Revierderby (Borussia Dortmund v Schalke 04)
The Revierderby, which is also known as the Ruhr Derby, is the match played between German sides Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04. The derby takes its name from the Revier region in which both sides are located. The match is widely regarded as the biggest rivalry in German football.
Both clubs are massively supported and their die-hard fans create incredible atmospheres during the match. Dortmund’s home matches are played at the 80,000-seater Westfalenstadion while Schalke’s home stadium is the Veltins-Arena, which seats over 60,000 spectators.
The first Revierderby took place in 1925 when Schalke beat Dortmund 4-2. Since then, the clubs have gone on to face each other over 140 times. To date, Schalke have 56 Revierderby wins to Dortmund’s 48.
The animosity between the two clubs is so strong that their fans refer to the opposition’s city as ‘The Forbidden City.’ Many fans even refuse to say the opposition club’s name. In 2013 Dortmund’s left back, Felipe Santana, left the club to sign for Schalke, a very controversial switch among fans.
Klaus Fichtel made the most Revierderby appearances, playing 24 times in the match for Schalke, while the fixture’s top scorer is Lotha Emmerich who scored 10 goals for Dortmund over the years.
The biggest winning margin in the Revierderby is 10 goals after Schalke defeated Dortmund 10-0 in October 1940. This was the second 10-goal thriller between the sides; one year after Schalke had beaten Dortmund 7-3. Dortmund’s biggest Revierderby victory came in 1966 when they won 7-0.
In 1997 Dortmund’s goalkeeper, Jens Lehmann scored a stoppage time equaliser which would go down as one of the most famous in the derby’s history. In 2008 the sides played to an exciting 3-3 draw. With 20 minutes left to play, Schalke threw away a 3-goal advantage.
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