Summary

  • Matchday 9 sees the 89th Bundesliga 'Revierderby' take place.
  • Dortmund host Schalke on Saturday evening.
  • BVB unbeaten in last three league meetings with Royal Blues.

Expect sparks to fly on Saturday evening as Borussia Dortmund host fierce local rivals FC Schalke 04 in the 89th edition of the Revierderby in Bundesliga history (kick-off 18:30CEST/16:30GMT).

But what exactly is the derby all about? Why does it matter and who holds the upper hand overall? Allow bundesliga.com to fill in the blanks..

There will be one-on-one duels galore in this game on Matchday 9. Make sure to take advantage of guaranteed points for your Official Fantasy Bundesliga team!

The Revierderby explained

Discover the background to one of the biggest derbies in German, European and world football. Only 32 kilometres separate the two clubs, both situated in the country's industrial heartland, the Ruhr district. The fixture is one of the most passionately contested encounters anywhere in the world game and means more to each set of fans than any other meeting on the football calendar.

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Watch: Recap the sides' 2-2 draw in their last Bundesliga meeting back in April:

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The mother of all derbies

A game like no other, witnessing the Revierderby in the flesh is an experience you are likely to never forget. From the passion of the famous Yellow Wall to the thundering tackles on the pitch, it has to be seen to be believed.

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Watch: What is Dortmund's Yellow Wall?

Inside story: a player's perspective

Only relatively few players have had the privilege of playing in a Revierderby, but Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a seasoned campaigner now, having joined BVB in summer 2013. Speaking in an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com, the Gabon international said: "We all know how important this derby is for BVB and the fans, and we also know that it's going to be a huge match. I'm sure we'll play a good game. We're all looking forward to it and we're ready."

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says the Revierderby has a "unique atmosphere".

Crossing the divide

Given the intensity of the rivalry and the passion among the fans, only a brave few players have dared lace their boots for both teams. Take a closer look right here...

Former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann (pictured here in 1997) is one of the few players to have played for both Dortmund and Schalke.

XXL gallery

There have been countless fantastic goals, heated exchanges and memorable moments in the fixture over the years. Take a look at some of the best images here.

18 August 2007, Schalke 4-1 Dortmund. Gerald Asamoah (top), scorer of Schalke's third goal, gets better acquainted with Robert Kovac (bottom).

Schalke's hard graft paying dividends

After suffering a frustrating start to the season in which they lost their first five league games, Schalke are beginning to look like themselves again and have taken seven points from the last nine available. They have done so by harnessing the spirit of the Gelsenkirchen locals: knuckling down to hard work.

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Franco Di Santo (front) challenges Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer (back) when the sides met in 2015/16.

Classic encounters

Every country has its own great footballing derbies, yet they all pale in comparison to Germany's Revierderby between Dortmund and Schalke. Travel back in time and take a look back at some of the classic Dortmund-Schalke meetings from yesteryear.

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Lars Ricken (c.) celebrates scoring for Dortmund in a 2-1 victory to end Schalke's 12-match unbeaten Revierderby run.

Want more pre-game news ahead of the team's Matchday 9 meeting? Our Match Centre has it all.

Video archive - last five matches

10 April 2016: Schalke 2-2 Dortmund
8 November 2015: Dortmund 3-2 Schalke
28 February 2015: Dortmund 3-0 Schalke
27 September 2014: Schalke 2-1 Dortmund
25 March 2014: Dortmund 0-0 Schalke

Bundesliga Audio

Tune in to the Revierderby on Matchday 9 on Saturday right here!