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.
Borussia Dortmund made it hard for themselves but have qualified for the Champions League — just. A complete overhaul is in order, but they could do worse than look to Hoffenheim and Julian Nagelsmann for inspiration.
A stunning Andrej Kramaric hat trick led in-form Hoffenheim to a 3-1 win over Hannover on Friday, and lifted them in to fourth. But it wasn't all good news for Julian Nagelsmann's side, with Serge Gnabry injured early.
After struggling to balance their European and domestic commitments early in the season, Hoffenheim now have the Champions League in their sights again. At the bottom, it could finally be the end for Cologne and HSV.