Schalke 04: 10 reasons to support Schalke this Bundesliga season

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Schalke 04, Omar Mascarell
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5. The Rivalry

Every club needs a rivalry. A really good rivalry. You can love a club all you want, but that love is made all the stronger when you have another club, a rival, to hate. And Schalke has one of the best—arguably the best—rivalries in all of football: the Revierderby.

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Tracing its roots all the way back to 1925, the Revierderby is one of the oldest and most heated rivalries in all of sports. In fact, it’s such an enormous rivalry that other matches between clubs in the Ruhr area are referred to as “minor Revierderbies.” Know any other rivalries that are so big they produce smaller versions of itself?

In the first-ever meeting between these two clubs, Schalke won, and in the overall record, Schalke wins too. They’ve won 60 of the meetings, drawing 43 and losing 52.

Of course, few will forget one of the best Revierderby’s of all time on the 25th of November, 2017. Dortmund took a 4-0 lead into the half, but Die Knappen came all the way back and ended up taking a draw from the match at 4-4 to make it one of the best comebacks ever.

No. 4 is next.