With a third of the 2015/16 season done and dusted, bundesliga.com is checking in with all 18 clubs to see where they are at after 12 matches.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim had high hopes after narrowly missing out on a place in Europe last season, but things have not entirely gone according to plan yet.
The story so far
Hoffenheim's season got off to the worst possible start with a 2-0 defeat to TSV 1860 Munich in the first round of the DFB Cup. It proved a sign of things to come: the Sinsheimers had to wait until Matchday 7 for their first win, picking up just two points from their first six games.
Two defeats and a draw later, Markus Gisdol was relieved of his duties and Huub Stevens was placed in charge until the end of the season, with the task of keeping the club in the top flight. Two goalless draws have since steadied the ship, although Hoffenheim remain in the relegation zone after a third of the season.
- Hoffenheim were the most successful counter-attacking side in the Bundesliga over the first 12 Matchdays, scoring seven goals on the break.
- Kevin Volland's goal against FC Bayern München after just nine seconds was the equal fastest goal in Bundesliga history, and one of four goals Hoffenheim scored in the first 15 minutes of matches - more than another team.
- Volland had a hand in five of Hoffenheim's last seven goals, while he has been involved in a total of 58 percent of his side's goals.
- No player in the Bundesliga has hit the woodwork more frequently this season than Eduardo Vargas (four).
Had it not been for the five goals Kevin Volland has scored this season – almost half of his side's entire haul – things could look considerably worse for Hoffenheim. The Germany international has been the Sinsheim club's only consistent performer with his goals almost single-handedly earning half of their eight points to date, and he has not been blessed with numerous opportunities either. His Herculean efforts and impressive strike rate are boosting his hopes of representing his country at UEFA EURO 2016 next summer - and his side's of survival.
Most memorable quote
"Footballers cannot be compared to monitors, computers or robots – they have feelings and emotions and you have to deal with these, because believe me: eyes and ears are incredibly important."
Huub Stevens after taking over.
While Volland has scored the lion's share of Hoffenheim's goals this season, he has been ably supported by Jonathan Schmid. The summer recruit from relegated SC Freiburg has been one of his side's most active players behind the strikers, bagging three goals and creating 16 goalscoring opportunities for his team-mates. While his tackling may not have been up to scratch, when he has had the ball, he has distributed it well with over 75 per cent of passes completed.
Explore the ups and downs of Hoffenheim's campaign so far by clicking on the link to our interactive standings.