Bundesliga, 06.05.2009

Contract extensions

VfB Stuttgart have extended the contracts with team boss Markus Babbel and co-trainer Rainer Widmayer until June 30th 2011. In addition, from the start of the coming season, Alexander Zorniger will strengthen the coaching staff as assistant trainer.

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The 41 year old moves from 'Oberliga' club Normannia Gmünd to Stuttgart.
VfB sport director Horst Heldt: "Markus Babbel and Rainer Widmayer have played a decisive role in the positive sporting development at the club in recent weeks and months. We are delighted at their timely decision to continue our cooperation. With the signing of Alexander Zorniger we have secured the services of a further expert in his field, and one who we are convinced can truly compliment out coaching staff."  

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Zuber new scout

VfB's scouting department is undergoing some restructuring as well as welcoming some new personnel. The new scout, and successor to Herbert Briem, is Gerhard Zuber. The 33 year old sport teacher was previously employed by the Austrian Football Federation and the sport marketer IMG. Aside from the full-time scouts, there will also be more honorary staff working both in Germany and abroad.  

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VfB sport director Horst Heldt: "The importance of scouting has become increasingly more significant in recent years. With the personnel and structural additions to our scouting department, we are acknowledging the development."

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