VfB Stuttgart is based in Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg and was originally started in 1893. It is one of the biggest football clubs in Germany, playing in the top tier of football in the country.
Over the years, they have captured the league title on five occasions, as well as winning the DFB-Pokal three times and a record three victories of the old UEFA Intertoto Cup. The home games take place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The reserve and junior teams for VfB Stuttgart are always decent sides, doing well in their respective competitions.
With more than 64,000 members at VfB Stuttgart, the club is the biggest of its kind in the state and fifth biggest in all of Germany. Other sports that are part of the club include table tennis, track and field, hockey and fistball. All of these aspects are amateur sporting groups.
History of VfB Stuttgart
The club was originally started in 1894, starting off as a rugby club. Football was first introduced in 1908. It was in 1933 that VfB Stuttgart football club moved into its current stadium. They won many regional league titles over the first half of the 20th century, including the national championship in 1950 and 1952, as well as winning the DFP-Pokal in 1954 and 1958.
VfB Stuttgart was one of the 16 teams that were a part of the first rendition of the Bundesliga in 1963. The club was still an amateur organization, which meant that they did not spend much money and were consistently around the mid-table finishes over the first couple of decades in the Bundesliga. They got into the UEFA Cup for the first time in 1973, losing out in the semi-final the following year.
The club started to fall into trouble by the mid-1970s and was close to getting relegated. This happened in 1975 before the team got back to the Bundesliga after two years spent in the second tier.
The club had a lot of exciting young players and began to see some success once more. They won their first Bundesliga title in 1984 and lost the 1989 UEFA Cup final.
Another league title was captured in 1992, winning on goal difference. The club reached the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1998 but lost out to Chelsea. At the turn of the 21st century, the club had some financial difficulty and nearly got relegated. They began to rebuild and were league champions once more in 2007.
In recent years, the club flirted with relegation before getting relegated in 2016, returning a year later after winning the second tier but getting relegated again in 2019. They are promoted back to the Bundesliga for 2020/2021 after finishing runner-up in the second tier.
Support of VfB Stuttgart
VfB Stuttgart plays their games at the Mercedes-Benz Arena that was built in 1933. There have been numerous renovations over the years to the stadium, with a capacity of almost 56,000 people for club games and 50,000 for international games. The stadium hosted games for both the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.
The main rival of VfB Stuttgart is Stuttgart Kickers, but the two sides have not played against each other since 1992 when the two teams were in the Bundesliga 2. The other chief rival of VfB Stuttgart is Karlsruher SC, with VfB Stuttgart fans never liking to play Bayern Munich as they have signed a lot of the good VfB Stuttgart players over the years.
Notable VfB Stuttgart players
Many of the greats in German football have played for VfB Stuttgart at some stage during their footballing careers. These include the likes of:
- Eike Immel,
- Andrea Hinkel,
- Thomas Berthold,
- Karl-Heinz Forster,
- Gunther Schafer,
- Bernd Forster,
- Zvonimir Soldo,
- Philip Lahm,
- Guido Buchwald,
- Bo Larsson,
- Sami Khedira,
- Matthias Sammer,
- Robert Schlienz,
- Hansi Muller,
- Krassimir Balakov,
- Mario Gomez,
- Giovane Elber,
- Fredi Bobic and
- Jurgen Klinsmann.
Betting on VfB Stuttgart games
VfB Stuttgart is a club with a proud tradition but has been struggling somewhat in recent years. As time goes on, every club will have their poor spells of form. However, the VfB Stuttgart games are still exciting to watch and attract plenty of attention from fans and bettors alike.