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.
Kevin Volland's two goals bookended a strong home performance from Leverkusen. Julian Nagelsmann vanquished Domenico Tedesco, his former classmate at the coaching academy, and Werner led Leipzig to another victory.
A Pierre Emerick Aubameyang hattrick, a Max Philipp brace and a Julian Weigl strike were just reward for a brilliant Borussia Dortmund display. Their 6-1 win over Gladbach puts them top and sends out a title warning.
A sensational Hoffenheim comeback, a pair of milestones for Christian Pulisic and the obligatory refereeing controversy, it was a packed midweek Bundesliga round. Here's the pick of what happened on Matchday 5.
Hoffenheim's long-anticipated breakthrough campaign arrived last season but they have already learned how hard sustained success can be. They'll have to rediscover top form quickly because Bayern are in town on Saturday.
A second-half goal from Hannover debutant Jonathas gave the newly-promoted Reds their second win of the season against a poor Schalke. Earlier, RB Leipzig blew Freiburg away with a stunning second half performance.