• Stuttgart's season ended in relegation.
  • Conceded a league-high 75 goals.
  • Won only two of their final 13 games in the top flight.

After flirting with the drop for a number of seasons, VfB Stuttgart's 38-year stay in the Bundesliga came to an end

Season in a nutshell

The writing appeared to be on the wall for Stuttgart when Alexander Zorniger was relieved of his duties as head coach after 13 matches. Die Schwaben were just a point clear of the bottom two at the time, but reserve team boss Jürgen Kramny came in to revitalise the club and propel them to within touching distance of the European places by mid-February.

Just as Stuttgart thought they were safe, however, the south-west outfit once again began shipping goals at an alarming rate. They tumbled down the table and failed to get the result needed against VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 34 to salvage a place in the relegation play-offs.

Top three games

MD13: VfB Stuttgart 0-4 FC Augsburg

A crushing home defeat to Augsburg spelled the end for Zorniger, who bowed out having won just three of his 13 Bundesliga matches in charge.

MD23: VfB Stuttgart 1-2 Hannover 96

The Swabians' eight-match unbeaten revival came to an unexpected end at home to rock-bottom Hannover, triggering a fateful run of results that included one win, two draws and eight defeats.

MD32: SV Werder Bremen 6-2 VfB Stuttgart

The most damaging defeat of all came at the hands of struggling Bremen and saw Stuttgart drop back into the automatic relegation places for the first time since December 2015.


In the midst of a whole host of changeable individual performances, Lukas Rupp delivered one consistent display after the other in the Stuttgart midfield. The 25-year-old made 29 Bundesliga appearances all told, registering five goals and six assists.

Lukas Rupp never gave anything less than 100 per cent in his debut season on the Stuttgart books. © gettyimages / Matthias Hangst

What is next?

Returning to Bundesliga 2 for the first time since 1977, Stuttgart have turned to promotion specialist Jos Luhukay in the hope of making their stay in the second tier a short one. The Dutchman has previously taken three current Bundesliga outfits into the big time, but repeating the trick at Stuttgart will not be easy. Others could yet follow influential playmaker Daniel Didavi out of the door, although Christian Gentner, Daniel Ginczek, Kevin Großkreutz and Mitchell Langerak have all given the club their assurances that they will stay and fight for the cause.

Jos Luhukay has the task of reviving Stuttgart's fortunes in the season ahead.

Personal Highlight

There were not many, but Stuttgart fans saw the very best of their beloved club in the 3-1 win over Wolfsburg on Matchday 17. It marked the first win of Kramny's topsy-turvy tenure and was the catalyst for a much-needed sequence of five victories on the trot. If only it had lasted a while longer.