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FORTUNA GET BLUES' BACKING FOR BUNDESLIGA RETURN

12 May 2020

German football to return this Saturday as Fortuna host Paderborn

Town fans have been without their football fix for almost two months but can get stuck into some action this weekend when the Bundesliga returns.

English football continues to be suspended indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic but ITFC are encouraging the Blue Army to get behind Fortuna when they resume their league campaign against SC Paderborn 07 on Saturday [kick-off 2.30pm BST].

The game will be televised on BT Sport Extra 2.

The two clubs have formed a partnership through recent seasons, with Town supporters visiting Merkur Spiel-Arena on occasions, while F95 fans have also attended games at Portman Road in the past few years.

Town have faced Fortuna in pre-season friendlies in 2015 and 2019, with Blues also coming up against Paderborn ahead of the current campaign.

Find out more about F95 below ahead of the Bundesliga's resumption at the weekend.

A brief history

Founded in 1895, Fortuna are the prominent team representing the city of Dusseldorf, which is in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany.

F95 were German champions in 1933 and other major honours include winning back-to-back German cups (DFB-Pokal) in 1979 and 1980 respectively. 

More recently, Fortuna were champions of 2. Bundesliga in 2018, the second division of German football.

Fortuna’s main rival is 1. FC Koln, who also play in the Bundesliga. This stems, primarily, from the proximity of Fortuna’s home city of Dusseldorf with Cologne.

Head coach

Uwe Rosler, who is possibly best known to Town fans for his spells as manager at Wigan and Leeds, took the reigns at Fortuna in January of this year. 

Rosler has previously also held roles in the EFL at Brentford and Fleetwood respectively, while his playing career saw him turn out for Manchester City, Southampton and West Brom.

The season so far

Before football was suspended in Germany, Fortuna had played 25 of their scheduled Bundesliga fixtures, picking up five wins and seven draws.

Fortuna currently sit in 16th position, third bottom of the Bundesliga. As things stand, their Bundesliga status would only be secured following a relegation play-off fixture against the team who finish third in German's second division.

Ahead of German football’s resumption, F95 are four points ahead of the automatic relegation zone and four points adrift of guaranteed Bundesliga safety.

Remaining fixtures

14:30, Sat 16/05, Fortuna vs SC Paderborn 07 - live on BT Sport Extra 2.

14:30, Sat 23/05, 1. FC Koln vs Fortuna 

19:30, Tues 26/05, Fortuna vs FC Schalke 04

17:30, Sat 30/05, Bayern Munich vs Fortuna

14:30, Sat 06/06, Fortuna v 1899 Hoffenheim

14:30, Sat 13/06, Fortuna v Borussia Dortmund

19:30, Tue 16/06, RB Leipzig v Fortuna

14:30, Sat 20/06, Fortuna v FC Augsburg

14:30, Sat 27/06, 1. FC Union Berlin v Fortuna

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