Date: 19th November 2008 at 9:32pm
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Hoffenheim’s rise through the German leagues is even more remarkable than the Latics.

In the early 90’s, Wigan were in the 3rd and 4th tiers of football in England, whilst Hoffenheim were an amateur club in the 8th of German football. Thats the equivalent of, say Ossett Albion of the Unibond league North attaining Premier League status.

Hoffenheim, spent only one season in the second tier of German football and finished second,earning automatic promotion to the Bundesliga.

Hoffenheim are currently second in the Bundesliga, on goal difference from the leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

It is to be hoped that Benitez’s friendship with Valencia, plus the prospect of playing in the Premier League will entice Benitez to Wigan.