From Robbie Kruse to Stefan Reisinger: A goal that will live long in the memory of Fortuna Düsseldorf
It marks a dramatic return to the Bundesliga, following a 15-year absence, which was a traumatic period for the club. A decade ago last Friday, Fortuna were thrashed 6-0 by Wuppertaler SV in the fifth-tier of German football, as they made small steps on their ascent to become the only side to be demoted to the regional leagues and return to the top-flight.
Seven days that will be monumental in Fortuna’s Bundesliga history starting with a routine 2-0 home win against Hamburg SV, three weeks ago. A well-earned draw would follow in Dortmund in midweek before an impressive 4-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt on the following Friday.
Years of financial difficulties and licensing problems has marred one of the most traditional clubs in German football. Like many in the 1990s, Fortuna were hit hard by the financial problems widespread in German football and in the end, they plummeted to the regional divisions – participating as low as the Oberliga Nordrehin. Commercially, the club was in dire straits and it took a local punk rock band, Die Toten Hosen, to bail them out for two year’s worth of sponsorship revenue.