So i start this topic, where everyone, in case of interest, can introduce his fav team to others.
its about writing what ever u feel like:
-why u love them
-the past of the club
-situation right now
-characteristics and so on.
i'd be happy if someone would respond, cuz maybe i find some new (international) teams, with which i can sympathize.
so here we go.
its the town where i was born, where i lived most of my life, the town i love more than every other. i guess its normal, that u are interested in the best club in town at the beginning when u reach a certain age. in this case it was fortuna düsseldorf.
Fortuna Düsseldorf is a club with a great tradition and some golden years in the past.
winning the german championship one time in 1933 (fans still singing about this every game), and in the nearer past: winning the german cup 1979 and 1980 staring the allofs brothers, in 1980 we even went to the uefa cup winners' cup, where we lost to barcelona 4:3 in overtime. maybe atom remembers lol.
In my younger years fortuna was switching between first and second league regularly. between the seasons 91/92 and 94/95 we even went from first league to the 3rd and back again.
i was young and didnt care that much about our situation, i was just happy i could see fortuna - bayern munich from time to time in the bundesliga (we even won a game i visited lol).
In the season 96/97 when i turned 10, we left the bundesliga again and never came back. which means im not having many memories of my team playing against good teams.
98/99 we left the 2nd league as well for a long time.
In the year 2001/2002 we even went down to the 4th league, where we played for 2 years.
in 2008/2009 we finally did it and got 2nd in the league, which means we are back at the 2nd bundesliga. i'll never forget that last game: the game was sold out early, which means we had 50.500 visitors in a 3rd league game, new record. really emotional event, after the game everyone rushing on the field and so on. i had no voice for 2 days.
We had a great start in the 2nd league, becoming 4th and 7th place in the first 2 years and now after the first half of the seasons we are first.
unbeaten for 25 2nd league game, unbeaten at home for 14 months, averaging 30k visitors each home game. having a good chance to move back to the bundesliga.
since i'm way more used to bad times of my club, with lots of pain, these great days/weeks/months are double fun.
why i love this club:
sure in first place its my hometowns club and so on, but there are still some other things which made this club special for me.
the fans: the club, due to his tradition, has a huge fanbase for a 2nd bundesliga club. and the ultra fans are simply great. party 90 mins every game, supporting as good as they can, no matter if we are winning or losing, no matter its a away or a home game. after loses we are still celebrating the team, in case they at least fought on the field. i cant remember the last booing by fortuna fans.
even after we lost the first six games in the season 2 years ago, everyone was celebrating the trainer, cuz we knew hes doing a good job and just need time. he wasnt fired and it worked out good.
our captain: andreas "lumpi" lambertz comes from the fortuna youth. played for fortuna in the 4th, the 3rd, the 2nd and maybe next year in the 1st league in the fortuna dress. even tho he had offers by better club for years. he loves the fortuna and fights on the field for 90 mins until he cant move anymore. really great guy with a lot of loyalty. he signed a new contract this week once again.
the management (at least the current): simply doing a great job with nearly no money. scouting good players, which we can get for free, giving the trainer a lot of trust,so he can do what he wants and wont get fired if things arent going well.
and they work together with the ultras, giving them special rights in the stadium and trusting the security to the ultra block to the fans. so no security or anything else, but it works out. no negative attitude in the stadium, no pyro at home games, even tho the fortuna fans are known for using pyro a lot. but they are not doing it to give the management the respect they get from them back.
since today we are out of debts btw.
every game the ultras are doing a vid of the support and at the end of the year u can buy the compilation of all games as a dvd.
i'll post the trailers of the dvds of the last 3 years for those who are interested.
the first one is from the 3rd league, showing some vids of away game and in the 2nd half of the video impressions of our home game against werder bremen II, which made us go back to the 2nd bundesliga.
some impressions of away games in our first season in the 2. bundesliga after 10 years
some pyro show things of last season
judging that this is "just" 3rd and 2nd league, some scenes are quite impressive imo.
thx to everyone who read this text lol (got a bit longer than i intended)
and now i can finally go homes anyways :p