Fortuna Düsseldorf are a Bundesliga side based in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. Nicknamed the Flingeraner, they play their home games at the Merkur Spiel-Arena. Their traditional kit is red shirts with a while “v-stripe” and red shorts.
Founded in 1895, the club achieved its greatest success in 1933 when it won its first, and only German championship. They did win the German Cup in successive years though, in 1979 and 1980. Also reached the European Cup Winners Cup final in 1979, losing eventually to Barcelona.
The club are one of the best supported in Germany Bundesliga – the 50,000 home crowd that saw them beat Werder Bremen under-23 in 2009 set an all-time attendance record for the third tier of German football.
Their main local rivals are FC Köln because of their geographical proximity and historical rivalry between the two cities. However, the two sides have rarely played each other in recent seasons due to being in different divisions. There are also local rivalries with Bayer Leverkusen, Rot-Weiss Essen, and Wuppertaler SV.
In the past decade, Fortuna have spent more time out of the top tier than they spent playing in it. Relegated at the end of the 2013 season, the last year they won promotion back to the Bundesliga coming up as champions of the Second Division. Last time they managed to stay one season but they have defied gloomy Fortuna Düsseldorf predictions for this season and are safely in mid-table. Now the most likely Fortuna Düsseldorf betting tip is for a tenth place finish this campaign.
The challenge now is whether they can establish themselves as a top flight team, and this is where Fortuna Düsseldorf tips for next season should be focused.