Fortuna Sittard

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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
OwnerAcun Ilıcalı
ChairmanÖzgür Işıtan Gün
ManagerSjors Ultee
LeagueEredivisie
2019–20Eredivisie, 16th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.

History[edit]

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 After going to civil court, this decision was revoked.[2] Even though financial troubles kept plaguing the club, recent years have seen a slow but steady return to financial health, with sporting successes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]

Honours[edit]

Results[edit]

EredivisieEerste DivisieEredivisieEerste DivisieEredivisie

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

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 October 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 Netherlands NED Yanick van Osch
2 DF Switzerland  SUI Martin Angha
4 DF Slovakia SVK Branislav Niňaj
5 DF Netherlands NED Roel Janssen
6 MF Netherlands NED Jorrit Smeets
8 FW Netherlands NED Zian Flemming
9 FW Germany GER Sebastian Polter
10 MF Netherlands NED Mats Seuntjens
11 FW Sweden SWE Emil Hansson
12 DF Netherlands NED Clint Essers
14 MF Sweden SWE Tesfaldet Tekie
17 FW Mali MLI Djibril Dianessy
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF Netherlands NED Mike van Beijnen
22 MF Belgium BEL Adnan Ugur
23 MF Netherlands NED Ben Rienstra
24 MF Morocco MAR Nassim El Ablak
27 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Samuel Moutoussamy (on loan from Nantes)
29 DF Finland FIN Patrik Raitanen
33 DF Poland POL Jarosław Jach (on loan from Crystal Palace)
35 DF England ENG George Cox
40 GK Germany GER Joshua Wehking
41 GK Netherlands NED Tom Hendriks
44 DF Greece GRE Lazaros Rota
77 GK Moldova MDA Alexei Koșelev

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
DF France FRA Grégoire Amiot (at Falkenbergs until 30 November 2020)
MF Germany GER Dimitrios Ioannidis (at Sportfreunde Lotte until 30 June 2021)
FW Finland FIN Rasmus Karjalainen (at Örebro until 30 June 2021)
DF Netherlands NED Ozgür Aktas (at FC Dordrecht until 30 June 2021)
FW Belgium BEL Jacky Donkor (at FC Eindhoven until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Netherlands NED Richie Musaba (at FC Dordrecht until 30 June 2021)
FW England ENG Veron Parkes (at FC Dordrecht until 30 June 2021)
FW Portugal POR André Vidigal (at G.D. Estoril Praia until 30 June 2021)
FW Germany GER Bassala Sambou (at Randers FC until 30 June 2021)

Former players[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina
England
Moldova
Netherlands
Spain

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]