Holger Badstuber: at VfB Stuttgart arrived


A co-production of two new additions to give Stuttgart the winning goal against Mainz 05 A corner from Dennis Aogo, Holger Badstuber recovered to the 1:0. A hugely important match for the club and especially for Badstuber.

What a day for Holger Badstuber! Ironically, the new arrival gave VfB Stuttgart their first win in the Bundesliga since almost one and a half years. The former national player, its surprising commitment by the ousted sports Executive Board Jan shingle Meiser undisputed, scored the 1:0 (0:0)-success of the leveler, over Mainz 05 in the 53. Minute the goal of the day.

But just one glance at the statistics shows how special this hit for the defender: Badstuber, who had signed with the stuttgarters recently a strong performance-related one-year contract, was met for the first time in almost eight years in the Bundesliga. Finally, the managed him at the 4. December 2009 for FC Bayern. Against Mainz, the 28-used a standard Year’s situation: He headed a corner kick from Dennis Aogo, who had also been obliged, in the short term due to the long-term failure of Emiliano Insua from the VfB, flying low into the goal.

Holger Badstuber by releases against Fabian (R) and Keeper Rene Adler (l.) no Chance

The courage of the Coach rewarded

Stuttgart coach Hannes Wolf had in the first League home game of the VfB for a 1:3 all things against Mainz on 14. May 2016, and the former national players Badstuber and Aogo, in his starting line-up ordered. A measure which should pay off. Badstuber played in a Central three chain and tried in addition to his defense work, from the back of the game. This is not always possible, because Mainz pressed early.

Nevertheless, Badstuber delivered a strong performance and is expected to have with his winning goal right in the heart of the VfB Fans played. Not could it be Wolf in his squad planning for the game really, with such a debut of Badstuber, because it was only the second Bundesliga goal of his career. The many years of professional of FC Bayern made the Bundesliga the success of the riser to 77 weeks perfectly.

Return with obstacles

Consistently in the battle with Yoshinori Muto (l)

Also defensive Badstuber took over without difficulties, the role as an organizer. And how large is the criticism of the latter’s obligation was a few weeks ago. At the beginning of August, the Central defender moved in after days of long negotiations, to the Swabians. From 2000 to 2002, the native of allgäu had already played in the youth for the VfB.

It was the last Deal of sport Board of management of the shingle Meiser, immediately after it has been released out from the Stuttgart Supervisory Board of its duties. “No one should forget his roots, and I’ve never done this before. The VfB was and is something Special for me and got me emotional again immediately,” said Badstuber in his imagination.

New Chapter started

In the second half of the last season, he had been from Bayern to Schalke 04 on loan. The contract with the record Champions expired at the end of the season, Schalke also was not interested in further employment. Badstuber, to the immense injury had for a long time of bad luck, was for the VfB therefore, free transfer.

He was of his attitude and development so far, “to start a new Chapter, to make the last years of a hook and look to the future.” Sporty a few more years at the Top Level were definitely “possible”, stressed Badstuber three weeks ago. And that is exactly what he was now against Mainz. Nevertheless, he remained after “his” game used to be modest. “The need to ask us for happy today, but we still have some work to do,” said the match-winner. One thing is, however, to be noted, Holger Badstuber arrived in his old home.

ck/mrl (sid, dpa)