Stuttgart Scorpions

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Stuttgart Scorpions Flag of Germany.svg
City: Stuttgart , Baden-Wuerttemberg
Founded: 1982
Team colors: Red White
Head coach: Martin Hanselmann
League (2020): GFL South
Greatest successes
Runner-up, German Bowl participation 2007
Champion GFL South 1998, 2007
Promotion to the GFL 1985, 1991, 1994

Gazi Stadium on the Waldau

Address: Guts-Muths-Weg 4
70597 Stuttgart-Degerloch
Owner: City of Stuttgart
Play surface: Natural grass
Capacity: 11,408
Address: Jahnstrasse 92
70597 Stuttgart
Data status
January 7, 2020
Friendly game between the Scorpions and the Düsseldorf Panthers

The Stuttgart Scorpions are an American football club in the German Football League (GFL - 1st German League) from Stuttgart .


The Stuttgart Scorpions were founded in 1982 by Harold Kienitz as the second football club in Stuttgart after the Stuttgart Stallions, which had been founded in 1980 . The Büsnau Bats were added later .

In 1985 the Scorpions were promoted to the 1st Bundesliga, where they stayed for two years. After relegation in 1987, the Scorpions were champions of the second Bundesliga South in 1990, but could not rise due to a league reform. For this, the Scorpions organized the first American football game in Leipzig, which was still in existence at the time, and won against the first division club Badener Greifs in front of over 11,000 spectators .

In 1991, the Scorpions succeeded in returning to the top division. In addition, 4,000 spectators experienced the first Stuttgart Allstarbowl in the Waldaustadion against a college selection under the direction of ex-NFL coach Sam Rutigliano ( Cleveland Browns , twice NFL Coach of the Year Award ). In 1992 the first class could not be held.

In the second half of the Bundesliga in 1993 , the Scorpions were runner-up behind the Frankfurt Gamblers , who once narrowly beat them. The Gamblers failed because of the promotion relegation, but switched to a European league in 1994, with which the Scorpions made it to the House of Lords again, today's German Football League . They have been represented there since 1995, only the Braunschweig Lions are there for a year longer.

After Harold Kienitz resigned as chairman at the end of 1996, the Scorpions landed last in 1997 in the GFL-Süd. In two relegation games against the then second division champions Saarland Hurricanes , however, they confidently managed to stay in the league.

In 1998 the Scorpions surprisingly became champions of the GFL-Süd and defeated the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes in the play-offs quarter-finals before they were eliminated in the semifinals against the Hamburg Blue Devils in front of 4200 spectators.

In the 2001 season , the Scorpions reached the play-offs semi-finals after defeating the Düsseldorf Panthers , which they succeeded again in the 2002 season with a quarter-final victory against the Cologne Crocodiles . In the 2006 season the Scorpions reached the semi-finals by beating the Dresden Monarchs , but had to admit defeat to the Braunschweig Lions .

The German Bowl XXIX , the 29th edition of the final of the highest German football league , was awarded in 2007 to the Stuttgart Gazi Stadium on the Waldau , the home ground of the Scorpions under the television tower. In the 2007 season the Scorpions became champions of the GFL-Süd for the second time after 1998 and beat the Hamburg Blue Devils in the play-offs quarter-finals. With a dramatic semi-final victory against the Berlin Adler , the Scorpions reached the final of the German Bowl for the first time in 2007 . Hardly any southern teams had played there recently, the last southern victory even dated 1993. The Scorpions lost the final on October 6, 2007 in front of a home crowd and 8,152 spectators against the Braunschweig Lions 27: 6.

In the 2008 season , the Scorpions took second place in the South Group, after having led them for a long time, and received the Berlin Eagles again in the quarter-finals , but this time they were eliminated from the play-offs after a 6-9.

In the 2009 season , the Scorpions took third place in the group south and were eliminated from the play-offs in the quarter-finals at the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes .

In the 2010 season , the Scorpions took fourth place in the group south and lost in the quarterfinals again at the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes , the later German Bowl winner, just 21:23.

In the 2011 season , the Scorpions took third place in the South group. In the quarter-finals at the Mönchengladbach Mavericks , the Scorpions led 17: 6 in the second quarter, but were beaten 17:43 in the end.

In 2019, Jakob Johnson , who comes from Stuttgart and played for the Scorpions in his youth, made his debut for the New England Patriots in the National Football League (NFL).


The Gazi Stadium

From 1982 to 1996 Harold Kienitz headed the association, which was followed by Klaus Mecherlein († March 28, 2008), Rolf Pommer, Hans-Joachim Scherb and Kurt Paulus as chairmen. In November 2008 Ute Zielke took over the management of the association and held this office until 2011. In 2011 the then 24-year-old Markus Würtele took over the helm and led the club until 2017. Since September 2018, Volker Lässing has been the first chairman of the board.

In 1999 the Scorpions founded their own club, the ASC Stuttgart Scorpions , in order to maintain independence from other sports clubs.

The Stuttgart Scorpions are known for their ambitious youth work. The Scorpions youth has long been one of the most successful German youth teams and is five times German youth runner-up. In 1988 the Scorpions youth won the Panda Bowl (tournament of the best six German youth teams) with their then quarterback Patrick Faifr by beating the Berlin Adler in the final.


Gabriel Kalus enters the Eberhard Bauer Stadium with the Scorpions flag in front of his team

The Stuttgart Scorpions play their home games in the Gazi Stadium on the Waldau in Stuttgart-Degerloch below the television tower . The Gazi Stadium on the Waldau has a capacity of around 11,500 spectators.


  • 1st team:
    • 1990: Champion 2nd Bundesliga South
    • 1991: Champion 2nd Bundesliga South
    • 1998: Champion 1. Bundesliga-Süd (today: GFL-Süd)
    • 2007: Champion GFL-Süd and runner-up GFL
  • Youth:
    • 1988: Won the Panda Bowl
    • 1992: German runner-up
    • 1999: German runner-up
    • 2001: German runner-up
    • 2007: German runner-up
    • 2008: German runner-up

Teams in the ASC Stuttgart Scorpions

  • Stuttgart Scorpions , men's tackle football
  • Junior Scorpions , youth tackle football
  • Flag Scorpions , Junior Flag Football
  • Flag Pack , Senior Flag Football
  • Stuttgart Scorpions Sisters , women's football

Web links

Commons : Stuttgart Scorpions  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. press: General assembly elects new board. In: Stuttgart Scorpions | ASC Stuttgart Scorpions. Retrieved April 29, 2019 (German).