"Yeah, it's very fun. It's also very good training so we are very excited to be here all the time and we've been here a couple of times with the team also, it's really good training. You train your first touch, your focus, you know, it's good training."
"I would say, of course I only tried maximum 32 passes, and it's... You can manage, it's not so exhausting but if you do it like three or four times in a period of short time, then you get, of course you get tired. But I think if you do 60 passes, or more, then you get tired so you feel it in your legs. The first time was exhausting but the more you train, the better you get."
8. 01:23 Various of Jiloan Hamad training.
9. 01:38 SOUNDBITE (English): Jiloan Hamad, Hoffenheim winger (on whether the device can replace outdoor training):
"Oh no, I think you can ... You have to do both, you know, because we are outside all the time. The team, we train a lot, we train every day, so when you have time you come inside also. It's good to have the mix and this is more, maybe, individual, because you have to train also your first touch and your focus all the time so you can combine, it's no problem."
Hoffenheim introduce 'footbonaut' training device to hone skills of players.
German soccer club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim have introduced the high-tech 'footbonaut' device to their training sessions, becoming the second team to use the device after Borussia Dortmund.
The 'footbonaut', designed by Berlin engineer Christian Guttler, is designed to test players' reaction times and first touch.
There is a grass field measuring 14 metres by 14 metres, surrounded by 64 squares in the walls.
A machine is installed in the middle of each wall which fires the soccer balls at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour, and the player in the middle must find the correct target, selected at random by the program, from the 64 square panels.
Hoffenheim brought the system into operation at the end of January, one and a half years after Dortmund became the first club to pioneer the technology.