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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FORTUNA DUSSELDORF

23 June 2017

Albion will play the German second-tier club during their pre-season training camp in Austria.

Brighton & Hove Albion will play against Fortuna Dusseldorf in Austria on Friday 14th July, and here is some information on next month’s German opponents.
 
Fortuna Dusseldorf were founded in 1895 and compete in Germany’s second tier - Bundesliga 2 - after falling out of the country’s top division in 2013.
 
The club finished 11th last season under the management of Friedhelm Funkel, and play their home games at the Esprit Arena - which was opened in 2004 and holds 54,600 spectators (9,917 standing).
 
German striker Rouwen Henning was the club’s top goalscorer last campaign, scoring nine goals in 30 appearances, after signing from Albion’s Premier League rivals Burnley.
 
Dusseldorf, who are nicknamed Flingeraner, reached the European Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1979, but lost 4-3 to Spanish giants Barcelona after extra-time.
 
Former Dusseldorf plater Stanislaus Kobierski, who played for the club between 1930 and 1941, scored Germany’s first-ever goal in a FIFA World Cup in 1934.
 
Dusseldorf have one German Championship to their name, with their victory coming back in 1933, before back-to-back triumphs in the DFB-Pokal [German Cup] in 1979 and 1980.
 
Capacity at the Sportplatz St Ulrich, where the friendly will take place, is extremely limited for Albion fans. Ticket information will be published in due course.


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