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Die kleinen Blauen (The little Blues)
Stuttgarter Kickers II (also known as Stuttgarter Kickers Amateure or Stuttgarter Kickers U-23) is the reserve team of German football club Stuttgarter Kickers.
The Stuttgarter Kickers II, have been playing in the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg since 2000. Previously, the team fluctuated between the Landesliga and Verbandsliga Württemberg. The team is intended to be the final step between Stuttgart's youth setup and the first team, and is usually made up of promising youngsters between the age of 18 and 23, with a few veteran players drafted in to provide experience.
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The team first earned promotion to the highest league in the region, the tier three Amateurliga Nordwürttemberg, in 1969 and played there for four seasons until 1973 when it was relegated again. It made one more return to this league in 1975–76 but was relegated again and did not return until the league was disbanded in 1978. Instead it became part of the new tier four Verbandsliga Württemberg that year where it played until 1987 with two second places in 1982 and 1983 as its best results.
After three seasons in the Landesliga the team returned to the Verbandsliga in 1990, came second in the league in 1990–91 and earned promotion to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg for the first time. The team lasted for only one season and suffered consecutive relegations, dropping back into the Landesliga in 1993. After another three seasons in the Landesliga the team returned to the Verbandsliga in 1996. After four seasons in the Verbandsliga it won a second promotion to the Oberliga in 2000 and has been playing at this level since with a sixth place in 2010–11 as its best result.
The Stuttgarter Kickers II plays at the Bezirkssportanlage Waldau in Stuttgart-Degerloch and sometimes at the ADM-Sportpark.
The reserve team squad:
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
The club's honours:Verbandsliga Württemberg
Runners-up: (4) 1982, 1983, 1991, 2000
Dieter Märkle (Head Coach)
Danijel Baric (Assistant Coach)
Erol Sabanov (Goalkeeper Coach)
Ümit Sahin (Goalkeeper Coach)
Recent seasons of the team: