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2. Bundesliga, 8. August 2016
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1 TO
Mitchell Langerak
2 VE
Emiliano Insua
4 VE
Toni Sunjic
6 VE
Jean Zimmer
14 VE
Philip Heise
16 VE
Florian Klein
41 VE
Stephen Sama
7 MF
Hajime Hosogai
20 MF
Christian Gentner
31 MF
Berkay Özcan
9 ST
Simon Terodde


32 TO
Benjamin Uphoff
35 VE
Marcin Kaminski
10 MF
Alexandru Maxim
25 MF
Matthias Zimmermann
29 MF
Joel Sonora
34 ST
Boris Tashchy
39 ST
Jan Kliment


Jos Luhukay


30 TO
Robin Himmelmann
2 VE
Vegar Hedenstad
3 VE
Lasse Sobiech
4 VE
Philipp Ziereis
15 VE
Daniel Buballa
27 VE
Jan-Philipp Kalla
7 MF
Bernd Nehrig
10 MF
Christopher Buchtmann
28 MF
Waldemar Sobota
9 ST
Fabrice-Jean Picault
11 ST
Aziz Bouhaddouz


1 TO
Philipp Heerwagen
16 VE
Marc Hornschuh
26 VE
Sören Gonther
6 MF
Christopher Avevor
8 MF
Jeremy Dudziak
13 MF
Ryo Miyaichi
37 MF
Kyoung-Rok Choi


Ewald Lienen


99 Picault 1111 Bouhaddouz 28'
67' 1010 Maxim 2020 Gentner
87' 2020 Gentner
28. Min 11Bouhaddouz 9Picault
10Maxim 20Gentner 67. Min
20Gentner 87. Min


45' 1414 Heise 1010 Maxim
1313 Miyaichi 99 Picault 67'
67' 3131 Özcan 3434 Tashchy
88 Dudziak 1111 Bouhaddouz 70'
2626 Gonther 77 Nehrig 79'
14Heise 10Maxim 45. Min
67. Min 9Picault 13Miyaichi
31Özcan 34Tashchy 67. Min
70. Min 11Bouhaddouz 8Dudziak
79. Min 7Nehrig 26Gonther


17' 7 Hosogai
27 Kalla 30'
7 Nehrig 71'
4 Ziereis 78'
15 Buballa 90 + 2'
90 + 3' 16 Klein
7Hosogai 17. Min
30. Min 27Kalla
71. Min 7Nehrig
78. Min 4Ziereis
90 + 2. Min 15Buballa
16Klein 90 + 3. Min

Positive start in packed house

Thanks to a massively energetic performance, VfB have started the 2016/2017 season with a victory. In front of  crowd of 60,000 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, coach Jos Luhukay’s side beat FC St. Pauli 2-1. Trailing 0-1 at the break, the Cannstatt Boys made a notable improvement in the second period, first deservedly equalising and then netting a winner shortly before the end. Two hours before kick-off, thousands of VfB fans marched to the Arena in the Cannstatt Procession.

28th minute The visitors from Hamburg take the lead, although VfB had looked solid at the back until the point of conceding. Breaking down the right, Fafà Picault delivers a cross from the by-line to find striker Aziz Bouhaddouz lunging in at the back post to put the north German club in front.
37th minute Similarly to the incident which led to the first goal, VfB cause themselves problems with poor and imprecise passing to allow the guests another chance. Luckily on this occasion for Jos Luhukay’s men, the slightly deflected shot from Aziz Bouhaddouz hit the inside of the post, bounced along the line and away for a corner at the opposite side of the goal-frame.
60th minute So close! Stephen Sama rises highest to meet a corner with a powerful header, but sees his effort bounce away off the crossbar.
67th minute Now it’s really end-to-end stuff! Mitch Langerak prevents a further setback, making a save from a bobbling Christopher Buchtmann shot. On the break, Gentner sends a pass out wide to Alexandru Maxim, who bursts into the penalty area and precisely slots his shot home for a well-deserved and much celebrated equaliser.
87th minute Following the equaliser, VfB worked extremely hard in attempting to turn the tie in the favour and are eventually rewarded for their immense efforts shortly before the final whistle. Christian Gentner slides in to meet a shot from Emiliano Insua and turns the ball unstoppably past Robin Himmelmann to make it 2-1.
90th minute +1 Alexandru Maxim forces another save from the FC St. Pauli keeper in injury time and soon after, the Cannstatt Boys celebrate a hard-fought out, but no less deserved win.

Jos Luhukay:

We saw two sides to my team during this game – similarly to during the test match against Greuther Fürth, when we turned a 0-1 deficit into a 3-1 success. Initially, we didn’t deal with the pressure and made life difficult for ourselves. The goal we conceded resulted from our error. St. Pauli put in a very solid and well-organised performance. On the night though, my team rose to the mentality and determination needed in the ‚2. Bundesliga‘. Although the win was somewhat fortunate, I am very happy about the determination of the players, who proved themselves in front of a stunning crowd. The fans were always completely behind the team.


VfB went about the game with the right attitude – which coach Jos Luhukay’s men proved over the course of the first ninety minutes in the 2016/2017 season. Not everything went immediately according to plan in a newly formed team, but Christian Gentner & Co. battled their way into the tie and hit back particularly well, having suffered the setback of going behind in the first half. The Cannstatt Boys continued to press forward, forced a defensively minded opponent back deep into their own half and created a number of good chances. The then deserved equaliser by Alexandru Maxim was followed up with an equally well-earned Christian Gentner winner.