There was no time for wallowing in past drama, though, as the Sinsheimers sought to get back to their founding principles of developing young talent and playing attractive, attacking football. bundesliga.com has the lowdown on how much of a success they made of it in 2013/14...
Few sides went from the ridiculous to the sublime quite like Hoffenheim. In their first four games, they shared four goals with 1.FC Nürnberg and six with SC Freiburg, beat Hamburger SV 5-1 but then shipped six at local rivals VfB Stuttgart. Towards the opposite end of the campaign, a six-game stretch between Matchdays 23 and 28 offered up a 6-2 victory over VfL Wolfsburg, concussive beatings at the hands of FC Schalke 04 and 1. FSV Mainz 05, impressive wins at Bayer 04 Leverkusen and against Hannover 96 and then a stunning 3-3 draw at the Allianz Arena. In the end, it all added up to a ninth-place finish for Markus Gisdol's young charges, who managed to add a whole new dimension to the phrase 'treading water mid-table'.
He was by no means the only Hoffenheim young gun to truly come of age in 2013/14, but Roberto Firmino was the player who did so in the most spectacular fashion. Handed the No10 shirt ahead of the start of the season, the 22-year-old attacking midfielder rose to the challenge superbly, scoring a phenomenal 16 goals and providing a further 12 assists. A man who increasingly has the look of a player in the fast lane to superstardom, the Maceio native extended his deal at the club until 2017 in March, and will have to carry even weightier expectations in 2014/15 after such an outstanding year.
Hoffenheim's 34 league outings delivered a grand total of 142 goals, making for a pulse-racing average of 4.18 per game - the highest of any Bundesliga side in the Bundesliga in 30 years. The 72 they netted themselves marked a new top-flight club record - as did the tally of 70 against. Curiously, no team conceded so many and still avoided relegation since SV Waldhof Mannheim back in 1986/87, who shipped 71 but managed to finish 14th.
"I'm sick to the back teeth of it," bemoaned head coach Markus Gisdol after Matchday 14's 4-4 home draw with SV Werder Bremen. "I've stopped believing that we're going to have a normal game again this year. If we ever manage to score seven goals, we'll no doubt concede seven as well!"
In a campaign certainly not short on memorable moments, the six-goal thriller in Munich on Matchday 28 perhaps topped the lot. Hosts FC Bayern went into the game on a record 19-game winning streak and fresh from wrapping up the earliest-ever Bundesliga title days before in Berlin. It was an occasion befitting a gala performance and one was duly served up, albeit not quite in the manner expected.