What should not be more than simple news that would not occupy a large space in any sports site is one of the headlines of the current Bundesliga fixture since Schalke 04 won a German league match, although the most important part is that they avoided becoming the worst team in the history of the Bundesliga, beating SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin’s infamous record in the process.
The Berlin team that gave rise to the now called SV Tasmania Berlin of the NOFV-Oberliga Nord (fifth tier of German football system) will continue to boast the dubious honor of having the longest losing streak in Bundesliga history: 31 matches in a row without achieving a victory.
Schalke 04 accumulated 30 games without a win in the Bundesliga since January of 2020 and the German football world was very attentive to what could have happened in the game against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim this Saturday. That record was looming over the Veltins-Arena and it had been developed by managers David Wagner and Manuel Baum (Huub Stevens was the interim after Baum’s departure).
On December 27, 2020, Schalke 04 hired veteran Swiss manager Christian Gross, whose last spell was at Al Ahli FC in Saudi Arabia, to reverse this situation. In his first game as head of the Gelsenkirchen club, he had a poor presentation as his team lost to Hertha Berlin, setting off all alarms for the game against Hoffenheim.
Fortunately for the fans and professionals of Schalke 04, this Saturday they managed to defeat Hoffenheim 4-0 with a hat trick by American striker Matthew Hoppe, ending their 30-game Bundesliga winless streak.
However, the problems for the club do not end with this victory since they are currently in the penultimate position in the league, four points below the play-off position to avoid relegation.