TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

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TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
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Surname Gymnastics and Sports Community
Hoffenheim 1899 e. V.
Seat Sinsheim - Hoffenheim , Baden-Württemberg
founding July 1, 1899 (as TV Hoffenheim)
1920 (as FV Hoffenheim)
Colours Blue White
Members 10,550 (July 1, 2020)
president Peter Hofmann
Football company
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Surname TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
football game operation GmbH
Seat Zuzenhausen , Baden-Wuerttemberg
Shareholder 96%: Dietmar Hopp
0 4%: e. V.
Managing directors Peter Görlich
(sport / innovation, marketing / sales)
Frank Briel
(HR / IT, finance, organization)
Website tsg-hoffenheim.de
First team
Head coach Sebastian Hoeneß
Venue Prezero arena
Places 30,150
league Bundesliga
2019/20 6th place

The gymnastics and sports community Hoffenheim 1899 e. V. , TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for short or simply TSG Hoffenheim or 1899 Hoffenheim , is a sports club with 10,550 members (as of July 1, 2020) from the Sinsheim district of Hoffenheim . The club has departments for athletics and gymnastics .

The football department was spun off in 2005 to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Fußball-Spielbetriebs GmbH , based in Zuzenhausen . In addition to the men who have been playing in the Bundesliga since 2008 , the women’s team and the A and B juniors, who won the German championship in 2014 and 2008 , respectively, play in the top division.

Both the club and the GmbH are funded by the SAP co- founder Dietmar Hopp , who played for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in his youth and whose financial support made it possible to move up from the regional league A to the Bundesliga between 1990 and 2008. Hopp holds 96 percent of the shares in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Fußball-Spielbetriebs GmbH. Since he had supported TSG Hoffenheim for more than 20 years, he was allowed to take over the majority of the voting rights in July 2015, contrary to the 50 + 1 rule . Until 2012, Hopp held the majority of his shares through Golf Club St. Leon-Rot Betriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG.

The home games of the first team take place in the Prezero-Arena (originally Rhein-Neckar-Arena) opened in January 2009 in Sinsheim; before that, the Dietmar Hopp Stadium in Hoffenheim and, in the meantime, the Carl Benz Stadium in Mannheim were used. The training center and the office are in Zuzenhausen .


1899 to 1945 - From the beginning to the merger

The club was founded on July 1, 1899 as the Hoffenheim gymnastics club . At the beginning, the club, initially reserved exclusively for men, had around 35 members, including 20 active members. The founding board consisted of the master tailor Jakob Wetzel as the first board member as well as the secretary Wilhelm Gilbert, the assessor Friedrich Ludwig, the cashier Heinrich Brecht and the gymnastics warden Karl Epp. The association initially joined both the Turngau Unterland Badenia and the Gau Main-Neckar .

Initially, the association's work was characterized exclusively by gymnastics , which at that time also included gymnastics and athletic disciplines . The first gymnastics equipment was loaned to the young club by TV Sinsheim , which was founded in 1861 , to enable the Hoffenheimers to start gymnastics . Gymnastics took place on the properties of various restaurants. The tenth anniversary in 1909 was celebrated with a multi-day sports festival in which over 500 gymnasts from 23 clubs took part. At the general meeting of April 3, 1913, the association decided to purchase its own flag, which was financed through donations and local collections. On August 10th of the same year the flag was consecrated as part of the Gauturn Festival of Elsenz-Turngau taking place in Hoffenheim .

During the First World War , the club's life came almost completely to a standstill, since most of the members were drafted into the military. Of 92 members who had to take part in the war, 28 fell or went missing. Just a few weeks after the end of the war, the first general assembly after the war took place on January 25, 1919, in which 33 people took part. The club's work in the gymnastics club was resumed, but had to survive a few crises at the beginning of the 1920s. The board of the association criticized the lack of discipline. Meetings and sporting offers were only used by a minority of the club members. The rampant inflation at the beginning of the Weimar Republic also drove the contribution rates up enormously and weakened the club's coffers.

The football club Hoffenheim, founded in 1920, dedicated itself to football in the village . Soon after it was founded, he tried to merge with the gymnastics club. At the meeting of the gymnastics club on March 6, 1920, the decision on the football club's application to merge the two clubs was postponed and finally rejected on April 17, 1920, “because the football club was already losing weight”. In the summer of 1922, the local football club wanted to apply for the merger again. Since the football club was unable to meet any of the conditions set by the gymnasts, the gymnastics club rejected it again on August 22, 1922.

After the unsuccessful attempt at merging with the football club Hoffenheim, the gymnastics club began to break down into sports and thus into departments. First, at the meeting on January 30, 1926, a games department was set up in which everything except football could be played. In July 1929, a women's department followed in the club that had previously been reserved for men. A short time later a handball department was set up.

The Hoffenheim gymnasium and singing hall was also opened in 1929 . The construction of the new hall was based on a joint decision of the gymnastics club and the local choral society in May 1925. The official inauguration took place as part of the Gauturnfest in Hoffenheim in June 1929, due to the 30th anniversary of the association.

With the beginning of National Socialism , the Hoffenheim clubs also joined the new rulers. They took over all the clubs prescribed unit statute and were " brought into line ". During the Second World War , the local gymnasium was used by an armaments company , and it burned down towards the end of the war. It was not until the 1950s that the damage was repaired and the hall was used again for sports activities. After the end of the war, the gymnastics club merged with the Hoffenheim soccer club in May 1945; this resulted in the gymnastics and sports community 1899 Hoffenheim as the successor club .

1945 to 1990 - TSG Hoffenheim was subordinate

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The footballers of the newly founded club were assigned to the lower division in 1945 with the district class , which in the following decades was predominantly the sporting home of TSG. The football successes at that time were modest; in 1957, 1961 and 1970 the championship in the Sinsheim Nord B-Class was achieved. As a result, there were three short guest appearances in the A-Class Sinsheim in 1957/58, 1961 to 1965 and 1970/71, each of which ended with relegation. In 1965 they were in the semi-finals of the district cup, but were subject to the third-class SpVgg Ilvesheim . After the new club statutes were adopted by the general meeting in 1957, TSG Hoffenheim also joined the Badischer Sportbund .

After the league structure reform in 1978 that went hand in hand with the introduction of the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg , the B-Class was renamed the District League B. TSG Hoffenheim initially remained in the lowest division. When the district of Sinsheim received its own district league in 1983 , this meant promotion to the district league A Sinsheim for TSG. Five years later, the club rose in 1988 as champions of the district league A in the district league.

1990 to 2001 - From the district league to the regional league

After the defeat of TSG Hoffenheim 2: 4 n. V. in the relegation game against 1. FC Stebbach and the relegation from the district league to the district league A in 1989, SAP co- founder and billionaire Dietmar Hopp decided to join his hometown club, where he had played as a striker in his youth, financially support as a patron . Erwin Rupp's engagement was considered a minor sensation . This was followed by promotion to the Sinsheim district league in 1991 and the Rhein-Neckar regional league the following year . In 1996 he was promoted to the Baden Association League .

While TSG Hoffenheim was still in the middle of the field in the first year of the association league, they already intervened in the battle for promotion in the second year and took third place at the end of the season. In the 1998/99 season Hoffenheim was runner-up and qualified for the promotion games to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg . Here you met SV Linx , the runner-up of the Association League South Baden . After a 2-0 defeat in the first leg and a 3-1 defeat in the second leg, TSG Hoffenheim lost on penalties and missed promotion again.

In the following season too, TSG Hoffenheim's goal, which had been playing in a new stadium financed by Dietmar Hopp since 1999 , was promotion to the league. After a 1: 2 defeat against SV 98 Schwetzingen on the 2nd match day, coach Günter Hillenbrand, who had only been active since March, was replaced by Riko Weigand. After he had to leave the club in March 2000, under the new coach Alfred Schön as champion in front of the second team of SV Waldhof Mannheim tied on points, the promotion to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg finally succeeded.

With Hansi Flick as coach, the TSG started with a 3: 0 win at VfL Kirchheim / Teck in the league 2000/01 season . Already after the second match day TSG took over the lead in the table, but gave it up in between, but at the winter break was five points ahead of second placed SV Sandhausen at the top of the table. On the 21st match day the two competitors met in Sandhausen, which TSG lost 5-0. A final spurt followed with 13 games without defeat. In the end, the newcomer was first league champion and was promoted to the Regionalliga Süd .

2001 to 2005 - Establishment in the regional league

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After TSG Hoffenheim had occupied 13th place in the table after the first regional league season, the club ended the following seasons in the top third of the table. In October 2002, two former Bundesliga professionals, Christian Möckel and Norbert Hofmann, came to TSG, who until then had mainly signed young players from the region. From 2002 to 2005, TSG won the Badischer Cup four times in a row and thus took part in the DFB Cup . In the 2003/04 season , TSG reached the quarter-finals in this competition, where they had to admit defeat to VfB Lübeck . Previously, Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen had been defeated , among others .

TSG Hoffenheim was able to establish itself in the third division during these years. For the 2004/05 season , professional conditions were then introduced in order to be able to keep up with the top clubs. With 7th place, however, the promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga was again clearly missed.

With the outsourcing of the soccer department to TSG Hoffenheim Fußball-Spielbetriebs GmbH in 2005, patron Hopp increased his commitment to the project "Professional soccer in the Rhine-Neckar region". He suggested merging the clubs TSG Hoffenheim, FC-Astoria Walldorf and SV Sandhausen into one FC Heidelberg 06 in order to bundle forces in the region . For reasons of name and image, Heidelberg was the first choice for a joint new stadium. There he wanted to finance the construction of a stadium suitable for the Bundesliga. However, the project failed due to the resistance of the clubs from Walldorf and Sandhausen and, after difficult negotiations, the question of the location of the new stadium in Heidelberg. There, the stadium plans collided with the intention of Eppelheimer Wild-Werke to expand their production area at the intended location, which meant additional jobs for the cities concerned. For reasons of cost and time, alternative locations in Heidelberg were not pursued any further and instead a conveniently located location in an industrial park in the city of Sinsheim , to which Hoffenheim belongs, was selected.

2005 to 2008 - major investments and promotion to the Bundesliga

The 2005/06 season also brought a noticeable upheaval in terms of sport. In order to support the club's promotion plans, the former national player Karlheinz Förster from nearby Schwarzach took over the sporting management as a consultant in August 2005 . After a home defeat against the second team of VfB Stuttgart in November 2005, the targeted promotion was in danger. Trainer Flick was dismissed despite his contract that ran until 2010 and replaced by Lorenz-Günther Köstner in December 2005 . This resigned after the missed promotion at the end of the 2005/06 season . A little later, Förster also left the association.

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For the season 2006/07 was Ralf Rangnick coach at Hoffenheim. In addition, the former national hockey coach Bernhard Peters was hired as director for sports and youth development, Jan Schindelmeiser as manager and Hans-Dieter Hermann , who also works for the German national soccer team, as team psychologist. Equipped with long-term contracts, the four should drive the further development of the association.

Ralf Rangnick ,
head coach at TSG Hoffenheim from 2006–2011

With the new sporting management and well-known new signings such as Francisco Copado and Jochen Seitz , TSG achieved promotion to the second division in Rangnick's first season as second in the table. For marketing reasons, the club operated under the name 1899 Hoffenheim for the new season , since the gymnastics and sports community sounded “too old-fashioned” according to the club. The official club name remained, however.

In connection with the sporting successes, the image of the club changed. While the development of TSG was followed rather benevolently up until then because of its long-term youth development, the public now viewed the club increasingly critically. Both the press and some opposing fans, but also occasionally from officials from other clubs such as Mainz manager Christian Heidel , criticized the fact that TSG did not provide financial support for a “traditional club”, but a “village club” without a grown fan culture and spectator support. The club was able to achieve sporting successes that would have been unthinkable without the extraordinary financial support of the patron. For example, TSG spent more money on new signings for the 2007/08 season than all other second division clubs put together. In the course of the second division season, among others, the junior international Carlos Eduardo from Brazil and the Nigerian Chinedu Obasi as well as the Austrian national player Andreas Ibertsberger were committed. In the media, the club was characterized as a "retort club" because of the financial donations from Hopp.

The plans of the club management gave the athletes time for promotion until 2010, but sporting success came faster. After a moderate start in the 2007/08 season , TSG started the second half of the season with a series of seven wins in a row to a promotion position after Carlos Eduardo, Demba Ba, Chinedu Obasi and Vedad Ibisevic had been bought for 16 million euros in the winter . In addition, the club reached the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup for the second time in its history, but lost 1: 3 away to Borussia Dortmund . Despite a slight period of weakness towards the middle of the second half of the season, TSG reached second place in the table at the end of the season and thus, as a newcomer, immediately promoted to the Bundesliga. The Hoffenheim offensive was particularly convincing. The winter newcomers Obasi and Demba Ba each scored twelve goals, Copado contributed ten goals.

Since 2008 - Bundesliga and premiere in European competitions

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The club initially continued to fly high in the Bundesliga . Due to a strong offensive, in which Vedad Ibišević had a large share with 18 goals, the promoted team surprisingly became autumn champions 2008 after a draw on matchday 17 against FC Schalke 04. During the winter break , the team was supplemented by goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand , who came on a free transfer from Valencia CF. By the end of the season, Brazilian defender Fabrício from Flamengo Rio de Janeiro and striker Boubacar Sanogo from Werder Bremen were on loan , the latter due to a cruciate ligament injury to Ibišević. In the second half of the season, however, the league leaders could not build on the performance of the first half of the season; the team remained without a win for twelve games and finished in seventh place in the final table.

After the promotion, some players quickly moved into the field of vision of national coach Joachim Löw . On November 19, 2008 , Marvin Compper was the first Hoffenheim player to play for the national team. He was followed on February 11, 2009 by Andreas Beck , who played his first competitive game in the World Cup qualification on March 28 and was later even appointed to the preliminary squad for the 2010 World Cup ; However, he missed the final participation. Third national player was Tobias Weis , who made his debut on June 2, 2009.

Holger Stanislawski , coach 2011/12

After TSG Hoffenheim had finished their second Bundesliga season in eleventh place in the table, Schindelmeiser left the club at the end of the season. Ernst Tanner , who until then had been head of the youth center, succeeded him. In January 2011, the club separated from head coach Ralf Rangnick after internal disputes over the transfer of Luiz Gustavo , and Marco Pezzaiuoli was his successor until the end of the season . The 2010/11 season ended after a mixed sporting season - a good start was followed by a steady pass-through to the back - like a year earlier in eleventh place. For the 2011/12 season , Holger Stanislawski took over the post of head coach. During the Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund on August 13, 2011, an unauthorized measure by an employee led to an acoustic attack on the visiting fans. According to his own statement, he wanted to drown out the chants against Dietmar Hopp with the high-frequency sounds used over loudspeakers. On February 9, 2012, one day after leaving the DFB Cup quarter-finals against second division Greuther Fürth, Stanislawski was dismissed along with his assistant coaches André Trulsen and Klaus-Peter Nemet . The two athletic trainers Christof Elser and Yannick Obenauer were used as interim trainers. Just one day later, Markus Babbel was introduced as the new head coach. On March 22, 2012, the collaboration with manager Ernst Tanner was ended. Babbel also took on this position for the time being. On September 18, 2012, Andreas Müller was appointed as the new manager. On December 3, 2012, coach Babbel was released from his duties and replaced on an interim basis by Frank Kramer . After two defeats under Kramer, TSG Hoffenheim was in 16th place with twelve points at the end of the first half of the 2012/13 season . As a result, the club management signed Marco Kurz as the new coach from January 1, 2013 on December 18, 2012. After TSG slipped to a direct relegation place, Kurz was relieved of his duties on April 2, 2013 together with manager Müller and Markus Gisdol as his successor Committed. In addition, Alexander Rosen , previously head of the youth performance center, took over the newly created post of head of professional football . On the last match day of the 2012/13 season, the club saved themselves to 16th place in the table with a 2-1 away win at Borussia Dortmund and a simultaneous defeat for Fortuna Düsseldorf at Hannover 96. In the relegation , Hoffenheim met 1. FC Kaiserslautern and secured two wins to stay in the league.

The 2013/14 season started with many changes. Players like Daniel Williams , Igor de Camargo and Chris had left the club. Tim Wiese , Tobias Weis , Edson Braafheid , Matthias Jaissle and Matthieu Delpierre were sorted out by Markus Gisdol and transferred to so-called "Training Group 2" , which was dissolved in September 2013 after heavy criticism. For the second half of the season, all players left the club except for Tim Wiese. As a former national goalkeeper, Wiese was also the most prominent case, whose contractual relationship only ended in 2016 despite its suspension. After a very weak first half of the season, the second half went much better and at the end of the season they finished ninth. In the DFB-Pokal 2013/14 they reached the quarter-finals after victories against SG Aumund-Vegesack , Energie Cottbus and FC Schalke 04 . There they were eliminated against VfL Wolfsburg .

The team was significantly strengthened for the 2014/15 season . Ádám Szalai from FC Schalke 04 , Oliver Baumann from SC Freiburg , Steven Zuber from ZSKA Moscow and Pirmin Schwegler from Eintracht Frankfurt were four of nine new players. Nine players left the club, including Joselu , Eren Derdiyok , Fabian Johnson and Edson Braafheid . The first half of the season was quite positive, and in the end we reached 7th place. In January 2015, however, they were sorted out and Koen Casteels were sold to VfL Wolfsburg , Jannik Vestergaard to SV Werder Bremen and Knowledge Musona to the Belgian first division club KV Oostende . TSG finished the season in eighth place in the table. After the tenth match day of the 2015/16 season, the team was in 17th place in the table, which is why coach Markus Gisdol was released. The Dutchman Huub Stevens was hired as the new coach until the end of the season , who gave up the coaching post prematurely on February 10, 2016 for health reasons. The previous A-junior coach Julian Nagelsmann , planned as head coach from the 2016/17 season, took over the post immediately. In the second half of the season, the team saved itself in 15th place.

In the 2016/17 season , Hoffenheim achieved the best result in the club's history to date. After the team had finished the first half of the season unbeaten in third place, they qualified for a European competition for the first time on April 21, 2017 with a 1-1 draw against 1. FC Köln. After the season ended in fourth place, TSG lost 2-1 and 2-4 against Liverpool in the Champions League qualification , then took part in the Europa League for the first time and was eliminated in the group stage with five points as bottom group .

In the 2017/18 season , the result of the previous season was exceeded again. After a 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund on the last matchday , Dortmund was just overtaken in the table, Hoffenheim finished the season with their best position to date in third place and qualified for the first time directly for participation in the Champions League .

There, the Kraichgauer were eliminated after a 2: 3 in the penultimate group game against Shakhtar Donetsk in the preliminary round as the bottom of the group. In the domestic league, TSG stayed on course for the Europa League places until the last matchday in the 2018/19 season , but was passed through to ninth place due to a defeat against Mainz and wins by direct competitors Leverkusen and Wolfsburg.

In the 2019/20 season , qualification for the Europa League was achieved for the second time by reaching sixth place on the last matchday. As in 17/18, the decision was made in the final game against Dortmund, which Hoffenheim defeated 4-0 away.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is one of the founders of Sports for Future , an initiative that advocates climate protection. Managing Director Peter Görlich commented on the club's commitment as follows: “ So far, sport has not had an audible voice on questions of sustainability, the climate crisis and how we as a society want to deal with it. We are not free from contradictions either. That is precisely why we want to take responsibility proactively. "

Names and numbers



  • 1st Chairman (eV): Peter Hofmann
  • Management: Peter Görlich (Marketing, Sponsoring, Innovation), Frank Briel (Finance, Organization, IT)
  • Director of professional football: Alexander Rosen
  • Director Communication and Media: Christian Frommert
  • Director Young Talent: Currently vacant

Current squad 2020/21

Complete listing of all TSG 1899 Hoffenheim players since their promotion to the league in 2000

(As of August 27, 2020)

Squad season 2019/20
No. Nat. player Date of birth in the team since
01 GermanyGermany Oliver Baumann 0June 2, 1990 2014
12 GermanyGermany Philipp Pentke 0May 1, 1985 2019
37 GermanyGermany Luca Philipp Nov 28, 2000 2013
02 NetherlandsNetherlands Joshua Brenet 20 Mar 1994 2018
03 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Pavel Kadeřábek Apr 25, 1992 2015
04th Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Ermin Bičakčić Jan. 24, 1990 2014
05 GreeceGreece Konstantinos Stafylidis 0Dec 2, 1993 2019
06th NorwayNorway Håvard Nordtveit June 21, 1990 2017
15th GhanaGhana Kasim Adams Nuhu June 22, 1995 2018
21st GermanyGermany Benjamin Huebner (C)Captain of the crew 04th July 1989 2016
22nd GermanyGermany Kevin Vogt 23 Sep 1991 2016
25th GermanyGermany Kevin Akpoguma Apr 19, 1995 2013
32 NetherlandsNetherlands Melayro Bogarde U19 May 28, 2002 2018
38 AustriaAustria Stefan Posch May 14, 1997 2017
08th GermanyGermany Dennis Geiger June 10, 1998 2009
11 AustriaAustria Florian Grillitsch 0Aug 7, 1995 2017
14th AustriaAustria Christoph Baumgartner 0Aug 1, 1999 2017
18th MaliMali Diadie Samassékou Jan. 11, 1996 2019
20th SerbiaSerbia Mijat Gaćinović 0Feb 8, 1995 2020
41 IsraelIsrael Ilay Elmkies 10 Mar 2000 2015
07th DenmarkDenmark Jacob Bruun Larsen 19 Sep 1998 2020
09 TogoTogo Ihlas Bebou Apr 23, 1994 2019
10 IsraelIsrael Munas Dabbur May 14, 1992 2020
19th AlgeriaAlgeria Ishak Belfodil Jan. 12, 1992 2018
23 ArmeniaArmenia Sargis Adamyan May 23, 1993 2019
27 CroatiaCroatia Andrej Kramarić June 19, 1991 2016
29 DenmarkDenmark Robert Skov May 20, 1996 2019
33 BrazilBrazil Klauss 01st Mar 1997 2017
35 GermanyGermany Maximilian Beier U19 Oct 17, 2002 2018

Transfers of the 2020/21 season

As of August 27, 2020

Accesses Departures
Summer 2020
*Due to the postponement of the end of the 2019/20 season and the start of the 2020/21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DFB, together with the DFL and in consultation with FIFA, adjusted the summer transfer period (generally July 1 to August 31). The transfer window was on July 1 (changeover period I.1) and is open from July 15 to October 5, 2020 (changeover period I.2). The first, one-day phase was intended in particular for the registration of contracts that had already been concluded from July 1st.

Current coaching staff

Nat. Surname function since
Coaching staff
GermanyGermany Sebastian Hoeneß Head coach 2020
GermanyGermany David Krecidlo Assistant coach 2020
GermanyGermany Matthias Kaltenbach Assistant coach 2011
GermanyGermany Michael calculator Goalkeeping coach 2015
GermanyGermany Otmar Rösch Athletic trainer 2009
GermanyGermany Christian Weigl Athletic trainer 2015
GermanyGermany Timo Gross Analyst 2013

Record players and goal scorers

The player with the most appearances for Hoffenheim since the league promotion in 2000 is Sejad Salihović with 227 league games. He is followed by Marcel Throm with 190 and Marvin Compper with 156 appearances. The most goals for TSG during this period were also scored by Salihović with 62 league goals. The club’s all-time goalscorer list is headed by today's coach Heinz Seyfert, who has scored over 200 goals in 28 years.

Second team

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II
Surname TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II
Venue Dietmar Hopp Stadium
Places 6,350
Head coach Marco Wildersinn
league Regionalliga southwest
2019/20 9th place


Since the promotion of the first team to the national league in 1992, the club's second men's team has taken part in regular play. She previously worked in the reserve game operation of the Sinsheim district. The second team first played in the district league B, the lowest division in the Sinsheim district. Between 1998 and 2001 the team achieved four consecutive promotions and thus the jump from the district league B to the Baden association league . The team finished second in the first year of the association's league, but, like the first team, failed a few years earlier in the top division delegation at SV Linx . In the second year, they were promoted to the league when they were again runner-up in the Baden association league and were able to prevail in the relegation games against the second-placed teams in the southern Baden and Württemberg association leagues - FC Emmendingen and Heidenheimer SB .

Since the rise in 2003, TSG Hoffenheim II played in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg and mostly occupied places in the middle of the table. In the 2007/08 season , the team finished fifth and narrowly missed fourth place, which is necessary for qualifying for the Regionalliga Süd . In the 2008/09 season, a second place was not enough for promotion, as only the master, SG Sonnenhof Großaspach , was eligible for promotion. In the 2009/10 season, the "second" TSG 1899 managed to win the championship title in the league and thus promotion to the regional league.

From 2007 to 2009 the second team, also known as the U23 team, was trained by the former Bundesliga professional Rainer Scharinger . From May 2009 until the end of the season, Guido Streichsbier acted as interim trainer. Under the new coach Markus Gisdol , he was promoted to the Regionalliga Süd in the 2009/10 season .

The venue is the Dietmar Hopp Stadium , where the first team's games were played until promotion to the Bundesliga.

Greatest successes

Season dates since 1992
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2011/12 Regional league 07th
2012/13 Regional league 09.
2013/14 Regional league 10.
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2016/17 Regional league 04th
2017/18 Regional league 06th
2018/19 Regional league 10.
2019/20 Regional league 09.
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Youth football and promotion of young talent

Main article: TSG Academy


TSG 1899 Hoffenheim has a total of 22 youth teams, including twelve boys 'and ten girls' teams. The club's A and B juniors play in the top division, the U19 and U-17 Bundesliga .

The A-Juniors rose to the U19 Bundesliga in 2005 and finished the previous seasons on places in the lower half of the table. In 2006 and 2008, the Hoffenheim team finished ninth in the 14-team league. In 2007, they took tenth place in the final table.

Since their promotion to the regional league in 2005, the B-Juniors have been playing in the top German junior division under their coach Guido Streichsbier. In 2007 they qualified for the newly founded U17 Bundesliga. In the first season, the B-junior team became champions of the Bundesliga season south / south-west and thus reached the final round of the German championship . There she was successful in the final in the Dietmar Hopp Stadium at home with 6: 4 against Borussia Dortmund , after Hertha BSC had already been defeated in the semifinals , and became German B-youth champion. Seven players in the championship team, including the two national youth players Manuel Gulde and Marcel Gruber, came from VfL Neckarau for the 2007/08 season , for which the Dietmar Hopp Foundation financed an artificial turf pitch in return.

Hoffenheim's youth work is based on the funding program “Anpfiff ins Leben”, which has existed since 2001 and whose concept was described by former national coach Jürgen Klinsmann as unique and groundbreaking in Germany. Here, talented youth players are introduced to the performance area in the youth development center in neighboring Zuzenhausen . In addition to the coaching work and the sports facilities, the youth development concept also offers coaching with regard to school and professional development as well as the development of the social skills of young people. In addition to private schools, the youngsters also have mentors from the software company SAP who take on sponsorships for the young people. Due to the funding concept, the association of five schools in the area, which works together with the TSG, was awarded the certificate Elite School of Football , which has been awarded by the DFB since 2006, on July 10, 2008 . Nevertheless, at the beginning of 2011, the association's patron Hopp expressed criticism of the association's youth work, from which "disappointingly little has come up so far".

TSG Hoffenheim is occasionally accused of poaching young talent from other clubs. On the occasion of such allegations, the club points out that this is common practice in professional Bundesliga operations.

Greatest successes

Women's soccer

Main article: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (women's football)

The women's football division TSG 1899 Hoffenheim goes back to the Established in 2000, girls soccer game Community 1. FC Mulhouse / VfB St. Leon , which in the following years by numerous championships and cup wins quickly to number one developed in the Baden girls soccer and for the season 2006 / 07 for the first time a women's team under the name SG Hoffenheim / St. Leon sent to the start. On July 1, 2007, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim took over the footballers of the dissolved syndicate. The first team started in the Baden Association League. Three consecutive promotions brought the team to the 2nd Bundesliga .

In the 2012/13 season, TSG 1899 celebrated the championship of the 2nd women's Bundesliga on the last match day . The women's home games are played in the Dietmar Hopp Stadium . The TSG B-Juniors won the German championship in 2012 .

Stadium and infrastructure

In the early days of the gymnastics club, the members met for gymnastics on the properties of various Hoffenheim restaurants. In 1929 the gymnasium was inaugurated, which was destroyed towards the end of the Second World War and could only be used again in the 1950s.

Initially, the footballers did not have their own permanent playground. In 1968 the sports field in red was built on which TSG Hoffenheim played its home games from then on. From 1968 to 1971 the club built its own clubhouse in the immediate vicinity of the sports field. The inauguration took place as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the TSG football division. This first clubhouse was used until it was demolished in 1999.

For the 100th birthday of the club in 1999, the Dietmar Hopp Stadium , which was financed entirely from Hopp's private assets, was inaugurated. The stadium, which initially had a capacity of 5,000, was rebuilt in the summer of 2007 after being promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga and expanded to a capacity of 6,350. However, the stadium did not meet the requirements of the German Football League (DFL) for the Bundesliga . That is why the team temporarily moved to Mannheim's Carl Benz Stadium in the first half of the 2008/09 Bundesliga season . In order to meet the requirements of the DFL, a 400,000 euro video wall was installed in the 27,000-seat stadium, and a further 600,000 euro were invested in structural upgrading, media workstations and security facilities. As the stadium owner, the city of Mannheim assumed the costs in anticipation of a sponsorship contract with Daimler AG .

Agnestal Castle before the renovation

At the same time as the renovation of the Dietmar-Hopp Stadium, which was only used for games by the second team and the juniors when the club was promoted to the Bundesliga, the construction of the Bundesliga-compatible Rhein-Neckar-Arena on the A 6 near Sinsheim began in 2007 January 24th, 2009, after 22 months of construction, the opening game between TSG Hoffenheim and a selection from the Rhine-Neckar region opened. The stadium was also the venue for the 2011 Women's World Cup .

In the neighboring town of Zuzenhausen , Agnestal Castle was converted into a 15 million euro training and club center including a football boarding school and office, which TSG moved into in spring 2010. An area of ​​7500 square meters was made available for training grounds on the 16 hectare site, while the representative and functional facilities of TSG Hoffenheim are housed in the castle and the former farm buildings.

The owner of the Prezero-Arena (previously Rhein-Neckar-Arena) and the training and business center in Zuzenhausen is TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Fußball -besitzgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DH-Holding Verwaltungs GmbH, which operated as the management company of Golf Club St. Leon-Rot mbH until 2012 .

Spectators and fans

Dietmar-Hopp-Stadion (2007, second division game against VfL Osnabrück)

As the success grew, so did the audience's interest in TSG Hoffenheim games. After the average attendance in the first regional league years had fluctuated around 2,000, the club brought it to an average of 3,022 spectators in the 2006/07 promotion year. In the 2007/08 second division season, the Dietmar Hopp Stadium was almost always sold out. The average attendance rose to almost 6,000 spectators, which still meant last place in the second division's audience table. Before the first Bundesliga season, 1899 had already sold over 10,000 season tickets after two days of advance booking. The sale of season tickets was stopped early in order to be able to offer enough day tickets. The average attendance in the 2008/09 season was 28,076, putting TSG in 12th place in the Bundesliga.

There has been an organized fan scene since the 2001/02 season. After promotion to the regional league, the Zwinger Club was founded as the first TSG Hoffenheim fan club. With the Bluedragons Hoffenheim and the TSG cellar friends Neckarbischofsheim , two more were added in 2006 and 2007. The club now has more than 100 official fan clubs, including in Australia, Berlin and Hamburg. In the Dietmar Hopp Stadium, the core of the Hoffenheim fans was located in Block B on the east stand, in the Rhein-Neckar Arena it is on the only standing stand, the 'Bitburger Südkurve'.

TSG's mascot is a moose named "Hoffi".


The main and jersey sponsor of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is SAP . Before that, Suntech , TV Digital , Südbest and MVV Energie were main sponsors.

In addition, a sponsor pool was created, whose members can call themselves 'Official Partners' of the association. The partners are arranged in a sponsor pyramid in which 'Premium Partners' are placed above normal 'Team Partners' and the 'Service and Media Partners' below in the pyramid. Depending on the type of partnership, the sponsor is granted certain rights.

After the end of the partnership with Nike , Puma was the supplier of 1899 Hoffenheim from July 1, 2008. A contract was signed with the company until 2014, which included the license team as well as the U23 team and all youth and women's teams. The Italian sporting goods manufacturer Lotto has been TSG's new supplier since the 2014/15 season . The contract ran for five years and included equipping all teams. Since the 2019/20 season, TSG has been relying on the Spanish manufacturer Joma for at least four years . Again, the contract affects all teams.

Business data and ownership

The pure personnel budget of Hoffenheim amounted to 23 million euros in the first Bundesliga season. According to the patron Dietmar Hopp, the total budget is around 40 million euros. In an interview, Hopp stated that between 2000 and 2008 he invested a total of around 175 million euros in the club, including around 90 million euros in the Dietmar Hopp Stadium, the Rhein-Neckar Arena and the new training center in Zuzenhausen as well as 25 million euros for player purchases. At the beginning of 2011, Hopp corrected the number to around 240 million euros. Of this, 65 million euros were paid to compensate for the losses generated in operations from 2007 to 2009 and a further 16.6 million euros for losses from 2010. For 2011 Hopp again reported losses of seven million euros. In February 2015, Hopp's investments were estimated at 350 million euros.

In February 2015, the association's general meeting voted for Dietmar Hopp to be able to take over 96 percent of the voting rights in "TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Fußball-Spielbetriebs GmbH" on July 1, 2015 due to an exception to the 50 + 1 rule . He previously held 96 percent of the share capital, but only held 49 percent of the voting rights. The club continues to hold the remaining four percent.

Other sports

Like many other clubs in Germany, the club emerged from a gymnastics club. Gymnastics , which was widespread in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was initially the mainstay of the club. In addition to athletics , the gymnastics department is the only sport that still exists at TSG Hoffenheim today.

At the end of the 1920s, a handball department was created in what was then the gymnastics club . The then popular field handball was played in the club . When field handball was displaced by indoor handball, the department was dissolved at the beginning of the 1970s, as no suitable venue was available. The handball department could not show any major successes.

The rhythmic gymnasts of the club were more successful . The department founded in 1978 quickly developed into a talent factory. In 1983 and 1985 they even took part in the German championships. While the team only finished in the back places, Katharina Weber was third in the individual ranking in 1983. With the emerging success of footballers, rhythmic gymnastics at TSG developed into cheerleading . In 2005 the department was dissolved.

Other departments within TSG Hoffenheim that no longer exist today were chess , volleyball , judo and ju-jutsu .

social commitment

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany , TSG set up an aid fund in March 2020 to financially support companies, facilities and sports clubs in the Rhine-Neckar region .



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Web links

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