NICKNAME – Die Flingeraner (The People from Flingern)
FOUNDED – 1895
LOCATED IN – Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia
STADIUM – Merkur Spiel-Arena
CAPACITY – 54,600
RELEGATED – 2020
BEST BUNDESLIGA FINISH – 3rd (Twice)
BEST DFB POKAL RUN – Winners (Twice)
BEST UC/EL FINISH – R16 (Twice)
BEST CWC FINISH – Runners Up (1978/1979)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Peter Mayer (98)
2019/2020 FINISH – 17th (1. Bundesliga)
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT FORTUNA DUSSELDORF
1. It began as a gymnastics club in the village of Flingern, which has since been swallowed up by Dusseldorf’s urban sprawl.
2. They hold the record for most consecutive wins in the DFB Pokal (18), during which they won two cups.
3. Punk rock outfit Die Toten Hosen (The Dead Trousers) are massive fans and sponsored the club between 2001 and 2003.
4. A yo-yo club, they are the only side to have dropped from the Bundesliga down to the fourth tier and returned.
5. But they are not called Fortuna due to the vagaries of fate. They were named after a nearby bakery.
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT DUSSELDORF
1. Although “Dorf” means village in German, it’s anything but, with a population of over 600,000.
2. The children of Dusseldorf are credited with inventing the cartwheel (“Radschlager”), now a popular goal celebration.
3. Dusseldorf is synonymous with “Altbier” (it’s great), which is drunk in vast quantities here, but very little elsewhere.
4. The most famous musical sons of the city are not Die Toten Hosen. That mantle belongs to electro pioneers Kraftwerk.
5. Inspiration for their hit “The Model” would not have been hard to come by. Dusseldorf is Germany’s fashion centre.
OTHER GERMAN TEAMS
Arminia Bielefeld, Augsburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia MG, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Freiburg, Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim, Koln, Leipzig, Mainz, Paderborn, Schalke, Stuttgart, Union Berlin, Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg