Despite the sporting downturn and relegation to the Bundesliga, FC Schalke 04 has left its worst rival Borussia Dortmund behind in one thing this year: The traditional club from Gelsenkirchen has more members than BVB again this calendar year.
That goes from the numbers of the statistics portal “statista.com“, which recently ranked the football clubs with the largest number of members in the world.
Behind the undisputed front runner FC Bayern Munich, which according to the portal has 293,000 members, is the traditionally very strong club Benfica Lisbon with 233,000 registered supporters.
The two Ruhr area clubs FC Schalke and BVB have been in a hot race for years when it comes to the question: who is the bigger one?
Now, for the first time, the royal blues were led again with around 160,000 members in front of the black and yellow, which according to statistics should have 154,000 members.
Sebastian Buntkirchen, director for fans and club affairs at FC Schalke 04, spoke to the “Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung“Delighted with the development in the number of members:” The number of members has increased again since April, “reported the S04 official.
This trend among the miners seems almost strange, as Schalke 04 has just had the worst season in its Bundesliga history and has been back in the 2nd Bundesliga for the first time in over 30 years.
Buntkirchen explained this phenomenon as follows: “When our Bundesliga relegation was determined by the 1-0 defeat at Arminia Bielefeld, we received numerous membership applications that same evening. This shows what a special club Schalke is and that they are Supporters stand by Schalke 04 when things are going badly. “
Next second division game at SV Werder Bremen
According to the 41-year-old, Schalke supporters “did not feel sad after relegation”. Exactly the opposite was the case and a “sleeve up mood arose”.
With the current fifth in the table in the 2. Bundesliga, those responsible now hope that this enthusiasm of the huge fan base will be rewarded with corresponding sporting success: “We can increase the identification platform through sporting success. Through sporting success, I definitely see opportunities that we are making another leap up in membership numbers, “explained Buntkirchen.
Recently, however, it had once again been very bad at the Ruhr area club. Three competitive defeats in a row are recorded. It continues in the second division for FC Schalke on November 20 with the relegation duel at SV Werder Bremen.