The 2015/16 Bundesliga season is now at the halfway stage, providing the ideal time to take stock of each club's progress so far. Here, bundesliga.com puts TSG 1899 Hoffenheim under the microscope.
The story so far
It is a long way up for Hoffenheim, whose season got off to a dreadful start following defeat to Bundesliga 2 outfit TSV 1860 Munich in the first round of the DFB Cup. Die Kraichgauer then had to wait until Bundesliga Matchday 7 for their first win of the campaign, but even that failed to keep head coach Markus Gisdol in a job.
Huub Stevens, who steered VfB Stuttgart clear of the drop in each of the last two seasons, took charge from Matchday 11 and while there has been a slight improvement in results (W1, D4, L2) the Sinsheim club go in at the winter break propping up the rest of the standings, two points adrift of outright safety.
- Hoffenheim have scored more often in the opening 15 minutes of a game (five times) than any other team.
- The Sinsheim club have taken advantage of mistakes made by their opponents more frequently than any other Bundesliga side, scoring five goals that way so far in 2015/16. Their strike after nine seconds against FC Bayern München is a case in point.
- No side has conceded more goals from counter-attacks than Hoffenheim’s seven.
Jonathan Schmid has scored a career-best four goals already this season, the most important of the lot coming in the 1-0 win over Hannover 96 on Matchday 16. His industry and work ethic have tended to be overshadowed by Hoffenheim's wider struggles at the foot of the table, but the French midfielder's input will be key in the new year.
Trace Hoffenheim's season so far with our interactive league table. Simply click on the + symbol at the end of each row in the standings for a comprehensive statistical overview.
Rewind to Matchday 16 and watch Hoffenheim give their fans some early festive cheer with their only home win of the current campaign.