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Stuttgarter Kickers

Stuttgarter Kickers
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
Coach Horst Steffen
League 3. Liga
2014–15 4th
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.


  • History 1
  • Players 2
    • Current squad 2.1
    • Current staff 2.2
  • Reserve team 3
    • Staff 3.1
  • Honours 4
    • League 4.1
    • Cup 4.2
    • Youth 4.3
  • Recent seasons 5
    • Stuttgarter Kickers 5.1
    • Stuttgarter Kickers II 5.2
    • Key 5.3
  • Manager History 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


In its early years the club had a decent local squad that played in 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 now play, finishing eighth in 2013–14.

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

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 Korbinian Müller
4 DF Hendrik Starostzik
5 DF Manuel Bihr
6 MF Sandrino Braun
7 MF Marco Calamita
8 MF Gerrit Müller
9 FW Elia Soriano
10 MF Vincenzo Marchese
11 FW Lhadji Badiane
12 MF Andreas Ivan
16 DF Fabio Leutenecker
17 MF Gratas Sirgėdas
18 MF Marco Gaiser
No. Position Player
19 FW Daniel Engelbrecht
21 DF Marc Stein
23 MF Daniel Kaiser
24 MF Edisson Jordanov
25 DF Alessandro Abruscia
26 GK Rouven Sattelmaier
27 DF Fabian Baumgärtel
28 MF Bentley Baxter Bahn
29 DF Tobias Pachonik
33 MF Markus Mendler
37 FW Manuel Fischer
38 GK Carl Klaus
40 FW Erich Berko

Current staff

Horst Steffen Head coach
Sreto Ristić Personal assistant
Erol Sabanov Goalkeeping coach
Marc Rösgen Fitness coach
Michael Zeyer Sport director
Christian Mauch Team doctor
Lennart Sewigh Team doctor
Gabriel Dabbagh Physiotherapist

Reserve team

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:[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 GK Joso Kobas
2 DF Robin Faber
3 DF Emmanuel Apler
4 DF Tim Roos
5 DF Tony Günther
6 MF Antonio Di Matteo
7 FW Luca Lippert
8 MF Volkan Celiktas
9 FW Daniel Lang
10 DF Davide Pumilia
11 MF Athanasios Raptis
12 MF Janis Lamatsch
No. Position Player
13 DF Ivan Borna Jelic Balta
14 FW Nico Schürmann
15 MF Nico Blank
16 FW Burhan Soyudogru
17 MF Denis Gudzevic
18 MF Umberto Tedesco
19 FW Lasse Lehmann
20 FW Marco Koch
21 DF Aris Akgün
22 FW Anastasios Ketsemeridis
23 DF Marco Romano
30 GK Mateusz Babieczko


  • Alfred Kaminiski (Head Coach)
  • Max Bruns (Assistant Coach)
  • Erol Sabanov (Goalkeeper Coach)
  • Ümit Sahin (Goalkeeper Coach)
  • Jan Mayer (Fitness Coach)


The club's honours:


The club's youth teams have enjoyed quite a bit of success on the national scene.

Recent seasons

The recent season-by-season performance of the club:[2][3]


Promoted Relegated

Manager History

The club's managers:[4]


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

External links

  • Official website (German)
  • The Abseits Guide to German Soccer
  • Stuttgarter Kickers at (German)
  • Stuttgarter Kickers II at (German)
  • Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv historical German domestic league tables (German)
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