Fortuna Sittard (Dutch pronunciation: [fɔrˈtynaː ˈsɪtɑrt]; Limburgish: Fortuna Zitterd [fɔʀˈtyːnaː ˈzɪtəʀt])[tone?] is a professional 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
Full nameFortuna Sittard
Nickname(s)Fortuna, Fortunezen
Founded1 July 1968; 55 years ago (1968-07-01)
GroundFortuna Sittard Stadion
OwnerÖzgür Işıtan Gün
ChairmanÖzgür Işıtan Gün
Head coachDanny Buijs
2022–23Eredivisie, 13th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

History edit

Historical chart of league performance

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 difficulties (2002–16) edit

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.[2] The club cleared most of their debts by selling off their new stadium, the Wagner & Partners stadium.[3]

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 After going to civil court, this decision was revoked.[4] Despite ongoing financial difficulties, the club gradually began to recover financially in the following years, leading to sporting success. In the 2011–12 season, Fortuna Sittard narrowly missed out on qualifying for the playoffs for promotion to Eredivisie, conceding an equaliser in the final seconds of the season at their home match against the Go Ahead Eagles, resulting in the Eagles taking the final playoff spot instead. Although they qualified for the playoffs in the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons, offering them their first chance to return to Eredivisie since their relegation in 2002, they were unsuccessful in both first-round matches against De Graafschap.[5][6]

Takeover and Eredivisie (2016–present) edit

The club again faced financial troubles in 2016, leading to its takeover by a Turkish investor named Işıtan Gün, who had previously served as the chief operating officer of Galatasaray.[7] The 2016–17 season was a tough start for the club, but they managed to avoid relegation after changing coaches and recruiting new players, including some from Galatasaray.[8]

In December 2016, Sunday Oliseh was appointed as the new coach of Fortuna Sittard. During his time as coach, he set two new records for the club, with eight consecutive home victories and the biggest away victory in the club's history against Telstar with a score of 6–0. In January 2018, the team won a periodetitel after a 2–1 victory over Jong Ajax. However, on 14 February 2018, Oliseh was suspended due to "repeated and culpable actions towards multiple individuals within the organisation over an extended period." A statement on the club's website announced his release.[9]

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.[10]

Fortuna Sittard finished in 16th place during the 2019–20 season. However, due to the season being declared void in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they remained in the Eredivisie for the 2020–21 season.[11]

Honours edit

International edit

Totals edit

Competition Participations Games Won Draw Lost Goals scored Goals conceded
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 6 2 1 3 6 7
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 4 2 1 1 8 6
Total 2 10 4 2 4 14 13

Results edit

EredivisieEerste DivisieEredivisieEerste DivisieEredivisie

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

Players edit

Current squad edit

As of 19 September 2023

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 Luuk Koopmans
2 DF   BEL Siemen Voet (on loan from Slovan Bratislava)
3 DF   GER Sadik Fofana (on loan from Bayer Leverkusen)
6 MF   CPV Deroy Duarte
7 FW   ESP Iñigo Córdoba
9 FW   NED Kaj Sierhuis
10 MF   CRO Alen Halilović
11 FW   SRB Marko Lazetić (on loan from AC Milan)
12 DF   POR Ivo Pinto (captain)
14 DF   BRA Rodrigo Guth
15 MF   TUR Oğuzhan Özyakup
17 FW   NED Iman Griffith (on loan from AZ)
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF   KOS Arianit Ferati
20 FW   ALG Mouhamed Belkheir
22 GK   NED Tom Hendriks
24 DF   CUW Nathangelo Markelo
31 GK   CRO Ivor Pandur
32 MF   FRA Loreintz Rosier
33 DF   GRE Dimitrios Siovas
34 FW   NED Ragnar Oratmangoen (on loan from Groningen)
35 DF   NED Mitchell Dijks
39 FW   BEL Milan Robberechts
61 DF   FRA Rémy Vita
77 FW   NED Tijjani Noslin

Out on loan edit

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 Groningen until 30 June 2024)
FW   POR Umaro Embaló (at Cartagena until 30 June 2024)
FW   TUR Tunahan Taşçı (at MVV until 30 June 2024)

Notable former players edit

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cape Verde
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Club staff edit

Position Staff
Head Coach   Danny Buijs
Assistant Head Coach   Adrie Poldervaart
  Stijn Kuijpers
  Roy de Decker
Striker's Coach   Toon Oijstra
Physiotherapist   Jeroen Dieteren
  Martijn Smeets
Team Manager   Danny van der Weerden
Club doctor   Robert van Gool
Materialman   Ronald Ronken
Video Analyst   Tjerk van Eggelen

Coaches edit

Women's football edit

On January 25, 2022 Fortuna announced they were beginning a women's football department.[12] The club will start in the Dutch women's Eredivisie in season 2022/23.

Current squad edit

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
3 DF   NED Myrthe Moorrees
4 DF   NED Samantha van Diemen
5 DF   SVN Kristina Erman
6 FW   NED Anna Knol
7 MF   ISL Hildur Antonsdóttir
8 DF   NED Dana Foederer
9 FW   ISL María Grós
10 MF   AFG Farkhunda Muhtaj
11 MF   NED Alieke Tuin
13 FW   NED Hanna Huizenga
14 FW   NED Charlotte Hulst
15 MF   NED Amber van Heeswijk
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   BEL Jarne Teulings
19 FW   CAN Chandra Davidson
22 GK   NED Claire Dinkla
26 MF   TUR Yade Acem
27 MF   NED Suus van de Drift
29 FW   BEL Tessa Wullaert
30 GK   NED Britt Renzen
32 MF   MAR Kawtar Ait Omar
33 FW   NED Anne Heemskerk
44 MF   BEL Féli Delacauw

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Fortuna Sittard: geen toekomst, maar een fraaie historie - Voetbal International (in Dutch)
  2. ^ "Help Fortuna! wint half miljoen bij staatsloterij". Voetbal International (in Dutch). 6 January 2003. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  3. ^ Vossers, Anna (7 December 2013). "'Geldproblemen Fortuna Sittard voorbij door verkoop stadion'". Elsevier Weekblad (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 15 April 2023. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  4. ^ "KNVB gaat licentie Fortuna Sittard intrekken". Voetbal International (in Dutch). 19 May 2009. Archived from the original on 22 May 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  5. ^ "Go Ahead en De Graafschap overtuigend door". NU (in Dutch). 11 May 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  6. ^ "De Graafschap door in play-offs". NOS (in Dutch). 2 May 2014. Archived from the original on 15 April 2023. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  7. ^ "Özel Durum Açıklaması (Genel)". KAP (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 27 June 2020. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  8. ^ "Fortuna Sittard haalt speler 'met vinkje op Twitter' van Galatasaray". Sportnieuws (in Dutch). 4 January 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  9. ^ "Fortuna Sittard stelt Sunday Oliseh op non-actief". Fortuna Sittard (in Dutch). 14 February 2018. Archived from the original on 14 February 2018.
  10. ^ Bergen, Dennis van (28 April 2018). "Fortuna Sittard na zestien jaar terug in de eredivisie". Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 29 April 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  11. ^ "Afwikkeling voetbalseizoen 2019/'20 een feit | Eredivisie". Archived from the original on 24 May 2021. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  12. ^ "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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