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TSG Hoffenheim

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TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is a Football in Germany based in Hoffenheim, a suburb of Sinsheim, Baden-Württemberg. In 2007 the club decided to adopt the use of the short form name 1899 Hoffenheim in place of the traditional TSG Hoffenheim. A fifth division side in 2000, the club made a remarkable advance to the top-flight Fußball-Bundesliga in 2008 with the financial backing of alumnus and software mogul Dietmar Hopp.


The modern-day club was formed in 1945, when gymnastics club Turnverein Hoffenheim (founded 1 July 1899) and football club Fußballverein Hoffenheim (founded 1921) merged. At the beginning of the 1990s, the club was an obscure local amateur side playing in the eighth division Baden-Württemberg A-Liga. They steadily improved and by 1996 were competing in the Verbandsliga Nordbaden (V).

Around 2000, alumnus Dietmar Hopp returned to the club of his youth as a financial backer. Hopp was the co-founder of software firm SAP AG and he put some of his money into the club. His contributions generated almost immediate results: in 2000 Hoffenheim finished first in the Verbandsliga and was promoted to the fourth-division Oberliga Baden-Württemberg. Another first place finish moved the club up to the Regionalliga Süd (III) for the 2001–02 season. They finished 13th in their first season in the Regionalliga, but improved significantly the next year, earning a fifth place result.

Hoffenheim earned fifth and seventh place finishes in the next two seasons, before improving to fourth in 2005–06 to earn their best result to date. The club made its first German Cup appearance in the 2003–04 competition and performed well, advancing to the quarterfinals by eliminating 2. Fußball-Bundesliga sides Eintracht Trier and Karlsruher SC and Fußball-Bundesliga club Bayer 04 Leverkusen before being put out themselves by another 2. Bundesliga side, VfB Lübeck.

Negotiations to merge TSG Hoffenheim, FC Astoria Walldorf, and SV Sandhausen to create FC Heidelberg 06 in 2005 were abandoned due to the resistance of the latter two clubs, and the failure to agree on whether the new side's stadium should be located in Heidelberg or Eppelheim. Team owner Hopp clearly preferred Heidelberg, but could not overcome the resistance of local firm Wild (company), which had already reserved the site of the planned stadium for its new production facilities.

2006–2008 – Major investments and promotion to the Bundesliga

In 2006, the club sought to improve its squad and technical staff by bringing in players with several years of Bundesliga experience, most notably Jochen Seitz and Tomislav Marić, and by signing Ralf Rangnick, former manager of Bundesliga teams SSV Ulm 1846, VfB Stuttgart, Hannover 96, and FC Schalke 04, to a five-year contract. The investment paid off in the 2006–07 season with the club's promotion to the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga after finishing 2nd in Regionalliga Süd.

The Second Fußball-Bundesliga 2007–08 was Hoffenheim's first season in professional football. After a weak start with three losses and only one draw in the first four games, the team's performance improved remarkably and Hoffenheim climbed from 16th place on matchday four to second place on matchday 23. The team managed to defend their place until the end of the season, having scored 60 points after matchday 34. As a result of their second place finish they received automatic promotion to the Fußball-Bundesliga, the highest German tier in football, after just playing in the 2. Bundesliga for one season.

2008 – Bundesliga

The Fußball-Bundesliga 2008-09 season was Hoffenheim's first season in the German top division. With the performance of strikers Vedad Ibišević, Demba Ba and Chinedu Obasi the newly-promoted Hoffenheim managed to climb to the top of the table quickly, winning the "Herbstmeister" (Autumn-Champion) title with 35 points after 17 matchdays. Ibišević scored a total of 18 goals in 17 matches, being the Bundesliga's leading goal scorer after the first half of the season. Hoffenheim's fast and offensive playing style (42 goals in 17 matches) was praised by the German and international press, experts even believed Hoffenheim could win their first championship in their first year playing top flight football.

However, Hoffenheim suffered a devastating blow during the winter break when Ibišević tore an anterior cruciate ligament during a training match against Hamburger SV. Because of the serious injury Ibišević was unable to play for the second half of the season. Hoffenheim was now deprived of their biggest offensive threat and additionally had to deal with a fair number of other injuries and suspensions. As a result of their heavily debilitated squad Hoffenheim failed to build on their successful first half of the season. After not winning in 12 consecutive matches, Hoffenheim was dislodged from the top and dropped out of the top five down to ninth place. At the end of the season the team however recovered and ended their negative streak with three wins and one draw in the last four games. Hoffenheim eventually finished seventh with 55 points and a goal difference of +14 – still a respectable result for a newly promoted team.

In the 2009–10 Fußball-Bundesliga Hoffenheim further improved their squad by signing midfielders Maicosuel Reginaldo de Matos and Franco Zuculini, as well as experienced defender Josip Šimunić. Alumnus Hopp expected a position within the top five and a qualification for the UEFA Europa League at the end of the season. Indeed, Hoffenheim enjoyed success at the beginning of the season and remained in the top five for several weeks. However, the club again suffered from a large number of injuries and suspensions in the second half of the season and only won four of the 17 matches. The club finished on a disappointing eleventh place with 42 points and a goal difference of +2. Coach Ralf Rangnick was criticised in public for the poor results of his team, yet his contract was extended for two more years in May.

On January 1st, 2011 Hoffenheim sold Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo to league rivals FC Bayern Munich for a reported fee of € 17 million. Immediately after the transfer had been completed, Hoffenheim Coach Ralf Rangnick resigned and was then replaced by Marco Pezzaiuoli, who had been Rangnick's assistant before. Rangnick had disapproved the transfer in the weeks before since Hoffenheim was in reach of the Top 5 and is one of the eight teams left in the 2010–11 DFB-Pokal.


Dietmar Hopp's financial support, which transformed Hoffenheim from a local amateur club into a competitive Bundesliga club, has been strongly criticized by other clubs, fans and by some in the German press. The main points of criticism are the club's lack of "tradition" and a proper fan base, as the club is a historically insignificant side from a village of just 3,300 inhabitants. The situation is akin to that of now-defunct Scottish side Gretna FC and German clubs VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, as both teams have received large financial support by German companies. VfL Wolfsburg is wholly owned and supported by automobile manufacturer Volkswagen, Bayer 04 Leverkusen is attached to pharmaceutical company Bayer. Despite this, Leverkusen and Wolfsburg are quite different from Hoffenheim, because of their long history as football clubs founded by the factory workers themselves, and were successful chiefly through own merits rather than excessive funding.

On August 16, 2011 the club released a statement regarding complaints of a loudspeaker that was strategically placed under away fans during a home game against Cologne. The loudspeaker was designed to drown out the noise of the away fans cheers and chants during the game. It is reported that the speaker was placed by the groundskeeper and the club denies any involvement saying he acted alone. It is also reported that the loudspeaker was used during other games not just the home game against Cologne.

In a later statement the club admitted that the disruptive sound assembly has been used at least 5 times and although club officials claim to have no knowledge of these measures, their claims lack credibility as the assembly was connected to the stadiums electrical supply and security forces were aware of its existence.


For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers summer 2010 and List of German football transfers winter 2011–12.

The first team squad:

Players out on loan


- vacant (Head Coach)
- vacant (Assistant Coach)
- vacant (Assistant Coach)
- Zsolt Petry (Goalkeeper Coach)

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The reserve team squad:


- Otmar Rösch (Head Coach)
- Oliver Tuzyna (Goalkeeper Coach)


Before being promoted to the 1. Bundesliga in 2008, the club played in Dietmar-Hopp-Stadion which was built in 1999 with a capacity of 5,000 (1,620 seats).

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim made their loftier ambitions clear in 2006 when the club's management decided to build the new 30,150 seat Rhein-Neckar-Arena suitable for hosting Bundesliga matches. The stadium was originally to be built in Heidelberg before the selection of a site in Sinsheim.

They opened their first season in the 1. Bundesliga at the 26,022 capacity Carl-Benz-Stadion in Mannheim and played their first match in their new stadium on 31 January 2009.


The club's honours:


- 2. Fußball-Bundesliga
- - Runners-up: 2008
- Fußball-Regionalliga
- - Runners-up: 2007
- Oberliga Baden-Württemberg (IV)
- - Champions: 2001
- - Runners-up: 2010
- Verbandsliga Nordbaden (V)
- - Champions: 2000
- - Runners-up: 2003


- North Baden Cup
- - Winners: (4) 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
- - Runners-up: 2007


- 'German Under 17 championship (football)
- - Champions: 2008
- Under 17 Bundesliga (football)
- - Champions: 2008
- - Runners-up: 2011
- Won by reserve team.

Recent managers

Recent managers of the club:

Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:

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TSG Hoffenheim II

- With the introduction of the Fußball-Regionalliga in 1994 and the 3rd Liga in 2008 as the new third tier, below the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga, all leagues below dropped one tier.

TSG Hoffenheim Women

The women's team started playing in 2006-07 and rushed through the lower leagues. The teams target is the Bundesliga.

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