Following breakfast, at 10 am on Tuesday morning, the VfB players took to the pitch for the first session of their pre-season programme. The 23 players involved were at times accompanied by heavy rain showers but the atmosphere remained positive throughout. All of the players were delighted that the time without football is at an end and they could finally get stuck into the action again.
Tim Hoogland during a training session
Back on the ball
And in the very first session, the ball took centre stage. Having initially gone through some warm-ups with co-trainer Eddy Sözer the players got straight on the ball – initially with a ‘Handball-Heading’ game of young versus old, with the more senior players eventually leaving the young hopefuls hopelessly trailing.
Whilst the out-field players worked on their passing in groups of two, goalkeepers Sven Ulreich, Marc Ziegler and André Weis were put through their paces by keeper trainer Andreas Menger.
New signing Tim Hoogland involved
At the very first training session of the new campaign, the fans who had braved the weather got their chance to see new signing Tunay Torun and Tim Hoogland in the VfB kit for the first time. It was also the 27 years olds very first day as a VfB player and he was eager to show what he is capable of during the session. With the exceptions of EURO participant William Kvist and the injured Daniel Didavi, trainer Bruno Labbadia had his complete squad available to him. The almost two hour long session was completed with a kick-about, again with the young facing the old. The youngsters wanted revenge for the earlier defeat and took an immediate lead but Tamas Hajnal levelled for the veterans and the game ended in a deserved draw.
Partners of VfB Stuttgart
|10.||1. FC Nürnberg||34||11||11||12||39:47||44|
|13.||1. FSV Mainz 05||34||10||12||12||42:44||42|
|14.||SV Werder Bremen||34||8||10||16||50:66||34|
|13.||FC Hansa Rostock||38||11||11||16||39:52||44|
|14.||1. FC Nürnberg||5||1||2||2||6:5||5|
|15.||VfB Stuttgart II||38||11||10||17||35:42||43|
|30. m.day||21.04.||15:30||VfB Stuttgart||2-1||SC Freiburg|
|31. m.day||27.04.||15:30||FC Augsburg||3-0||VfB Stuttgart|
|32. m.day||04.05.||15:30||VfB Stuttgart||0-2||SpVgg Greuther Fürth|
|33. m.day||11.05.||15:30||FC Schalke 04||1-2||VfB Stuttgart|
|34. m.day||18.05.||15:30||VfB Stuttgart||2-2||1. FSV Mainz 05|
|34. m.day||20.04.||14:00||VfB Stuttgart II||0-0||SV W. Burghausen|
|35. m.day||27.04.||14:00||VfL Osnabrück||2-0||VfB Stuttgart II|
|36. m.day||03.05.||18:00||VfB Stuttgart II||0-1||DSC Arminia Bielefeld|
|37. m.day||11.05.||13:30||Alemannia Aachen||4-2||VfB Stuttgart II|
|38. m.day||18.05.||13:30||VfB Stuttgart II||0-1||Borussia Dortmund II|