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Stuttgarter Kickers is a Germanmarker football club that plays in Stuttgartmarker, Baden-W├╝rttembergmarker, founded on 21 September, 1899 as FC Stuttgarter Cickers. Its members made a deliberate and emphatic choice early on to play football exclusively and to turn their backs on rugby ÔÇô their chosen sport's close cousin ÔÇô at a time when both of these new English games were still evolving.

History

In its early years the club had a decent local squad that played in the S├╝dkreis-Liga, Kreisliga W├╝rttemberg and then in the Bezirksliga W├╝rttemberg. With the reorganization of German football during the Third Reich in 1933, the team ÔÇô now known as SV Stuttgarter Kickers ÔÇô found itself in the Gauliga W├╝rttemberg, 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 S├╝d 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 S├╝d. 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 S├╝d (III) in 2001, where they remained until 2008, when a tenth place finish narrowly qualified them for the new 3rd Liga. They finished last (20th= in the 3rd Liga and were relegated to the Regionalliga S├╝d, where they play in the Season 2009/10.

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 got independent under the name of HTC Stuttgarter Kickers.

Reserve team

The Stuttgarter Kickers II, historically also known as Stuttgarter Kickers Amateure, are playing in the Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg since 2000. Previously, the team fluctuated between the Landesliga and Verbandsliga W├╝rttemberg.

Current squad

See also List of Stuttgarter Kickers players

For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers summer 2008 and List of German football transfers winter 2008-09.

Honours

Traditionally a strong local club, Kickers hold 24 W├╝rttemberg championships.

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

Recent seasons

Stuttgarter Kickers

Year Division Position
1999-2000 2nd Bundesliga (II) 15th
2000-01 2nd Bundesliga 17th Ôćô
2001-02 Regionalliga S├╝d (III) 12th
2002-03 Regionalliga S├╝d 15th
2003-04 Regionalliga S├╝d 9th
2004-05 Regionalliga S├╝d 9th
2005-06 Regionalliga S├╝d 8th
2006-07 Regionalliga S├╝d 4th
2007-08 Regionalliga S├╝d 10th ÔćĹ
2008-09 3rd Liga (III) 20th Ôćô
2009-10 Regionalliga S├╝d (IV)


Stuttgarter Kickers II

Year Division Position
1999-2000 Verbandsliga W├╝rttemberg (V) 2nd ÔćĹ
2000-01 Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg (IV) 11th
2001-02 Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg 8th
2002-03 Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg 7th
2003-04 Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg 12th
2004-05 Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg 10th
2005-06 Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg 13th
2006-07 Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg 9th
2007-08 Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg 15th
2008-09 Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg (V) 7th
2009-10 Oberliga Baden-W├╝rttemberg


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