TuRU Düsseldorf

TuRU Düsseldorf
Full name Turn- und Rasensport Union 1880 e.V. Düsseldorf
Nickname(s) Die Tauben (The Doves)
Founded 1919
Ground Stadion an der Feuerbachstraße
Ground Capacity 7,500
Chairman Paul-Ludwig Spies
League Oberliga Niederrhein (V)
2015–16 4th

TuRU Düsseldorf is a German sports club (football and handball) from the city of Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia.


Turn- und Rasensport Union Düsseldorf claims a number of early Düsseldorf clubs in its heritage. Düsseldorf Fußball Klub Union was created on 10 May 1905 as Düsselsdorfer Fußball Klub Union through the merger of Vorwärts Düsseldorf and Borussia Düsseldorf with onetime members of Fußball Club Britannia Düsseldorf. The club was renamed Düsseldorfer Sport Club Union in 1911 and in 1913 advanced to the final of the Westdeutcher Fußball Verband where they lost to Duisburger Spielverein, which then went on to the national final against VfB Leipzig. SC joined Verein für Rasensport Düsseldorf and Friedrichstädter Turnverein 1880 to form TuRU in 1919. Until July 1916 VfR had played as Sport Club Athen Düsseldorf.

TuRU in its turn advanced to the final of the Westdeutcher Fußball Verband in 1923 where they dropped a 3:4 decision to Arminia Bielefeld. Two years later they avenged themselves on both Duisburger SV and Bielefeld, defeating these sides on their way to a national quarterfinal match up versus Hertha BSC Berlin where they were eliminated.

From 1935 to 1942 Düsseldorf played in the Gauliga Niederrhein, one of sixteen top flight divisions formed in the 1933 reorganization of German football under the Third Reich. TuRU made its only DFB-Pokal (German Cup) appearance in 1937 in play for the Tschammerpokal, predecessor to the modern day cup competition, and also sent two representatives to the national side in the late 1930s.

Following World War II TuRU played briefly (1949–52) in the 2. Oberliga West (II), and then in the Landesliga Niederrhein (III) until late in the decade, before slipping into lower level amateur football. The club returned to the Landesliga in 1965 and established itself in fourth and fifth tier play over the next several decades. They captured Landesliga Niederrhein titles in 1994 (V tier) and 2003 (VI tier). Düsseldorf was promoted to the Oberliga Nordrhein on the strength of their 2004 Verbandsliga Niederrhein (V) title and have played at that level until 2008, earning lower table results.

The club currently plays in the tier five Oberliga Niederrhein.


The club's honours:


TuRU Düsseldorf plays its home fixtures in the Stadion an der Feuerbachstraße (capacity ~7,500).

Current football squad

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

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Dennis Prostka
2 Germany DF Marc Sesterhenn
3 Republic of Macedonia MF Sinisa Nedeljkovic
4 Germany DF Stephan Bork
5 Germany DF Bernd Willems
6 Germany MF Markus Weiß
7 Germany DF Hassan Nounouh
8 Germany MF Sebastian Schweers
9 Turkey MF Engin Kizilaslan
10 Spain MF Miguel Lopez-Torres
11 Turkey FW Fatih Duran
12 Germany DF Daniel Theisen
No. Position Player
13 Germany MF Samuel Sibilski
14 Germany MF Patrick Scheulen
15 Germany MF Dennis Homann
16 Turkey MF Serdar Özdemir
17 Turkey MF Aykut Ceker
18 Germany FW Michael Rentmeister
19 Germany FW Redouan Yotla
20 Spain DF Daniel Rey-Alonso
22 Germany GK Marc Ernzer
24 Germany MF Domenico Cozza
30 Germany GK Fabian Rech
37 Germany GK Fabian Stanscheit
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