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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
13. E. Frankfurt 34 9 9 16 40:57 36
14. SC Freiburg 34 9 9 16 43:61 36
15. VfB Stuttgart 34 8 8 18 49:62 32
16. Hamburger SV 34 7 6 21 51:75 27
17. 1. FC Nürnberg 34 5 11 18 37:70 26
Pos. Team P. W D L +/- Pts
13. FC Hansa Rostock 38 13 10 15 45:55 49
14. Borussia Dortmund II 38 12 10 16 47:55 46
15. VfB Stuttgart II 38 12 10 16 45:54 46
16. Kieler SV Holstein 38 10 15 13 42:38 45
17. SpVgg U'haching 38 11 10 17 50:65 43
Pos. Team P. W D L +/- Pts
1. TSG Hoffenheim 26 16 5 5 61:26 53
2. TSV München 1860 26 14 7 5 50:34 49
3. VfB Stuttgart 26 14 6 6 51:30 48
4. 1. FC Kaiserslautern 26 14 4 8 50:44 46
5. 1. FSV Mainz 05 26 12 9 5 50:33 45
Pos. Team P. W D L +/- Pts
1. 1. FSV Mainz 05 26 18 4 4 51:28 58
2. VfB Stuttgart 26 15 6 5 73:31 51
3. SpVgg Greuther Fürth 26 15 3 8 61:40 48
4. TSG Hoffenheim 26 13 8 5 65:42 47
5. Karlsruher SC 26 13 6 7 61:47 45
30. m.day 12.04. 15:30 Gladbach 1-1 VfB Stuttgart
31. m.day 20.04. 17:30 VfB Stuttgart 3-1 FC Schalke 04
32. m.day 25.04. 20:30 Hannover 96 0-0 VfB Stuttgart
33. m.day 03.05. 15:30 VfB Stuttgart 1-2 VfL Wolfsburg
34. m.day 10.05. 15:30 FC Bayern München 1-0 VfB Stuttgart
34. m.day 12.04. 14:00 VfL Osnabrück 3-0 VfB Stuttgart II
35. m.day 19.04. 14:00 VfB Stuttgart II 3-2 SpVgg U'haching
36. m.day 26.04. 14:00 1. FC Heidenheim 0-1 VfB Stuttgart II
37. m.day 03.05. 13:30 VfB Stuttgart II 1-1 Jahn Regensburg
38. m.day 10.05. 13:30 Chemnitzer FC 0-0 VfB Stuttgart II
22. m.day 18.04. 16:00 VfB Stuttgart : TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
23. m.day 26.04. 11:00 TSV 1860 München : VfB Stuttgart
24. m.day 03.05. 11:00 VfB Stuttgart : SpVgg Greuther Fürth
25. m.day 09.05. 13:00 1. FC Kaiserslautern : VfB Stuttgart
26. m.day 16.05. 13:00 VfB Stuttgart : 1. FC Saarbrücken
22. m.day 19.04. 11:00 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim : VfB Stuttgart
23. m.day 18.10. 12:30 VfB Stuttgart : TSV 1860 München
24. m.day 02.05. 11:00 SpVgg Greuther Fürth : VfB Stuttgart
25. m.day 09.05. 13:00 VfB Stuttgart : 1. FC Kaiserslautern
26. m.day 30.05. 13:00 1. FC Saarbrücken : VfB Stuttgart