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‘Stuttgart International’ – VfB’s Champions League venture confirmed

Written by on May 2, 2024

By Cameron Smith@_Camjsmith

With VfB Stuttgart being unable to finish the campaign any lower than fifth, Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 first-leg victory against Paris Saint Germain confirmed that there will be five German clubs in next season’s competition, securing VfB’s first Champions League venture since 09/10.

 

The wait is over for Sebastian Hoeneß and VfB Stuttgart. After an incredibly impressive campaign, Champions League football has been brought back to the MHPArena for the first time since the 2009/10 season.

The Swabians suffered late heartbreak against Bayer Leverkusen in their most recent, after goals from Chris Führich and Deniz Undav put VfB on course to end the unbeaten record of the champions. 

However, after securing Europa League football at an absolute minimum against Eintracht Frankfurt on matchday 29, VfB go into this weekend’s clash with Bayern knowing that their Champions League future is secured.

Speaking ahead of the recent fixture against Eintracht, Hoeneß emphasised the fact that the job would not be done after securing Europa League football

“You won’t see me on the ultra railings. Unless something that belongs to me gets stuck in the fence, I won’t be climbing up there. We have a difficult remaining schedule.”

With three Bundesliga matchdays remaining, the wait for the celebrations is finally over.

The club’s ecstatic CEO Alexander Werhle highlighted just how special the moment is for the club. 

“Stuttgart is going international – our very own VfB will be playing on the biggest stage that European football has to offer next season: the UEFA Champions League!” 

“Together, we have achieved something amazing. While we can all look forward to the coming season, we still want to finish off the current campaign as strongly as possible and show the same commitment and passion in the matches until the summer break. We want to give this already incredibly successful season the finale it deserves.”

VfB prepares to face FC Bayern at home on Saturday in front of what is set to be a rapturous MHPArena, and just twelve months on from escaping relegation, it is only a matter of months before the Champions League anthem will be heard in Bad Canstatt.

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