Able to play either at centre back or at left back, Delpierre arrived at Stuttgart at the beginning of the 2004/05 season from French side Lille OSC. He established himself as a first-team regular under Giovanni Trapattoni and became club captain in 2009. His best season with the club was in 2006/07, when he was part of the team that won the Bundesliga title. He also reached the German Cup Final in the same season, playing alongside current Hoffenheim boss Markus Babbel, as the Swabians lost out to 1. FC Nürnberg.
Babbel said of the deal, “Mathieu is an outstanding defender who will provide some useful stability at the back for us. He is a seasoned professional with good leadership qualities and that will be a great help to our young squad.”
Name: Mathieu Delpierre
Date of birth: 26.04.1981
Height/weight: 6'3”/ 86kg
Bundesliga games/goals: 161/3