It is a fixture which has produced 311 goals in only 94 games, a tete-a-tete between two of the Bundesliga’s Traditionsvereine jam-packed with entertainment value: Borussia Dortmund versus VfB Stuttgart.
Difficult as it may have been to select only five of the most memorable encounters between the sides, bundesliga.com has done the hard yards and chosen the following…
2014/15, Matchday 22: Stuttgart 2-3 Dortmund
Dortmund came into this one off the back of two wins but still sitting 15th, a place above the relegation zone in one of their worst seasons in recent memory. Stuttgart, meanwhile, were rock bottom with 18 points, four behind their Matchday 22 visitors. The first-half was a rollercoaster ride, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang putting Jürgen Klopp’s men a goal to the good after 25 minutes before Florian Klein equalised from the spot soon afterwards. Dortmund retook the lead shortly before the break when Ilkay Gündogan rounded off a flowing team move, but thereafter the Swabians threw everything at them. Huub Stevens’ men were in control for most of the second period, but failed to find the net and were punished when Marco Reus (l.) capitalised on an error from Timo Baumgartl in the 89th minute. Georg Niedermeier pulled one back for the hosts in injury-time but BVB held on to take a vital three points and start their ascent up the table.
2013/14, Matchday 11: Dortmund 6-1 Stuttgart
Another Friday night encounter under floodlights, although with very little of the same tension. Although Karim Haggui nodded VfB into an early lead, Sokratis Papastathopoulos equalised in the 19th minute before Marco Reus put the hosts ahead three minutes later. It remained that way until after half-time when an 18-minute hat-trick from Robert Lewandowski (r.) had the sold-out SIGNAL IDUNA PARK in raptures. Just for good measure, the Pole teed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to make it 6-1 in the closing stages as Dortmund stayed within a point of FC Bayern München at the summit.
2011/12, Matchday 28: Dortmund 4-4 Stuttgart
German sport magazine kicker described this Matchday 28 encounter as “having a touch of Hitchcock about it”, although until the 71st minute it was set to be a routine victory for Dortmund, who were 2-0 up and cruising thanks to goals from Shinji Kagawa and Jakub Blaszczykowski. Between the 71st and 79th minute, however, Stuttgart struck three times, Vedad Ibisevic and a Julian Schieber brace silencing the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. The fans were back on their feet soon after, however, when goals from Mats Hummels and Ivan Perisic put BVB 4-3 ahead. Just as the game looked settled, up popped Christian Gentner (l.) two minutes from time to send a left-footed drive past Roman Weidenfeller and lift VfB to sixth. Dortmund stayed top and went on to lift the title.
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2007/08, Matchday 32: Dortmund 3-2 Stuttgart
While in recent years it has been Stuttgart battling the drop, back in 2007/08 and towards the end of the Thomas Doll’s spell in charge of BVB, it was Die Schwarz-Gelben sitting at the wrong end of the table. This victory over the Swabians on Matchday 32, in another thriller, mathematically ensured Dortmund’s place in the top flight for the following season with two games remaining, although they made hard work of it. Brazilian midfielder Tinga (r.) put the hosts a goal up ten minutes before the break, but Mario Gomez, who would go on to finish second in the scoring charts with 19 goals, restored parity in the 55th minute. A brace from Swiss striker Alexander Frei seemed to have BVB out of sight, but Gomez’s strike seven minutes from time led to a nervy finish. Doll’s men held on to secure survival while VfB, champions the season before, went on to finish a disappointing sixth.
1995/96, Matchday 6: Dortmund 6-3 Stuttgart
Dortmund and Stuttgart shared another rollercoaster encounter on Matchday 6 of the 1995/96 campaign. Giovane Elber put VfB ahead in the third minute, but despite being reduced to ten men soon after when Knut Reinhardt was dismissed, BVB were 4-1 up at the break thanks to goals from Julio Cesar, Matthias Sammer (l.), Heiko Herrlich and Andreas Möller. Stefan Reuter added to the lead after the interval, before Radoslaw Gilewicz made it 5-2 in only the 53rd minute. Möller’s second finally put the game to bed, with Krassimir Balokov’s strike 15 minutes from time mere consolation for the visitors. Die Schwarz-Gelben went on to lift the title, but Stuttgart ended the season in tenth.