Stuttgarter Kickers

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Stuttgarter Kickers
Stuttgarter Kickers Logo.svg
Full nameSportverein Stuttgarter Kickers e.V.
Nickname(s)Die Kickers, Die Blauen (The Blues),
Die Blauen-Götter (The Blue-Gods)
Founded21 September 1899
GroundGazi-Stadion auf der Waldau
PresidentRainer Lorz
Head coachTobias Flitsch
LeagueOberliga Baden-Württemberg
WebsiteClub website

Stuttgarter Kickers is a German association football club that plays in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, founded on 21 September 1899 as FC Stuttgarter Cickers.


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.

Historical chart of Stuttgarter Kickers league performance after WWII

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 in 14th place, constantly struggling to avoid relegation throughout the decade. Kickers spent the early 60s 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 DFB-Pokal 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 DFB-Pokal 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, the Kickers returned to the 3. Liga in 2012 where they played for four seasons until relegation at the end of 2015–16, now dropping down to the Regionalliga Südwest. In 2018 they were relegated once more to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg.

Other departments[edit]

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 field hockey department too, which in 1957 became independent under the name of HTC Stuttgarter Kickers.


Current squad[edit]

As of 14 February 2018[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 Germany GK Christian Ortag
3 Germany DF Lukas Scepanik
5 Germany DF Daniel Döringer
6 Germany MF David Müller
7 Germany FW Michael Klauß
8 Papua New Guinea DF Alwin Komolong
9 Germany FW Luca Pfeiffer
10 Germany MF Alessandro Abruscia
11 Germany FW Jesse Weißenfels
12 Germany GK Manuel Schneck
13 Germany MF Maurice Hirsch
15 Germany MF Nico Blank
16 Germany MF Daniel Schelhorn
17 Croatia MF Josip Landeka
No. Position Player
18 Germany DF Tobias Feisthammel
19 Germany MF Robin Garnier
20 Netherlands FW Mijo Tunjić
21 France FW Lhadji Badiane
22 Germany FW Daniel Hammel
23 France DF As Ibrahima Diakité
25 Germany MF Jonas Meiser
26 Germany DF Marvin Jäger
27 Germany DF Felix Gerber
28 Finland MF Sebastian Mannström
30 Croatia GK Miro Varvodić
33 Croatia DF Mario Suver
37 Czech Republic FW Roman Kasiar
38 Germany DF Edwin Schwarz

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

Current staff[edit]

Spain Francisco Paco Vaz Head coach
Germany Yannick Dreyer Assistant manager
United States Desmond Thompson Athletics trainer
Turkey Ümit Şahin Goalkeeping coach
Germany Christian Mauch Team doctor
Germany Alexander Blase 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:[2]

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 Manuel Schneck
2 Germany DF Robin Faber
3 Germany DF Emmanuel Apler
4 Germany DF Marvin Jäger
5 Germany MF Valentin Vochatzer
6 Croatia MF David Barisic
7 Germany MF Sven Bode
8 Germany MF Maximilian Wojcik
9 Germany FW Leander Vochatzer
11 Germany FW Niklas Pollex
12 Germany MF Janis Lamatsch
No. Position Player
13 Germany DF Marcel Strobel
14 Zimbabwe MF Felix Metzler
16 Germany MF Marc Tiryaki-Zeeb
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Omar Pasagic
18 Togo MF Shaibou Oubeyapwa
19 Germany MF Maximilian Eiselt
20 Greece DF Georgios Doufas
21 Germany DF Noah Sautter
22 Greece FW Anastasios Ketsemeridis
23 Italy DF Marco Romano
30 Germany GK Cedric Veser


  • Dieter Märkle (Head Coach)
  • Danijel Baric (Assistant Coach)
  • Erol Sabanov (Goalkeeper Coach)
  • Ümit Sahin (Goalkeeper Coach)
  • Jan Mayer (Fitness Coach)


The club's honours:

Recent seasons[edit]

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[3][4]


Promoted Relegated

Presidential history[edit]

The club's presidents:[5]

  • 1900–1900 Hans Schröder
  • 1900–1900 Hans Spandau
  • 1900–1901 Gustav Dreher
  • 1901–1902 Richard Dürr
  • 1902–1904 Viktor Mäulen
  • 1904–1905 Gustav Dreher
  • 1905–1908 Alfred Hezel
  • 1908–1911 Hans Trapp
  • 1911–1912 Anton Salg
  • 1912–1919 Hans Trapp
  • 1919–1921 Albert Mann
  • 1921–1926 Friedrich Häussermann
  • 1927–1929 Max Maurer
  • 1929–1934 Gotthilf Waizenegger
  • 1934–1937 Karl Umgelter
  • 1937–1945 Hermann Kurz
  • 1945–1948 Eugen Grau
  • 1948–1950 Richard "Molly" Schauffele
  • 1950–1951 Max Maurer
  • 1951–1952 Wilhelm Reuter
  • 1952–1955 Dr. Erich Häussermann
  • 1955–1957 Erich Scriba
  • 1957–1957 Philipp Metzler
  • 1957–1958 Hermann Ulrich
  • 1958–1960 Albrecht Brunst
  • 1960–1960 Willi Knörzer
  • 1960–1962 Albrecht Brunst
  • 1962–1963 Gottfried Sälzer
  • 1963–1967 Helmuth Bauer
  • 1967–1979 Walter Queissner
  • 1979–2003 Axel Dünnwald-Metzler
  • 07/2003 – 03/2007 Hans Kullen
  • 03/2007 – 07/2009 Dirk Eichelbaum
  • 07/2009 – 11/2010 Edgar Kurz
  • since 12 January 2010 Prof. Dr. Rainer Lorz

Coaching history[edit]

The club's coaches:[6]


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  2. ^ Kader U23 (in German), accessed: 20 February 2014
  3. ^ Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv (in German) Historical German domestic league tables, accessed: 20 September 2014
  4. ^ – Ergebnisse (in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues, accessed: 20 September 2014
  5. ^ [1] (in German), accessed: 3 May 2017
  6. ^ Stuttgarter Kickers .:. Trainer von A-Z (in German), accessed: 17 September 2011

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