Fortuna Sittard, 30 years ago, a top Club, now no more than a problem child in the 1st Division of Dutch football. But there are a few clubs in the Netherlands has such a long and interesting history which you can be proud of. Unfortunately, this Club is derived heavily and almost out of the race by the KNVB on the economic problems that are common among the Dutch professional clubs. But the fans continue to hope, even in difficult times.
50 ‘s and 60 ‘s
The story of Fortuna Sittard starts with two teams.Sittardia and Fortuna ‘ 54. Sittardia played the ever-changing and often played in the Dutch 1st Division. But the times that this team played in the League, but always for a season, after which they were expelled again.
The other Club from West London was the most famous of the two Fortuna ‘ 54. The Club has had many great players at the time, for example, think of Willy Dullens, Cor van der Hart, Frans de Munck and Faas Wilkes. Fortuna ‘ 54 also experienced many highlights, such as in the 1956-1957 season, when the KNVB Cup was won at the expense of Feyenoord, winning the League was a great 2nd place behind Ajax. In 1964, the tricks in the KNVB Cup was repeated again, and this time won the Fortuna ‘ 54 from ADO Den Haag. The following year the Italian European drawn against Torino, which, however, proved to be too strong opinion about 2 contest.
However, these härlighetår also came to an end. In the late 60s came 54 Fortuna Sittardia ‘ as well as large in major economic problems, resulting in that they both quickly relegated and was drawn to the lower levels of the 1st Division. The end seemed to approach those two clubs, until it has developed a solution which in turn can lead to success: A fusion.
On June 11, 1968 to find the official merger between Fortuna ‘ 54 and Sittardia and together they formed the new club called Fortuna Sittardia combination or FSC. To satisfy both groups of supporters, the club played for the 1st two seasons in one week and the next week in Sittard Geleen. After these two seasons is for the stadium “The Baandert” as permanent home for FSC. The FSC would then 13 seasons playing in Division 1.
70s, 80s and 90s
After 13 seasons to play in the 1st Division, fans could celebrate again Fortuna, Fortuna was promoted to the Eredivisie. The season that followed was also seen as a successful year as candidate Fortuna finished in a beautiful 8th place in the Eredivisie. Because it went well with the sporty Fortuna supporters were again more and more look. For each race, there were on average more than 10,000 fans to Fortuna and top game more against Ajax was 22,000 spectators encourage Club.
The club came in 1984 KNVB cup final again, but unfortunately lost it against Feyenoord, which was too strong 1-0 in their own Kuip. In 1999 took Fortuna Cup again, but now the Club was not fortunate and lost 2-0 in a mighty Ajax.
But the Club flourished and again were major players took out the great junior team Fortuna. Remember 90s during the next few years, players like Fernando He, Kevin Hofland and of course figurehead Mark van Bommel. But at each flower comes to an end, so even in Fortuna. In 1999, fortuna goodbye to his loyal Stadium “The Baandert” Fortuna and would leave for his new home. This project would eventually cost 33 million guilders. From then on went berafwaarts with the Club and was at no time Fortuna between 2003 and 2005 a million debt of around EUR 24 million.
The future of Fortuna
Since the move to the new stadium is a long agony for the fans Fotruna Sittard. But the Club appears to be rescued in 2005. Total debt was reduced to almost zero. Now it seems that financial Fortuna again can turn up as Sittard-Geleen side its best to help this piece of cultural heritage. There’s 2010 contract for reduction of the stadium and the area around it to develop. It is now just waiting for the sporty performance must be improved, and who knows the Club once again flourish as in ancient times.
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