VfB Stuttgart is historically one of the oldest and most successful clubs in German football. They have a total of 9 domestic honors, becoming Champions of Germany on five occasions, most recently during the 2006-2007 season. Furthermore, Stuttgart has won the DFB Pokal three times and a single German Super Cup in 1992. It's important to mention that the club is holding the record for most triumphs in the now abolished UEFA Intertoto Cup, winning it three times with Villareal and Schalke 04 being the only other teams to win the Intertoto trophy more than once.
Despite their remarkable past, Stuttgart finds themselves in a bit of a slum in recent years. They were demoted in both 2015/2016 and 2018/2019 campaigns but instantly managed to climb back to the 1st tier of German football.
VfB Stuttgart Transfers and News
Aleksandr Hleb from BATE Borisov for €150,000 in 2000 – The German club did an excellent job scouting the then 19-year-old midfielder and his brother Vyacheslav, who never got the career that his sibling had. Hleb spent five seasons with Stuttgart during which he was used regularly and caught the attention of several European outfits. Arsène Wenger was most fond of the Belarussian, and Arsenal signed him for €15 Million, which meant that Stuttgart multiplied their investment a hundred times.
Mario Gomez to Bayern Munich for €30 Million in 2009 – Gomez was a product of Stuttgart's academy with which the club was incredibly proud. He was coming up to his spot in the senior squad from 2001 to 2005 when he played for Stuttgart's youth and second team. He became part of the first team in 2005 and during the Bundesliga winning campaign of 2006/2007 and was ranked amongst the top scorers in the league with 14 goals despite being out with an injury for two months. In the following season, the club struggled to keep their league-winning form, and it was only Gomez who was still delivering netting 19 times in 25 outings. He was nicknamed Mr. Reliable and was bought by Bayern Munich in 2009, but not before scoring 35 goals in his last season with Die Schwaben.
Sami Khedira to Real Madrid for €14 Million in 2010 – The midfielder joined Stuttgart from TV Oeffingen Youth and came through the German club's different levels. He became part of the senior team in 2006 just in time to be honored with a Bundesliga title. Khedira remained at Stuttgart up to 2010 when Real Madrid bought him for €14 Million, netting a nice profit.
Benjamin Pavard from LOSC Lille for €5 Million in 2016 – Pavard joined Stuttgart while the club was in the 2. Bundesliga and contributed to winning first place in the league with 21 appearances. It was in his first Bundesliga season in 2017/2018 when his value skyrocketed. He was also one of the four players to have played for the entirety of the campaign without missing a single second. The following year, however, Stuttgart was demoted, and Bayern Munich saw their chance to acquire Pavard. The Frenchman joined the dominating German team for €35 Million in 2019.