Stuttgarter Kickers

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Stuttgarter Kickers
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Full name Sportverein Stuttgarter Kickers e.V.
Nickname(s) Die Kickers, Die Blauen (The Blues),
Die Blauen-Götter (The Blue-Gods)
Founded 21 September 1899
Ground Gazi-Stadion auf der Waldau
Ground Capacity 11,410
President Rainer Lorz
Coach Horst Steffen
League 3. Liga
2013–14 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

Stuttgarter Kickers is a German association football club that plays in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, founded on 21 September 1899 as FC Stuttgarter Cickers. Its members made a deliberate and emphatic choice early on to play football exclusively and to turn their backs on rugby – their chosen sport's close cousin – at a time when both of these new games were still evolving.


In its early years the club had a decent local squad that played in the Südkreis-Liga, Kreisliga Württemberg and then in the Bezirksliga Württemberg. With the reorganization of German football during the Third Reich in 1933, the team – now known as SV Stuttgarter Kickers – found itself in the Gauliga Württemberg, one of sixteen top tier regional leagues established in the country during that time. It continued to have good results locally, but was unable to impress beyond its own area. In the final year of World War II the Kickers fielded a combined wartime squad with Sportfreunde Stuttgart.

After the war the club resumed play in the Oberliga Süd and performed as a mid-table team early on. By 1950 it had slipped to the lower half of the table with a seemingly solid grip on 14th place, constantly struggling to avoid relegation throughout the decade. Kickers spent the early 60's in tier II football, but after the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's new professional league, in 1963, the club was moved to the Regionalliga Süd. In 1974 that league went professional and became the 2.Bundesliga. Between 1963 and the late 1980s the team had varying results, but finally stabilized in the upper half of the standings toward the end of that period. It has one losing appearance to its credit in the German Cup in 1987 and in 1988–89 it made it to the Bundesliga for the first time. It ended a run of 28 years as a second division outfit. The team was immediately relegated after a 17th place finish, but continued to deliver some of its best performances. Die Blauen advanced to the semi-finals of the 2000 German Cup and then had a second turn in the Bundesliga in 1991–92, but with the same result as its earlier time up. Over the next decade the club played largely in the second division, before slipping to the Regionalliga Süd (III) in 2001, where they remained until 2008, when a tenth place finish narrowly qualified them for the new 3. Liga. They finished last (20th) in the 3. Liga in 2008–09 and were relegated to the Regionalliga Süd. After three seasons at Regionalliga level Kickers returned to the 3. Liga in 2012 where they now play, finishing eighth in 2013–14.

The Stuttgarter Kickers also have handball, athletics, table tennis, cheerleading, and Lacrosse departments. The association is also recognized for its training of football referees and other game officials. They had a hockey department too, which in 1957 became independent under the name of HTC Stuttgarter Kickers.


Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Korbinian Müller
2 Germany DF Maximilian Hoffmann
4 Germany DF Hendrik Starostzik
6 Germany MF Sandrino Braun
7 Italy MF Marco Calamita
8 Germany MF Gerrit Müller
9 Italy FW Elia Soriano
10 Italy MF Vincenzo Marchese
11 France FW Lhadji Badiane
12 Germany MF Andreas Ivan
13 Canada FW Randy Edwini-Bonsu
14 Germany MF Umberto Tedesco
16 Germany MF Fabio Leutenecker
17 Germany DF Fabian Gerster
No. Position Player
18 Germany MF Marco Gaiser
19 Germany FW Daniel Engelbrecht
20 Germany MF Besar Halimi
21 Germany DF Marc Stein
22 Greece MF Athanasios Raptis
23 Germany MF Daniel Kaiser
24 Germany MF Amar Cekić
26 United States DF Royal-Dominique Fennell
27 Germany DF Fabian Baumgärtel
28 Germany MF Bentley Baxter Bahn
30 Germany GK Mark Redl
32 Germany GK Tobias Trautner
37 Germany FW Manuel Fischer

Current staff[edit]

Germany Horst Steffen Head coach
Serbia Sreto Ristić Personal assistant
Germany Timm Fahrion Assistant coach
Germany Tobias Linse Goalkeeping coach
Germany Marc Rösgen Fitness coach
Germany Michael Zeyer Sport director
Germany Christian Mauch Team doctor
Germany Lennart Sewigh Team doctor
Germany Gabriel Dabbagh Physiotherapist

Reserve team[edit]

The Stuttgarter Kickers II, historically also known as Stuttgarter Kickers Amateure, have been playing in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg since 2000. Previously, the team fluctuated between the Landesliga and Verbandsliga Württemberg.

The reserve team squad:[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Romania GK Alexander Loch
2 Germany DF Tim Roos
3 Germany MF Marco Koch
4 Germany DF Marc-Alan Sauer
5 Germany DF Dustin Kappus
6 Italy MF Antonio Di Matteo
7 Turkey MF Volkan Celiktas
8 Germany DF Kai Mäckle
9 Germany FW Daniel Lang
10 Italy MF Davide Pumilia
13 Croatia MF Zvonimir Kovac
14 Germany MF Denis Gudzevic
No. Position Player
15 Germany DF Tobias Heim
16 Germany MF Amar Cekić
17 Greece DF Theodoros Liakas
18 Italy FW Marcel Montagnese
19 Croatia MF Ivan Vidovic
20 Netherlands MF Anthony Coppola
21 Germany GK Tobias Trautner
22 Germany FW Karl-Luis Dees
23 Italy DF Marco Romano
24 Turkey DF Abdullah Sener
31 Germany DF Christoph Bauer
Germany GK Max Wohlfahrt



The club's honours:


The club's youth teams have enjoyed quite a bit of success on the national scene.

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[2][3]


Promoted Relegated

Manager History[edit]

The club's managers:[4]


  1. ^ Kader U23 (German), accessed: 20 February 2014
  2. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables, accessed: 20 September 2014
  3. ^ - Ergebnisse (German) Tables and results of all German football leagues, accessed: 20 September 2014
  4. ^ Stuttgarter Kickers .:. Trainer von A-Z (German), accessed: 17 September 2011

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