Tag: Schalke 04

That Revierderby Touch

Being a preview of the forthcoming match between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04. Matthias Suuck, the presenter of the Yellow Wall pod, a Borussia Dortmund podcast, once described the rivalry between Dortmund and Schalke as more about the two sets of fans similarities rather than their differences. Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen are two former mining cities in the heavily industrialised region of the Ruhr Valley in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the traditional support base of both clubs is working class. The region of NRW is teeming with football clubs of various shapes and sizes but (and this will be argued vigorously, in Cologne and Mönchengladbach) Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 are the biggest. Their derby game is known as the Revierderby and their encounters are among the most highly anticipated in Germany, because both teams enjoy a national (and increasingly international) support as well as local. What usually tends to be missing from these fixtures is the additional sense of peril in terms of the importance of the result. Given the historical dominance of Bayern Munich you don’t often find Dortmund or Schalke competing against each other for the Bundesliga championship. Moreover, the German FA have failed to contrive an encounter between the two teams in the German Cup since the year 2000, in which Schalke won 2-1. That may explain why  this derby remains one of the best supported in...

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Match Of The Midweek: Schalke 04 0-2 Manchester United

This, it has been implied, is a foregone conclusion. Much of the talk over the last few weeks has been centred upon which of the Spanish behemoths Manchester United would stand a better chance of beating at Wembley next month and the small matter of winning this semi-final has been comparatively overlooked. FC Schalke 04 are amongst the giants of German football, though, in stature if not in terms of silverware. Despite having the third-highest average crowds in the most-watched league in the world, they have never won the Bundesliga – their last German championship came in 1958 – and their finest moment of the last half-century or so came with with a UEFA Cup win against Internazionale in 1997. This year, though, they have battled their way to the semi-finals of the Champions League with a run that included a stunning win against Internazionale. In comparison with the other three teams left in this year’s Champions League, though, they remain relatively in the shadows – the unknown quantity of the last four. We know plenty about Manchester United, of course. Last weekend saw Arsenal finally start to fade into the distance in their wing mirror as the finishing line in the Premier League draws closer and closer. The treble is off for this season – Manchester City saw to that a week and a half ago – but...

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