VfB Stuttgart II

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VfB Stuttgart II
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Nickname(s) VfB II
Der kleine VfB (The Little VfB)
Founded 1893
Ground Gazi-Stadion auf der Waldau
Ground Capacity 11,410
Chairman Bernd Wahler
Manager Jürgen Kramny
League 3. Liga
2013–14 15th
Current season

VfB Stuttgart II is a German football team located in Stuttgart, currently playing in the 3. Liga. They are the reserve team of VfB Stuttgart. Until 2005 the time played under the name of VfB Stuttgart Amateure.

History[edit]

VfB Stuttgart Amateure first made an appearance at the highest level of local amateur football, the third division Amateurliga Württemberg, in 1959–60, winning the league. The league was split into two regional divisions and the team was grouped in the Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg where it became a dominating side from 1962 to 1967, winning four league titles in five seasons but being bared from promotion to the professional leagues above. The team stayed in this league until 1978, winning one more title in 1971 and generally achieving top of the table finishes but failing to qualify for the new Oberliga Baden-Württemberg by a point when it came sixth and a top five finish was required.[1]

The team's league championships in the Amateurliga and Amateeur-Oberliga entitled it to take part in the German amateur football championship, which it won in 1963 and 1980, beating VfL Wolfsburg and FC Augsburg in the finals, while it finished runners-up in 1971 when it lost to SC Jülich 1910.[2]

The team came second in the new Verbandsliga Württemberg in 1979 and was promoted to the Oberliga. It won a championship in this league in its first season there but was again barred from promotion. It came second the season after but suffered relegation in 1988. After two seasons in the Verbandsliga it returned to the Oberliga in 1990. it failed to qualify when the Regionalliga Süd was introduced as the third tier of league football in 1994 but won promotion to this league in 1998 after an Oberliga championship. It dropped back to Oberliga level in 2002 but won another Oberliga title in 2003 and spend the next five seasons in the Regionalliga again. In 2008 the club qualified for the 3. Liga, the new third tier of league football in Germany, where it has been playing since.[1]

The team has also qualified for the first round of the German Cup through the Württemberg Cup and has been, at times, quite successful. In their first participation in 1974–75 it reached the quarter finals before going out to Borussia Dortmund. It was knocked out in the first round in 1975–76 and 1980–81 and in the second round in 1981–82. It made another first round exit the year after when it lost to local rival Stuttgarter Kickers. In 2000–01 it defeated Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt 6–1 in the first round before being drawn against its own first team in the second round and losing 3–0. The following season it made another first round exit and, since 2008, is, like all reserve teams in Germany, bared from the competition.[3]

Relationship with VfB Stuttgart[edit]

VfB Stuttgart II serves as Stuttgart's reserve team. The team's backbone consists of recent graduates from Stuttgart's youth teams and several established, older players who are not good enough for Stuttgart's first team. Players that are particularly impressive at Stuttgart II are often called up to become permanent members of the first-team. For example, Sami Khedira made 9 league appearances for Stuttgart II in the 2006-07 season, his final one coming on 24 September 2006, before he was called up the first-team; he made his Bundesliga debut on 1 October 2006.

The Robert-Schlienz Stadium[edit]

This stadium, offering 5000 places, all standing, was home for the VfB II until 2008, when they moved to the larger Gazi-Stadion auf der Waldau. It currently hosts the home games of VfB's A and B youth teams. Initially known as the "Amateur-Stadion" (German for amateur stadium), the Robert-Schlienz Stadium got its name in honour of the well-known VfB player Robert Schlienz, after his death in June 1995. The first game played here was in the 2nd round of the youth championship, on 25 June 1995, between the VfB's B youth team and Eintracht Frankfurt's.

Honours[edit]

The club's honours:

Recent managers[edit]

Recent managers of the club:[4]

Manager Start Finish
Reinhold Fanz 27 June 2003 30 June 2004
Rainer Adrion 1 July 2004 30 June 2009
Reiner Geyer 1 July 2009 27 January 2010
Jürgen Seeberger 28 January 2010 30 June 2011
Jürgen Kramny 1 July 2011 Present

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[1][5]

Season Division Tier Position
1999-2000 Regionalliga Süd III 6th
2000-01 Regionalliga Süd 2nd
2001-02 Regionalliga Süd 16th ↓
2002-03 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg IV 1st ↑
2003-04 Regionalliga Süd III 11th
2004-05 Regionalliga Süd 13th
2005-06 Regionalliga Süd 7th
2006-07 Regionalliga Süd 3rd
2007-08 Regionalliga Süd 3rd
2008-09 3. Liga 11th
2009-10 3. Liga 10th
2010–11 3. Liga 10th
2011–12 3. Liga 11th
2012–13 3. Liga 14th
2013–14 3. Liga 15th
2014–15 3. Liga

Key[edit]

Promoted Relegated

Players[edit]

Players in bold are also part of the first-team squad:[6]

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 January 2015

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

No. Position Player
2 Germany DF Steffen Lang
3 Austria DF Phillipp Mwene
4 Germany DF Stephen Sama
6 Austria MF Francesco Lovrić
7 Lithuania MF Gratas Sirgėdas
9 Germany FW Marco Grüttner
10 Germany MF Marvin Wanitzek
11 Germany FW Pascal Breier
13 Germany MF Simon Wilske
15 Germany DF Benjamin Kirchhoff
16 Germany MF Marvin Weiss
17 Germany MF Tobias Rathgeb
18 Germany FW Felix Lohkemper
No. Position Player
19 Germany FW Fabian Eisele
20 United States MF Jerome Kiesewetter
21 Germany DF Marvin Sinan Büyüksakarya
24 Austria MF Markus Obernosterer
25 Brazil DF Daniel Vier
26 Australia DF Miloš Degenek
28 Turkey MF Burhan Soyudoğru
29 Ukraine FW Borys Tashchy
30 Germany GK Benjamin Uphoff
31 Germany GK Kenan Mujezinović
32 Germany DF Timo Baumgartl
40 Germany FW Erich Berko

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
4 Italy DF Denis Zagaria (at SGV Freiberg until June 2015)
22 Germany GK Kevin Müller (at FC Energie Cottbus until June 2015)
Germany MF Simon Kranitz (at SpVgg Unterhaching until June 2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (German) Historical German domestic league tables, accessed: 20 September 2014
  2. ^ Germany - Amateur Championship 1950-1995 RSSSF.com, accessed: 7 January 2015
  3. ^ DFB-Pokal (German) Weltfussball.de, accused: 8 January 2015
  4. ^ VfB Stuttgart II .:. Trainer von A-Z (German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 18 September 2011
  5. ^ Fussball.de - Ergebnisse (German) Tables and results of all German football leagues, accessed: 20 September 2014
  6. ^ VfB Stuttgart II .:. Kader 2011/2012 (German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 18 September 2011

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