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VfB Stuttgart II is a German football team located in Stuttgart, currently playing in the Regionalliga Südwest due to their relegation from the 3. Liga in the 2015–16 season. They are the reserve team of VfB Stuttgart. Until 2005 the team played under the name of VfB Stuttgart Amateure.

VfB Stuttgart II
VfB Stuttgart 1893 Logo.svg
Nickname(s)VfB II
Der kleine VfB (The Little VfB)
Founded1893
GroundGazi-Stadion auf der Waldau
Capacity11,410
ChairmanWolfgang Dietrich
CoachAndreas Hinkel
LeagueOberliga Baden-Württemberg
2018–1915th

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HistoryEdit

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 barred 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 itplayed for the next eight seasons, generally as a mid- and lower table side. At the end of the 2015–16 season the club was relegated to the tier four Regionalliga Südwest after coming last in the 3. Liga.[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, barred from the competition.[3]

Relationship with VfB StuttgartEdit

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 StadiumEdit

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.

HonoursEdit

The club's honours:

Recent coachesEdit

The recent head coaches of the team:[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 24 November 2015
Walter Thomae 24 November 2015 30 June 2016
Sebastian Gunkel 1 July 2016 22 November 2016
Walter Thomae 22 November 2016 19 December 2016
Andreas Hinkel 19 December 2016 30 June 2018
Marc Kienle 1 July 2018 present

Recent seasonsEdit

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 13th
2015–16 3. Liga 20th ↓
2016–17 Regionalliga Südwest IV 7th
2017–18 Regionalliga Südwest 10th
2018–19 Regionalliga Südwest 15th ↓

KeyEdit

Promoted Relegated

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 22 January 2018

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Florian Kastenmeier
2   DF Stefan Perić
3   DF Lars Oeßwein
4   DF Philipp Walter
5   DF Tobias Feisthammel
6   MF Benedict Dos Santos
7   FW Dijon Ramaj
10   MF Nicolas Sessa
11   MF Hayk Galstyan
14   DF Danny Collinge
18   DF Niklas Sommer
No. Position Player
19   FW Jan Ferdinand
20   DF Alexander Groiß
21   MF Marco Stefandl
22   DF Samir Bajrami
23   FW Caniggia Elva
24   MF Georgios Spanoudakis
26   DF Stjepan Radeljić
27   DF Andreas Scheidl
32   GK Roman Castellucci
  MF Tobias Werner

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv ‹See Tfd›(in 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 ‹See Tfd›(in German) Weltfussball.de, accused: 8 January 2015
  4. ^ VfB Stuttgart II .:. Trainer von A-Z ‹See Tfd›(in German) weltfussball.de, accessed: 18 September 2011
  5. ^ Fussball.de – Ergebnisse ‹See Tfd›(in German) Tables and results of all German football leagues, accessed: 20 September 2014

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