2011–12 Fortuna Düsseldorf season

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Fortuna Düsseldorf
2011–12 season
Manager Norbert Meier
2. Bundesliga 3rd
Promotion playoff winner
DFB-Pokal 3rd Round
Top goalscorer League: Sascha Rösler (11)
All: Sascha Rösler (14)
Highest home attendance 33.150 (v. VfL Bochum)
Lowest home attendance 21.240 (v. FC Ingolstadt)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2011–12 Fortuna Düsseldorf season is the 117th season in club history. The season started on 18 July against VfL Bochum.

Review and events[edit]

Overview of season[edit]

Fortuna Düsseldorf became the most successful Herbstmeister ("Autumn champion") in 2. Bundesliga history after earning 41 points from 17 matches.[1][2] The 41 points accumulated is the most in history since the three-point system was introduced in 1995.[1] Düsseldorf lost their first six matches in 2010–11 season.[2] since then, they've earned 94 points which is most out of all professional football clubs in Germany.[2]

Hertha BSC vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf[edit]

The matches[edit]

Fortuna Düsseldorf won a spot in the promotion/relegation playoff against the Bundesliga's Hertha BSC.[3]

First leg[edit]

Entering the playoff, Fortuna Düsseldorf had not played in the top flight for 15 seasons.[4] They won the first leg against Hertha BSC 1–2 in Berlin's Olympic Stadium with goals from Thomas Bröker and an own goal from Hertha's Adrián Ramos.[4]

Second leg[edit]

In the return leg in Düsseldorf, both teams drew 2–2;[3][5] Fortuna Düsseldorf won on aggregate 4–3.[3][5] The match's second half, however, was marred by trouble, first after Hertha supports threw flares onto the pitch[6] after Fortuna scored its second goal of the night to go up 2–1. The other problem was when several Fortuna supporters ran onto the field with around one minute remaining in the match.[3][6][7] It took 21 minutes to restore order[8] and stoppage time ended up being 28 minutes by the time the final whistle blew. With Fortuna winning the two-legged affair, they secured a return to the Bundesliga after 15 seasons.[7]

The appeal[edit]

Hertha BSC appealed the result of the match.[9][10] The German Football Association (DFB) met on 18 May 2012 to discuss the incidents of the second leg.[9][10] Campino, singer for Die Toten Hosen, called Hertha BSC's protest "indecent".[11] The hearing at the DFB lasted for six hours.[12] The panel's decision will not be known until a further meeting on Monday.[12] It is expected to make a decision at 15.00 CET.[12] The German Football Association stated that any possible disciplinary action against either club or any of the players will be taken at a later date.[12] The players being investigated are Levan Kobiashvili, Christian Lell, Thomas Kraft and Andre Mijatović.[12] Second leg referee Wolfgang Stark was a key witness at the first hearing.[12] Fortuna canceled a planned trip to Mallorca due to the hearing on 21 May 2012.[13]

Sports law expert Michael Lehner said that Hertha can hope for replay after the second leg of the promotion/relegation playoff.[14] Lehner went on to state, "Is not the game has been properly placed on the principle of equal opportunity at the end there was a break in terms of game development," and, "The team of Hertha BSC through the fault of third parties a real opportunity has been deprived of the game even. get why there should be a replay from a legal point of view."[14]

The sports court of the DFB ultimately rejected Hertha's appeal,[15][16][17] with Hertha ordered to pay the cost of the proceedings.[17] Hertha then appealed the decision of the DFB's sports court.[15][16][17] The sports DFB court president Hans Eberhard Lorenz stated, "The appeal was unsuccessful, because no ground of opposition was to prove the referee has traded at any time conform to the rules, and the alleged Hertha BSC-sided weakness due to the interruption could not be proven..." He also stated that, "There was no Berlin players injured or assaulted or were needed to be replaced. Had this been the case, the objection would have been done."[16] The Federal Court of the German Football Association confirmed the Sports Court decision.[18] Hertha can appeal the decision to the Sports Court for Arbitration.[18] After the final verdict, Hertha players went on vacation, while Fortuna players were not immediately released for vacation.[19]

The disciplenary panel of the DFB decided that Fortuna must play their first home match of next season behind closed doors as a result of their fans running onto the field during the second leg of the promotion/relegation playoff.[20] The club was also sanctioned with a six-figure fine.[20]

Other incidents[edit]

Another incident, as reported by Die Welt the next day, was that Hertha players attacked second leg referee Wolfgang Stark.[8] Stark pressed charges against an unknown player for assaulting him off the field.[12] Hertha apologized for the conduct of some of the club's players.[13] The decision on the misconduct of Kobiashvili, Lell, Kraft and Mijatović are due later this week.[15][16] The four players are accused of verbally and physically harassing the referee.[16][17] Fortuna's Andreas Lambertz is also being investigated.[16][17] He celebrated with a torch in his hand after the match.[16]

Match results[edit]

Legend[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2. Bundesliga[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Match Date Time1 Venue City Opponent Result2 Attendance Fortuna Düsseldorf
goalscorers
League
Position
Source
1 18 July 20:15 Esprit Arena Düsseldorf VfL Bochum 2–0 33.150 Rösler Goal 66'
Bröker Goal 88'
2 [MR 1][MR 2]
2 24 July 15:30 Energieteam Arena Paderborn SC Paderborn 1–1 11.014 Langeneke Goal 42' (pen.) 3 [MR 3][MR 4]
3 5 August 18:00 Esprit Arena Düsseldorf FC Ingolstadt 4–1 21.240 Rösler Goal 43'
Bröker Goal 50'72'
Fink Goal 54'
1 [MR 5][MR 6]
4 15 August 20:15 Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt 1–1 42.000 Beister Goal 54' 6 [MR 7][MR 8]
5 19 August 18:00 Esprit Arena Düsseldorf 1860 Munich 3–1 28.300 Rösler Goal 43' (pen.)
Lambertz Goal 46'
Beister Goal 67'
5 [MR 9][MR 10]
6 27 August 13:00 Tivoli Aachen Alemannia Aachen 0–0 23.864 No Scorer 7 [MR 11][MR 12]
7 10 September 13:00 Esprit Arena Düsseldorf Karlsruher SC 4–2 27.230 Langeneke Goal 12' (pen.)
Rösler Goal 20'
Bröker Goal 67'75'
3 [MR 13][MR 14]
8 16 September 18:00 Erzgebirgsstadion Aue Erzgebirge Aue 4–2 10.100 Langeneke Goal 14' (pen.)
Rösler Goal 22'
Lukimya Goal 84'
Juanan Goal 89'
3 [MR 15][MR 16]
9 24 September 13:00 Esprit Arena Düsseldorf Energie Cottbus 4–2 25.450 Beister Goal 4'26'
Rösler Goal 17'
Grimaldi Goal 90'+3'
2 [MR 17][MR 18]
10 3 October 20:15 Eintracht-Stadion Braunschweig Eintracht Braunschweig 1–1 23.050 Langeneke Goal 85' (pen.) 3 [MR 19][MR 20]
11 17 October 20:15 Millerntor-Stadion Hamburg FC St. Pauli 3–1 24.487 Lambertz Goal 45'+1'57'
Beister Goal 75'
3 [MR 21][MR 22]
12 21 October 18:00 Esprit Arena Düsseldorf Hansa Rostock 2–0 23.550 Langeneke Goal 27' (pen.)
Rösler Goal 54'
3 [MR 23][MR 24]
13 30 October 13:30 Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion Frankfurt FSV Frankfurt 5–2 7.719 Rösler Goal 16'55' (pen.)
Dum Goal 66'
Beister Goal 82'85'
1 [MR 25][MR 26]
14 4 November 18:00 Esprit Arena Düsseldorf Dynamo Dresden 2–1 32.300 Beister Goal 20'
Jovanović Goal 90'+2'
1 [MR 27][MR 28]
15 19 November 13:30 Stadion An der Alten Försterei Berlin Union Berlin 0–0 18.432 No Scorer 2 [MR 29][MR 30]
16 28 November 20:15 Esprit Arena Düsseldorf Greuther Fürth 2–1 33.017 Fink Goal 18'
Langeneke Goal 39' (pen.)
1 [MR 31][MR 32]
17 5 December 20:15 Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena Duisburg MSV Duisburg 2–0 23.117 Langeneke Goal 57' (pen.)
Rösler Goal 59'
1 [MR 33][MR 34]
18 10 December 13:00 rewirpowerSTADION Bochum VfL Bochum 1–1 17.500 Rösler Goal 74' 1 [MR 35][MR 36]
19 16 December 18:00 Esprit Arena Düsseldorf SC Paderborn 2–3 25.240 Juanan Goal 56'
Jovanović Goal 75'
1 [MR 37][MR 38]

Promotion playoff[edit]

As third-place team, Fortuna Düsseldorf faces the 16th-placed 2011–12 Bundesliga side in a two-legged play-off. Hertha BSC finished in 16th place.[21] The winner on aggregate score after both matches will earn a spot in the 2012–13 Bundesliga.

Dates and times of these matches were determined by the Deutsche Fußball-Liga as following:[22]

15 May 2012
20:30 CEST
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2–2 Hertha BSC
[5]
Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia

DFB-Pokal[edit]

Player information[edit]

Roster and statistics[edit]

As of 17 December 2011

Squad Season 2011–12
Sources:[23][24][25]
Player 2. Bundesliga DFB-Pokal Promotion playoff Totals
Player Nat. Birthday at Fortuna
since
Previous club Matches Goals Matches Goal Matches Goals Matches Goals
Goalkeepers
Michael Ratajczak German 16 April 1982 2007 Rot-Weiss Essen 17 0 2 0 19 0
Robert Almer Austrian 20 March 1984 2011 Austria Wien 3 0 0 0 3 0
Markus Krauss German 16 September 1987 2011 VfB Stuttgart 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
Jeron Hazaimeh German 13 February 1992 2002 SV Wersten 0 0 0 0 0 0
Juanan Spanish 27 April 1987 2011 Real Madrid Castilla 11 2 1 0 12 2
Jens Langeneke German 29 March 1977 2006 Rot Weiss Ahlen 19 7 1 0 20 7
Tobias Levels German 22 November 1986 2011 Borussia Mönchengladbach 12 0 1 0 13 0
Assani Lukimya Congolese 25 January 1986 2010 Carl Zeiss Jena 19 1 2 0 21 1
Kai Schwertfeger German 8 September 1988 1997 Mettmanner SC 0 0 0 0 0 0
Johannes van den Bergh German 21 November 1986 2009 Borussia Mönchengladbach 19 0 2 0 21 0
Christian Weber German 15 September 1983 2009 Larissa 8 0 2 0 10 0
Midfielders
Maximilian Beister German 6 September 1990 2010 Hamburger SV 19 8 2 0 21 8
Adam Bodzek Polish 7 September 1985 2011 MSV Duisburg 18 0 2 0 20 0
Sascha Dum German 3 July 1986 2010 Energie Cottbus 14 1 2 0 16 1
Tugrul Erat Turkish 17 June 1992 2009 Union Nettetal 12 0 0 0 12 0
Oliver Fink German 6 June 1982 2009 SpVgg Unterhaching 17 2 2 1 19 3
Andreas Lambertz German 15 October 1984 2002 VfR Neuss 17 3 2 0 19 3
Jules Schwadorf German 19 October 1992 2011 Bayer Leverkusen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
Villyan Bijev American 3 January 1993 2011 Liverpool 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas Bröker German 22 January 1985 2010 Rot Weiss Ahlen 17 5 2 1 19 6
Timo Furuholm Finnish 11 October 1987 2012 Inter Turku 2 0 0 0 2 0
Adriano Grimaldi German 5 April 1991 2011 Mainz 05 7 1 2 0 9 1
Ken Ilsö Danish 2 December 1986 2011 Midtjylland 13 0 0 0 13 0
Ranisav Jovanović Serbian 5 November 1980 2008 Mainz 05 5 1 0 0 6 2
Robbie Kruse Australian 5 October 1988 2011 Melbourne Victory 11 0 1 0 12 0
Sascha Rösler German 28 October 1977 2010 1860 Munich 18 11 2 3 20 14

Sources[edit]

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