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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 29 6 11 12 29:39 29
15. SC Paderborn 07 29 6 9 14 25:56 27
16. Hannover 96 28 6 8 14 30:49 26
17. VfB Stuttgart 29 6 8 15 32:53 26
18. Hamburger SV 28 6 7 15 16:43 25
Pos. Team P. W D L +/- Pts
12. VfL Osnabrück 33 12 8 13 45:49 44
13. SC Fortuna Köln 33 11 9 13 34:35 42
14. VfB Stuttgart II 33 11 7 15 41:48 40
15. SG Sonnenhof Großaspach 33 10 10 13 35:53 40
16. FC Hansa Rostock 33 10 8 15 48:59 38
Pos. Team P. W D L +/- Pts
6. SpVgg Greuther Fürth 23 9 6 8 42:36 33
7. 1. FC Nürnberg 22 8 8 6 33:33 32
8. VfB Stuttgart 23 9 2 12 48:41 29
9. Eintracht Frankfurt U19 23 8 3 12 33:44 27
10. TSV 1860 München 23 7 5 11 28:35 26
Pos. Team P. W D L +/- Pts
1. VfB Stuttgart 24 17 2 5 53:29 53
2. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 24 15 6 3 62:29 51
3. 1. FC Kaiserslautern 24 11 9 4 39:27 42
4. Bayern München 23 11 8 4 51:31 41
5. Karlsruher SC 23 12 5 6 52:33 41
27. m.day 04.04. 15:30 VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 VfB Stuttgart
28. m.day 12.04. 17:30 VfB Stuttgart 3-2 Werder Bremen
29. m.day 18.04. 18:30 FC Augsburg 2-1 VfB Stuttgart
30. m.day 25.04. 15:30 VfB Stuttgart - SC Freiburg
31. m.day 02.05. 15:30 FC Schalke 04 - VfB Stuttgart
31. m.day 04.04. 14:00 SC Fortuna Köln 0-1 VfB Stuttgart II
32. m.day 12.04. 14:00 VfB Stuttgart II 1-2 MSV Duisburg
33. m.day 18.04. 14:00 Stuttgarter Kickers 2-1 VfB Stuttgart II
34. m.day 26.04. 14:00 VfB Stuttgart II - SpVgg U'haching
35. m.day 03.05. 14:00 Borussia Dortmund II - VfB Stuttgart II
12. m.day 30.11. 13:00 VfB Stuttgart 1:2 1. FC Kaiserslautern
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
12. m.day 29.11. 13:00 1. FC Kaiserslautern 0:2 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