It is more than 20 years since VfB Stuttgart last had a German World Cup winner on their books, in the form of defensive legend Guido Buchwald.
Now, they have another: Kevin Großkreutz is back in the Bundesliga after a brief, ill-fated sojourn in Istanbul with Galatasaray SK – snapped up by the Swabians to help them pull clear of the table's nether regions, preferably sooner rather than later.
"I can't wait to get stuck into this new challenge," the 27-year-old utility player said. "The Bundesliga's up there alongside the Premier League as the strongest in the world. I'm very excited at the prospect of tackling our common goals with Stuttgart."
Buchwald, for one, believes the versatile newcomer can become a key player for Stuttgart. “He's got a winner's mentality and he'll run till he drops,” said the 1990 world champion: “I'm confident Kevin will deliver the goods.” Karl-Heinz Förster, another club icon, agrees, saying, “I think it could work. If he can reproduce his performance level for Dortmund under Jürgen Klopp, he's certainly going to be able to help VfB.”