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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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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.


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.

Maximilian Beister will probably return to Hamburg or be sold on to a bigger Bundesliga team. Norbert Meier and his staff have a hard job on their hand finding new players if their team gets promoted.

Their recent form suggests that the team might be amongst the sides that manages to gain promotion to the top flight. However, their player material at the moment would suggest that they might face some problems in the Bundesliga.

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.

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Maximilian Beister has shown time and time again, why so many football experts think that he has a bright future ahead of him, The 21-year-old has proven to be a valuable asset to the team by scoring 8 goals and creating 11 assists. Captain Andreas Lambartz has pulled the strings beautifully in the midfield, while 34-year-old Jens Langeneke has had a sturdy grip on the team’s defense, all the while scoring 7 goals. Fortuna has impressed with a fluid, attack minded football this season, making life difficult for their opponents.

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