Fortuna Sittard

Fortuna Sittard (Dutch pronunciation: [fɔrˈtynaː ˈsɪtɑrt]; Limburgish: Fortuna Zitterd [fɔʀˈtyːnaː ˈzɪtəʀt])[tone?] 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; 54 years ago (1968-07-01)
GroundFortuna Sittard Stadion
OwnerÖzgür Işıtan Gün
ChairmanÖzgür Işıtan Gün
Head coachJulio Velázquez
2021–22Eredivisie, 15th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season


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

Fortuna 54 won the KNVB Cup in the 1956–57 season, and finished the Eredivisie season in second place behind champions Ajax. Sittardia were less successful and battled against relegation for many seasons. Fortuna 54 won the KNVB Cup again in 1964 before the merging of the two clubs in 1968 due to financial difficulties.

At the end of the 1999–2000 season, manager Bert van Marwijk left to join Feyenoord and the team was relegated to the First Division in the 2001–02 season.[1] Financial irregularities were discovered and the team faced bankruptcy over several seasons. In the winter of 2003, two of the club's fans won the Dutch lottery and donated all of the prize money to the club.[citation needed] The club cleared most of their debts by selling off their new stadium, the Wagner & Partners stadium.[citation needed]

On 19 May 2009, the KNVB announced it would withdraw the club's license to play for the 2010–11 season. After going to civil court, this decision was revoked.[2] Even though financial troubles kept plaguing the club, recent years have seen a slow but steady return to financial health, with sporting successes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 2019–20 season ended with Fortuna in 16th place. But with the season being declared void, they will participate in Eredivisie in 2020–21.[4]



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 17 September 2022

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   ESP Ximo Navarro
3 MF   GRE Vasilios Sourlis (on loan from Olympiacos)
4 DF   NED Roel Janssen
5 DF   ENG George Cox
6 MF   CPV Deroy Duarte
7 FW   ESP Iñigo Córdoba
8 MF   USA Cole Bassett (on loan from Colorado Rapids)
10 MF   NED Mats Seuntjens (captain)
11 FW   NED Paul Gladon
12 DF   POR Ivo Pinto
14 DF   BRA Rodrigo Guth
15 MF   TUR Oğuzhan Özyakup
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW   TUR Burak Yılmaz (captain)
18 DF   NED Mike van Beijnen
19 MF   KOS Arianit Ferati
21 MF   TUR Doğan Erdoğan
22 GK   NED Tom Hendriks
28 DF   NED Bryant Nieling
31 GK   CRO Ivor Pandur (on loan from Hellas Verona)
33 DF   GRE Dimitrios Siovas
34 FW   TUR Tunahan Taşçı
61 DF   MAD Rémy Vita
77 FW   NED Tijjani Noslin
85 FW   POR Umaro Embaló
GK   NED Bob van der Hoek

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
GK   NED Michael Verrips (at FC Groningen)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   NED Richie Musaba (at TOP Oss)

Notable former playersEdit

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cape Verde
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Club staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Julio Velázquez
Assistant Managers   Rob Alflen
  Dominik Vergoossen
  Patrick Creemers
Striker's Coach   Frank Demouge
Physiotherapist   Jeroen Dieteren
  Martijn Smeets
Team Manager   Danny van der Weerden
Club doctor   Robert van Gool
Materialman   Ronald Ronken
Video Analyst   Tjerk van Eggelen


Women's footballEdit

On January 25, 2022 Fortuna announced they were beginning a women's football department.[5] The club will start in the Dutch women's Eredivisie in season 2022/23.

Current squadEdit

As of 30 September 2022

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   BEL Diede Lemey
2 DF   NED Moïsa van Koot
4 DF   NED Samantha van Diemen
5 DF   SVN Kristina Erman
6 DF   NED Anna Knol
7 MF   ISL Hildur Antonsdóttir
8 MF   NED Dana Foederer
11 MF   NED Alieke Tuin
13 FW   NED Hanna Huizenga
14 FW   NED Charlotte Hulst
15 MF   NED Amber van Heeswijk
16 MF   BEL Jarne Teulings
21 FW   NED Caroliena Wolters
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK   NED Claire Dinkla
27 MF   NED Suus van de Drift
28 MF   NED Julia Wattilete
29 FW   BEL Tessa Wullaert
30 GK   NED Britt Renzen
44 MF   BEL Féli Delacauw

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Fortuna Sittard: geen toekomst, maar een fraaie historie - Voetbal International (in Dutch)
  2. ^ (in Dutch)KNVB gaat licentie Fortuna Sittard intrekken Archived 22 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Voetbal International (19 May 2009)
  3. ^ Fortuna Sittard na zestien jaar terug in de eredivisie Archived 28 November 2021 at - AD (in Dutch)
  4. ^ "Afwikkeling voetbalseizoen 2019/'20 een feit | Eredivisie". Archived from the original on 24 May 2021. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Fortuna Sittard start met vrouwenvoetbal: "Die gaan we benaderen"". Archived from the original on 25 January 2022. Retrieved 28 May 2022.

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