Bundesliga Team Review: VfB Stuttgart

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Updated: July 22, 2014
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Recap

Stuttgart needed to sack two (2) of its head honchos to achieve the results they needed.

 

First, there was Bruno Labbadia who failed to impress after losing Stuttgart’s first three (3) matches. Thomas Schneider soon inherited his post. But after a spectacular run the 6-1 thrashing from Borussia Dortmund ended in his departure.

 

With the club’s survival at stake, Stuttgart hired Huub Stevens for a sole purpose: to help the squad retain its Bundesliga status.

 

Stevens lived up to expectations. This is despite his late entry into the squad. Unfortunately, Stuttgart can only come up with a 15th spot finish with 5 points away from the relegation zone.

 

Apparently, Stuttgart’s status was a far-flung shot from the online betting favorite that once made noise in Bundesliga.

 

Other than management issues, the suspension of its top scorer, Vedad Ibsevic added more burden to the squad.

 

Match to remember

Stuttgart’s survival quest was not a bed of roses. It has to surmount a mountain of challenges and one of these was going against Schalke 04 during the latter stages of the season. Fortunately, Stuttgart was able to pull off a convincing 3-1 win at home, which guaranteed their Bundesliga status.

 

Match to forget

But of course, its 6-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund counts as the most humiliating defeat they had to endure.

 

The scene-stealers

The 21-year old centre-back Antonio Rüdiger is a promising talent under Stuttgart’s nose. The young player contributed two (2) goals for the club and as his skills continue to develop, it is not surprising to see him become one of Bundesliga’s revered stars.

 

Latest additions

A familiar face in Germany’s U-21 in 2010 and 2012, Stuttgart will be securing the services of striker Daniel Ginczek. He is said to be the perfect poacher that the club looks for.

 

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