All you need to know about Julian Nagelsmann's TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Fun facts

  • Promoted into the top flight after finishing second in Bundesliga 2 in the 2007/08 season, new boys Hoffenheim sensationally topped the Bundesliga after 19 Matchdays of the following campaign, eventually finishing a respectable seventh.
  • The south-western outfit were languishing in the fifth tier of German football in 2000, but generous investment from local software magnate Dietmar Hopp has turned the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena dwellers into an established force in German football.
  • The club are actually based in Sinsheim, the smallest town to produce a Bundesliga club with just over 35,000 inhabitants and located in the heart of the densely-populated Rhine-Neckar rural area of Baden-Württemberg.

Software magnate Dietmar Hopp has helped make the Sinsheim-based club what they are today.


Since their dramatic ascent to the top flight for the 2008/09 season, Hoffenheim have enjoyed a rollercoaster Bundesliga adventure. Backed by software magnate Dietmar Hopp, the south-westerners topped the table during the 2008 winter break, although the fairytale was short-lived as Hoffenheim have since alternated highs and lows: as recently as 2012/13, they were forced to overcome 1. FC Kaiserslautern in a play-off to maintain their top-flight status.

The youngest coach in the Bundesliga, Julian Nagelsmann guided Hoffenheim to an unlikely survival in 2015/16 © gettyimages / Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts

Julian Nagelsmann was appointed as the youngest coach in Bundesliga history in February 2016 at the age of 28, leading the Sinsheim club to safety after they had spent 17 weeks in the automatic relegation places. Eduardo Vargas - used on the right of midfield last term - will be pushing for a starting berth in attack having top scored for Chile in their victorious Copa America Centenario campaign.

Stadium: WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena

Capacity: 30,150