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— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) April 26, 2019
Special One Football Club Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04’s Revierderby is a fierce regional rivalry, one of the most belligerent in the European football and not just a clash of local clubs at all.
Depite there are more derbies classified as Ruhr derbies, on top of the Revierderby is that the hate to your rival is equally as important as the love for your club.
When the clubs first met in 1925, not many could have predicted how fierce the rivalry would grow, but with the help of a number of intense and significant matches, it has become arguably the biggest derby in German football.
The rivalry became even more noticeable in 1969, when an overcrowded Rote Erde saw fans get so close to the pitch that the managers couldn’t see the pitch from their benches.
Many people would think that Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich is the Germany’s premier match-up but the tension does not have the history of the Revierderby.
It all summarizes for the former Dortmund player Kevin Großkreutz’s answer to being asked what he’d do if his son became a Schalke fan, to what he left it clear: adoption.
Despite The Sudtribune is the most famous part of Dortmund’s stadium with a capacity of 25,000 people on match days, next to the newest stadium there is the Rote Erde -red soil-, and old ground right next to it that on Sep. 6, 1969, 50,000 ticketless fans gathered. In the stands, the crowd also chant while jumping “Wer nicht hüpft, der ist ein Schalker!,” which translates to “who doesn’t leap is a Schalke fan.”
Besides, most heated rivalries sustain biggest differences such as religion, politics, social class status, ethnic nature reasons, etc, but none of them applies to the Revierderby as their cities and their support are very similar. On one hand, Dortmund was powered by steel and beer. On the other, Gelsenkirchen was built on coal but both are working-class and have been affected the same by recessions. A special one rivalry that involves Special One Football Club Borussia Dortmund.