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Dietmar Hopp, tycoon and owner of the Hoffenheim that everyone hates

Dietmar Hopp is a German tycoon who owns Hoffenheim and is hated by the entire German Bundesliga.. The 81-year-old businessman has implemen

Dietmar Hopp, tycoon and owner of the Hoffenheim that everyone hates


Dietmar Hopp is a German tycoon who owns Hoffenheim and is hated by the entire German Bundesliga.. The 81-year-old businessman has implemented situations that are not well seen by football fans in the German country and here we tell you his story.

In 2020 Bayern Munich fans waved flags, chanted and insulted the powerful billionaire Dietmar Hopp during a match vs Hoffenheim. A situation that had already been experienced with Borussia Mönchengladbach fans that same year, when they showed a poster with an image of Dietmar Hopp’s face, with a crosshair drawn on it.

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In 2018, it had already happened with the Borussia Dortmund fans, who also showed some blankets against Hopp and for two years they could not attend the Hoffenheim stadium. Likewise, Schalke 04 fans they demonstrated against the Hoffenheim and Hopp.

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Why does everyone hate Dietmar Hopp?

Dietmar Hopp earned the hatred of all Bundesliga fans because he wants to change the 50 + 1 rule, a clause that is based on protecting the club over external shareholders giving the members the possibility to control the majority of the votes (with a 50 + 1) when making decisions.

Because Hopp has already invested for more than 20 years in the club correctly and without evading taxes, has met the deadline stipulated by the German soccer federation and thus obtain a much higher percentage. Dietmar wants more and he is looking to keep 100 percent of the Hoffenheim.

For this reason, many fans exploded, wanting the German clubs to remain with members as their main face. They repudiate being run by tycoons or powerful companies such as the Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City or recently Newcastle United.

Who is Dietmar Hopp?

In the 70s, Dietmar Hopp was one of the founders of the German computer products company SAP. Regarding sales is the largest software company in Europe and the third largest in the world. According to Forbes magazine, Hopp is one of the richest Germans and on the list of the richest people in the world. His fortune amounts to 5,300 million euros.

He came to Hoffenheim in 2000 to give the club a new face. Modernized the facilities, the team went up to the Bundesliga in the 2007-2008 season, went on to play European competitions and built the modern Rhein Neckar Arena, with capacity for 30,000 persons. An investment of 60 million euros.

Despite this economic power, the reality is that Hoffenheim does not have great figures (Croatian Andrej Kramaric is its most expensive footballer at 22 million euros). Dietmar carries out charitable actions to promote sport and has also carried out work in ecological terms.

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