TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
The Bundesliga club has it's roots in the suburbs of Sinsheim, more precisely in Hoffenheim. Just 14 years ago the club played in the German fifth division but with financial funding from German business magnate Dietmar Hopp the club has risen to become an established Bundesliga club and has been in the top flight for five consectuve years.
In the 08/09 season, their first season in Bundesliga, the club managed to finish as high as in 7th place, an astonishing accomplishment for a newcomer. The following three seasons the up-and-coming club finished in 11th place three times in a row, which has to be seen as an acceptable placement when your opposition is clubs with the likes of Bayern Munich, Dortmund and Schalke 04. In the 12/13 season Hoffenheim were almost relegated to 2. Bundesliga as they finished in 16th place. Since their debut season in Bundesliga the club has sacked no less than six managers with the current Markus Gisdol only serving as caretaker until the club is able to find a replacement.
Some of the most notable players that have played for the club are Vedad Ibišević (VfB Stuttgart), Demba Ba (Chelsea), Luiz Gustavo (VfL Wolfsburg), Gylfi Sigurðsson (Tottenham), Tom Starke (Bayern Munich) and Chinedu Obasi (Schalke 04).