Fortuna Dusseldorf

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Fortuna Dusseldorf
Club crest
Basic data
Surname Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein
Fortuna 1895 e. V.
Seat Düsseldorf , North Rhine-Westphalia
founding May 5, 1895
Colours Red White
Members 28,000 (November 2019)
Board Thomas Röttgermann (Chairman)
Christian Koke (Marketing)
Uwe Klein (Sports)
First soccer team
Head coach Uwe Rösler
Venue Mercury game arena
Places 54,600
league 2nd Bundesliga
2019/20 17th place ( Bundesliga )  

Audio file / audio sample Fortuna Düsseldorf ? / i , full name:Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., is asports clubfromDüsseldorf. Common abbreviations areFortunaorthe Fortunenor - alluding to theclub's logo -F95. The nameFlingeraneris occasionally usedafter its origin in the former working-class district ofFlingern. The main focus of the sports club is onfootball, but there are also departments forhandball,runningandtriathlon. The greatest successes in the club's history were winning theGerman soccer championshipin 1933, reaching the final ofthe1979European Cup Winners' Cup, in which Fortuna wasdefeatedbyFC Barcelonain extra time, and twoDFB Cup victories in1979 and 1980 againstHertha BSCand1 FC Cologne. From the 1980s, the club's first soccer team fell into a downward trend and suffered the fate of anelevator team. From 2002 to 2004 she even had to play in what was then the fourth-class league. Since then there has been a consolidation. In 2008, the club initially qualified for the newly founded3rd division. In 2009 Fortuna was promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga. In 2012, after successfulrelegationgames against Hertha BSC, the teamreturned to the Bundesliga after 15 years, but was relegated again on the last match day of the following season. After another five years in the second division, Fortuna rose again to the top division in 2018, but had to relegate to the second division again after two years in 2020.

The the Lower Rhine Football Association belonging club played in the years 1966/67 from 1971 to 1987, 1989 to 1992 1995 to 1997, 2012-13 and 2018-2020 in the Bundesliga and topped with 994 points 18th place of eternal Table of the Bundesliga ( Status: June 2019). In November 2019 Fortuna Düsseldorf had 28,000 members, making it one of the 20 largest German sports clubs and the fifth largest in North Rhine-Westphalia.


From the making to the German master (1895–1945)

Festschrift 1925, first use of the club logo "F95"

On May 5, 1895, the Flingern 1895 gymnastics club was founded and developed into one of the very large traditional German clubs. The aim of the association was "physical fitness and movement". In May 1911, the Alemania 1911 football club was founded. A year and a half later, in 1912, it was renamed the Fortuna 1911 football club , and in mid-1913 it merged with the Spielverein Düsseldorf football club, founded on May 1, 1908, to form the Fortuna 1911 football club . This in turn merged on November 15, 1919 with the gymnastics club Flingern 1895 to form the Düsseldorf gymnastics and sports club Fortuna 1895 . The naming after the Roman goddess of fate and luck was inspired by a horse and cart of a bread factory called Fortuna that happened to drive past the club's founders. The Fortuna Düsseldorf club logo shows a stylized white “F” for Fortuna on a red, red and white rimmed disk , followed by the smaller white numbers “9” and “5”, which stand for the founding date 1895. In the color combination red and white, the signet corresponds to the Bergisch main colors of the Düsseldorf city coat of arms .

Since the 1920s Fortuna played regularly in the highest class of the West German Game Association . In 1927 the first participation in the finals of the German championship was successful, but Fortuna was eliminated in the round of 16 with 1: 4 against Hamburger SV . Two years later, Fortuna qualified again for the finals, this time it was 1: 5 in the round of 16 against SpVgg Fürth . In 1931 he won the West German title and thus participated in the final round for the third time. Again, the last sixteen ended after a 2: 3 n. V. against Eintracht Frankfurt .

Two years later, Fortuna took part again in the finals as West German runner-up and survived against a representative of the less competitive Southeast, Vorwärts-Lawn Sport Gleiwitz , this time the round of 16. Against Arminia Hannover and Eintracht Frankfurt in the other two rounds, they made it through to the final without conceding a goal. On June 11, 1933 , the club became German champions and prevailed 3-0 in the championship final that took place in Cologne against FC Schalke 04 - the club that had previously played 0-1 in the West German final on April 30th was inferior. To date, this is the greatest success in the club's history. Up until the Second World War , Fortuna took part in the finals five more times as champions of the Lower Rhine Gauliga between 1936 and 1940 . The club succeeded in another final participation in 1936 (1: 2 n. V. against 1. FC Nürnberg ) and a third place in 1938. In addition, he moved into the final of the Tschammer Cup in 1937 (1: 2 against FC Schalke 04) a. The most important player during this time was Paul Janes , who played the most international matches of all previous players of the club with 71 games.

Seasonal balances 1947–1963
season space Gates Points
1947/48 07th 41:41 24:24
1948/49 11. 31:45 20:28
1949/50 02. 73:37 44:16
1950/51 05. 49:35 31:29
1951/52 12. 43:48 26:34
1952/53 09. 68:60 30:30
1953/54 10. 53:49 27:33
1954/55 06th 66:65 30:30
1955/56 06th 55:48 36:24
1956/57 06th 65:53 33:27
1957/58 09. 57:58 29:31
1958/59 03. 89:56 39:21
1959/60 15th 46:53 26:34
1960/61 02. 85:42 44:16
1961/62 09. 57:50 32:28
1962/63 13. 43:64 22:38
green background: Oberliga
gray background: II. Division

Oberliga (1947-1963)

From 1947 to the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963, Fortuna played in the Oberliga West, with the exception of the seasons 1949/50 and 1960/61, when they were relegated to the second division West, but both times managed to get promoted again with second place in the table . Most of the Fortuna placed in the middle of the league, the best placement was a third place in the 1958/59 season. The most important player in the post-war period was Anton “Toni” Turek , who was in the goal of the German national team at the 1954 “ Miracle of Bern ” and was promoted to “ football god ” by radio reporter Herbert Zimmermann because of his achievements . In 1949 Düsseldorf narrowly missed out on relegation, then got the chance of a later relegation round, but the team there was bottom of the group and had to relegate to the second division.

Fortuna made it into the DFB Cup final three times in the Oberliga , but all three finals were lost (1957 against Bayern Munich with 0: 1, 1958 against VfB Stuttgart with 3: 4 n.V. and in 1962 with 1: 2 n. V. against 1. FC Nürnberg ).

Since the placements in the post-war period mostly took place in the midfield, Düsseldorf failed to qualify for the Bundesliga, which was newly introduced in 1963. From then on, the club played in the Regionalliga West. This was assigned to all clubs of the former league of the same name that had failed to qualify for the new top division.

Seasonal balance sheets 1963–1971
season space Gates Points
1963/64 03. 85:50 50:26
1964/65 03. 71:38 43:25
1965/66 01. 79:22 58:10
1966/67 17th 44:66 25:43
1967/68 06th 65:49 35:33
1968/69 04th 64:35 45:23
1969/70 04th 65:33 44:24
1970/71 02. 70:26 56:12
highlighted in red: regional league

Regional league with a one-year Bundesliga interlude (1963–1971)

Fortuna initially failed to qualify for the Bundesliga, which was newly introduced in 1963. In the following three years, the club therefore played in the Regionalliga West, which had replaced the Oberliga of the same name. Although she played in the top group from the start, she missed the promotion rounds to the Bundesliga with two third places in the first two seasons.

In 1966, Düsseldorf was first with only two defeats this season and met Hertha BSC , FK Pirmasens and Kickers Offenbach in group 1 promotion . Before the last match day, the Flingerans were level on points with Pirmasens, so it came to the long-distance duel between the two competitors. While the Pirmasens won 2: 1 against Hertha, Düsseldorf was able to defeat Offenbach 5: 1 and rose to the Bundesliga for the first time due to the better goal difference .

In the first Bundesliga game, Düsseldorf met Borussia Dortmund away from home . After a goalless first half, the guests took the lead 1-0 through Jürgen Schult. A few minutes later, Dortmund were able to equalize before Peter Meyer scored the winning goal for Fortuna in the eightieth minute. Nevertheless, Düsseldorf rose again after this season.

In 1971 the Flingerans became runner-up in the Regionalliga West behind VfL Bochum tied on points and qualified again for the promotion round to the Bundesliga. There the club Borussia Neunkirchen , FC St. Pauli , 1. FC Nürnberg and Wacker 04 Berlin faced. Unbeaten in the first five games, the club was in first place at the end of the round; The club had to accept only two draws away from St. Pauli and Neunkirchen, which made it possible to return to the top division.

Establishment in the Bundesliga (1971–1987)

The second Bundesliga season began with an away defeat against Bayern Munich . Although Fortuna was able to occupy fourth place in the table on matchday six, she then slipped into the lower half of the table and was therefore in a relegation battle, which was mastered with confidence not least by the bribery scandal and the associated forced relegation of Arminia Bielefeld .

Seasonal balances 1971–1987
season space Gates Points
1971/72 13. 40:53 30:38
1972/73 03. 62:45 42:26
1973/74 03. 61:47 41:27
1974/75 06th 66:55 41:27
1975/76 12. 47:57 30:38
1976/77 12. 52:54 31:37
1977/78 05. 49:36 39:29
1978/79 07th 70:59 37:31
1979/80 11. 62:72 32:36
1980/81 13. 57:64 28:40
1981/82 15th 53:66 29:39
1982/83 09. 63:75 30:38
1983/84 14th 54:78 29:39
1984/85 15th 53:66 29:39
1985/86 14th 54:78 29:39
1986/87 17th 42:91 20:48

From 1972, Fortuna used the Rheinstadion, which was completely rebuilt for the 1974 World Cup . This also began the most successful period of the club. Immediately after being relegated to the Bundesliga for the first time, the club played for the top group and was close on Bayern's heels in second place from matchday nine. However, a 1: 2 away defeat against Hamburger SV threw Fortuna off the beaten track, so that in the six subsequent games there was no more victory and the club initially slipped to fifth. The victories at the end of the season brought third place with 42:26, ​​which is still the most successful season in the club's history since the introduction of the Bundesliga.

1973/74 succeeded again in third place in the final table. In addition, the final of the DFB Cup was reached three times in a row. In 1978 the final was lost (0: 2 against 1. FC Köln ), a year later Düsseldorf won the DFB Cup for the first time after a 1: 0 draw against Hertha BSC from Berlin with a goal from Wolfgang Seel . In the following year 1980 Fortuna was again cup winner after a 2-1 against 1. FC Köln. After that, until 2002, no club managed to defend their title in the DFB Cup.

On December 9, 1978 Fortuna managed a 7-1 victory over Bayern Munich , which is still the highest away defeat of the current record champions in a competitive game. In addition, Fortuna Düsseldorf is the only club in Germany to win 18 games in a row in the DFB Cup (from 1978 to 1981).

In the course of its sporting successes, Fortuna made it into the European Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Cup several times in the 1970s . In 1979, the club even reached the final in the European Cup Winners' Cup, which it lost on May 16, 1979 in Basel 3: 4 n. V. against FC Barcelona . The star of the club during this time was Klaus Allofs , who also played in the national team at the time and was European champion and top scorer of the tournament in 1980 .

From the 1980s onwards, the club lost touch with the top tier of the Bundesliga, and in 1987 it was relegated for the second time - after 1967 - from the Bundesliga.

Elevator team (1987–1999)

Seasonal balances 1987–1999
season space Gates Points
1987/88 05. 63:38 46:30
1988/89 01. 85:52 49:27
1989/90 09. 41:41 32:36
1990/91 12. 40:49 32:36
1991/92 20th 41:69 24:52
1992/93 21st 45:65 34:58
1993/94 01. 65:23 52: 08
1994/95 03. 51:35 43:25
1995/96 13. 40:47 0040
1996/97 16. 26:57 0033
1997/98 07th 52:54 0046
1998/99 18th 35:59 0028
yellow background: 2. Bundesliga
green background: Oberliga

The new coach was the Bosnian Aleksandar Ristić , who was responsible for the team until 1990 and from 1992 to 1996 and thus became a formative person of this era. The following years were marked by frequent ascents and descents. Fortuna Düsseldorf became the club with the most promotion and relegation in the first four leagues in the last 20 years.

In 1989 the Flingerans managed to rise again. In the same year, the Düsseldorf punk band Die Toten Hosen , who are also among the club's most prominent fans, helped finance the purchase of Anthony Baffoe from Fortuna Cologne . In the 1988/89 season, Sven Demandt , top scorer in the second division with 35 goals, and Michael Preetz shot Fortuna back into the top German division. After a repeated battle of words between Ristić and the club's management, the coach left the club in 1990 for FC Schalke 04 . The red and whites from the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia fought to stay in the league in the period that followed.

In the following season, the team then rose from bottom of the table in the second division. Since the 1991/92 season was exceptionally played with two additional teams as a result of German reunification , Fortuna is the only team to date to finish a season in 20th place in the Bundesliga. In the following season 1992/93 the relegation followed, now in the Oberliga Nordrhein .

Fortuna wanted to get back to paid football in a hurry and signed Aleksandar Ristić again, who made the direct march back to the first division with the Flingerans (promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga in 1994, promotion to the Bundesliga in 1995).

The club had little financial resources, which is why Ristić had largely no choice but to trust the team with which he had made the march. In addition, the club signed some old stars, e. B. Darko Pančev , who scored 34 goals in the 90/91 season when the Yugoslav (Serbian) record champions Red Star Belgrade won the competition for the European Cup, today's UEFA Champions League . Even their own offspring got their chance at the time: some young players, e.g. B. Ben Manga succeeded in making the leap into the first team. The storm with Mill , Pančev and Cyron was less convincing, but the defensive around goalkeeper Georg Koch , who was a strong support for his team and the absolute darling of the public.

After the promotion, the first half of the Bundesliga did not go well and the club finished last in the table at the winter break. The highlights were the good performances in the DFB Cup . On September 18, 1995, the team defeated FC Bayern Munich in the second round , with its top stars ( Papin , Klinsmann , Matthäus , Scholl etc.) and the then coach Rehhagel in the Rheinstadion , 3-1. Fortuna narrowly missed the final when they lost 2-0 to KSC in the semi- finals. In the point round, the team turned up in the back series, managed sovereignly to stay in the league and finished 13th in the table at the end of the 1995/96 season .

Map of the game SV Meppen - Fortuna Düsseldorf in the season 97/98

The following season 1996/97 was not successful, although the live band Family 5 with the song Vor, vor, Fortuna! the team was still called to "power on the Rhine". After the game against KSC, some players complained about the sometimes harsh style of their Bosnian coach. The then club president Jürgen Hauswald interfered in sporting matters and constantly argued with Ristić, whereupon the latter publicly criticized him and sometimes exposed him. Hauswald then took the opportunity and dismissed Ristić in the first half of the season. Rudolf Wojtowicz , who had assisted Ristić for many years, became the new head coach. However, this measure was unsuccessful, the team rose again.

1995 to 1997 were Fortuna Düsseldorf's last years in the Bundesliga until promotion in 2012. After two chaotic seasons, the club was relegated from the 2nd Bundesliga in 1999.

Crash into the regional and major leagues (1999-2004)

Seasonal balances 1999–2004
season space Gates Points
1999/2000 06th 53:35 53
2000/01 16. 46:52 42
2001/02 17th 36:57 32
2002/03 08th. 47:49 46
2003/04 02. 72:38 71
highlighted in red: Regional League
highlighted in green: Oberliga

From 1999 the club played in the amateur classes for almost a decade - between 2002 and 2004 even in the fourth-class league . In the first regional league season , Fortuna played in the season west / southwest, which she finished with sixth place. This also meant qualification for the two-track regional league from the following season, with the club being assigned to the North Staffel. Again - now for the third time - the club signed Ristić as coach, who was dismissed again during the season due to the low success. In the following three years, the coaching position developed into an ejection seat. After the club was initially relegated in the 2000/01 season , it benefited from the withdrawal of SV Wilhelmshaven's license and from Saxony Leipzig . At the same time, the club had got into major financial difficulties. Due to the tense economic situation of the traditional club, Die Toten Hosen agreed to sponsor the club for two years - from 2001 to 2003 - and to continue to support it beyond that.

The following season ended the Fortuna on the penultimate place in the table, which is why they had to relegate to the Oberliga Nordrhein . The first season in the league ended the "Flingeraner" in eighth place in the table. A year later, Düsseldorf landed in second place; However, since the table first SSVg Velbert did not apply for a license for the Regionalliga Nord, Fortuna was allowed to rise instead.

The last game of Fortuna in the Rheinstadion took place on March 3rd, 2002 against Rot-Weiss Essen in front of 21,000 spectators (1-1). In the autumn of 2002, the last 56,000-seat Rheinstadion was blown up to make way for a contemporary multi-purpose arena. Individual parts of the Rheinstadion were auctioned to get the club out of financial difficulties. From the time the Rheinstadion was blown up until the beginning of the 2005/06 season, the club's home ground was the Paul Janes Stadium, which after modernization and expansion could hold 8,700 spectators .

Consolidation (2004-2008)

Fortuna game in the ESPRIT arena
Season balances 2004–2013
season space Gates Points
2004/05 08th. 46:42 49
2005/06 05. 62:47 63
2006/07 10. 50:47 51
2007/08 03. 49:29 61
2008/09 02. 54:33 69
2009/10 04th 48:31 59
2010/11 07th 49:39 53
2011/12 03. 64:35 62
2012/13 17th 39:57 30th
highlighted in red: regional league
highlighted in purple: 3rd division
highlighted in yellow: 2nd Bundesliga
highlighted in green: 1st Bundesliga

On September 10, 2004 Fortuna Düsseldorf played their first game in the then LTU arena against 1. FC Union Berlin with a score of 2-0. A new attendance record for the Regionalliga Nord was set for this game with 38,123 spectators . The stadium, known as ESPRIT arena since 2009, has space for 54,600 spectators and has served as the main venue since the 2005/06 season, after a few "top games" had already been played there in the previous season. Persistent unsuccessfulness of the team as well as serious mistakes of the management ensured at this time that the Fortuna was again in acute danger of relegation. At the end of the first half of the 2005/06 season, the balance looked more positive: Despite the weak start with four defeats in a row, there was a series with 23 points from ten games. At the end of the season it was enough for fifth place in the table; nine points were missing for a promotion place. The following season was less successful and ended in mid-table.

In the 2007/08 season, the new Fortuna team ended the black series of 12 consecutive opener games with a 1-0 win in the Regionalliga Nord at Union Berlin . On September 8, 2007 Michael Melka set a new club record. At this point he had been clean for 720 minutes. He broke Jörg Schmadtke's old club record . Fortuna conceded the first goal on matchday 9, which meant that Michael Melka had been without a goal for 802 minutes. He broke Timo Hildebrand's record in "minutes of play without conceding a goal since the start of the season" . On November 12, 2007, coach Uwe Weidemann was dismissed despite a third place in the table with just two points behind the promotion places. The team manager Wolf Werner and assistant trainer Uwe Klein looked after the team until the winter break . On January 1st, 2008 Norbert Meier was officially introduced as the new head coach.

Fortuna played for promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga throughout the season; towards the end of the season succeeded a series in which they remained unbeaten. Despite a 4-0 away win against Rot-Weiß Erfurt on the last day of the match, she lost to the immediate rivals Rot Weiss Ahlen and Rot-Weiß Oberhausen , who also won and thus rose to the second highest division.

Return to professional football (2008-2013)

Third place, however, meant qualification for the newly introduced single-track 3rd division , in which Fortuna was represented in the 2008/09 season. On May 23, 2009, Fortuna set the record for third-class football in Germany at the home game against Werder Bremen II in the LTU Arena with 50,095 visitors. With the 1-0 win in this game, Fortuna was promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga .

The 2009/10 second division season began with a DFB Cup thriller against the first-class Hamburger SV, which was only lost on penalties . This season Fortuna sat in the top half of the table. Up until the penultimate matchday, Norbert Meier's team even had the chance to achieve promotion. Ultimately, however, three points were missing from third-placed FC Augsburg , which was mainly due to Fortuna's weakness away from home. Düsseldorf finally ended the season in fourth place with 59 points and not only became the best newcomer, but was also the only team in German professional football to remain unbeaten in their own stadium. Goalkeeper Michael Ratajczak had to accept only one goal in the home games of the second half of the season. With an average of over 28,000 spectators in the domestic ESPRIT arena , Fortuna achieved the best average attendance in its history.

However, the start of the following season 2010/11 failed. In the first round of the DFB Cup, the club was eliminated against third division club TuS Koblenz . The first six point games were lost in a row, so that Düsseldorf slipped to the bottom of the table, which was the worst start to the season since 1991. Eventually the team stabilized, and Fortuna fought their way into the lower midfield of the table by the winter break. The upward trend continued in the second half of the season, and the team ended the season in seventh place. Fortuna was once again the strongest home team in the league.

The 2011/12 season opener was Fortuna's best since 2003. The first twelve competitive games were played without defeat. After the end of the first half of the season, Fortuna was unbeaten in 26 competitive games and with 41 points - as many points towards the first half as no other team before - autumn champions. In addition, Düsseldorf had been unbeaten at home for over a year. Third place in the final table made it possible to qualify for the relegation games to the Bundesliga .

With reaching the round of 16 in the 2011/12 DFB Cup , which was last achieved in 1998, Fortuna met the reigning German champions and later double winners Borussia Dortmund . A 0-0 was held until the end of extra time. It was only in a memorable penalty shoot-out in which two penalty kicks had to be repeated that Fortuna lost out.

The first leg of the relegation against Hertha BSC was played on May 10 in Berlin and ended with a 2-1 win for Fortuna.

The second leg took place on May 15, 2012 in Düsseldorf. Referee Wolfgang Stark had to interrupt the game immediately after the goal to make it 2-1 for Düsseldorf in view of fireworks from both trailer blocks. Bengali fires were thrown onto the field from the Hertha fan block, and fireworks burned in the Fortuna fan block. This resulted in an injury time of seven minutes. This stoppage time could not be completed at first, because Düsseldorf fans stormed the field cheerfully before the regular end of the game when the score was 2: 2, with a Fortuna fan tearing part of one of the penalty points as a souvenir from the lawn. Due to the commotion, the players and referees left the pitch. After the use of stewards, police, stadium announcers and Fortuna players, it was possible to clear the field after about five minutes. Hertha BSC finally agreed to play to the end only after 20 minutes. Then the remaining time could be played. The game ended in a 2-2 draw, so Düsseldorf would play in the Bundesliga again in the 2012/13 season . The next day, Hertha BSC lodged an objection against the game's valuation, which was rejected in the first instance before the sports court. Then Hertha went on appeal before the DFB Federal Court, where the objection was also rejected. After Hertha BSC had accepted the ruling of the DFB Federal Court, the rise of Düsseldorf was also legally perfect. Referee Wolfgang Stark filed a criminal complaint against Hertha player Lewan Kobiaschwili for bodily harm . This ultimately agreed to a penalty order of 60,000 euros.

The new season began with an appeal against the judgment spoken by the DFB after several pyrotechnics offenses in the previous season. The club appealed and was able to avoid a complete exclusion of the spectators in the first home game against Borussia Mönchengladbach . The second judgment, which means that only 25,000 spectators plus 5,000 visiting fans will be allowed in the first two home games against Gladbach and SC Freiburg , was accepted by the club's management after a long period of deliberation. In addition, the fine for Fortuna Düsseldorf was increased by € 50,000 to € 150,000.

The new season began with the first round match of the DFB Cup . Third division team Wacker Burghausen was defeated 1-0. Fortuna celebrated their return to the Bundesliga with a 2-0 away game at FC Augsburg. The first game was only lost on the 7th matchday. Until the winter break, Fortuna was able to score many points against strong opponents, especially in their own stadium. In the DFB-Pokal they reached the round of 16 again, where they lost 2-0 to Kickers Offenbach . Fortuna could not build on the good results of the first half of the season (13th place in the table with 21 points) in the second half of the season, the first home game against FC Augsburg was lost 3-2. After the last 12 games without a win, the club slipped into the relegation zone (17th place in the table) on the last match day after a 3-0 defeat at Hannover 96 and thus rose again after only one season. Due to the unexpected defeat in the simultaneous game of Borussia Dortmund against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim , who was also threatened with relegation and placed two points lower before the last match day , Fortuna had also missed the opportunity to remain relegated via relegation after the equalization achieved in stoppage time Dortmund was not recognized for 2-2 because of offside.

Second division with turbulence and promotion to the Bundesliga (2013-2018)

Seasonal balances from 2013
season space Gates Points
2013/14 06th 45:44 50
2014/15 10. 48:52 44
2015/16 14th 32:47 35
2016/17 11. 37:39 42
2017/18 01. 57:44 63
2018/19 10. 49:65 44
2019/20 17th 36:67 30th
yellow background: 2. Bundesliga
green background: 1. Bundesliga

After relegation, head coach Norbert Meier was mutually separated. He was succeeded by the former Düsseldorf player Mike Büskens . Instead of playing along for direct re-promotion, the club continually approached the relegation zone. Büskens was released on November 30, 2013 because the club was only on the 15th place in the table of the 2nd Bundesliga. The goalkeeping coach Oliver Reck held the post of head coach on an interim basis until it was taken over by Lorenz-Günther Köstner on January 1, 2014 . When Köstner fell ill in April 2014, Reck was again an interim trainer until the end of the season. Fortuna did not lose a single competitive game under him until the end of the season and climbed from 14th to 6th place in the table. At the end of the 2013/14 season, Fortuna Düsseldorf dissolved the contract with Köstner and signed Oliver Reck as his successor on July 16, 2014.

Under horizontal bar, Fortuna played a good first round in the new 2014/2015 season and took 4th place with 28 points at the winter break. Shortly after the start of the second half of the season, Reck was dismissed after two defeats in a row on February 23, 2015 and Taşkın Aksoy was appointed interim coach. The intended return to the top of the table when the club was dismissed, however, did not take place, instead the downward trend continued: the team fell from 4th to 11th place by the end of the season and played the worst second half of all clubs this season. The separation from long-time player and captain Andreas Lambertz (in the first team since 2003), who moved to Dynamo Dresden at the end of the season , caused great resentment among parts of the fan scene . On April 14, 2015 Fortuna Düsseldorf announced the engagement of Frank Kramer as head coach from the 2015/16 season.

The goal set for the new season - to play the promotion - could not reach Kramer with the team. In the first half of the new season they were almost continuously at the bottom of the table. In the DFB Cup they were eliminated in the 2nd main round at 1. FC Nürnberg with a 1: 5 defeat. After the 1-1 draw against the bottom of the table MSV Duisburg , the club announced the dismissal of Frank Kramer on November 23, 2015. Interim coach was his assistant coach Peter Hermann , who was able to achieve two victories in a row with the team and meanwhile led the team out of the relegation zone. The chairman of the board, Dirk Kall , also had to leave in autumn on October 5, 2016 after the internal differences in the club became too great. The search for a coach ended after a month with Marco Kurz taking over the coaching position. This brought a short upswing, after which the team fell back to the relegation places with 4 defeats in a row. Robert Schäfer was announced as the new CEO on February 3, 2016. On March 13, 2016, the club announced the dismissal of Marco Kurz after only 6 games. Friedhelm Funkel , who had already offered himself to the press after Kramer's dismissal, was appointed as the new trainer on March 14, 2016. Funkel managed to stabilize the team, which was stumbling towards relegation, and made the league perfect with two wins in the last two games. At the end of the season, the club announced that it would continue the collaboration with Funkel in the next season. Manager Rachid Azzouzi, who was responsible for the expensive, unsuccessful transfers of Didier Ya Konan and Mike Van Duinen as well as the appointment of Marco Kurz, had to vacate his post on May 25, 2016. On June 14, 2016, Erich Rutemöller took over the position of the sports director on a voluntary basis, while at the same time Uwe Klein returned to the club as the new chief scout after leaving two years earlier.

In the 2016/2017 season, the team got off to a better start than expected and finished sixth in the table after 15 matchdays. In the DFB-Pokal they qualified with a 3-0 win at Hansa Rostock for the second main round, in which they won 1 : 6 in the first division relegated Hannover 96 left without singing. Between the end of November and the beginning of March, the team won no game and slipped to 14th place in the table. The team was able to recover, reached a draw and two wins in the last three games and ended the season in eleventh place.

Friedhelm Funkel's second season as coach in the 2017/18 season marked a turnaround for the club. With a draw and four wins in a row, the team had one of their best starts of the season of all time and quickly established themselves at the top of the table. The departure of assistant coach Peter Hermann, who followed Jupp Heynckes to Bayern Munich in October for almost 2 million euros, made headlines . A short drop in performance followed after being eliminated in the second main round of the DFB Cup, when they lost 1-0 at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach: There were six winless games until the end of the first half of the season, which they placed third behind the surprise autumn champion Holstein Kiel and 1. FC Nürnberg . The start of the second half of the season was just as successful for the team with four wins in a row as the first half of the season and they then consistently defended the direct promotion positions. Fortuna Düsseldorf made their direct promotion to the 2018/19 Bundesliga perfect with a 2-1 win at Dynamo Dresden on matchday 32 . Funkel was able to expand his already existing record as a coach with the most Bundesliga promotions from five to six. On the last matchday, Fortuna also secured the championship title of the 2nd Bundesliga in a direct duel at 1. FC Nürnberg with a 3-2 win in stoppage time.

Bundesliga (2018 to 2020) and relegation again

The return of Fortuna to the upper house of German football was under the motto proclaimed by the club, "Come to stay". Even before the start of the season, the team was dubbed the number one relegated team by many media and experts because of their unagitated reinforcements . In September Fortuna scored four points against European Cup participants RB Leipzig and 1899 Hoffenheim , followed by six games without a point, including a 7-1 away defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt . The turning point marked the home game against Hertha BSC on matchday 11, which the team won with a convincing 4-1. Fortuna scored three equalizer goals at champions Bayern Munich and increased the sporting crisis there with a 3: 3. Dodi Lukébakio scored three times in this game, which only Cristiano Ronaldo and Ebbe Sand had recently achieved against Bayern . Shortly before the winter break, Fortuna expanded its points account from 9 to 18 in the English week by defeating SC Freiburg 2-0, autumn champions Borussia Dortmund 2-1 and the Hanoverians, who were in danger of relegation, 1-0. During the winter break the club during training camp announced Marbella on, Friedhelm Funkels not to renew expiring contract period beyond the summer months. There followed a great public wave of solidarity with Funkel, which, after another conversation with Funkel, finally prompted the association to extend it beyond the summer. Before the second round match against Bayern Munich, the club put chairman Robert Schäfer on leave . The former managing director of VfL Wolfsburg Thomas Röttgermann succeeded him. In the second half of the season, the team was able to build on their performance and collected 26 points, including home wins against VfB Stuttgart (3-0), Borussia Mönchengladbach (3-1) and Werder Bremen (4-1) as well as three away wins at FC Schalke 04 (4: 0) and 2: 1 each at FC Augsburg and Hertha BSC. Fortuna finished the season in 10th place; the club achieved its best placement in the Bundesliga for 30 years. After the season, Dodi Lukébakio and Benito Raman, the two top scorers left Fortuna. In the following season, Friedhelm Funkel was dismissed at the end of January 2020 when the team was bottom of the table with only one win after nine games. The new coach Uwe Rösler was able to improve the team's performance so that they were placed on the relegation place above the direct relegation ranks, but on the last day of the game there was a fall from the relegation place to 17th place and another relegation.

Personal details

Squad 2020/21

  • As of August 4, 2020
No. Nat. player Born on the In the team since Contract until
21st GermanyGermany Dennis Gorka April 3, 2002 2017 2024
30th GermanyGermany Raphael Wolf June 6, 1988 2017 2021
33 GermanyGermany Florian Kastenmeier June 28, 1997 2019 2022
03 GermanyGermany André Hoffmann February 28, 1993 2017 2023
04th AustriaAustria Kevin Danso September 19, 1998 2020 2021
07th GermanyGermany Florian Hartherz May 29, 1993 2020 2022
25th GermanyGermany Matthias Zimmermann June 16, 1992 2018 2024
36 GermanyGermany Nikell Touglo November 20, 2001 2011 2023
39 GermanyGermany Jean room December 6, 1993 2017 2022
06th United StatesUnited States Alfredo Morales May 12, 1990 2018 2021
08th PolandPoland Jakub Piotrowski 4th October 1997 2020 2024
13 GermanyGermany Adam Bodzek September 7, 1985 2011 2021
18th GermanyGermany Thomas Pledl May 23, 1994 2019 2021
23 JapanJapan Shinta Appelkamp November 1, 2000 2015 2024
29 GermanyGermany Gökhan Gül July 17, 1998 2017 2021
31 GermanyGermany Marcel Sobottka April 25, 1994 2015 2022
9 PolandPoland Dawid Kownacki March 14, 1997 2019 2023
11 TurkeyTurkey Kenan Karaman May 5, 1994 2018 2021
14th GhanaGhana Kelvin Ofori July 27, 2001 2019 2022
19th GermanyGermany Emmanuel Iyoha October 11, 1997 2011 2022
27 GhanaGhana Nana Ampomah January 2, 1996 2019 2022
28 GermanyGermany Rouwen Hennings August 28, 1987 2016 2021

Squad changes in the 2020/21 season

  • As of August 3, 2020
time player Transferring club
Summer break AustriaAustria Kevin Danso FC Augsburg (loan)
Gökhan Gül SV Wehen Wiesbaden (loanee)
Florian Hartherz Arminia Bielefeld
Emmanuel Iyoha Holstein Kiel (loanee)
PolandPoland Jakub Piotrowski BelgiumBelgium KRC Genk
time player Receiving club
Summer break GhanaGhana Kasim Adams TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (loanee)
TurkeyTurkey Kaan Ayhan ItalyItaly US Sassuolo Calcio
KosovoKosovo Valon Berisha ItalyItaly Lazio Rome (Lender)
Aymen Barkok Eintracht Frankfurt (loanee)
Robin Bormuth Karlsruher SC
Diego Contento SV Sandhausen
Oliver Fink Fortuna Düsseldorf II
Niko Gießelmann 1. FC Union Berlin
NigeriaNigeria Maduka Okoye NetherlandsNetherlands Sparta Rotterdam
Michael Rensing End of contract; destination unknown
Steven Skrzybski FC Schalke 04 (loanee)
AustriaAustria Kevin Stöger End of contract; destination unknown
AustriaAustria Markus Suttner AustriaAustria FK Austria Vienna
GhanaGhana Bernard Tekpetey FC Schalke 04 (loanee)
Erik Thommy VfB Stuttgart (loanee)
United StatesUnited States Zack Steffen EnglandEngland Manchester City (Loan)
Tim Wiesner Fortuna Düsseldorf II
DenmarkDenmark Zanka TurkeyTurkey Fenerbahçe Istanbul (Lender)

Trainers and supervisors

Uwe Rösler has been the head coach of the professional team since January 29, 2020
function Nat. Surname Born on the Contract from Contract until
Coaching staff
Head coach GermanyGermany Uwe Rösler 15th November 1968 2020 2021
Assistant coach GermanyGermany Thomas Kleine December 28, 1977 2017 2022
Assistant coach GermanyGermany Axel Bellinghausen 17th May 1983 2017 2020
Goalkeeping coach GermanyGermany Christoph Semmler March 3, 1980 2020 2021
Athletic trainer GermanyGermany Robin Sanders September 10, 1986 2017 2020
Mental trainer GermanyGermany Axel Zehle April 21, 1975 2010 2020
Video analyst GermanyGermany Philipp Grobelny April 21, 1989
Team manager GermanyGermany Sascha Rösler October 28, 1977
Team supervisor GermanyGermany Oliver Paashaus 19th November 1974 1997
Team supervisor GermanyGermany Benjamin Hauptmann May 3, 1986

Former players

Fortuna Düsseldorf provided a total of 25 German national team players during its club history, including Klaus Allofs , Manfred Bockenfeld , Rudi Bommer , Kurt Borkenhagen , Jupp Derwall , Paul Janes , Toni Turek and Gerd Zewe . The sporting downward trend from the mid-1980s onwards, however, meant that the team no longer had any players who were part of the German national team. However, national players from other countries such as Anthony Baffoe ( Ghana ) and Igor Dobrowolski ( Russia ) played in Düsseldorf in the following period .

The record player is Gerd Zewe, who played 528 competitive games for the club between 1972 and 1987. Egon Köhnen (455), Josef Weikl (391) and Heiner Baltes (353) have played more than 350 competitive games . Peter Meyer (138 goals) scored the most goals in competitive matches, ahead of Reiner Geye (135) and Hans Müller (123).

Honorary captain

Fortuna legends

Fortuna legends

In the spring of 2009, the club held an online vote for the best club players of all time. The eleven winners and the trainer were then immortalized on a T-shirt. The following actors were chosen:

Toni Turek  - Gerd Zewe , Paul Janes , Gerd Zimmermann  - Rudi Bommer , Egon Köhnen , Josef Weikl , Andreas Lambertz  - Klaus Allofs , Wolfgang Seel , Thomas Allofs  - trainer: Aleksandar Ristić

On July 4, 2014, a memorial was erected in front of the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf for the 1954 world champion Toni Turek. Björn Borgerding had founded the Toni Turek initiative two years earlier. This took care of the location, the design and the financing of the monument. The memorial was then unveiled on the 60th anniversary of the “Miracle of Bern”. The Toni Turek initiative was supported by the umbrella organizations Supporters Club Düsseldorf 2003 e. V. and AK working group fan work.

Coach history

Head coach
Term of office Surname
1924-1925 AustriaAustria Heinz Körner
1925 GermanyGermany Wenßin
1925-1928 AustriaAustria Heinz Körner
1928-1929 GermanyGermany Georg Hochgesang
1929-1931 GermanyGermany Otto Keßler
1931-1934 AustriaAustria Heinz Körner
1934-1935 Nazi stateNazi state Karl Flink
1935-1937 Nazi stateNazi state Karl Höger
1937-1939 Nazi stateNazi state Karl Flink
1939-1941 AustriaAustria Heinz Körner
1941-1945 Nazi stateNazi state Hans Meck
1946-1948 GermanyGermany Georg Hochgesang
1948-1949 GermanyGermany Karl Flink
1949 GermanyGermany Theo Breuer
1949-1951 GermanyGermany Paul Janes
1951-1953 AustriaAustria Heinz Körner
1953-1957 GermanyGermany Kuno Klötzer
1957-1960 GermanyGermany Hermann Lindemann
1960 GermanyGermany Theo Breuer
1960–1962 GermanyGermany Fritz Pliska
1962-1963 GermanyGermany Jupp Derwall
1963-1967 GermanyGermany Kuno Klötzer
1967 AustriaAustria Ernst Melchior
1967-1968 GermanyGermany Bernd Oles
Head coach
Term of office Surname
1953-1954 GermanyGermany Otto Knefler
1970-1975 GermanyGermany Heinz Lucas
1975 GermanyGermany Manfred Krafft
1975-1976 GermanyGermany Josef Piontek
1976 GermanyGermany Manfred Krafft
1976-1988 GermanyGermany Dietrich way
1978-1979 GermanyGermany Hans-Dieterippenhauer
1979-1980 GermanyGermany Otto Rehhagel
1980 GermanyGermany Benno Beiroth
1980-1981 GermanyGermany Heinz Höher
1981-1982 Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR Jörg Berger
1982-1985 GermanyGermany Willibert Kremer
1985-1987 GermanyGermany Dieter Brei
1987 GermanyGermany Gert Meyer
1987-1990 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Aleksandar Ristić
1990-1991 AustriaAustria Josef Hickersberger
1991-1992 GermanyGermany Rolf sheepfold
1992 GermanyGermany Hans-Jürgen Gede
1992 GermanyGermany Horst Köppel
1992 PolandPoland Rudolf Wojtowicz
1992-1996 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Aleksandar Ristić
1996-1997 PolandPoland Rudolf Wojtowicz
1997-1998 GermanyGermany Uli Maslo
1998 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Enver Marić
Head coach
Term of office Surname
1998-1999 GermanyGermany Klaus Allofs
1999 GermanyGermany Peter Neururer
1999-2000 GermanyGermany Jürgen Gelsdorf
2000 RomaniaRomania Tim Kamp
2000-2001 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Aleksandar Ristić
2001 GermanyGermany Uwe Fuchs
2001-2002 RomaniaRomania Tim Kamp
2002 GermanyGermany Stefan Emmerling
2002-2003 Serbia and MontenegroSerbia and Montenegro Slavko Petrovic
2003 GermanyGermany Uwe Weidemann
2003-2004 ItalyItaly Massimo Morales
2004-2007 GermanyGermany Uwe Weidemann
2007 GermanyGermany Wolf Werner
2008-2013 GermanyGermany Norbert Meier
2013 GermanyGermany Mike Büskens
2013 GermanyGermany Oliver Reck
2014 GermanyGermany Lorenz-Günther Köstner
2014-2015 GermanyGermany Oliver Reck
2015 GermanyGermany Taşkın Aksoy
2015 GermanyGermany Frank Kramer
2015 GermanyGermany Peter Hermann
2016 GermanyGermany Marco Kurz
2016-2020 GermanyGermany Friedhelm Funkel
2020– GermanyGermany Uwe Rösler

Manager in the sports field


National successes

International success


European Cup balance sheet

Fortuna Düsseldorf played for the first time in the 1973/74 and 1974/75 seasons in the UEFA Cup , where the club was eliminated in the round of 16. In the 1977/78 season Fortuna lost the DFB Cup final against 1. FC Köln . Since the Domstadt team also became champions in the same year, Fortuna competed in the European Cup Winners' Cup , where they reached the final. On May 16, 1979, the team faced the traditional Spanish club FC Barcelona in the St. Jakob Stadium in Basel . The Düsseldorfer were able to keep a draw at the end of regular time, but lost 3: 4 in extra time. The Fortuna team included a. the brothers Thomas and Klaus Allofs , Gerd Zewe and Wolfgang Seel .

In the seasons 1979/80 and 1980/81 Düsseldorf played again in the European Cup Winners ' Cup after the two DFB Cup successes .

All Fortuna European Cup games at a glance:

season competition round opponent total To Back
1973/74 Uefa cup 1 round DenmarkDenmark Næstved IF 3: 2 1: 0 (H) 2: 2 (A)
2nd round AustriaAustria Admira Wacker Vienna 4: 2 1: 2 (A) 3: 0 (H)
3rd round Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig 2: 4 2: 1 (H) 0: 3 (A)
1974/75 Uefa cup 1 round ItalyItaly AC Turin 4: 2 1: 1 (A) 3: 1 (H)
2nd round Hungary 1957Hungary Rába ETO Győr 3: 2 0: 2 (A) 3: 0 (H)
3rd round NetherlandsNetherlands FC Amsterdam 1: 5 0: 3 (A) 1: 2 (H)
1978/79 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 round Romania 1965Romania Universitatea Craiova 5: 4 4: 3 (A) 1: 1 (H)
2nd round ScotlandScotland Aberdeen FC 3: 2 3: 0 (H) 0: 2 (A)
Quarter finals SwitzerlandSwitzerland Servette Geneva ( a ) 1: 1(a) 0: 0 (H) 1: 1 (A)
Semifinals CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Baník Ostrava 4: 3 3: 1 (H) 1: 2 (A)
final Spain 1977Spain FC Barcelona 3: 4 3: 4 n.V. in Basel
1979/80 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 round ScotlandScotland Glasgow Rangers 1: 2 1: 2 (A) 0: 0 (H)
1980/81 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 round AustriaAustria SV Austria Salzburg 8-0 5: 0 (H) 3: 0 (A)
2nd round BelgiumBelgium KSV Thor Waterschei 1-0 0: 0 (A) 1: 0 (H)
Quarter finals PortugalPortugal Benfica Lisbon 2: 3 2: 2 (H) 0: 1 (A)
Legend: (H) - home game, (A) - away game, (N) - neutral place, (a) - away goal rule , (i. E.) - on penalties , (n. V.) - after extra time

Overall record: 29 games, 11 wins, 8 draws, 10 defeats, 45:36 goals (goal difference +9)

Second team


Fortuna Düsseldorf II
Surname Fortuna Düsseldorf II
Venue Paul Janes Stadium
Places 7,200
Head coach Nico Michaty
league Regionalliga West
2019/20 11th place

The second Fortuna team celebrated their greatest success in 1977 when they won the German amateur championship .

Since the 1990s, the second team that plays their home games in the Paul Janes Stadium has been commuting between the Oberliga Nordrhein and the Verbandsliga Niederrhein . In 1997 she narrowly missed promotion to the Regionalliga West / Südwest ; on the penultimate game day, the second representation was subject to FC Wegberg-Beeck , which allowed the Bonner SC to overtake with two wins. In 2002 the team was relegated to the Association League, while the first guard from the Regionalliga Nord had to go to the Oberliga. 2007 succeeded after five years of abstinence to return to the Oberliga Nordrhein, which was held for the 2007/08 season for the last time. On the last day of the match, a 4-0 win against KFC Uerdingen 05 qualified for the newly created NRW League , to which the previous upper leagues of North Rhine and Westphalia were merged. In the new league it was much more successful; On the 33rd match day, a 3-0 win against Schwarz-Weiß Essen secured promotion to the Regionalliga West , in which the second team of the "Flingeraner" will play from the 2009/10 season. In the 2009/10 season, the team secured relegation with a 2-1 win at Bonner SC on the last day of the match. Goran Vucic coached the team until the 2011/12 season, which ended the team in last and 19th place. Due to a reform of the regional leagues , she played in the new Regionalliga West in the 2012/13 season despite the last place in the preseason . From June 2012 to March 2018 Taşkın Aksoy coached the second team. Under his successor Jens Langeneke , the team was fourth from last in the 2017/18 season and was thus relegated in terms of sport. With the promotion of KFC Uerdingen 05 to the 3rd division , the team will remain in the Regionalliga West in the 2018/19 season. In the 2019/20 season , which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic , the team reached eleventh place according to the quotient calculation .

Current squad 20/21 of the second team

  • As of August 4, 2020
Surname Nat. In the team since
Glenn Dohn GermanyGermany 2020
Jannick Theißen GermanyGermany 2018
Tim Wiesner GermanyGermany 2014
Tim Corsten GermanyGermany 2019
Connor Klossek GermanyGermany 2018
Jean Ndecky SenegalSenegal 2018
Tim Oberdorf GermanyGermany 2019
Vincent Schaub GermanyGermany 2010
Georgios Siadas GermanyGermany 2010
Michel Stocker GermanyGermany 2017
Boris Tomiak GermanyGermany 2020
Sebastian Woitzyk GermanyGermany 2020
Johannes Bühler GermanyGermany 2019
Oliver Fink GermanyGermany 2009
Felix Königaus GermanyGermany 2019
Tim Köther GermanyGermany 2019
Bastian Kummer GermanyGermany 2016
Enrique Lofolomo GermanyGermany 2018
Before that, Lovren CroatiaCroatia 2017
Phil Seven GermanyGermany 2020
Timo Bornemann GermanyGermany 2015
Kevin Hagemann GermanyGermany 2019
Elmin Heric Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 2019
Lex-Tyger Lobinger GermanyGermany 2019
Steffen Meuer GermanyGermany 2020
Coaching staff
Nico Michaty (head coach) GermanyGermany 2018
Lukas Sinkiewicz ( Assistant Trainer) GermanyGermany 2018
Andreas Lambertz (assistant trainer) GermanyGermany 2018
Dirk Zimmermann (goalkeeping coach) GermanyGermany 2018
Engin Cicem (athletic trainer) GermanyGermany 2019
Michael Kuhn (team manager) GermanyGermany 2017

Youth teams

In the 2019/20 season, Fortuna Düsseldorf provided junior teams in the U9 to U19 age groups. Both the A and the B youth play in the respective junior national leagues. The U19 has been coached by Siniša Šuker since 2005, while the former professional Jens Langeneke took over the U17 in July 2018 .

Various later Bundesliga professionals went through at least one year of the Düsseldorf youth department. These were:


  • 1908–1919: Lichtplatz
  • 1919–1930: Vennhauser Strasse
  • 1930–1972: Paul Janes Stadium
  • 1972–2002: Rheinstadion (1975 at times Paul Janes Stadium)
  • 2002–2005: Paul Janes Stadium
  • since 2005: Merkur Spiel-Arena (until July 2009 LTU arena , until August 2018 ESPRIT arena )
  • April 18 - May 8, 2011: Lena-Arena (airberlin world)

The first team trains in the Arena Sports Park at the Merkur Spiel-Arena. Now and then she trains on the small arena (also in the arena sports park), where the youth departments of the Düsseldorf Panthers also play their home games, or in the neighboring athletics hall.

Shirt sponsors and suppliers

Shirt sponsors and suppliers
time Outfitter Shirt sponsor
1974-1975 All purchase
1975-1976 ARAG
1976-1977 puma
1977-1988 erima
1978-1988 puma
1988-1993 Zamek
1993-1998 Umbro Diebels Alt
1998-2001 handle
2001-2003 The dead pants
2003-2004 puma Monkey's Island
2004-2011 Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf
2011–2012 bauhaus
2012-2017 Otelo
2017-2018 uhlsport Orthomol
since 2018 handle

History of the club emblem

The Fortuna emblem, first published in this form in a commemorative publication for the 30th anniversary of the association, has essentially remained unchanged since 1925. From 1952 to 1976 a color-inverted shape was in use.

Club rivalries and fan cult

The club's main rival is 1. FC Köln , which is due on the one hand to the geographical proximity of both clubs and on the other hand to the traditional rivalry between the two cities . However, the occasional downward trend in sport among the Düsseldorfers had meant that the tense relationship with one another became less explosive. After 1999, there were only two competitive games in the 2nd Bundesliga in the 2013/14 season .

Other rivalries in the immediate vicinity were with Bayer 04 Leverkusen , Rot-Weiss Essen and Wuppertaler SV . The former germinated at the end of the 1970s when they were promoted to the Bundesliga, since the Leverkusen team has since successfully competed with Düsseldorf and Cologne for the rank of “power on the Rhine”. In addition, the support from the financially strong Bayer Group causes a certain aversion. Other clubs and voices from the Düsseldorf and Cologne area therefore referred to Bayer 04 Leverkusen as a “plastic” or “retort club” without any real club tradition and their team as the “ Werkself ”. The fact that Bayer used the LTU Arena in the second half of the 2008/09 season caused further resentment among many Fortuna fans. During their time together in the Bundesliga in the 2012/13 season , this rivalry revived. With regard to Rot-Weiss Essen, the high number of direct clashes that had existed since the turn of the millennium was a reason for increased animosity, which, however, initially became apparent with the sporting drifting apart of the clubs (Rot-Weiss Essen is now in the fourth division) have done.

City-internal rivalries with the Düsseldorfer SC 99 or TuRU Düsseldorf already lost importance in the period after the Second World War, since since then no football club within the city limits has been higher-class than Fortuna.

There is also a certain tension with FC Bayern Munich . Although Düsseldorf was only a real competitor in the championship fight in the early 1970s, the clubs' encounters were explosive in the period that followed: In June 1975 Bayern led 4-2 away at half-time, but lost the game in the end with 5 : 6. On December 9, 1978, the club was able to defeat today's record champions 7-1, which is also his highest away defeat in the Bundesliga. In the 1985/86 season , Fortuna was the only team to win twice against the eventual champions. While Düsseldorf had been relegated from the Bundesliga in 1997, the band Die Toten Hosen , which consists largely of fans of Fortuna Düsseldorf, released the song Bayern in their album Immortal in 1999 , in the text of which FC Bayern Munich is mocked.

Fortuna Düsseldorf's game encounters with rival clubs of the Niederrhein Football Association , formerly MSV Duisburg or Rot-Weiß Oberhausen and currently Borussia Mönchengladbach , are referred to as "Niederrhein- Derby ", the former occasionally as a "Tram Derby".

For the 120th anniversary of the club on May 5, 2015, fans who had lined up along the Düsseldorf Rhine promenade lit Bengalos shortly after midnight and illuminated the Rhine with their red lights. The action was documented on film from various points of view.


In addition to the soccer teams, the club also has a handball department and a running and triathlon department. The women's team in the handball department will compete in the third division in the 2019/20 season . By joining the Inter Futsal Düsseldorf association on June 1, 2015, Fortuna also has a futsal department . On July 1, 2017, the Futsal Lions Düsseldorf joined Fortuna.


  • On July 4, 2014 - exactly 60 years after the legendary German World Cup victory in Bern - a life-size bronze monument to the late club legend Toni Turek , world champion from 1954 , was erected next to the Düsseldorf Arena in Stockum .
  • In summer 2018 the association started a cooperation with the beekeeping association Apidea mellifica e. V. Düsseldorf a. In the course of this, a red and white beehive, which also adorns the club's coat of arms, was created and inaugurated in the north park near the stadium.
  • On the 19th matchday of the 2018/19 Bundesliga , Fortuna appeared in special retro jerseys. The occasion was the 100th birthday of the late Toni Turek.


  • Lars Pape / Holger Schürmann: Fortuna's Legends. You can't buy tradition Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf 2015, ISBN 978-3-7700-1538-2 .
  • Michael Bolten: We are Fortuna! Fortuna Düsseldorf 1996–2013 Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2013, ISBN 978-3-7307-0048-8 .
  • Michael Bolten: Everything else is just football. The story of Fortuna Düsseldorf. The workshop, Göttingen 2005, ISBN 3-89533-505-3 .
  • Henning Heske : In the arena. Living with Fortuna Düsseldorf. Agon Sportverlag, Kassel 2009, ISBN 978-3-89784-359-2 .
  • Henning Heske: The ball has no memory. Living with Fortuna Düsseldorf. Books on Demand GmbH, Norderstedt 2010, ISBN 978-3-8391-6277-4 .
  • Werner Jacobs: 100 Years of Fortuna Düsseldorf 1895–1995 - The chronicle of 100 years of passion. Düsseldorf 1994.
  • Werner Jacobs: The capricious diva - 20 years of the Bundesliga Fortuna Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf 1995, ISBN 3-9804284-1-9 .
  • Wolfgang Niersbach : 85 years of Fortuna Düsseldorf. Dasbach Verlag GmbH, Taunusstein 1980.
  • Ralf J. Schoppe: Fortuna Düsseldorf - From the family album of a large football club. Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf 1974, ISBN 3-7700-0390-X .
  • Carsten Koslowski: Two years are enough Monsenstein and Vannerdat, Münster 2004, ISBN 978-3-937312-93-4 .
  • 30 years TSV Fortuna 1895 Düsseldorf , Düsseldorf 1925.
  • Festschrift for winning the German championship in 1933 , self-published, August 1933.
  • Stephan Vogel: Fortuna Düsseldorf: The championship 1933. Hamburg: tredition 2013.
  • Stephan Vogel: Fortuna Düsseldorf: Oberliga West 1947–1955. Hamburg: tredition 2013
  • Stephan Vogel: Fortuna Düsseldorf under National Socialism . Hamburg: Tradition 2017, ISBN 978-3-7439-1935-8 .

Web links

Commons : Fortuna Düsseldorf  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Number of members Fortuna Düsseldorf. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., accessed on December 2, 2019 .
  2. Fortuna in the Oberliga Nordrhein (2003/04) on YouTube
  3. ^ The first years. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., accessed on October 20, 2019 .
  4. He played a total of 133 top division matches from 1950/51 to 1954/55. Compare Werner Raupp : Toni Turek - "Football God". A biography, Hildesheim: Arete 2019, ISBN 978-3-96423-008-9 , pp. 73-133.
  5. DFB Cup: history, mode, records. In: Retrieved October 20, 2019 .
  6. according to Biermann, "Almost everything about football", KiWi , 2005.
  7. Video of the single Vor, vor, Fortuna! on YouTube
  8. Dead Hosen in a spending mood. In: Spiegel Online . June 12, 2001, Retrieved October 20, 2019 .
  9. Tschö, Rheinstadion! ( Memento from June 5, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) In: the network book. September 12, 2002.
  10. Game report: Fortuna is second class! in the database of . Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  11. Promotion to the second division - Fortuna Düsseldorf is back. In: Tagesspiegel. May 23, 2009, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  12. 2. Bundesliga table 2010/11 34th matchday in the database of . Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  13. Cai-Simon Preuten: Fortuna Dusseldorf trembles in the relegation. In: Spiegel Online. May 6, 2012, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  14. Match report: Weidenfeller decides the nerve game in the database of . Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  15. Jan Reschke: Relegation bankruptcy for Hertha - Düsseldorf has the rise in mind. Spiegel Online, May 10, 2012, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  16. Stephan Seeger: The chronology of the escalation. In: RP Online . May 16, 2012, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  17. Christian Paul: Fan chaos overshadows the rise of Düsseldorf. Spiegel Online, May 16, 2012, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  18. Hertha does not appeal to the arbitral tribunal. In: Hertha BSC GmbH & Co. KGaA = Hertha BSC, June 22, 2012, accessed on October 20, 2019 .
  19. Referee Stark shows Hertha players. In: New Osnabrück Newspaper . May 18, 2012, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  20. Herthas Kobiaschwili has to pay 60,000 euros. In: Der Tagesspiegel. December 15, 2012, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  21. Fortuna Düsseldorf accepts partial exclusion judgment. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., August 16, 2012, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  22. Fortuna Düsseldorf and Norbert Meier split up. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., May 27, 2013, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  23. Lorenz-Günther Köstner new head coach at Fortuna. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., December 30, 2013, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  24. Oliver Reck new head coach. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., July 16, 2014, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  25. Reck dismissed, Aksoy takes over. In: RevierSport. February 23, 2015, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  26. Frank Kramer becomes the new head coach. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., April 14, 2015, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  27. Fortuna Düsseldorf: Board boss Dirk Kall has to go. In: RP Online. October 5, 2015, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  28. Bernd Jolitz: Contract signed: Fortuna Düsseldorf signs Marco Kurz as the new coach. In: RP Online. December 23, 2015, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  29. ^ RP Online: Fortuna Düsseldorf confirms: Schäfer will be the new CEO. In: RP Online. February 3, 2016, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  30. ^ Christoffer Kleindienst: Fortuna Düsseldorf: Fix! Funkel is the new coach of Fortuna. In: RP Online. March 14, 2016, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  31. Friedhelm Funkel remains the head coach of Fortuna. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., accessed on October 20, 2019 .
  32. New overall concept in the sporting area. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., accessed on October 20, 2019 .
  33. Fortuna collects up to two million euros for Hermann. Retrieved May 10, 2018 .
  34. ^ Düsseldorf coach Friedhelm Funkel: The record Bundesliga climber. Retrieved May 10, 2018 .
  35. Bayern-Schreck Dodi Lukebakio: The first since Cristiano Ronaldo. Retrieved May 25, 2018 .
  36. Fortuna fans support coach Funkel. Retrieved May 25, 2018 .
  37. Fortuna separates from CEO Robert Schäfer. Retrieved May 25, 2018 .
  38. Fortuna Supervisory Board sets the course for the future. Retrieved May 25, 2018 .
  39. ↑ Bottom of the table reacts: After dismissal in Düsseldorf: Funkel announces end of career , , January 29, 2020
  40. Fortuna Düsseldorf: It comes brutally different ,, June 27, 2020
  41. Squad. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., accessed on August 1, 2020 .
  42. Trainer & Staff. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., accessed on October 20, 2019 .
  43. Alexander Schulte: The football god stands in front of the arena. In: Westdeutsche Zeitung . July 4, 2014, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  44. ^ The coaches since 1924. Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., accessed April 10, 2019 .
  45. Thomas Schulze: Azzouzi's successor will not be long in coming. In: RP Online. May 26, 2016, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  46. Erich Rutemöller returns to 1. FC Köln as a consultant., September 8, 2019, accessed on September 12, 2019 .
  47. Lutz Pfannenstiel was officially presented to the public. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., December 17, 2018, accessed January 1, 2019 .
  48. The board of directors. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., accessed on October 20, 2019 .
  49. Lutz Pfannenstiel leaves Fortuna at the end of the season for private reasons., February 18, 2020, accessed May 30, 2020 .
  50. The Zwote got off to a good start in preparation. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., June 26, 2012, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  51. Regionalliga squad. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., accessed October 25, 2019 .
  52. Jugendarbeit ,, accessed on June 3, 2020
  53. Gallery of jerseys. In: F95 cult jersey. Retrieved October 20, 2019 .
  54. Michael Ryberg: Fortuna is not a relegation candidate on the shirt front. In: July 9, 2012, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  55. Orthomol new main and jersey sponsor of Fortuna. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., June 23, 2017, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  56. Henkel becomes the new main sponsor of Fortuna Düsseldorf. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., June 21, 2018, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  57. Marco Langer (club archivist from 1990–2015): The logo through the ages: The history of the Fortuna Düsseldorf club logo. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., accessed on October 20, 2019 .
  58. Ten people from Leverkusen fight Fortuna ( memento from November 8, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), article from November 4, 2012 in the portal , accessed on November 4, 2012.
  59. Ingo Blazejewski: MSV versus Fortuna - Why the “Tram Derby” is not one this time. Iserlohner Kreisanzeiger und Zeitung, November 18, 2015, accessed on October 20, 2019 .
  60. Fans celebrate Fortuna's birthday with a pyro show. In: RP Online. May 5, 2015, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  61. Fortuna Düsseldorf 'set fire' to the Rhine to mark 120-year anniversary. In: The Guardian . May 5, 2015, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  62. Running Department. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., accessed on October 20, 2019 .
  63. DHB announces the division of the 3rd league for 2019/20. In: :. June 17, 2019, accessed June 17, 2019 .
  64. ^ Stephan Wappner: A monument to the football god. In: March 28, 2014, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  65. Fortuna lets the bees rise. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., June 26, 2018, accessed October 20, 2019 .
  66. Fortuna presents Toni Turek special jersey. In: Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e. V., November 26, 2018, accessed October 20, 2019 .