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the club scorned by the Ultras is flying high under Hoeness – The Athletic

When Borussia Dortmund travel to Hoffenheim’s PreZero Arena tomorrow they will be without their passionate away fans. That’s not only down to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Even in a world without COVID-19 the visitors’ stands would have remained empty in Sinsheim on this cold January afternoon.

After once again heavily insulting and depicting Hoffenheim’s billionaire patron Dietmar Hopp in the crosshairs on a banner during the last encounter in 2020, Dortmund supporters were controversially banned by the German FA from Hoffenheim’s stadium for two seasons, despite the DFB previously suggesting they would refrain from collective measures.

What followed was a climax in a feud between Germany’s Ultras and Hopp, which has become symbolic for their displeasure with the morale flexibilities and commercialisation in football.

After all, majority club ownerships such as in Newcastle are not only deeply frowned upon but de facto forbidden in Germany. Hopp, who bankrolled Hoffenheim from the lowest amateur divisions to the Bundesliga, is an exception to the “50+1 rule” due to his long-term involvement with the club.

As you might have gathered by now, in Germany it can be quite difficult to discuss the sporting achievements of TSG Hoffenheim in a vacuum, a club often dismissed for being plastic and boring. In the case of the third Hoeness to enter the Bundesliga however, their progress is definitely worth mentioning again.

At the weekend TSG Hoffenheim suffered a frustrating 2-1 away defeat to Union Berlin. It was their first loss since November 6, and a rather unlucky one.

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