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So much is at stake for VfB Stuttgart

The VfB Stuttgart fights in the relegation against Union Berlin to remain in the Bundesliga. The Swabians are about millions – and much more. An overview.

May 21, 1976. Schwabenkessel likes to make that day when it comes to sketching a horror scenario. At that time, on the 35th match day, VfB Stuttgart lost in the 2. Bundesliga South 2: 3 against the (much smaller) Swabian rival SSV Reutlingen 05 – in front of only 2,500 spectators in the Neckarstadion.

VfB had missed as a big favorite direct re-emergence. Now threatens the "Red" already the second relegation within four years, against Union Berlin in the relegation (first leg today, 20.30 clock, in Liveticker) the last-minute rescue ago.

There is a lot at stake for VfB

Top talents before the jump: Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig – that's the name of the opponents of the U19 in the finals for the German Championship and the Junior DFB Cup. The double is tangible! And the perspective for the top talent? At a descent of the pros manageable!

Eric Hottmann (19 years), Luca Mack (18), Umut Günes (19) or Leon Dajaku (18) have long since attracted the interest of the Bundesliga competition.

"We have made mistakes," said sports director Thomas Hitzlsperger to the prospects of a generation that already arouses in Stuttgart memories of the "young savages" of the 2000s. Because: The second team has just relegated to the Oberliga Württemberg.

Thomas Hitzlsperger would be struck: For four and a half years, "Hitz", as the fans call him, played for VfB between 2005 and 2010. He was captain of the championship team in 2007. His credit in the environment is high, in Swabia, who like to "bruise" (mosern), but not finally.

Criticism made sure that the 37-year-old ex-coach Markus Weinzierl unconditionally pledged allegiance to immediately cancel this after the 0-6 debacle in Augsburg. The young VfB boss is double critically eyed. Enthusiastically, many fans noted that he and interim coach Nico Willig (38) promoted a down-to-earth worker from the deepest Swabia (Balingen) to the mission of relegation.

Willig says, "We totally believe in ourselves." But in case of failure, Hitzlsperger would be the face of descent. And his future coach Tim Walter (Holstein Kiel) would have an even harder start.

The bearer of hope is likely to go: Ozan Kabak was one of the few bright spots. Pledged by Galatasaray Istanbul for eleven million euros in the winter, the 19-year-old center-back immediately struck.

Caused a stir: Ozan Kabak. (Source: imago images / DeFodi)Caused a stir: Ozan Kabak. (Source: DeFodi / imago images)

The young Turk convinced by positional play, tackling strength and offensive urge (three goals). According to "Sky" but Atlético Madrid has already expressed interest in a transfer. And: As the "Bild" reported, the crowd favorite should leave the club in the case of a descent (for comparably cheap) 15 million euros. From the VfB there was never a denial.

Million losses due to missing TV funds: From the Bundesliga to the third division downs are primarily horror scenarios because millions of TV revenues break away. In 2020, the German Football League (DFL) will distribute 1.4 billion euros. Probably the one who is then Bundesliga.

According to "sports buzzer" VfB got in the season 2017/18 by the DFL 38.5 million euros, in the season before as top earner of the Second League at least 30 million euros. It helps a long-term comparison: The DFL distributes the money according to a five-year rating. Stuttgart threatens to lose to its competitors. To classify: The average TV revenues are in the lower house at only twelve million euros per club.

Setback in advertising for more investors: It is the prestige project of club president Wolfgang Dietrich, who is highly controversial in fan circles. The large Ultragruppierung "Commando Cannstatt 1997" vehemently demands the resignation of the former speaker of the railway project "Stuttgart 21".

Thomas Dietrich is currently unpopular with the active fan scene. (Source: imago images / sports photo pack)Thomas Dietrich is currently unpopular with the active fan scene. (Source: Sportfoto Rudel / imago images)

Also for the year 2021 was a five-year plan of the Swabians designed to lead the VfB sustainable in the top flight of the Bundesliga – actually. After the spin-off of the listed professional AG in June 2017, Daimler had acquired Daimler, which has only one roundabout further its location, for 41.5 million euros 11.75 percent of the shares.

The effect has long been lost. Since then, Dietrich could, as announced, present no second major financier. The trust of the solvent Stuttgart economy, which should not be averse in principle suffers.

The fact that Dietrich can hold, is reportedly in a descent almost impossible. The VfB president said in the SWR: "The relegation is a gift." Not least for himself.

. (tagsToTranslate) Sports (t) Football (t) Bundesliga (t) VfB Stuttgart (t) Union Berlin

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