Based in the small village of Sinsheim, Hoffenheim have used the financial backing of tech mogul Dietmar Hopp to rocket out of the amateur leagues and into the Bundesliga. They have yet to win a major trophy in Germany.
Founded in 1899, most of Hoffenheim's club history lies in the regional leagues of the German pyramid. Hopp, co-founder of IBM and a former youth player with the club, reshaped Hoffenheim into a youth powerhouse. Several players in the German national team youth system currently come from Hoffenheim, and their U19 team won the Bundesliga youth championship in 2014. For all news on Hoffenheim, DW has you covered with our collated content below.
Bayern Munich have gone ten points clear at the top of the Bundesliga after RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund both suffered defeat. There was a vital win for Darmstadt at the bottom, and Hoffenheim lost ground at the top.
Borussia Mönchengladbach brought their fine Europa League form to the Bundesliga, but their victory over Ingolstadt was not without controversy. In the late game, Hoffenheim scored late to deny Schalke.