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.
Bundesliga, and failed to achieve anything better than a 9th place finish in the 90s (89/90 season). In 1999 the team was relegated for the second time into the third tier of German football. In the city itself, people began to rally behind the club, while Fortuna became almost hip outside of Dusseldorf, thanks to the best known German punk rock band, local lads Die Toten Hosen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After five seasons in the third highest tier in Germany Fortuna managed to finish 2nd in the newly established 3. Liga, and gained promotion to the 2.
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.
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.
Fortuna’s sole national championship had been won in 1933, three decades before the formation of the Bundesliga. One of the key men in that 1933 team was Paul Janes, a defender who held Germany’s record for international caps until 1970, when Uwe Seeler overtook him.
I still think of Fortuna Dusseldorf as the Bundesliga regulars who gave the world the Allofs brothers and narrowly lost out to Barcelona in the 1979 European Cup-Winners’ Cup final, so I was surprised to learn that they’ve spent most of the last decade sliding further and further down the German pyramid. However, they’ve apparently now hauled themselves back to the second tier, so perhaps the glory days are in sight again for this once-proud Westphalian club. Had it not been for the millions of Germans who at one point of their lives bought a CD or visited a concert of the German punk band ”Die Toten Hosen”, Fortuna might have been a club only mentioned in the history books.
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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.
Gerd Zimmermann (born 26 September 1949) is a retired German football player. He spent 9 seasons in the Bundesliga with Borussia Mönchengladbach, SC Fortuna Köln and Fortuna Düsseldorf. He spent two years in the North American Soccer League playing for the Houston Hurricane and the Calgary Boomers before returning to Germany to close out his career. For faster navigation, this Iframe is preloading the Wikiwand page for List of Fortuna Düsseldorf players.
Players like Sascha Rösler have done tremendously well in the 2. Bundesliga, but have failed to impress in the Bundesliga when they were given the chance.