These 'New Boys' are actually more than used to playing in the Bundesliga...VfB Stuttgart are back.
They were relegated for the first time in 41 years
Stuttgart’s poor 2015/16 campaign concluded with their first relegation since 1975; after more than 40 years in the Bundesliga, this historic German side was set to play in the second tier. The fans expressed their disappointment on the last game of the season by invading the pitch — and it did not end there. The relegation had further consequences: the manager, the president and the sporting director all left — or were pushed to leave – their respective positions.
They have got promoted after just one year in the 2. Bundesliga
The fear of travelling down the pyramid with a one way ticket is a recurring feeling within the supporters of any team that gets relegated, and it’s that much worse when it comes to clubs that are not used to being relegated. Following four decades at the top division, Stuttgart’s fans were hugely upset by their team’s fall. To their relief, their season in the second division turned out to be a relatively easy ride; led by their 36-year-old manager Hannes Wolf, Stuttgart won the Bundesliga 2. in 2016 and are now they are back where they belong.
They won their last Bundesliga title 10 years ago
Stuttgart’s 2016 relegation was not only shocking because they had spent so long at the first division, but because they had actually won the Bundesliga in 2007. And it had not been their first league conquest: they had also been champions in 1950, 1952, 1984 and 1992. Now, five times Bundesliga winners Stuttgart return to the top, albeit with more mundane ambitions.
They play at the Mercedes-Benz Arena
The headquarters of Daimler AG, the multinational company that owns Mercedes-Benz, are located in Stuttgart, as are the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the factory. VfB Stuttgart’s stadium as originally built in 1933, but it has undergone several modifications. Since 2008, it has been called the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The stadium has hosted matches of the 1974 and 2006 World Cups, as well as the 1988 Euro.
They reached the 1988/89 UEFA Cup Final
VfB Stuttgart has had plenty of national success — five leagues, one cup, one super cup) — but they have never managed to add a major international trophy to their trophy cabinet. They were close, however, in 1989, when they reached the UEFA Cup Final, which then had a two leg format. They rivals were Maradona’s Napoli. They started winning the first game in Italy, but then conceded two goals in the second half; and a 3-3 draw in the next match made Napoli the champions. Stuttgart were not close to winning a European title again for 10 years, until they reached the Cup Winner’s Cup final. But again, they lost — this time to Chelsea, who beat them with a solitary goal by Gianfranco Zola.
To be fair to Stuttgart, they have actually won three editions of a European competition: the Intertoto Cup. They are, in fact, the team that has won it the most. And since the competition was abolished in 2008, so they will keep the record forever.
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