SAMI KHEDIRA: STUTTGART CAREER EXPOSED

Sami Khedira has spent the majority of his professional football career outside his native Germany unlike the majority of his teammates in the national team. He was a key player for Germany as they won the World Cup title at the 2014 edition in Brazil widely regarded as the home of football.

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Khedira came through the ranks at VfB Stuttgart before making his debut as a professional footballer in the second team, VfB Stuttgart II. The midfielder was called up to the German Bundesliga squad at Stuttgart by manager Armin Veh at the start of the 2006/07 season. His first game for the senior team came against Hertha Berlin in the German Bundesliga later that season.

Sami Khedira played his first game for the VfB Stuttgart senior team against German capital club Hertha Berlin on October 1, 2006. He came on as a second half substitute for Antonio da Silva as the two teams shared a four-goal thriller in Berlin.

German international Khedirascored his first goal for Stuttgart during the league win over Schalke 04. He was the recipient of two goals as Stuttgart beat Schalke 04 3-0 at home.

He signed a professional with Stuttgart in January 2007 and he went on to play his part as the club ended the season with the German Bundesliga title. The contract he signed with the club was valid until the end of the 2008/09 campaign.

Sami Khedira produced a big performance for Stuttgart when it mattered most in the final game of the 2006/07 campaign on May 19, 2007. He scored the winning goal as Stuttgart came from behind to beat EnergieCottbus 2-1 to secure their first title in 15 years. The German midfielder signed a contract extension in July 2008 to extend his contract at the club until 2011.

The German World Cup winner left VfB Stuttgart to join Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 for an undisclosed fee.

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