Hoffenheim

Founded In
1899
Location
Sinsheim, Germany

Hoffenheim

About Hoffenheim

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim was founded in 1899 as Turnverein Hoffenheim, although the modern-day club was founded through the merger of Turnverein Hoffenheim and Football Club Hoffenheim in 1945. The club has not historically been a major force in German football and, in fact, at one stage during the 1990s Hoffenheim were playing in the eighth tier of the German league system.

In 2000, Dietmar Hopp, a German software entrepreneur who founded the software company SAP, gave the club his financial backing. Hopp had previously played for Hoffenheim's youth set up. The money he invested in the club produced a huge improvement in the team's performance.

After the first season with Hopp's backing, Hoffenheim finished top of the fifth tier and gained promotion to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg. By 2001–02, the club had gained another promotion and in 2003-04, the club made its first ever appearance in the DFB Cup, reaching the quarter finals and eliminating several high profile clubs along the way, including Bayer Leverkusen. By 2007–08 season, Hoffenheim had reached the second tier and became a fully professional club and it would take just one season for them to gain promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time. Despite the club's dramatic climb through the divisions, it has attracted a lot of criticism for relying so heavily on external funding and for lacking a traditional history comparable to other top flight clubs.

Some of the notable players to play for Hoffenheim in recent seasons include Demba Ba, Luiz Gustavo, Tim Wiese and Vedad Ibišević.

Since 2009, Hoffenheim have played their home matches at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar Arena, which was constructed at a cost of €100 million. The ground is located in Sinsheim, a town which houses just 36,000 people. Despite this, the stadium holds a total capacity of 30,150 for league matches.