Fortuna Düsseldorf

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.

European Cup-Winners Cup Final. Basle, Switzerland. 16th May 1979. Barcelona 4 v Fortuna Dusseldorf 3.

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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.


Bundesliga in 2009, after a decade away. And this time around, the entire city was excited about the match, because the opponents in the final were FC Barcelona, a team considered to be better than Fortuna and one of Europe’s premier football clubs. However, Fortuna managed to give the Catalans problems by being well-organized and disciplined, even after Sánchez gave Barcelona an early lead in the 5th minute of the match. Klaus Allofs got the equalizer only 3 minutes later, after Barca keeper Artola couldn’t hold on to a ball.

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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.

You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball. Fortuna have managed to re-establish themselves as one of the top teams in the 2. Bundesliga.

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.

Fortuna’s Klaus Allofs turns away after scoring a goal. The Bundesliga Fanatic is committed to publishing the best English-language content regarding the Bundesliga and the wider world of German football. Thought I’d mention it as surely you’ll write another article about Fortuna after their promotion (and what will happen to them in the Bundesliga, I do share your concerns). Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s.

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.

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.

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