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
Manager Alfred Kaminski
League Regionalliga Südwest
2015–16 3. Liga, 18th (relegated)
Website Club home page

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.

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 played for four seasons until relegation at the end of 2015–16, now dropping down to the Regionalliga Südwest.

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


Current squad[edit]

As of 20 August 2016[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 Austria GK Lukas Königshofer
3 Germany DF Lukas Scepanik
4 Germany DF Marco Kaffenberger
5 Germany DF Daniel Schulz
7 Germany DF Maurizio Scioscia
8 Germany MF Yannick Thermann
9 Germany FW Luca Pfeiffer
10 Italy MF Alessandro Abruscia
11 France FW Saër Sène
12 Germany GK Sebastian Kolbe
14 United States MF Ryan Malone
15 Germany MF Nico Blank
No. Position Player
16 Turkey FW Burhan Soyudogru
17 Germany FW Marco Koch
18 Kosovo FW Shquipon Beqtasi
19 Germany MF Umberto Tedesco
20 Netherlands FW Mijo Tunjić
22 Germany FW Enis Küley
23 Turkey DF Volkan Celiktas
24 Germany MF Robert Völkl
25 Germany DF Felix Metzler
27 Germany DF Robin Faber
28 Finland MF Sebastian Mannström
31 Croatia GK Joso Kobas

Current staff[edit]

Germany Alfred Kaminski Head coach
Germany Erol Sabanov Personal assistant
Germany Erol Sabanov Goalkeeping coach
Germany Michael Zeyer Sport director
Germany Christian Mauch Team doctor
Germany Simone Lay Physiotherapist
Germany Hanne Kattler 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 Croatia GK Joso Kobas
2 Germany DF Robin Faber
3 Germany DF Emmanuel Apler
4 Germany DF Marvin Jäger
5 Zimbabwe MF Felix Metzler
6 Germany MF Wladimir Franz
7 Germany FW Luca Lippert
8 Germany MF Maximilian Wojcik
9 Germany FW Leander Vochatzer
10 Egypt FW Ahdy Shadi
11 Greece FW Niklas Pollex
12 Germany MF Janis Lamatsch
No. Position Player
13 Germany DF Marcel Strobel
16 Germany MF Marc Tiryaki-Zeeb
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Omar Pasagic
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
25 Germany GK Manuel Schneck
30 Poland GK Dominik Ferdek
Angola DF Eduardo Landu Mateus
Croatia FW Antonio Belobrajdic


  • 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

Manager History[edit]

The club's managers:[5]


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

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