11 facts about TSG's season

Although TSG Hoffenheim ultimately did not return to European competition, they led the way in many statistical categories in the Bundesliga this season. Did you know, for example, that only champions Bayern Munich had more shots on goal than the Kraichgau club? We took an in-depth look at their season and can now present you with the following 11 facts.


Hoffenheim picked up 25 points from the first 17 games of the season and 26 since the turn of the year. However, this slight improvement is not reflected in their league position, with TSG falling from seventh at the winter break to ninth come the end of the season. Their total of 51 points is four fewer than last season, when they finished third.


TSG were equally successful at home as they were on the road: Hoffenheim picked up 26 points in Sinsheim to finish with the 11th best home record, while a similar haul of 25 points secured them the seventh-best away record.


And yet it was still a record-setting season for Hoffenheim away from home: TSG scored at least once in all 17 other stadiums, scoring a remarkable 42 goals in total – more than any other Bundesliga club this term. Hoffenheim have never scored more goals away from home in a campaign before, with Bayern holding the all-time record (46).


TSG kept four clean sheets this term, three of which came in Sinsheim, although they did manage to repeat the feat once on their travels – in a 4-0 victory at Augsburg.


Hoffenheim were the runaway league leaders when it came to hitting the woodwork, with no other club matching the 27 times they hit the post or bar. Ishak Belfodil was denied by the woodwork more times than any other player in the Bundesliga (five).


TSG put together some impressive runs this term too: Nagelsmann's charges went 10 matches unbeaten between Matchday 8 and Matchday 17, as well as recording two separate runs of four successive wins (8-11, 27-30).


The TSG Hoffenheim strikeforce proved to be unstoppable, with the forwards contributing a remarkable 53 goals. The duo of Andrej Kramarić (17) and Ishak Belfodil (16) went up a gear in the second half of the season and ended the campaign with 33 goals between them. That makes them the most successful duo in TSG's Bundesliga history  narrowly beating Vedad Ibišević and Demba Ba, who scored 32 goals in 2008/09.


Head coach Julian Nagelsmann fielded 29 different players throughout the season. The last of them to feature was Lukas Rupp, who made his comeback following a cruciate ligament injury in Mainz on Matchday 34. Oliver Baumann made the most appearances (33).


Reiss Nelson (born 10/12/1999) was the youngest player to make a Bundesliga appearance for TSG this season. He was just 18 at the time he made his debut. At the other end of the scale is Adam Szalai, although at 31 he can hardly be considered old.


Although Szalai and Alexander Stolz are the only players in the TSG squad to have already hit 30, and the reserve shot-stopper didn't feature at all, a club record for the oldest Hoffenheim team to ever feature in the Bundesliga was set in the second half of the campaign against Wolfsburg. The average age of the starting XI that day was 27.7 years.


TSG picked up an average of exactly 1.5 points per game. That was 0.15 percent less than Julian Nagelsmann achieved over his tenure with Hoffenheim (1.65 points). The 31-year-old is the longest serving TSG coach in the Bundesliga era (116 matches), has the most points (191) and the best points average.

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