Stuttgarter Kickers
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
Capacity11,410
PresidentRainer Lorz
Head coachRamon Gehrmann
LeagueOberliga Baden-Württemberg
2018–192nd
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.

History

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
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

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.

Players

See also: List of Stuttgarter Kickers players

Current squad

As of 2 March 2020[1]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Germany GER Thomas Bromma
2 DF Germany GER Malte Moos
3 DF Germany GER David Kammerbauer
5 DF Germany GER Theo Rieg
6 DF Germany GER Patrick Auracher
7 MF Germany GER Noah Lulic
8 DF Germany GER Marvin Weiss
9 FW Germany GER Shkemb Miftari
10 FW Spain ESP Cristian Gilés
11 MF Germany GER Michael Klauß
14 MF Austria AUT Markus Obernosterer
15 MF Germany GER Nico Blank
17 MF Germany GER Nikola Trkulja
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF Germany GER Tobias Feisthammel
19 MF Germany GER Ruben Reisig
20 FW Netherlands NED Mijo Tunjić
21 FW Kosovo KVX Bleron Visoka
22 FW Germany GER David Braig
23 MF Germany GER Leon Braun
25 MF Germany GER Lukas Kling
27 GK Germany GER Tobias Trautner
28 FW Germany GER Aron Viventi
29 MF Croatia CRO Tino Jukić
30 FW Germany GER Julio Curtain
33 DF Germany GER Marcelo Freitas
35 GK Germany GER Plator Gashi

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player

Current staff

Germany Ramon Gehrmann Head coach
Germany Yannick Dreyer Assistant manager
Germany Adrian Fleuchaus Athletics trainer
Turkey Ümit Şahin Goalkeeping coach
Germany Christian Mauch Team doctor
Germany Chantal Schwinger Physiotherapist

Reserve team

Main article: Stuttgarter Kickers II

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

Staff

Honours

The club's honours:

Recent seasons

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

Key

Promoted Relegated

Presidential history

The club's presidents:[5]

Coaching history

The club's coaches:[6]

References

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