I didn't realise things had got that bad, Fortuna

The team didn’t manage to replace their key players adequately after they had left, and in 1987 Fortuna were relegated from the Bundesliga for the second time. There were more than just bragging rights up for grabs for Düsseldorf in monday night’s home fixture against local rivals MSV Duisburg. In the end, Fortuna managed to secure another three points, bringing their tally to 41 points in the first half of the season, and breaking arch rivals Köln’s 2.

Furthermore, the team hasn’t lost in the last 24 matches for the first time in its history. Norbert Meier’s men are on fire at the moment, making Fortuna Düsseldorf one of the favorites to get promoted to the Bundesliga this season. An amazing accomplishment considering what the club has gone through in recent years.

Further strikes from Gerd Zimmermann and Emanuel Günther (2) sent Tippenhauer’s troops into seventh heaven, inflicting the heaviest-ever away defeat on the record Bundesliga champions – something, especially on Saturday, the new breed of Fortuna supporters, as well as those who were there on 9 December 1978, won’t let the visiting Bayern clan ever forget. Fortuna were unrelenting and Bayern mere bystanders as Wolfgang Seel added goals three and four within 13 minutes of the restart. These were the glory days for the Fortuna faithful, a time when the men in red put together a run of 18 back-to-back wins in the German Cup – a record still untouched to this day – but this was FC Bayern Munich they were playing. However, with the current focus on Bayern’s forthcoming attempt to make it a record-breaking season opening run of eight wins on the trot, it’s easy to forget a curious little subplot to Saturday’s Matchday 8 encounter at Fortuna Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT Arena.

Their recent form suggests that the team might be amongst the sides that manages to gain promotion to the top flight. However, their player material at the moment would suggest that they might face some problems in the Bundesliga.

In 2001, the group became the club’s shirt sponsors. For two seasons, Fortuna played in a kit bearing a skull-and-crossbone image that made for highly popular replica shirts. But age and tradition rarely equal success.

This wasn’t the first time the Düsseldorf punks had helped their team, in 1989 they used parts of their royalty cheques to help the team buy striker Anthony Baffoe. However, things started to go wrong in the beginning of the 80s. Players like Allofs, Zimmermann and Seel left the club.

  • It was also agreed upon that the team would receive further support from Germany’s biggest selling punk band.
  • Fortuna were unrelenting and Bayern mere bystanders as Wolfgang Seel added goals three and four within 13 minutes of the restart.
  • SSVg Velbert 02 had finished first in the Oberliga, but hadn’t applied for a licence for the third tier, ultimately giving Fortuna the promotion to the Regionalliga Nord.
  • Promoted to the Bundesliga for the second time in 1971 after a brief cameo that ended poorly in 1966/67, the team managed to establish itself in the Bundesliga for a number of years.
  • Bundesliga in 2009, after a decade away.
  • This biographical article related to association football in Germany, about a defender born in the 1940s, is a stub.

The 2. Bundesliga top scorer, Sascha Rösler, has brought some flair to the West-Germans attacking efforts, playing a little behind lone striker Thomas Broecker in the team’s fluid 4-5-1.

This biographical article related to association football in Germany, about a defender born in the 1940s, is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. ”Die Flingeraner” managed to return to the top flight in 1989 but failed to establish themselves in the Bundesliga like they had in the beginning of the 70s. No more finals against Barca, or top table finishes. Fortuna were relegated from the Bundesliga andfrom the 2.

Felix ZWOLANOWSKI can be linked here. Also I think Willi PESCH could be here. He belonged to the top keepers in Germany in the first half of the 1930’s here, spent all of his career at Düsseldorf and captained the team during the early 1930’s when they won German championship and reached another championship final and a cup final. Sport. Football.

Maximilian Beister will probably return to Hamburg or be sold on to a bigger Bundesliga team. Norbert Meier and his staff have a hard job on their hand finding new players if their team gets promoted.

However, history has proven that Fortuna are always good for a few surprises. Despite the financial support, Fortuna did go down one division at the end of the season, and had to play in the fourth tier for two years. However, the team were promoted in their second season after a second place finish. SSVg Velbert 02 had finished first in the Oberliga, but hadn’t applied for a licence for the third tier, ultimately giving Fortuna the promotion to the Regionalliga Nord.

One of Fortuna’s problems was they played in the fiendishly competitive Oberliga West, one of five regional leagues that formed the top level of the German game until the creation of the Bundesliga in 1963. Dortmund, Schalke, neighbours Cologne or Essen were just too consistently good.

Bundesliga record along the way. The billy goats grabbed 40 points in the 1999/2000 season. The F95’ers haven’t lost at home since their loss to Bochum on september 27th 2010. Their unbeaten club record at home now stretches over 21 matches.

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