A little more than a year ago when red-white food milled through the DFB Cup, the club was back on everyone’s lips. Suddenly football Germany spoke about RWE, the WDR leaned against the Essen Klublegende Helmut Rahn and wrote after moving into the quarter -finals of “Rahnsinn” – and the romantics in the country opened the heart again because the tradition, the real one, that True triumphed.

In the first round, Arminia Bielefeld had to believe, then Fortuna Düsseldorf and finally even Bayer Leverkusen, the fifth of the Bundesliga, a team of international format. Suddenly RWE was again in the national context – but then the sophisticated followed. In the round of the last eight, only two victories in front of Berlin, there was the final station against second division club Kiel. 0: 3 after 90 minutes, past the dream, the end of the Rahnsinn.

Today, a good 14 months later, it is worth looking back on the Essen cup season alone because the regional league team already showed people with rather impressive pictures of how gigantic the potential that has been slumbering in this club for years. Even though the games had to be played in front of empty ranks by pandemic.

force, radiance and history: RWE has everything

RWE has force. RWE has radiance. RWE has history, yes basically RWE has everything it needs to be a fixed point on the football map – but in the recent past it was teams such as Sprockhövel, Erndtebrück and Wegberg -Beeck, who came to the Essen Hafenstraße.

This is now history, because after 13 years of fourth class RWE managed to leave the regional league behind this Saturday and thus “achieve something big”, as sports director and interim team boss Jörn Nowak said before the final game against Ahlen.

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almost a firecracker would have come between

Böllerwurf: In February the game between Essen and Münster was canceled. imago images

The jump into the 3rd division is a long -awaited and therefore one who releases a lot of emotions. It almost went wrong again. It would almost have been a firecracker who had kept eating around one point in February at the duel with Prussia Münster and thus again. The game was broken off at 1-1, two Prussians played two players, the game was scored 2-0 for Münster.

The decision at the green table could have been the decisive factor, but then the Prussians failed on the penultimate matchday and scored points in Wiedenbrück. 0: 0 after 90 minutes, past the lead, the end of the lead. RWE was the beneficiary with a 3-0 at SV Rödinghausen, went into the last game of the season with more of two goals and finally finished the first.

Now Rot-Weiss is Essen, Cup winner in 1953 and German champion in 1955, at least again third-class. Next season, RWE will deal with clubs such as TSV 1860 Munich, the MSV Duisburg and possibly also with 1. FC Kaiserslautern. It is the return to the big stage – and this time it is not just for four cup games like a year ago.