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.

Scarcely one minute into the contest, the Fortuna faithful were on their feet, not applauding a piece of Bavarian artistry, but instead celebrating Klaus Allofs’ emphatic 18-yard opening strike. Maier was at fault in the Bayern goal, although it took the visitors just 21 minutes to restore parity through Klaus Augenthaler. Munich – Record after record has fallen by the wayside since the Bundesliga’s 1963 inception, with FC Bayern Munich typically the side taking the accolade for ‘best this’ and ‘most that’. The Brehmstrasse held more than 10,000 people and was considered one of the most atmospheric and exciting venues in the entire country, no matter the sport. It wasn’t rare for the ice hockey team to outdraw the football club in those days.

All the while things are looking bright for Fortuna at the moment, it is worth to take a detour through the club’s history to see the heights and the depth this team has gone through. 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. This season’s Fortuna side seems to have a good mix of talent and experience.

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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.

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.

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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.

Shortly after Allofs’s goal, Fortuna defender Gerd Zewe brought Carrasco to the floor in the 18 yard box, but the penalty by Neeskens was too weak and Fortuna keeper Jörg Daniel held on to the ball. Asensi brought Barca back into the lead after Daniel didn’t manage to hold on to a cross, but only minutes later came Wolfgang Seel’s equalizer, bringing the half time score to 2-2.

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.

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