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Professionals, 23.12.2011
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Sakai in action.

A new man for VfB

VfB have agreed terms with Albirex Niigata on a loan deal for defender Gotoku Sakai until June 2013, with a subsequent option to buy. The deal is subject to a medical examination which Sakai will undergo in the New Year. 

“A German mother but still typically Japanese” 

The 1,76 meter tall 20 year old son of a German mother and Japanese father was born in New York but grew up in Japan, where he also learned his trade. The Japanese ‘Under 23’ international, who is just as comfortable on the left as he is on the right, made his professional debut with Albirex Niigata in March of 2009. Since then, he has made 74 appearances for the club in the J-League, scoring one goal. Gotoku Sakai is a pacy and aggressive tackler, who is already a part of the extended Japanese national team. At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Sakai was one of three ‘Support Players’ – youngsters who worked with Shinji Okazaki & Co. in training and at the tournament. At the beginning of this year, the new VfB signing was in the national team that won the 2012 Asian Championship: “Gotoku and I know one another very well. He has a German mother but he is still typically Japanese. He is a two-footed player who is willing to put in a great deal of leg work and, even as a defender, has a drive to push forward,” explained VfB attacker Shinji Okazaki on his fellow countryman. 

Fredi Bobic on the new signing: “Gotoku Sakai is a player with real prospects, who is strong with both his left as well as his right foot. I’ve rarely seen a player of that age who is so capable as a right or as a left full-back. We’ll give him the time he needs to settle in the Bundesliga. I’m sure he can become a very valuable player for VfB.”

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Partners of VfB Stuttgart

Partners of VfB Stuttgart

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Pos. Team P. W D L +/- Pts
12. 1. FC Köln 34 9 13 12 34:40 40
13. Hannover 96 34 9 10 15 40:56 37
14. VfB Stuttgart 34 9 9 16 42:60 36
15. Hertha BSC 34 9 8 17 36:52 35
16. Hamburger SV 34 9 8 17 25:50 35
Pos. Team P. W D L +/- Pts
11. VfL Osnabrück 38 14 10 14 49:51 52
12. Rot-Weiß Erfurt 38 14 9 15 47:54 51
13. VfB Stuttgart II 38 13 8 17 48:57 47
14. SC Fortuna Köln 38 12 10 16 38:47 46
15. SG Sonnenhof Großaspach 38 12 10 16 39:60 46
Pos. Team P. W D L +/- Pts
7. 1. FC Nürnberg 26 9 9 8 40:41 36
8. Eintracht Frankfurt U19 26 10 4 12 44:51 34
9. VfB Stuttgart 26 10 2 14 53:45 32
10. TSV 1860 München 26 9 5 12 38:39 32
11. 1. FC Saarbrücken 26 8 7 11 38:59 31
Pos. Team P. W D L +/- Pts
1. VfB Stuttgart 25 18 2 5 57:29 56
2. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 25 16 6 3 69:31 54
3. Karlsruher SC 26 15 5 6 59:34 50
4. SpVgg Greuther Fürth 26 15 2 9 74:51 47
5. 1. FC Kaiserslautern 26 11 10 5 40:32 43
30. m.day 25.04. 15:30 VfB Stuttgart 2-2 SC Freiburg
31. m.day 02.05. 15:30 FC Schalke 04 3-2 VfB Stuttgart
32. m.day 09.05. 18:30 VfB Stuttgart 2-0 1. FSV Mainz 05
33. m.day 16.05. 15:30 VfB Stuttgart 2-1 Hamburger SV
34. m.day 23.05. 15:30 SC Paderborn 07 1-2 VfB Stuttgart
34. m.day 26.04. 14:00 VfB Stuttgart II 1-3 SpVgg U'haching
35. m.day 03.05. 14:00 Borussia Dortmund II 2-0 VfB Stuttgart II
36. m.day 08.05. 19:00 VfB Stuttgart II 3-2 FC Hansa Rostock
37. m.day 16.05. 13:30 VfB Stuttgart II 0-0 VfL Osnabrück
38. m.day 23.05. 13:30 Cottbus 2-3 VfB Stuttgart II
1. m.day 12.08. 18:00 VfB Stuttgart 4:1 1. FSV Mainz 05
2. m.day 16.08. 15:00 1. FC Nürnberg 2:4 VfB Stuttgart
3. m.day 22.08. 18:00 Karlsruher SC 2:0 VfB Stuttgart
4. m.day 30.08. 12:30 VfB Stuttgart 5:1 Eintracht Frankfurt U19
5. m.day 14.09. 13:00 SV Waldhof Mannheim 0:2 VfB Stuttgart
22. m.day 11.04. 13:00 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1:4 VfB Stuttgart
23. m.day 18.10. 12:30 VfB Stuttgart 1:0 TSV 1860 München
24. m.day 19.04. 11:00 SpVgg Greuther Fürth 3:2 VfB Stuttgart
25. m.day 02.05. 13:00 VfB Stuttgart 4:0 1. FC Kaiserslautern
26. m.day 31.05. 13:00 1. FC Saarbrücken : VfB Stuttgart