Schaaf on 50th Bundesliga season
21.08.2012, 08:50:19 Uhr
Werder's current head coach Thomas Schaaf was just two years old when Werder and Dortmund chimed in the new football era at Weser Stadium on 24 August 1963. And the first goal scorer in Bundesliga history was Timo Konietzka and Werder won the game 3-2. Another of the goal scorers on the scoring sheet was Werder honorary captain Arnold "Pico" Schütz.
Much has happened in the last half-century - also for the teams who will square off on Friday. Werder have played 1,628 matches in the Bundesliga, the second most in league history. They are also second on the All-Time table. Dortmund meanwhile have played 46 years in Germany's top flight with 640 victories. The teams have faced off 94 times with Werder winning 41 times. Game number 95 will follow on Friday. "This is a wonderful stage. I don't think there is nothing better. This atmosphere in front of 83,000 spectators, 76,000 of them rooting against you. You can't get more attention than that," said Schaaf looking forward to the season opener at Signal Iduna Park.
Nils Petersen meanwhile has not been able to gain much experience in Germany's top league. That makes it all the more meaningful for the 23-year-old. "This is a huge platform and very meaningful to us as players. We will be playing at the double winners, and all eyes will be on this game," said Petersen.