Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke: H2H, Revierderby Rivalry, Watch Live & More
With less than 20 miles separating these two German clubs, the Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke rivalry is very much a territorial spat.
Located in Germany’s industrial heartland, the cities of Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen are unquestionably working-class and proud of it.
We take a closer look at Dortmund vs Schalke including the H2H (stats correct – April 15, 2023), how to watch the Bundesliga live, the history of the Revierderby and more.
Borussia Dortmund v Schalke H2H
The two teams have faced each other in 160 competitive matches, with Schalke leading the all-time H2H 60-56 and the other 44 matches finishing as draws.
However, Dortmund have claimed 22 trophies – seven more than Schalke have lifted during their history.
Notable Borussia Dortmund v Schalke Results
- Schalke 5-2 Borussia Dortmund – Bundesliga – August 1991
- Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Schalke – Bundesliga – December 1992
- Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Schalke – Bundesliga – January 2004
- Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Schalke – Bundesliga – May 2007
- Borussia Dortmund 3-3 Schalke – Bundesliga – September 2008
- Schalke 0-0 Borussia Dortmund – German Super Cup – July 2011 (Schalke won 4-3 on penalties)
- Borussia Dortmund 4-4 Schalke – Bundesliga – November 2017
- Borussia Dortmund 2-4 Schalke – Bundesliga – April 2019
Borussia Dortmund v Schalke Live Streams
Sky Sports is the best place to watch Bundesliga matches, with live streams available to subscribers via the Sky Go app on either desktop or mobile.
If you don’t have a subscription, fans can take advantage of the flexible option of daily or monthly passes through NOW TV.
There are loads of other streaming platforms that cover live Bundesliga games, but you will need to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to gain access.
One of the best services is Express VPN, which can be downloaded to various devices including Android, iOS, Fire TV, PC, Mac and smart televisions.
Schalke recorded a 4-2 victory in the first Revierderby in 1924/25, and it took another 18 years before Dortmund got a win on the scoreboard.
The launch of the Bundesliga in 1963 sparked a change in the respective fortunes of each club, with BVB quickly establishing dominance over their local rivals.
However, Schalke refused to lie down and subsequently pieced together a 12-game unbeaten run in competitive matches between 1968 and 1977.
The 1980s saw the Revierderby take a sinister turn, with hooligan firms regularly engaging violently with each other inside and outside the respective stadiums.
The two sides continued to exchange unpleasantries over subsequent years, with each desperate to establish themselves as the top dogs in the region.
Schalke thought they had gained the upper hand on the pitch in May 1997, producing a massive upset to win the UEFA Cup against Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Just one week later, Dortmund put that achievement firmly in the shade by defeating Juventus to win the Champions League for the only time in their history.
Dortmund have largely dominated the rivalry during the 21st century, winning three Bundesliga titles and regularly finishing above Schalke in the standings.
Their fans also took great delight in seeing Schalke relegated at the end of the 2020/21 season, although their rivals did bounce back after just one year in the second tier.
Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke Controversies
As with most football rivalries worldwide, numerous controversies have blighted Revierderby clashes between Dortmund and Schalke.
One of the most noteworthy came in 1969, as police with dogs were worked manfully to keep fans from invading the pitch at Dortmund’s sold-out Red Earth Stadium.
All hell broke loose when Hansi Pirkner put Schalke in front, with hundreds of people zealously storming onto the pitch after the goal.
A German Shepherd dog took his work a little too seriously, taking a tasty bite out of Schalke player Friedel Rausch.
He was given a tetanus shot and finished the game, but it later transpired that the dog belonged to a Dortmund fan who was impersonating the police.
The German Football Association subsequently ruled that dogs were only allowed inside stadiums if they were muzzled.
Violent skirmishes marred the 141st Revierderby in October 2012, with around 200 people arrested for a series of incidents before, during and after the game in Dortmund.
Most of the perpetrators were Schalke thugs and their antics sparked a violent response from their Dortmund counterparts when they visited Gelsenkirchen the following year.
Smoke bombs from the Dortmund end delayed the kick-off, while flares were also thrown from the away end and towards Schalke fans.
The referee took the two teams back into the dressing rooms until order was restored, and the fall-out from the incident saw stadium bans subsequently issued to almost 500 people.
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