The Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 rivalry is known as the Revierderby, translated the “territory,” or the Ruhr derby. The Ruhr reference is associated with the region of Germany in which both teams are located, which is North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
The two football clubs first met on 3 May 1925. BVB had been in existence since 1909, while Schalke 04, also known as the Königsblauen, was founded in 1904. The initial meeting ended with Schalke winning 4-0. It was noted that the winner’s playing style consisted of a series of short, flat passes. Over three years, the two teams met a total of three times with the Königsblauen winning all three derbies. They did not play each other again until 1936 when the Gauliga was created.
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Statistics and Records
In 140 derbies, Schlake 04 has won 58 matches, BVB 48, and there have been 34 draws. However, since entering into Bundesliga action in 1963, the teams have played one another evenly. In 81 matches, Schlake 04 has 30 wins, Borussia Dortmund 29, and they have battle to 22 draws. In six DFB Cup meetings, three have been won by Schlake 04, two by BVB, and one ended in a tie.
In terms of titles, BVB leads, winning three Bundesliga championships, one UEFA Champions League crown, and one Intercontinental Cup, while Schalke won the UEFA Cup one time and the German Cup twice.
It was in the late 1930s and early 40s that the two teams set what some lasting derby marks. The first Dortmund victory, which was 1-0, occurred on 14 November 1943. On 30 January 1938, the two teams battled to their first draw. Each team scored three goals.
Other records set around the time reflect scoring prowess. In a match on 20 October 1940, Schlake scored 10 goals and did not concede. That marks the most goals scored and the greatest margin of victory for the Königsblauen against BVB. The year prior, on 12 March, the two teams scored their highest number of total goals, 10, with Schlake winning 7-3. However, it was not until 1966 that Dortmund hit the high water mark for goals against their rival, beating them 7-0.
Important Games, Players and Managers
One of the most thrilling and unusual derbies occurred on 19 December 1997. The teams were in a tough battle. But nearing the 90-minute mark, Dortmund seemed to be in control of the game. They had the lead 3-2. Then at the 90th minute the ball came over the top to the far corner of BVB’s goal and ready and waiting for the airborne ball was Schlake goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. Lehmann scored on a header as the Dortmund keeper was caught totally off guard. The game ended in a three-all draw.
The derby on 30 January 2004 saw Dortmund once again disappointed late in the game. Schalke’s midfield defense was solid and BVB had a hard time generating any offense. Two penalties proved useless to Dortmund, as Jan Koller missed in the 9th minute and Torsten Frings also missed in the 74th. Then in the 89th minute Schlake’s Hamit Altintop found Ebbe Sand. Sand’s shot, off his right foot, went into the net. Dortmund was defeated 1-0.
In a big game that had a lot of meaning for Schlake 04, as they had a shot at the league crown, BVB had to play with a decimated roster. Although missing some important players, they still came out onto the home pitch on 12 May 2007 to give it their all.
It was a tough match but evenly called, as four players on each team were booked during the derby. All received yellow cards. At the 44th minute Alexander Frei scored for Dortmund from Linksschuss and Metzelder. The Königsblauen went off during the half needing a goal. They came out energized for the second half, but were unable to permeate the BVB defense. Then at the 85th minute, Euzebiusz Smolarek, from Rechtsschuss and Metzelder, put the game away. Schlake’s hopes were dashed.
Give and Take
The rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 saw the latter team dominate for years. But Dortmund came into its own in the Bundesliga and this rivalry seems like at anytime it can go anyway with either team taking down the other.