The long-lasting competition between the teams of Borussia Dortmund and VfB Stuttgart has become one of the most fierce Bundesliga battles. It produced the impressive number of 311 goals in 94 matches only.
Due to the fact that the clashes between these two football clubs are always spectacular and exciting, making the encounters between the two teams some of the most memorable ones within the German Bundesliga. Here are five of the most significant matches between Borussia Dortmund and VfB Stuttgart over the years:
Matchday 6, 1995-1996: Borussia Dortmund vs Stuttgart (6-3)
Two decades ago, over Matchday 6 of the 1995/1996 campaign, the two teams faced one another in what is considered to be one of their most fierce battles. VfB’s Giovane Elber managed to put his team ahead by striking a goal in the third minute.
On the other hand, Borussia Dortmund were reduced to ten men after the midfielder Knut Reinhardt was sidelined, but still, the team managed to pull itself together and ended 4-1 up at the break. The players responsible for the four strikes were Julio Cesar, Heiko Herrlich, Andreas Möller and Matthias Sammer.
Borussia proceeded with another goal produced by Stefan Reuter after the break, while Stuttgart’s Radoslaw Gilewicz made the result 5-2 in the 53rd minute. Another goal of Andreas Möller came to cement Stuttgart’s defeat, which was diminished by Krassimir Balokov in the 75th minute to the final 6-3.
The season was ended with Borussia Dortmund lifting Championshipting the Cup, while Stuttfard occupied the 10th position in the Bundesliga table.
Matchday 32, 2007/2008: Borussia Dortmund vs Stuttgart (3-2)
Truly, there have been several consecutive seasons when VfB Stuttgart has been dealing with the drop, but over the 2007/2008 season it was the Borussia Dortmund club that has been out of form. This is exactly the victory of Die Schwarz-Gelben over the Swabians on that day is considered as one of the most epic battles between the two high-class German teams, as it ensured Dortmund’s place on top of the list for the season to follow with only two remaining games.
On the other hand, VfB Stuttgart that were champions the season before ended the season at the disappointing 6th place.
Matchday 28, 2011/2012: Borussia Dortmund vs Stuttgart (4-4)
The 4-4 draw between the two eternal competitors could be described as one of the most fierce clashes between them two. As a matter of fact, the match was quite exciting, although until the 71st minute it was set to be as a routine victory for Borussia Dortmund. The latter was leading 2-0 on VfB Stuttgart after the goals scored by Shinji Kagawa and Jakub Blaszczykowski.
However, Stuttgart managed to turn the result between the 71st and 79th minute, when three goals hit the net of the opponent’s gate. Then goals from Mats Hummels and Ivan Perisic put Borussia Dortmund back in the game with 4-3 ahead. And just when the game looked settled, another goal came from the team of Stuttgart, produced by Christian Gentner in the 88th minute.
After the match, VfB Stuttgart was lifted to 6th place on the Bundesliga table, while Borussia Dortmund kept its leading position and went on to lift the title once again.
Matchday 11, 2013/2014: Borussia Dortmund vs Stuttgart (6-1)
One of the most spectacular matches that put Borussia Dortmund against Stuttgart once again was the one on Matchday 11 of 2013/2014 season. The match ended pretty badly for VfB Stuttgart although Karim Haggui put the team into an early lead.
The score was equalised in the 19th minute by Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Only three minutes later, the hosts were put ahead with a second goal produced by Marco Reus. The result remained the sa,e until after harf-time when Robert Lewandowski managed to make a hat-trick that pretty much foreclosed the game’s result.
Matchday 22, 2014/2015: Borussia Dortmund vs Stuttgart (2-3)
Borussia Dortmund came into the match while occupying the 15th place in the country’s Championship table – a position far beyond their worst nightmares. Stuttgart were even worse, falling behind their eternal opponents with a total of four points.
This is exactly why the ambitions of both teams for this encounter were great. This led to a rollercoaster first-half ride. Although Stuttgart primarily had the possession, Borussia Dortmund managed to retake the lead just before the break.
After the break, VfB Stuttgart were in control for most of the second half-time, but did not managed to hit the opponent’s net and were punished by Marco Reus. The match ended 2-3 after Georg Niedermeier pulled one goal back for Stuttgart over injury-time, but still, Dortmund proved to be in better form that day and managed to take the vital three points.