NICKNAME – Die Kraichgauer (The People from Kraichgau)
FOUNDED – 1899
LOCATED IN – Sinsheim, Baden-Wurttemberg
STADIUM – PreZero Arena
CAPACITY – 30,150
PROMOTED – 2008
BEST BUNDESLIGA FINISH – 3rd (2017/2018)
BEST DFB POKAL FINISH – QF (6 times)
BEST EC/CL FINISH – Group Stage (2018/2019)
BEST UC/EL FINISH – R32 (2020/2021)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Andrej Kramaric (88)
2019/2020 FINISH – 6th
FIVE FACTS ABOUT TSG 1899 HOFFENHEIM
1. Although the club was founded in 1899, it experienced little success until Dietmar Hopp began investing in it in 2000, when the club was in the fifth division.
2. Hopp had played for the club as a teenager before making his billions with software giant, SAP.
3. Plans to merge with other local teams to form FC Heidelberg fell through, but the club made it to the Bundesliga under its own steam in 2008.
4. Talents such as Roberto Firmino and Andrej Kramaric helped Hoffenheim’s continued rise, culminating in Champions League football under Julian Nagelsmann.
5. Like RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim are hated by many in Germany as a “plastic club”. Protests against Dietmar Hopp led to two games being suspended last season. These centred on the club’s exemption from the 50 plus 1 rule.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT HOFFENHEIM/SINSHEIM
1. Hoffenheim’s stadium capacity is ten times the size of Hoffenheim’s population; it is a village of just 3,000 people.
2. Hoffenheim forms part of the larger town of Sinsheim. The new PreZero Arena is actually located in Steinsfurt.
3. Although only 30 kilometres distant, do not confuse Hoffenheim with Hockenheim, the famous German GP track.
4. Sinsheim does, however, boast the largest permanent exhibition of F1 cars in the world at its “Technik Museum”.
5. Sinsheim is the birthplace of US Civil War General Franz Sigel, who specialised in recruiting German immigrants.
OTHER GERMAN TEAMS
Arminia Bielefeld, Augsburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia MG, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Freiburg, Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim, Koln, Leipzig, Mainz, Paderborn, Schalke, Stuttgart, Union Berlin, Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg