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.
After a week when Bayern lost their perfect record and then their unbeaten record, Niko Kovac has demanded his players improve against Ajax. Also on Tuesday, Julian Nagelsmann faces his coaching idol, Pep Guardiola.
Borussia Dortmund rescued a point in Sinsheim thanks to a late Christian Pulisic equalizer. Hoffenheim were the better team for long periods and took the lead through Joelinton, before Abdou Diallo saw red for BVB.
Three years after a knee injury derailed his career, Nico Schulz has made his Germany debut. His was a performance marked by highs and lows, but it seems to have been good enough for Joachim Löw to give him another look.
Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann has already been announced as RB Leipzig boss for next season. How that affects Hoffenheim's first ever campaign in both the Bundesliga and Champions League remains to be seen. Ralf Rangnick is left holding the fort in Leipzig.