Previous
England
Lithuania
2
0
FT
Game Details
Azerbaijan
Germany
1
4
FT
Game Details
Scotland
Slovenia
1
0
FT
Game Details
Montenegro
Poland
1
2
FT
Game Details
Northern Ireland
Norway
2
0
FT
Game Details
Romania
Denmark
0
0
FT
Game Details
San Marino
Czech Republic
0
6
FT
Game Details
Malta
Slovakia
1
3
FT
Game Details
Armenia
Kazakhstan
2
0
FT
Game Details
Next
By ESPN Staff

Village team Hoffenheim make Bundesliga

BERLIN, May 18 (Reuters) - 1899 Hoffenheim completed a remarkable rise from the regional amateur leagues to the Bundesliga when they secured promotion with a 5-0 win against Greuther Fuerth on Sunday.

The team from Sinsheim, a village in south-western Germany, have been backed by Dietmar Hopp, the co-founder of software giant SAP, since the start of the 1990s when they were just another amateur club.

After a sure and steady rise to the third division, Hopp's money brought in former Schalke 04 boss Ralf Rangnick, as well as several former Bundesliga players.

Hoffenheim's current ground holds 5,000 fans but they are building a new 30,000-capacity ground, due for completion in 2009.

They went up to the second division this time last year and Sunday's victory secured promotion to the top flight at the first attempt, behind Borussia Moenchengladbach and Cologne.

Those three teams will replace the relegated clubs Nuremberg, Hansa Rostock and MSV Duisburg.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.