Bochum and Borussia Dortmund take to the stage in the 'little Revierderby' on Bundesliga Matchday 2. - © DFL
Bochum and Borussia Dortmund take to the stage in the 'little Revierderby' on Bundesliga Matchday 2. - © DFL

Bochum vs. Borussia Dortmund: What is the 'little Revierderby'?


Schake's relegation means there's no Revierderby in 2023/24, but there will still be rumblings in other parts of the Ruhrgebiet when Borussia Dortmund meet Bochum.

A 'Revierderby' broadly refers to a neighbourly meeting of two clubs from the heavily industrialised Ruhr district. More specifically, the Revierderby narrows that down to the 20 miles separating Dortmund from Schalke's home base of Gelsenkirchen.

A number of other professional teams hail from the wider region, but they have to make do with the tag of 'little Revierderby' for their various head-to-heads.

Downgraded in name only, Dortmund's trip to Bochum on Bundesliga Matchday 2 is still a Revierderby. A regional power struggle in an area of Germany where bragging rights really matter - but with a twist.

Watch: Dortmund vs. Bochum - Ruhr district roots

On Matchday 30 of 2022/23, Dortmund missed the chance to move four points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga after being held to a 1-1 draw away to relegation-threatened Bochum.

Although BVB wrestled back the initiative heading into the final day, they ultimately fell short of a first title since 2011/12, on goal difference.

As for Bochum, they set up a 'little Revierderby' rerun after finishing four points clear of the automatic relegation zone.

Watch: Bochum did Bayern a huge favour by holding Dortmund

For the second time in as many seasons since ending their 11-year exile from the Bundesliga, Bochum sunk Dortmund's battleship. Just 12 months earlier, they had secured their top-flight survival with room to spare by beating BVB 4-3 at the Signal Iduna Park.

Dortmund took the spoils in the Bundesliga and DFB Cup between times, rather more in keeping with the head-to-head record between the two Ruhr district rivals. The aforementioned seven-goal thriller is Bochum's only Bundesliga win over BVB in their last 10 attempts. They haven't won at home to the Black-Yellows since March 2007.

Will Bochum end the hoodoo, or will Dortmund take their derby revenge? Despite what the name suggests, the latest edition of the 'little Revierderby' is going to be BIG! Follow the action right here on!