It's Revierderby week and an exciting time for both clubs. We won't get into how BXB is performing, but the Royal Blues are on a high with a season-best six-match unbeaten run. This run includes back-to-back wins from the last two matchdays.
The Revierderby, also known as the Ruhr derby, is one of the most heated rivalries in world football. Here are some of the most memorable Revierderby matches in history. Please excuse any unintended bias:
Borussia Dortmund 3-3 Schalke 04 (2008):
In this match, Schalke was trailing 0-2 at halftime but managed to make an impressive comeback, scoring three goals in the second half to take the lead. Jefferson Farfan had given Schalke the lead after Rafinha and Heiko Westermann had the away side coasting. Jürgen Klopp had just taken up his role as Borussia Dortmund's coach when he was appointed to oversee his first Revierderby. He wanted to make sure his players would not settle for defeat easily. Alexander Frei stepped up to the plate for Dortmund when Nelson Valdez was unable to continue in the second half of the match. His contribution made a vital difference. The Swiss forward then kept his composure to score an 89th-minute penalty and deny Schalke victory after Mladen Krstajic had handled the ball in his own box.
Borussia Dortmund 4-4 Schalke 04 (2017):
This match was another thrilling encounter that saw Dortmund lead 4-0 at halftime. In an unimaginable fashion, Guido Burgstaller & Amine Harit scored in quick succession to cut the lead in half at 4-2. Then Daniel Caligiuri reignited hopes of a dramatic comeback by scoring late in the game, making it 4-3 with just five minutes to go. In an incredible finale, Naldo headed the ball home in the 94th minute, causing wild excitement among the away crowd. This astonishing turn of events cemented his name in club history.
Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Schalke (1997)
This Revierderby will be remembered for a long time due to an unexpected incident; it was not like Naldo's equalizing goal but something totally different. Dortmund gained the upper hand on two separate occasions through goals by Vladimir But and Andreas Möller, while Denis Klyuev pulled one back for Schalke. Möller's free-kick had put them in the lead with just 11 minutes to go, but a 90th-minute corner gave Schalke an opportunity to snatch a draw. The proverbial kitchen sink was thrown into the mix by goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. The future Dortmund player was left unguarded when Thomas Linke's header was flicked back post. Lehmann couldn't have asked for an easier way to make history; the opportunity presented itself and he made the most of it. It was the first time in the Bundesliga that a goalkeeper scored from open play – what an amazing achievement!
Dortmund 2-0 Schalke (2007):
Dortmund spoiled Schalke's title chances in the past. One notable example was in the 2006-2007 season when Dortmund defeated Schalke 2-0 in the Revierderby. At the time, Schalke was in second place, just two points behind leaders Stuttgart. Dortmund was well out of any European place. But their victory against rivals Schalke made BVB fans ecstatic. Goals from Frei and Ebi Smolarek brought a roar of celebrations in the stadium. The enthusiasm reached new heights when news came that Stuttgart had won 3-2 in Bochum, which almost brought the roof down. Seven days later, Stuttgart clinched the title thanks to Dortmund's derby victory. This contributed largely to Schalke missing out on their opportunity for a championship title and coming in third place in the end. Fortunately for Stuttgart, Dortmund's triumph provided them with an avenue to acquire the championship and Schalke had to make do with a third-place finish.
Borussia Dortmund 2-4 Schalke (2019)
Dortmund weren't the only ones to play title spoilers. The match between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 on April 27, 2019, was a highly anticipated Revierderby. Schalke, who were struggling near the bottom of the table, traveled to the Signal Iduna Park to face Dortmund, who were challenging for the Bundesliga title. Just one point behind Bayern. Schalke leveled the match in the 14th minute when Daniel Caligiuri converted a penalty. Salif Sane then doubled Schalke's lead in the 28th minute with a powerful header from a corner kick. Caligiuri made it 3-1, scoring his second goal of the match from a free kick. Alex Witsel pulled one back in the 84th, but Breel Embolo then scored Schalke's fourth goal of the match in the 86th minute, effectively sealing the victory for the Royal Blues and ending any title hopes for Dortmund. Borussia were heavy favorites heading into the match. It was a memorable performance for Schalke, who had been struggling for form throughout the season, and it marked a rare bright spot in an otherwise disappointing campaign for the club.
Can Schalke put another damper on Dortmund's title push this weekend?