22 years ago | FC Schalke 04 and the darkest hour

22 years ago, on May 19, 2001, the probably most memorable final match day in Bundesliga history happened: FC Schalke 04 were German champions for four minutes and 38 seconds. Then FC Bayern Munich struck – and the royal blue sank into a valley of tears.

The starting position before the 34th match day of the 2000/01 season was clear: a Schalke home win against Unterhaching and a simultaneous Bayern defeat at HSV were needed to end the drought streak of the Royal Blues that had lasted since 1958 and to break the royal blue cheering dams . What developed was probably the most exciting master thriller in the history of the league.

In Gelsenkirchen everything goes wrong at first: S04 are 2-0 down after 27 minutes through goals from Schalke coach André Breitenreiter and Miroslaw Spizak, before a furious final sprint revives hope: Nico van Kerckhoven equalizes with a double strike (44.) and Gerald Asamoah (45th) the deficit.

In the second half, Unterhaching took the lead again with a goal from Jan Seifert (70′), before Jörg Böhme (73’/74′) and Ebbe Sand (89′) finally ensured that Schalke did their duty. However, Schalke’s nerves, which are so tense after the grueling game, are to be claimed even more cruelly.

Shot into (mis)happiness: Schalke's Jorg Böhme

Shot into (mis)happiness: Schalke’s Jorg Böhme

Hamburg’s Barbarez shocks FC Bayern

After 90 minutes of ball pushing, Bayern and Hamburg are approaching the final whistle in the parallel game – 0:0 is emblazoned on the scoreboard, Bayern’s championship is only a matter of seconds.

After an unsuccessful attempt at clarification, however, the ball lands on Marek Heinz, who serves the leather softly on the skull of Sergej Barbarez with his left slipper – the Bosnian stays cool, nods off and causes derailing facial features in Uli Hoeneß, Stefan Effenberg, Oliver Kahn and Co.

At this point all the dams in Gelsenkirchen burst. Schalke veteran Rudi Assauer sends a salvo of jubilant uppercuts into the royal blue sky, “Premiere” reporter Rolf Fuhrmann congratulates S04 manager Andreas Müller on the bowl and even on the face of the eternally serious Schalke warhorse Jirí Nemec there are signs of a smile.

However, there was a catch: an entire stadium, an entire city and large parts of the German football fans in front of the TV screens were taken in by the misinformation that the final whistle had already sounded in Hamburg.

Rudi Assauer and Co celebrate prematurely

Rudi Assauer and Co celebrate prematurely

In the Hanseatic city, however, the leather is still rolling over the lawn of the Volkspark – drama included. In stoppage time, Bayern put the ball in the direction of the HSV penalty area, where Tomás Ujfalusi tipped the ball to his own goal in a running duel with Bayern’s Paulo Sérgio. No problem for HSV keeper Mathias Schober, who buries the marble under himself.

Bavaria complains about return, referee Dr. To the surprise of many fans, Markus Merk actually whistles. The rest is history: Patrik Andersson, the Swede “with the strongest boom” (original sound: Stefan Effenberg), slams the indirect free kick from almost eight meters into the net – FC Bayern is the champion.

FC Schalke 04: Assauer lost “faith in the football god”

When what is probably the most bitter blow in German football history finally irrefutably and agonizingly slowly burns its way through the media ether into the ears, brains and hearts of Schalke fans, the lawn of the Parkstadion has long since sunk under a cheering, crying and overjoyed royal blue crowd. Four minutes and 38 seconds later, the jubilation gives way to an incredulous silence.

Particularly bitter: the tens of thousands of Gelsenkirchen football fans experience the fall from the throne live on the scoreboards in the Parkstadion. There the last minutes from the Hamburger Volkspark will be broadcast.

Horror instead of joy at FC Schalke 04

Horror instead of joy at FC Schalke 04

The situation was comparable to a plane crash in which everyone died, a stunned Assauer summed up at the subsequent press conference and added shortly afterwards: “I’ve lost faith in the football god.”

After this heart-stopping final, FC Schalke was declared the “master of hearts” by the media. Small consolation in view of this drama, but the miners qualified for the Champions League for the first time. A great success for the club – only for the championship trophy one waits in vain at Schalke.

Marc Affeldt

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