In great difficulty all season, the Gelsenkirchen club will descend to the second division.
Schalke 04, historic monument of German football, will descend to the second division at the end of the season after 30 years in the top flight, condemned by its 1-0 defeat on Tuesday on the lawn of Arminia Bielfeld.
With now 13 points behind potential play-off Hertha Berlin with four days to go, the Gelsenkirchen club will experience the fourth relegation in their history, just ten years after playing a Champions League semi-final (against Manchester United ).
In 2018, the “Royal Blue” had again managed to finish vice-champions of Germany behind Bayern.
Their relegation will deprive the Bundesliga of its most explosive derby, the “Ruhr Derby” against Dortmund, the 30 km neighbor and historic rival. The Dortmund supproters have also “celebrated” this result with a huge fireworks display.
Six-time German champion before and during the war, and again in 1958, Schalke has won only two of his 29 games so far this season. His first 4-0 home victory against Hoffenheim in January saved him the last minute to equal the negative record of 31 consecutive games without a Bundesliga win.
Since the start of the season, the team has worn out four trainers. The fifth, Dimitrios Grammozis, was recruited with the promise of remaining in post in the second division. His current record is five losses, one draw and one victory.
Schalke is weighed down by a debt of 217 million euros, after recording a loss of 52 million during the last fiscal year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.