Can Dusseldorf & Nürnberg Survive In 2018/19?
The two automatically promoted teams from the 2.Bundesliga this season were Fortuna Dusseldorf and FC Nurnberg. In this article, I will talk about those clubs ups and downs, as they have a great history about going “back and forth” in German football.
Let’s start with the Flingeraner: Two time DFB-Pokal winners Fortuna Dusseldorf clinched their way back with a good advantage over the rest of the pack. In fact, they never got below 3rd place in the whole season, an impressive feat. It is the second time they won the second division, having done it before back in 1989.
However, the team never had a very good record of staying up for long. In the time between their first title and last relegation from Bundesliga back in 2013. They have gone down to the Regionalligas (4th tier of German football) and back. In fact, they won the distinctive record of being the only club to be able to get back to the Bundesliga after being demoted to the fourth tier, doing so between 2004 and 2012.
Dusseldorf & Nürnberg
Now finally back in the Bundesliga (again!), Dusseldorf needs to create and maintain a steady. In their previous seasons in the main league, they showed great signs in their first 1-2 years but were eventually relegated again. In the next season, they will be battling very strong teams, who have established themselves in the top tier. Players who will be much requested during this season are GK Raphael Wolf, forwards Benito Raman and Rouwen Hennings and midfielder Florian Neuhaus, all who had a very good 2.Bundesliga season.
About FC. Nurnberg now. Der Club, much like their Dusseldorf mates, did a great job at this season second division, finishing joint top with them. Besides that, another similarity they share with the Flingeraner is their recent difficulty on staying up: In the last 10 years, Nurnberg suffered two relegations, and have not been able to maintain themselves in the top flight for more than five seasons.
Those problems do not reflect this club great history. As they are still a very relevant team in German football, for all their contributions in its start. They are, still, the second team with most titles in Germany (losing only to Bavarian rivals Bayern Munchen), and held the record for most titles until 1987. Those statistics show the club great history and how important it would be to have a team like that fighting for European spots in the Bundesliga next season, same as in their golden years. That would bring new fans to the German league and would increase its level of competition.
The 2007 DFB Cup winners have, just like Dusseldorf, all of the necessary to make a good run next season in the Bundesliga: prestige, loyal fanbases, great players, and management team. If they plan to keep themselves up for a good time, it seems that what they need is more on the area of ambition rather than a “quality play style”, since they already shown very great football in the 2.Bundesliga. Whatever the case is going to be, it promises even more entertaining and competitive football in the Bundesliga next season.