Fortuna Sittard

Fortuna Sittard is a football club in Sittard, Netherlands. The club currently plays its football in the 12,500 capacity Fortuna Sittard Stadion and features in the Eredivisie. The club was established through a merger of former clubs Fortuna 54 and Sittardia, which merged as the Fortuna Sittardia Combinatie on 1 July 1968.

Fortuna Sittard
Fortuna Sittard logo.svg
Full nameFortuna Sittard
Nickname(s)Fortuna, Fortunezen
Founded1 July 1968; 52 years ago (1968-07-01)
GroundFortuna Sittard Stadion
Capacity12,500
OwnerÖzgür Işıtan Gün
ChairmanÖzgür Işıtan Gün
ManagerKevin Hofland
LeagueEredivisie
2019–20Eredivisie, 16th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The club experienced mixed fortunes throughout its history although they were a regular fixture in the Eredivisie in the 1990s, with many talented players such as Kevin Hofland, Mark van Bommel and Fernando Ricksen emerging from its youth system. These players later joined PSV Eindhoven and Rangers thereafter featured for the Netherlands national team. The team's management also had an eye for talent, as they snapped up Wilfred Bouma and Patrick Paauwe from the youth setup of PSV. Both players developed well under manager Bert van Marwijk, before breaking into the Dutch national side and moving towards bigger clubs.

'Fortuna 54' was a relatively successful club which once won the KNVB Cup in the 1956–57 season where they finished the Eredivisie season second place behind champions Ajax whereas the 'Sittardia' battled against relegation for many seasons. Another KNVB Cup triumph was also celebrated by 'Fortuna 54' in 1964 before the merging of the two clubs in 1968 due to financial difficulties.

At the end of the 1999–2000 season, successful manager Bert van Marwijk left to join Feyenoord and the team seemed to collapse. Due to poor management, the team signed a number of over-paid and under-performing "stars". Fortuna relegated to the First Division in the 2001–02 season, where things were getting from bad to worse very quickly.[1] Financial irregularities had been discovered and the team has been facing bankruptcy for the past four seasons. A little highlight came in the winter of 2003, when two of the club's fans won the Dutch lottery and donated all of the prize money to the club.

Things started to look up for Fortuna, when they were able to clear most of their debts by selling of the new stadium, the Wagner & Partners stadium. Unfortunately, the team hasn't been performing on the pitch and finished dead-last in the Dutch First Division for three consecutive seasons.

On 19 May 2009, the KNVB announced it would withdraw the license to play of Fortuna Sittard for the 2010–11 season. After going to civil court, this decision was revoked and the club did not lose its license.[2] Even though financial troubles kept plaguing the club, recent years have seen a slow but steady return to financial health, with sportive successes following suit. In the 2011–2012 season they missed qualification for the playoffs for promotion to the Eredivisie by a hair's breadth, conceding an equalizer in the dying seconds of the season in the home match against the Go Ahead Eagles, seeing them take the final playoff spot instead. In 2012–13 and 2013–14 they were successful in qualifying, having a first chance at returning to the Eredivisie since their relegation in 2002, but they lost both first round matches against De Graafschap.

In 2018, after 16 years in the Eerste Divisie, Fortuna won promotion to the Eredivisie again after beating Jong PSV 1–0 to stay clear from NEC and finishing runner-up to champions Jong Ajax, who are not allowed to promote.[3]

The 2018–19 season started unfortunate for the Limburgers: despite an almost stolen point against PSV Eindhoven, Fortuna found themselves back bottom of the league after four matches. A 2–3 win at NAC Breda however put them higher up in the rankings. In October and November Fortuna continued to gain points and eventually finding themselves back at the ninth place of the Eredivisie after 13 matches.[4]

The 2019–20 season ended with Fortuna in 16th place. But with the season being declared void, they will participate in Eredivisie in 2020–21.[5]

HonoursEdit

ResultsEdit

EredivisieEerste DivisieEredivisieEerste DivisieEredivisie

Below is a table with Fortuna Sittard's domestic results since the introduction of professional football in 1956.

Current squadEdit

As of 24 September 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   NED Yanick van Osch
2 DF    SUI Martin Angha
4 DF   SVK Branislav Niňaj
5 DF   NED Roel Janssen
6 MF   NED Jorrit Smeets
8 FW   NED Zian Flemming
9 FW   GER Sebastian Polter
10 MF   NED Mats Seuntjens
11 FW   SWE Emil Hansson
12 DF   NED Clint Essers
14 MF   SWE Tesfaldet Tekie
17 FW   MLI Djibril Dianessy
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   NED Mike van Beijnen
22 MF   BEL Adnan Ugur
23 MF   NED Ben Rienstra
24 MF   MAR Nassim El Ablak
29 DF   FIN Patrik Raitanen
35 DF   ENG George Cox
40 GK   GER Joshua Wehking
41 GK   NED Tom Hendriks
44 DF   GRE Lazaros Rota
45 FW   GER Bassala Sambou
70 FW   BEL Jacky Donkor
77 GK   MDA Alexei Koșelev

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   FRA Grégoire Amiot (at Falkenbergs until 30 November 2020)
MF   GER Dimitrios Ioannidis (at Sportfreunde Lotte until 30 June 2021)
FW   FIN Rasmus Karjalainen (at Örebro until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   NED Ozgür Aktas (at FC Dordrecht until 30 June 2021)
MF   NED Richie Musaba (at FC Dordrecht until 30 June 2021)
FW   ENG Veron Parkes (at FC Dordrecht until 30 June 2021)
FW   POR André Vidigal (at G.D. Estoril Praia until 30 June 2021)

Former playersEdit

ManagersEdit

See alsoEdit

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