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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
14. SC Freiburg 26 5 10 11 26:36 25
15. Hamburger SV 26 6 7 13 16:37 25
16. Hannover 96 25 6 6 13 27:42 24
17. SC Paderborn 07 26 5 9 12 23:50 24
18. VfB Stuttgart 26 5 8 13 27:46 23
Pos. Team P. W D L +/- Pts
12. VfL Osnabrück 30 11 6 13 42:47 39
13. SC Fortuna Köln 30 10 8 12 32:33 38
14. VfB Stuttgart II 30 10 7 13 38:44 37
15. FC Hansa Rostock 30 9 7 14 44:55 34
16. SG Sonnenhof Großaspach 30 8 9 13 31:51 33
Pos. Team P. W D L +/- Pts
6. 1. FC Nürnberg 19 8 6 5 30:28 30
7. SpVgg Greuther Fürth 20 7 5 8 34:32 26
8. VfB Stuttgart 20 8 1 11 42:35 25
9. TSV 1860 München 19 7 4 8 27:30 25
10. 1. FC Kaiserslautern 20 7 4 9 29:47 25
Pos. Team P. W D L +/- Pts
1. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 22 14 6 2 52:25 48
2. VfB Stuttgart 21 15 2 4 45:24 47
3. Bayern München 21 11 6 4 48:28 39
4. Karlsruher SC 21 11 4 6 47:32 37
5. 1. FC Kaiserslautern 21 9 8 4 32:22 35
25. m.day 13.03. 20:30 Leverkusen 4-0 VfB Stuttgart
26. m.day 21.03. 15:30 VfB Stuttgart 3-1 E. Frankfurt
27. m.day 04.04. 15:30 VfL Wolfsburg - VfB Stuttgart
28. m.day 12.04. 17:30 VfB Stuttgart - Werder Bremen
29. m.day 18.04. 18:30 FC Augsburg - VfB Stuttgart
29. m.day 14.03. 14:00 Chemnitzer FC 1-0 VfB Stuttgart II
30. m.day 22.03. 14:00 VfB Stuttgart II 2-0 DSC Arminia Bielefeld
31. m.day 04.04. 14:00 SC Fortuna Köln - VfB Stuttgart II
32. m.day 12.04. 14:00 VfB Stuttgart II - MSV Duisburg
33. m.day 18.04. 14:00 Stuttgarter Kickers - VfB Stuttgart II
13. m.day 07.12. 14:30 1. FC Saarbrücken 5:1 VfB Stuttgart
14. m.day 13.12. 14:30 1. FSV Mainz 05 2:0 VfB Stuttgart
15. m.day 21.03. 12:30 VfB Stuttgart 1:2 1. FC Nürnberg
16. m.day 14.02. 15:00 VfB Stuttgart 0:1 Karlsruher SC
17. m.day 22.02. 13:00 Eintracht Frankfurt U19 2:1 VfB Stuttgart
13. m.day 06.12. 12:30 VfB Stuttgart 5:0 1. FC Saarbrücken
14. m.day 13.12. 13:00 VfB Stuttgart 1:0 SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball
15. m.day 08.02. 14:00 1. FSV Mainz 05 2:4 VfB Stuttgart
16. m.day 16.11. 13:00 Eintracht Frankfurt U17 0:2 VfB Stuttgart
17. m.day 21.02. 15:00 VfB Stuttgart 1:0 SpVgg Unterhaching