In 1973, the team qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time and advanced to the semi-finals of the 1974 tournament where they were eliminated by eventual winners Feyenoord (1–2, 2–2).

Stuttgart is still one of Germany's largest wine-growing cities with more than 400 hectares of vine area, thanks in main to its location at the centre of Germany's fourth largest wine region, the Württemberg wine growing area which covers 11,522 hectares (28,470 acres) and is one of only 13 official areas captured under German Wine law. The continuing importance of wine to the local economy is marked every year at the annual wine festival ('Weindorf').

Internationally, VfB mastered the group stages of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, but lost to Cup defenders Zenit Saint Petersburg in the round of the last 32 in February.

VfB's Gauliga titles earned the team entry to the national playoff rounds, with their best result coming in 1935 when they advanced to the final where they lost 4–6 to defending champions Schalke 04, the dominant side of the era. After a third-place result at the national level in 1937, Stuttgart was not able to advance out of the preliminary rounds in subsequent appearances.

Cannstatter Fußballklub was formed as a rugby club in 1890 and also quickly established a football team. This club was dissolved after just a few years of play and the former membership re-organized themselves as FC Krone Cannstatt in 1897 to compete as a football-only side.[6] The new team joined the Süddeutschen Fußballverband (SFV) as a second division club and won promotion in 1904. Krone possessed their own ground, which still exists today as the home of TSV Münster.

The 23-year-old centre-back, who has made 30 Serie A appearances for Roma, scoring two goals as the Giallorossi finished third in the table last season, leaves Stuttgart for a fee of €9 million.

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A membership-based club with 45,636 members (as of September 2011), VfB is the largest sports club in Baden-Württemberg and the fifth-largest in Germany. It has departments for fistball, hockey, track and field, table-tennis and football referees, all of which compete only at the amateur level. The club also maintains a social department, the VfB-Garde.

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In 1986, VfB lost the DFB-Pokal final 2–5 to Bayern Munich. In the 1989 UEFA Cup Final, with Jürgen Klinsmann in their ranks, they lost out to Napoli (1–2, 3–3), where Diego Maradona was playing at the time.

But Kostic, capped nine times by Serbia, will remain in the German top-flight after penning a contract with Bruno Labbadia's men that runs until the end of June 2021, ending his two-year stint with Stuttgart.

Other lower-division football teams are Sportfreunde Stuttgart – most famous for taking part in the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy in 1908, considered the first World Cup[91] – and FV Zuffenhausen.

The DFL have released the exact dates and kick-off times for matchdays 15 through 17. VfB’s home clash with Hannover 96 will take place on Monday, December 12th.

In 2005, a cooperation treaty between VfB and Swiss Super League side St. Gallen was signed, with particular emphasis on the youth sectors of both clubs.

Due to high debts and the lack of results, Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder finally resigned from VfB in 2000 to take over offices at the DFB, UEFA and FIFA. New president Manfred Haas had to renegotiate expensive contracts with players who seldom appeared on the field anyway. As in 1976, when Mayer-Vorfelder had taken over, the team had to be rebuilt by relying on talents from the youth teams. The VfB has Germany's most successful program in the German youth Championship.

Roma have signed Antonio Rudiger on a permanent basis after the German defender impressed during his year on loan at the Stadio Olimpico.

VfB qualified for their second Champions League appearance for 2003–04, beating Manchester United and Rangers once and Panathinaikos twice to advance from the group stage as runners-up to Manchester United. They were then matched against Chelsea in the round of 16, falling 0–1 and 0–0 over two legs.

With players like Andreas Hinkel, Kevin Kurányi, Timo Hildebrand and Alexander Hleb earning themselves the nickname "the young and wild", the club soon re-bounded and finished as Bundesliga runners-up in the 2002–03 season. In July 2003, Erwin Staudt became the new president of the club.

Stuttgart went into the 2009–10 season with Mario Gómez leaving for Bayern Munich, just as Pavel Pogrebnyak arrived from Zenit Saint Petersburg and Alexander Hleb returning on loan from Barcelona.

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Roger Federer has drawn level with Ivan Lendl on 1,071 match wins following his victory in Stuttgart on Thursday.

'The Blues', Stuttgarter Kickers, are the second most important football team. They currently play in the 3. Fußball-Liga (third division) at the smaller Gazi Stadium close to the TV tower in Degerloch.

The young team was popular for offensive and high-scoring play, but suffered from lack of experience. At the end of 1977–78, VfB was ranked fourth, but the average attendance of over 53,000 set the league record until the 1990s. They made another UEFA Cup semi-final appearance in 1980 and delivered a number of top four finishes on their way to their first Bundesliga title – the club's third national title – in 1984, now under coach Helmut Benthaus.

Of the teams in the top half of the table only the league leaders, Bayern Munich, (2-1 at Hamburger SV) and Thomas Tuchel’s relentlessly awesome Borussia Dortmund (3-1 at Borussia Mönchengladbach) won their opening games in 2016. The fight-back from the nether regions mostly came at the expense of Champions League contenders, real and imagined, but will also have been greeted with some relief at the league’s headquarters in Frankfurt.

Stuttgart has two American Football teams, the Stuttgart Nighthawks American football team, who play in the Western Europe Pro League and Stuttgart Scorpions, who play in Stuttgarter Kickers' Gazi Stadium.

Following the suit of other German cities such as Berlin, Cologne and Hanover, on 1 March 2008 a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) came into effect in Stuttgart with the aim of improving air quality. This affects all vehicles entering the Stuttgart 'Environmental zone' (Umweltzone), including vehicles from abroad.[88][89]

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Following the 1912 merger of these two clubs, the combined side played at first in the Kreisliga Württemberg and then in the Bezirksliga Württemberg-Baden, earning a number of top three finishes and claiming a title there in 1927. The club also made several appearances in the final rounds of the SFV in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

At the end of the Second World War, French administrators appointed the independent politician Arnulf Klett as Burgomaster, a role he fulfilled without interruption until his death in 1974. Since this time Stuttgart has mainly been governed by the CDU. One former mayor was Manfred Rommel (son of perhaps the most famous German field marshal of World War II, Erwin Rommel).

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Jos Luhukay has resigned as Stuttgart coach after just 85 days at the helm, admitting there were issues with sporting director Jan Schindelmeiser after he objected to the signings of players including Arsenal's Takuma Asano.

On 17 May 2016, Jos Luhukay was announced as new head coach.[12] Luhukay resigned on 15 September 2016 and was replaced by Hannes Wolf.[13]

With new coach Jürgen Sundermann and new talents like Karlheinz Förster and Hansi Müller, the team around Ottmar Hitzfeld scored hundred goals in 1976–77 and thus returned to the top-flight after just two seasons.

Verein für Bewegungsspiele Stuttgart 1893 e. V., commonly known as VfB Stuttgart (German pronunciation: [faʊ̯ ʔɛf beː ˈʃtʊtɡaʁt]), is a German sports club based in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. The club is best known for its football team which is part of Germany's second division 2. Bundesliga. VfB Stuttgart has won the national championship five times, most recently in 2006–07; the DFB-Pokal three times; and the UEFA Intertoto Cup a record three times.

During the up-coming round of international games, there will be a number of VfB players away on duty with their respective national teams.

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The football team plays its home games at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, in the Neckarpark which is located near the Cannstatter Wasen where the city's fall beer festival takes place. Second team side VfB Stuttgart II currently plays in the 3. Liga, which is the highest division allowed for a reserve team. The club's junior teams have won the national U19 championships a record ten times and the Under 17 Bundesliga six times.

Stuttgart, the 2007 Bundesliga champions, were relegated from the top flight last season prompting a summer of upheaval off the pitch, with the president, sporting director and coach all leaving the club.

Far too many prominent, storied clubs have coalesced around the relegation plug hole for the DFL’s liking, the fear being that they could be flushed down just in time for the new TV rights negotiations to start in earnest. Much as anyone enjoys the continued resilience of better-coached, smarter underdogs, minnows and newcomers, people would rather tune in to rage at their own side’s sluggish incompetence than marvel at the tactical sophistication of Ingolstadt and Mainz 05.

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