In the 2006/07 season, Bundesliga side VFB Stuttgart were crowned champions of Germany. That memory of lifting the title seems a lifetime ago now, with the club fighting relegation over the last two seasons.
Last season, I was fortunate enough to travel to Stuttgart, and watch VFB take on VFL Wolfsburg. Despite losing the game 2-1, the atmosphere was electric as other results guaranteed Stuttgart's survival.
Ever since, I've held VFB very close to my heart, and I didn't realise how much I had until late this season when German striker Daniel Ginczek scored a last minute winner against fellow strugglers Werder Bremen to boost our survival hopes. It's safe to say I don't celebrate that much often.
This season, we've been very unlucky with injuries. The aforementioned striker, a new signing in the summer, has just managed 16 appearances all season. Since returning, Ginczek has scored six crucial goals for VFB, and is trying his best to help them stay in the Bundesliga.
A big problem for Stuttgart this season has been important players like Timo Werner, Alexandru Maxim and Moritz Leitner not performing to their best. They're struggling to keep their heads above water, but they may be given a hand due to the Bundesliga set up.
In Germany, the team that finishes 16th, the final relegation spot, are involved in a play off match with the third placed team in Bundesliga 2 to see who will play in the first division of German football the following season.
VFB Stuttgart's remaining games this season are against Hamburger SV at home, and then an away trip to Paderborn. Both Hamburger and Paderborn are amongst the clubs threatened by relegation, and should VFB win their remaining games, that would guarantee at least 16th place, meaning their hopes of survival would still be very much alive.
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