All the pertinent facts and figures ahead of the Wolves’ home game against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday.
The Green-and-Whites will not only be looking to keep in touch with the teams above them in their second home game of the year on Saturday 8 February (15:30 CET). Oliver Glasner’s side are also aiming to maintain their nine-game unbeaten run against Fortuna in all competitions – a record that spans nearly 27 years. In the first ever meeting between the two teams at Elsterweg on 28 November 1992, Siggi Reich (26’) and Jürgen Degen (51’) were on target in a 1-1 draw in Bundesliga 2. We’ve rounded up the other key facts and figures ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Rhineland outfit at the Volkswagen Arena:
The corresponding fixture between the two sides in 1992 has a very special place in the memories of VfL fans. On Matchday 46 (!), VfL secured a 2-1 win at the Glutofen Rheinstadion to avoid relegation from the second tier.
There has never been a goalless draw between these two clubs. They have shared the points on four occasions, with each of those games ending 1-1.
Fortuna are one place and 18 points behind 17th-placed VfL in the all-time Bundesliga table, despite having played 72 games more in Germany’s top flight.
With five strikes against Fortuna to date, current Wolves frontman Wout Weghorst has netted more goals against the Rhineland club than any other player in VfL history. The Dutchman was on target in the teams’ 1-1 draw back in September.
New Fortuna head coach Uwe Rösler almost ended up facing VfL in European competition this season. The 51-year-old was in charge at Swedish record champions Malmö FF – the Wolves’ opponents in the round of 32 later this month – until just before December’s draw.
Rösler faced the Wolves in two of his 96 Bundesliga games as a player, both of which came during his time at 1. FC Kaiserslautern. The striker was brought on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion on 16 October 1998, before coming off injured in the Green-and-Whites’ 2-1 win at Elsterweg six months later.
Rösler also played against VfL in the DFB Cup. The former Manchester City player was part of the Dynamo Dresden side – then in the Bundesliga – that beat the Wolves 4-2 on penalties in the second round in 1993.