Ralf Fährmann is hoping for a longer stay in the goal of his heart club FC Schalke. "I'm assuming that I'll be between the posts in the next game as well," said the 34-year-old confidently after the 0-0 draw in the Bundesliga duel with 1. FC Köln.
The end of his reserve life and the warm reception from the fans at his first Bundesliga game since May 2021 visibly affected the goalkeeper: "I was happy to be back in my living room. And I know how important I am to the fans and also to the club have."
With great training diligence and professional handling of his role as substitute keeper, he collected plus points with Thomas Reis. To the surprise of most observers, Fährmann was given preference against Cologne by the football teacher - at the expense of the previous regular keeper Alexander Schwolow.
"Ralf never gave up. He put in a really good training routine. I wanted to give the team a new impetus. And he's Schalke through and through and has been through many situations," said Reis, explaining the goalkeeper change. This should last "until further notice". "But there is no regular place guarantee for any player until the end of the season," added the coach.
According to Reis, Schwolow accepted his relegation to the bench "professionally". "He will - just like Ralle in this situation - support his colleague 100 percent and continue to give it his all in training. The two will push each other. And that's a pledge that both goalkeepers are stable when they're needed," said the coach .