fans addicted to social media will be able to follow and to be part of the football extravaganza on the various platforms with the use of the official hashtag #1899INDIA.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – 2014 India Tour Schedule

May 11: Departure Frankfurt

May 12: Stopover in Delhi; Arrival Kolkata

May 13: Departure Kolkata / Arrival Aizawl – Exhibition Match – Mizoram XI v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – Kick-off: 20.00 IST

May 14: Football Clinic presented by Global United FC at the Lammual Stadium – Departure Aizawl / Arrival Kolkata – Football Clinic presented by Global United FC in Kolkata

May 15: Sightseeing Kolkata – Visit to “Shrishti” supported by SAP – Departure Kolkata / Arrival Goa

May 16: Sightseeing Goa

May 17: Football Clinics presented by Global United FC

May 19: Departure Goa

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