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SC Fortuna Köln
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Full name Sport Club Fortuna Köln e.V.
Founded 1948
Ground Bezirkssportanlage Köln-Süd
(Capacity: 12,000)
Chairman Klaus Ulonska
Manager Matthias Mink
League Oberliga Nordrhein-Westfalen (V)
2007-08 Verbandsliga Mittelrhein (V), 2nd (promoted)
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Away colours

SC Fortuna Köln is a German football club playing in the city of Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia.

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History

Logo of predecessor side Victoria 1911 Köln

The club was formed as on February 21, 1948 through the merger of three local sides: Victoria Köln 1911 (one of two clubs to bear the name), Bayenthaler SV (1920), and Sparkassen-Verein Köln (1927). Of these clubs, Victoria had the best results, winning its way to the first division of the Gauliga Köln-Aachen in 1941 and capturing the division title there the following season. Bayenthaler SV side also spent a season in the Gauliga in 1943-44 before the division collapsed as war overtook the region. In 1976, SC Fortuna Köln was joined by FC Alter Markt Köln.

Through most of the last four decades Fortuna has played as a second division side. Highlights of the club's history include promotion to the Bundesliga for the 1974 season and an impressive run through the 1983 German Cup. The team took out Freiburg in the first round and eked out a win on penalties over SSV Ulm 1846 in their next match. They then eliminated three first division sides in a row: first Eintracht Braunschweig and Borussia Mönchengladbach, before crushing Borussia Dortmund 5:0 in their semi-final match. This put them into the final against hometown rivals 1. FC Köln, the first time the Cup final had come down to a local derby. Although they outplayed their opposition, Fortuna's magic had run out and they lost 0:1 on a late goal.

In 1986, the side came close to a return to the Bundesliga, but was beaten by Dortmund in the promotion round. Each team had won their home match in a two game series, which forced a third contest under the rules in effect at the time. Instead of advancing on the strength of away goals, Fortuna was crushed 0:8 by Borussia. A handful of seasons later the club avoided relegation to third tier football at the end of the 1991-92 schedule only when division rivals Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin were denied a licence.

One of the key features of Fortuna's history was the presidency of deep-pocketed Jean Löring. Beginning in 1967, the millionaire's support of the club helped them to continue to field competitive sides for much longer than they might otherwise have. In 1982, he even helped out in another way: trained as an electrician, he personally fixed the floodlights when they failed during a match against SV Darmstadt 98 so the game could go on. Löring, who had been an Oberliga player himself with Alemannia Aachen in his younger years, was ousted as president in 2000 and the club soon deteriorated. In 2005 the club failed financially and was forced to withdraw from league play. Until 2008, the SCF played in the fifth division Verbandsliga Mittelrhein, gaining promotion with a second place finish to the new Oberliga Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Despite insolvency, the club was able to salvage its youth department, one of the largest in Germany with over 500 players on 25 teams, through a fundraising campaign that included a benefit game against 1. FC Köln.

Recent chairman Klaus Ulonska once competed in the 1962 European Championships in Athletics, co-winning the 4x100 m Relay.

Team trivia

SC Fortuna Köln is distinguished as the team having spent the most years in the second division (26) and sits atop Germany's all-time second division rankings table.

Famous former Players

Current squad

As of 18 February 2009 (2009 -02-18)

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Niklas Blech
2 Germany MF Frank Schroden
3 Germany DF Daniel Maaßen
7 Germany MF Stephan Glaser (captain)
8 Germany MF Fabian Höffgen
9 Germany FW Kevin Kruth
10 Germany MF Daniel Blankenheim
11 Germany FW Marco Stasiulewski
12 Germany DF Andreas Moog
13 Germany MF Stefan Hoffmann
14 Russia MF Michael Khan
16 Germany MF Christian Beckers
No.   Position Player
17 Germany MF David Podlas
19 Germany FW Felix Bably
20 Germany MF Hamdi Dahmani
21 Germany DF Jan Malsch
22 Greece DF Ioannis Foukis
23 Iran MF Ramin Waraghai
24 Germany GK Mark Hilgers
25 Germany DF Jan Gran
27 Germany DF Sascha Jagusch
28 Germany DF Ermir Halili
31 Germany GK Christopher Möllering
33 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Ebewa-Yam Mimbala

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