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Fortuna Sittard

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About Fortuna Sittard

Fortuna Sittard is a football (soccer) club in Sittard, Netherlands. The club currently plays its football in the 12,500 capacity Trendwork Arena and features in the Netherlands Eerste Divisie. The club was a merger of former clubs 'Fortuna 54' and 'Sittardia' to merge as the Fortuna Sittard Combinatie on July 1, 1968. 'Fortuna 54' was a relatively successful club which once won the KNVB Cup in the 1956/1957 season where they finished the Eredivisie season 2nd place behind champions Ajax Amsterdam whereas the 'Sittardia' battled against relegation for many seasons. Another KNVB Cup triumph was also celebrated by 'Fortuna 54' in 1964 before the merging of the two clubs in 1968 due to financial difficulties. On May 19, 2009 the Royal Dutch Football Association announced it will withdraw the license to play of Fortuna Sittard for the 2010–2011 season. After going to civil court, this decision was revoked and the club did not lose its license.

History

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

At the end of the 1999–2000 season, successful manager Bert van Marwijk left to join Feyenoord and the team seemed to collapse. Due to poor management, the team signed a number of over-paid and under-performing "stars". Fortuna relegated to the First Division in the 2001–2002 season, where things were getting from bad to worse very quickly. Financial irregularities had been discovered and the team has been facing bankruptcy for the past 4 seasons. A little highlight came in the winter of 2003, when two of the clubs fans won the Dutch lottery and donated all of the prize money to the club.

Things have been looking up recently for Fortuna, as they were able to clear most of their debts by selling of the new stadium, the Wagner & Partners stadium. Unfortunately, the team hasn't been performing on the pitch and finished dead-last in the Dutch First Division for three consecutive seasons.

In the 2005–2006 season, the club managed to set a new record in Dutch professional football, going a staggering 28 league games without a win. The club also set a new record by finishing last for the third time in a row.

Honours

- KNVB Cup
- - Winner: 1957,
- - Runners-up: 1984, 1999

- Eerste Divisie
- - Winner: 1959, 1964, 1966, 1995

- Promoted to Eredivisie
- - Promotion: 1982


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As of 1 August 2011

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2011



Notable players


Netherlands
- Henk Angenent (footballer)
- Bram Appel
- Peter Benen
- Willy Boessen
- Mark van Bommel
- Wilfred Bouma
- Jo Bux
- Harry Ehlen
- Mario Eleveld
- Hans Engbersen
- Heinz Fischer
- Cor van der Hart
- Ronald Hamming
- Ruud Hesp
- Kevin Hofland
- Nico Jalink

- Anton Janssen
- Ruud Kool
- Wim Koevermans
- Urvin Lee
- Sigi Lens
- René Maessen
- Erik Meijer (footballer)
- Frans de Munck
- Jan Notermans
- Patrick Paauwe
- Huub Pfennings
- Fernando Ricksen
- Robert Roest
- Tiny Ruys
- Remco van der Schaaf
- Regillio Simons
- Huub Smeets
- Richard Sneekes
- Huub Stevens

- Wilbert Suvrijn
- Frans Thijssen
- Joop Titaley
- Fuat Usta
- Piet Vogels
- Robert van der Weert
- Faas Wilkes
- Arno van Zwam
- Danny Hoesen
Canada
- Randy Samuel
England
- John Clayton (footballer)
- John Linford
- Mark Farrington (footballer)
- Michael Jeffrey
- Mark Burke
- Andy Wright

Ghana
- Matthew Amoah
New Zealand
- Kris Bright
- Fred de Jong
Northern Ireland
- Phil Gray
Norway
- Kenneth Nysæther
Romania
- Dorel Zegrean
Scotland
- Colin Cramb
- Andy MacLeod
Yugoslavia
- Aleksandar Petaković

Managers

- Max Schirschin (1965-1966)
- Chris Dekker (1992–94)
- Pim Verbeek (1994–97)
- Bert van Marwijk (1997-00)
- Henk Duut (2000–01)
- Frans Thijssen (2000–01)
- Hans Verèl (2001)
- Hans de Koning (2001–04)
- Chris Dekker (2004–06)
- Frans Körver (2006–07)
- Henk Wisman (2007)
- Rogier Reijners (2007–2010)
- Wim Dusseldorp (2010–2011)
- Tini Ruys (2011-)




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