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.
The hiring of Markus Weinzierl was supposed to bring a new dawn for Schalke - but not like this. Five straight defeats mean that, although Weinzierl has plenty of good will, time's running out, writes DW's Matt Pearson.
A new era at Schalke is already in crisis after a 2-1 loss to Hoffenheim leaves the Royal Blues bottom. Elsewhere, Cologne and Leipzig played out an intense 1-1 draw that preserves the unbeaten records of both clubs.
The final Bundesliga game of the weekend turned was a thriller. Leading 4-1 at halftime, Mainz appeared to be cruising to a first win of the season - but Hoffenheim had other plans. Earlier, Augsburg beat Werder Bremen.
Last-gasp goals flowed as the two promoted sides kicked off their Bundesliga campaigns. Leipzig twice had to come from behind to snatch a draw at Hoffenheim, while Freiburg were scuppered by a late winner at Hertha.