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Schalke 04
Wappen of Schalke 04
Full name FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e. V.
Nickname(s) Die Königsblauen (The Royal Blues)
Die Knappen (The Miners)
Founded 4 May 1904
Ground Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
(Capacity: 61,673)
President Germany Josef Schnusenberg
Manager Germany Felix Magath
League Bundesliga
2008–09 Bundesliga, 8th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
}} .FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04, commonly known as Schalke 04, is a German football club originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia.^ FC Schalke 04 : Borussia Mnchengladbach .
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^ Bilder zu FC Schalke 04 .
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^ Borussia Dortmund - FC Schalke 04 .
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.Schalke has long been one of the most popular football teams in Germany, even though major successes have been rare since the club's heyday in the 1930s and early 1940s.^ It is one of the most famous football teams in Germany and is a renowned football team in Europe.
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^ Schalke has long been one of the most popular football teams in Germany.
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^ Schalke has long been one of the most popular football teams in Germany, even though major successes have been rare since the clubs heyday in the 1930s and early 1940s.
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.The football team is the biggest part of a larger sports club with more than 80,000 members (September 2009) making it the second largest sports club in Germany.^ More in: sports , sport news , sport scores , football , football news .
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^ It currently has more than 44,000 members.
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^ The football team is part of a larger sports club which has 60,000 members (March 2007).

.Other activities offered by the club include basketball, handball, and track and field.^ Other activities offered by the club include basketball, handball, and track and field.

^ Sports activities offered by the club include basketball, handball, and track and field.
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^ The football team is just a small part of a wider co-operation which also includes Schalke basketball, handball, and track and field teams.
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.Schalke 04 won its first major European trophy in 1997 by defeating Internazionale on penalty kicks for the UEFA Cup in Milan.^ ND LEG: 1 - 1 (Agg) Schalke 04 win on Penalty Kicks.
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^ The UEFA Cup 2004/05 - FC Schalke 04 (GER) The UEFA Cup 2004/05 - FC Schalke 04 (GER) .
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.Pope John Paul II became an honorary member of the club in 1987 after celebrating a mass in the Parkstadion.^ The late Pope John Paul II was made an honorary club member in 1987 after conducting an open air service in the club's former Park Stadium.
  • Football club Schalke target of Muslim anger over song - Feature : Sports 1 February 2010 7:51 UTC www.earthtimes.org [Source type: News]

^ Hamburg - Football is religion for most Schalke 04 fans and the late Pope John Paul II was even an honorary club member, but some Muslims now feel offended by the official anthem of the Bundesliga club.
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^ Geburtstag des Vereins zelebriert Papst Johannes Paul II. im ausverkauften Parkstadion eine Messe und wird Ehrenmitglied des Vereins.
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.Schalke has a rivalry with Borussia Dortmund (see Revierderby) and also has a friendly relationship with Nuremberg.^ Borussia Dortmund - FC Schalke 04 .
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^ FC Schalke 04 : Borussia Dortmund .
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^ Borussia Dortmund 0 - 1 Schalke 04 .
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The mascot of the club is called Erwin (also Ährwin.)

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History

Schalke's early years

.The club was founded on 4 May 1904 as Westfalia Schalke by a group of high school students and first wore the colors red and yellow.^ On 4 May 1904 a group of 14 and 15-year-old boys founded a football club they called Westfalia Schalke.
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^ Founded by students in Schalke, a working class neighborhood of Gelsenkirchen in 1904, the club quickly became the dominant force in German soccer, winning the German championship 6 times from 1934-42.

^ As with most clubs, Schalke 04 started its early history with vastly different colors, back then red and yellow, before they were able to settle on their modern-day blue and white colors.

.The team was unable to gain admittance to the Westdeutscher Spielverband and played as one of the "wild associations" of early German football.^ The Complainant carries out activities in a number of sporting fields, but is particularly known for its professional football team, which plays in the German Premiership, and has been participating in international football.
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^ Visit Gelsenkirchen - home to German Football Association top-level league Bundesliga pro football team - FC Schalke 04!
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^ They can indeed be termed one of the major names in the annals of German football.
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.In 1912, after a number of years of failed attempts to join the official league, they merged with the gymnastic club Schalker Turnverein 1877 in order to facilitate their entry.^ On 4 May 1904 a group of 14 and 15-year-old boys founded a football club they called Westfalia Schalke.
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^ The club was founded on 4 May 1904 and was initially called Westfalia Schalke, eight years later the club merged with a gymnastics club known as Turnverein 1877 Schalke.
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^ Bearbeiten ] 1912 bis 1924: Vom „Turnverein 1877“ zum „FC Schalke 04“ .

.This arrangement held up until 1915 when SV Westfalia Schalke was re-established as an independent club.^ On 4 May 1904 a group of 14 and 15-year-old boys founded a football club they called Westfalia Schalke.
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^ The club was founded on 4 May 1904 and was initially called Westfalia Schalke, eight years later the club merged with a gymnastics club known as Turnverein 1877 Schalke.
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^ Schalkes Handballer lassen dem SV Westfalia Rhynern nicht den Hauch einer Chance und feiern einen 34:22-Sieg.
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.The separation proved short-lived and the two came together again in 1919 as Turn- und Sportverein Schalke 1877.^ Juli 1919 der Schalker Turnverein 1877 und der Sportverein Westfalia Schalke endgültig zusammen; aus ihnen wird der Turn- und Sportverein Schalke 1877.
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^ UEFA-Cup live: Nur Schalke und Berlin live im TV … .

.The new club won its first honours in 1923 as champions of the Schalke Kreisliga.^ FC Schalke 04 won its first major European trophy in 1997 by defeating F.C. Interna ...read more > .
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^ Manuel Neuer has reiterated he will stay at Schalke if the club qualify for next season's Champions League.
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^ Category: Schalke Team News Tags: Schalke Team News May 5th, 2009 Schalke’s coaching trio loses first match .
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.It was around this time that Schalke picked up the nickname "Die Knappen" – from an old German word for miner – because the team drew so many of its players and supporters from the coal mine workers of Gelsenkirchen.^ Founded by students in Schalke, a working class neighborhood of Gelsenkirchen in 1904, the club quickly became the dominant force in German soccer, winning the German championship 6 times from 1934-42.

^ Although Schalke soon became established amongst the leading teams in the Oberliga West after a few initial problems, they picked up only one championship title in the post-war period, their last to date.
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^ These links gave the team its nickname of the "blue-and white Knappen (Knappe being the German term for a miner who has successfully completed his apprenticeship).
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.In 1924, the football team parted ways with the gymnasts once again – this time taking the club chairman along with them.^ The football team is the biggest part of a large sports club with more than 75,000 members (September 2008) making it the second largest sports club in Germany.
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^ In 1924 the footballers parted and adopted the name FC Schalke 04, changing the club colors from red and yellow to blue and white in the process.
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^ But in 1924 the footballers parted company with the gymnasts and adopted the name FC Schalke 04, changing the club colors from red and yellow to blue and white in the process.
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.They took the name FC Schalke 04 and adopted the now familiar blue and white uniforms from which their second nickname would derive – "Die Königsblauen" (English: The Royal Blues).^ FC Schalke 04 Store .
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^ FC Schalke 04 : Borussia Mnchengladbach .
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^ Bilder zu FC Schalke 04 .
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.The following year the club became the dominant local side based on a style of play that used short, sharp man-to-man passing to move the ball.^ The "Schalker Kreisel" – an elegant, flowing style of football based upon a flat passing game imported from Scotland – became the trademark of a team centred on its charismatic star player Ernst Kuzorra.
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^ Complete ball possession dominated the proceeding as Schalke limited the the home sides efforts.
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This system would later become famous as the "Schalker Kreisel" (English: spinning top). .In 1927, it carried them into the top-flight Gauliga Ruhr, onto the league championship, and then into the opening rounds of the national finals.^ Their list of honors since 2000 includes two German Cups and one final, two national vice-championships and two UEFA Intertoto Cups.
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^ This meant that the original Gauligen were split up into dozens of leagues, and many small clubs entered into "top-level" competition.
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Rise to dominance

.The popular club built a new stadium, the Glückauf-Kampfbahn, in 1928, and acknowledged the city's support by re-naming themselves FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04.^ FC Schalke 04 Store .
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^ FC Schalke 04 : Borussia Mnchengladbach .
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^ Bilder zu FC Schalke 04 .
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.They won their first Western German championship in 1929, but the following year were sanctioned for exceeding salary levels set by the league and, in an era that considered professionalism in sport anathema, found themselves banned from play for nearly half a year.^ The 28-year-old has returned from South Korea to sign a three-and-a-half-year deal with Schalke, who are a point behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen.
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^ Last season coach Felix Magath managed VfL Wolfsburg to the first championship of history, this season he could manage Schalke 04 to the first German championship since more than 50 years (last championship 1958).
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^ Founded in 1905, they play in the Premier League and have spent most of their history in the top tier in English football.
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.However, the ban had little impact on the team's popularity: in their first game after the ban against Fortuna Düsseldorf in June 1931, the team drew 70,000 to its home ground.^ Celtic v Barcelona: Celtic’s nice run in the group stage is bound to come to a screeching halt at the first opportunity against a stacked Barcelona team.
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^ Mainz have gone winless in the last four matches and Schalke have never dropped points at home ground against Mainz in the Bundesliga.
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^ So I guess that S04 wins the home game against FSV Mainz 05 and suggest tip 1.
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.The club's fortunes begun to rise from 1931, making a semi-final appearance in the 1932 German championship, losing 1–2 to Eintracht Frankfurt.^ The finals of the German championship usually drew crowds of up to 100,000.
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^ SC Jülich 1910, for instance, a club that won the German amateur championship three years running (1969-1971), went bankrupt in 1997.
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^ Schalke's last European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-final appearance was in 1958/59 and then as now, their opponents were Spanish.
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The year after, the club went all the way to the final where Fortuna Düsseldorf proved the better side, winning 3–0.[1]
.With the re-organization of German football in 1933 under Nazi Germany, Schalke found themselves in the Gauliga Westfalen, one of sixteen top-flight divisions established to replace the innumerable regional and local leagues all claiming top status.^ (In the summer of 1982, 1860 Munich – then a top club in the Second Bundesliga – were denied a license for professional football and the team was demoted to the Bayernliga, back then the third flight.
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^ Founded in 1905, they play in the Premier League and have spent most of their history in the top tier in English football.
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^ FC Schalke 04 is a German football club originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia.
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.This league saw Schalke's most successful decade in their history: from 1933 to 1942 the club would appear in 14 of 18 national finals — 10 in the German championship and 8 in the Tschammerpokal, the predecessor to today's German Cup and win their league in every of its eleven seasons.^ Between 1933 and 1942 they reached the German championship final nine times.
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^ Van Nistelrooy boosts World Cup chances with transfer - CBC.ca (blog) With an average of more than 42000 fans at every match last season, Germany had by far the best-supported soccer league in the world.
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^ Founded by students in Schalke, a working class neighborhood of Gelsenkirchen in 1904, the club quickly became the dominant force in German soccer, winning the German championship 6 times from 1934-42.

.The club never lost a home game in this league in all these eleven seasons and only six away games, remaining completely unbeaten in the Gauliga Westfalen in the 1935–36, 36–37, 37–38, 38–39, 40–41 and 42–43 seasons; a clear sign of the club's dominance.^ During the month of December Manchester United lost two league matches while Chelsea (London) drew four matches and lost once, "Barça" won all its matches and so achieved the maximum number of points (35) in the Club World Championship.
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^ Schalke 04 general manager Rudi Assauer will be replaced at the end of the season and Andreas Mueller will take over responsibility for all sporting issues, the club has announced.
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^ Schalke 04 had high hopes for the 2008/09 season but after only a few weeks it was clear the pre-season favourites, with only three wins in the first nine league matches, were just non-starters.
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[2]

The championship years 1934–42

Schalke's first national title came in 1934 with a 2–1 victory over favourites Nuremberg. .The next year they defended their title against VfB Stuttgart in a 6–4 win.^ But in 1940 they defended their title only by the narrowest of margins, beating SC Dresden by the only goal of the game.
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^ Title challengers VfB Stuttgart missed a chance to increase pressure on Bundesliga leaders Schalke 04 when they were held to a goalless draw at home to Hertha Berlin on Friday.
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^ In 1935 Schalke defended their title, beating VfB Stuttgart 6-4 in the final, and in 1937 they overcame 1.
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The club missed the 1936 final, but would make appearances in the championship match in each of the next six years coming away victorious in 1937, 1939, 1940, and 1942. Three of those national finals were against Austrian teams – Admira Vienna, Rapid Vienna, and First Vienna – which played in Germany's Gauliga Ostmark after Austria's incorporation into the Reich through the Anschluss in 1938.
"Die Königsblauen" also made frequent appearances in the final of the Tschammerpokal, but enjoyed much less success there. .They lost the inaugural Tschammerpokal 0:2 to Nūrnberg in 1935. They also made failed appearances in the 1936, 1941, and 1942 finals with their only Cup victory coming in 1937 against Düsseldorf.^ Barcelona also beat Werder Bremen 3-2 on aggregate to win the UEFA Super Cup for the first time in 1992/93 and lifted the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1979 after a 4-3 final victory against another German team, TSV Fortuna Dsseldorf.
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^ Their most famous victory against Spanish rivals came in the semi-final of their triumphant 1996/97 UEFA Cup campaign where they overturned a 1-0 first-leg loss to CD Tenerife with a 2-0 home success, Thomas Linke and Marc Wilmots getting the goals.
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^ This decline made itself felt in the 1980s in particular, despite the legendary 6-6 draw after extra time against Bayern Munich in the semi-final of the German Cup.
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.Over a dozen seasons from 1933 to 1945 Schalke accumulated an astounding record, winning 162 of 189 Gauliga matches, drawing 21 and losing only 6. On the way they scored 924 goals and gave up just 145. From 1935 to 1939 they did not lose a single league match.^ In fact, from 1935-1939 they didn't even lose a game.

^ From 1933-45, over 12 seasons, the Blues played 189 Gauliga matches, winning 162, drawing 21 and losing only 6.

^ Their point winning percentage was 96.8%, scoring 924 goals and giving up only 145.

.The club's dominance throughout this period led them to be held up for propaganda purposes by the Nazi regime as an example of the "new Germany". This was despite the fact that many players were descended from Polish immigrants, most notably the two stars of the team, Fritz Szepan and Ernst Kuzorra.^ Fritz Szepan was the star of the legendary teams of the 1930s, along with Ernst Kuzzora .

^ Yet despite the lack of success on the field, Schalke remained one of Germany's most popular clubs, with average gates in the Park Stadium, where the club moved in 1973, higher than those of many Bundesliga teams.
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^ From the mid 1930s till the start of the World War Two club legends Ernst Kuzorra and Fritz Szepan earned Schalke many prestigious championships.
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Post-war football

.With Germany in chaos towards the end of World War II, Schalke played just two matches in 1945. They resumed regular play following the war and for a time continued to compete as a strong side.^ After the War, they continued their merry way, blasting the local competition, but the introduction of the new Oberliga West in 1949 was a bit of a cold shower: Schalke finished only 6th.

^ From the mid 1930s till the start of the World War Two club legends Ernst Kuzorra and Fritz Szepan earned Schalke many prestigious championships.
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^ GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Schalke 04 played like veterans in their first appearance in the knockout rounds of the Champions League to beat Porto 1-0 on Tuesday and celebrate their 100th European match with a 50th victory.
  • Report: Schalke 04 vs FC Porto - UEFA Champions League - ESPN Soccernet 1 February 2010 7:51 UTC soccernet-akamai.espn.go.com [Source type: News]

.They set a record in a national championship round match with a 20:0 drubbing of SpVgg Herten, but that spoke more to the weakened condition of German football than the ability of the team.^ The football team is the biggest part of a large sports club with more than 75,000 members (September 2008) making it the second largest sports club in Germany.
  • FC Schalke 04 - Bundesliga - Germany - Europe (UEFA) - Table, results, fixtures, wiki, news - BigSoccer 1 February 2010 7:51 UTC www.bigsoccer.com [Source type: General]

^ No less than 5 former German championships plus Aachen, Freiburg and St. Pauli are playing for the top 3 spots.
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^ The football team is the biggest part of a larger sports club with more than 80,000 members (September 2009) making it the second largest sports club in Germany.
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.Schalke's play fell off and the best they could manage in the new Oberliga West in 1947 was a sixth place finish: within two years they slipped to 12th place.^ After the War, they continued their merry way, blasting the local competition, but the introduction of the new Oberliga West in 1949 was a bit of a cold shower: Schalke finished only 6th.

^ With four matches remaining Schalke’s Europa League efforts are well off as they are six points behind Hamburg as they head Gladbach this Sunday.
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^ Schalke was on the verge of adding to the margin on many occasions but finishing was off in alarming levels.
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It would take them until the mid-50s to recover their form. .They finished third in a tight three-way race for the 1954 Oberliga West title decided on the last day of the season.^ After the War, they continued their merry way, blasting the local competition, but the introduction of the new Oberliga West in 1949 was a bit of a cold shower: Schalke finished only 6th.

^ But last season I predicted Werder Bremen to seal the title and never expected the VfB to finish first.
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^ With their third successive victory Schalke is within reach of a Europa League spot as they enter the final six weeks of the season.
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.The following year they appeared in the German Cup final where they lost 2:3 to Karlsruher SC.^ The most notable years for the team were from 1934 till 42, when they won both the German Cup and German Championship several times.
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^ Unfortunately, the last title was 1958, although in 1997 they conquered Europe by winning the UEFA Cup, defeating Inter Milan in the finals.

^ Not at all but what is that they orchestrated this in the final three months of the year without a contingency plan.
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.The club's next German championship came in 1958 with a 3:0 victory over Hamburger SV.^ Werder Bremen continued their continued their domination of SV Hamburg with a 2-0 win which dents their northern neighbors' hopes of Champions League football next season.
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^ SC Jülich 1910, for instance, a club that won the German amateur championship three years running (1969-1971), went bankrupt in 1997.
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^ SV Hamburg continued their impressive start to the Bundesliga season with a superb 4-2 victory over defending champions VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
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This is their last national championship title to date.

Entry to the Bundesliga

.Schalke continued to play well in the years leading up to the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's new professional league, in 1963, delivering a number of top four finishes.^ After the War, they continued their merry way, blasting the local competition, but the introduction of the new Oberliga West in 1949 was a bit of a cold shower: Schalke finished only 6th.

^ (In the summer of 1982, 1860 Munich – then a top club in the Second Bundesliga – were denied a license for professional football and the team was demoted to the Bayernliga, back then the third flight.
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^ COLOGNE, September 26 (Bundesliga) - Coach Christoph Daum's rallying cry inspired Cologne to end a run of three straight defeats and curtail league-leading Schalke's unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season.
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.Those results earned them selection as one of sixteen sides admitted to the top flight league.^ The result left Hoffenheim level on points with the Bavarian giants at the top, with just one match to play before the holidays.
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^ Germany’s last remaining Champions League side Schalke 04 against top of the table Bayern Munich.
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^ The German Bundesliga is one of the top domestic leagues in Europe with the highly decorated Bayern Munchen club as one of the most successful German Football Clubs.
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Their first years in the Bundesliga were difficult. In 1965, they escaped relegation only through the expansion of the league to eighteen teams. .A number of finishes far down the league table followed, before a marked improvement culminating in a second place finish to Bayern Munich in 1972 after having led the league for much of the season.^ German Cup holders Werder Bremen booked their place in the semifinals of this season's competition with a comfortable 3-0 win over third division Bayern Munich Amateurs.
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^ Bayern are second in the table, two points off leaders Leverkusen, .
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^ VfL Wolfsburg stumbled on their travels yet again going down 3-1 at SV Hamburg on Sunday to waste their chance to reclaim the Bundesliga leadership from Bayern Munich.
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.In the same year, Schalke won the German Cup for the second time in its history.^ Schalke 04 won its first major European trophy in 1997 by defeating Internazionale on penalty kicks for the UEFA Cup in Milan.
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^ FC Schalke have been one of the most prominent teams with a reasonable success, for they have won the German Cup four times, the UEFA Cup in 1997, the League Cup in 2005, and they have been German champions seven times!
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^ It had been 49 years since Schalke had lifted the German league title.
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The Bundesliga Scandal of 1971

Despite their improved results, the seeds of a major reversal had already been sown. .A number of the team's players and officials were accused of accepting bribes as part of the widespread Bundesliga scandal of 1971. Investigation showed that Schalke had played so as to deliberately lose their May 17 28th round match against Arminia Bielefeld by a score of 0–1. As a result several Schalke players were banned for life, including three —Klaus Fischer, "Stan" Libuda and Klaus Fichtel— who were with the German national team of the time.^ German Bundesliga table All tables Fixtures Results Forthcoming Schalke Fixtures .
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^ Despite not having won the German Championship since 1958 FC Schalke 04 are still one of the teams that head the race.
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^ GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Schalke 04 played like veterans in their first appearance in the knockout rounds of the Champions League to beat Porto 1-0 on Tuesday and celebrate their 100th European match with a 50th victory.
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.Even though the penalties were later commuted to bans ranging from six months to two years, the scandal had a profound effect on what might have become one of the dominant German teams of the 1970s.^ The most notable years for the team were from 1934 till 42, when they won both the German Cup and German Championship several times.
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^ Schalke has long been one of the most popular football teams in Germany, even though major successes have been rare since the club's heyday in the 1930s and early 1940s.
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^ Ruud van Nistelrooy has cut his ties with Real Madrid and signed a one-and-a-half-year free transfer deal with German side Hamburger.
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Crisis and recovery

.In 1973, the club moved to the Parkstadion, newly built for the 1974 World Cup and having a capacity of 70,000 spectators.^ FIFA Club World Cup International Friendlies MORE LEAGUES + ASIA .
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In the wake of the scandal, the club's performance was uneven. .They managed another second place result in 1977, finishing just one point behind champions Borussia Mönchengladbach.^ "Whoever manages to dominate a game like that yet only take one point cannot win the title."
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^ Leverkusen drop to 4th position and are now 3 points behind Hamburg, whom they take on in the UEFA Cup on Thursday.
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^ The result left Hoffenheim level on points with the Bavarian giants at the top, with just one match to play before the holidays.
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.In the early 1980s Die Knappen ran into trouble and found themselves relegated to the 2.Bundesliga for the 1981–82 season and again in 1983–84. They returned to the top flight in 1984, and after slipping once more to tier II in 1988, have stayed up as a Bundesliga side since 1991–92. The club earned their first honours since winning the German Cup in 1972 with a victory in the 1997 UEFA Cup over Italian side Internazionale on penalties.^ If they don't win UEFA Cup and DFB Pokal, it will be disappointing.
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^ (In the summer of 1982, 1860 Munich – then a top club in the Second Bundesliga – were denied a license for professional football and the team was demoted to the Bayernliga, back then the third flight.
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^ Schalke 04 won its first major European trophy in 1997 by defeating Internazionale on penalty kicks for the UEFA Cup in Milan.
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The turn of the millennium has seen much stronger performances from Schalke. .During the 1990s and early 2000, the club underwent a successful transformation into a modern commercial sports organization and established itself as one of the dominant teams of the Bundesliga.^ (In the summer of 1982, 1860 Munich – then a top club in the Second Bundesliga – were denied a license for professional football and the team was demoted to the Bayernliga, back then the third flight.
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^ They have had two broad periods of success, one during the 1960s and early 1970s, and the second from the late 1990s to the present day.
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^ No doubt he is one of the best coaches in the Bundesliga today and has amassed a tremendous record of success but how will it impact the clubs development program of domestic talent remains to be seen.
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.Schalke captured consecutive German Cups in 2001–02, and earned second place finishes in the Bundesliga in 2001, 2005 and 2007. The 2001 finish was heartbreaking for supporters of Die Königsblauen as it took a goal in the 4th minute of injury time by Bayern away to Hamburg to snatch the title.^ Bundesliga Tabellenplatz beendete Schalke die Saison 2007/08.
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^ The most notable years for the team were from 1934 till 42, when they won both the German Cup and German Championship several times.
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^ Van Buyten’s 31st minute goal failed to earn Bayern Munich victory against visitors Schalke 04 yesterday, but the Dutch international was handsomely rewarded in the FTBL system with 13.26 rating points,...
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Current

.The last three years have been more successful for Schalke finishing second place in 2005, which lead to Schalke making its second appearance in the UEFA Champions League.^ Poulsen in three-year Schalke deal .
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^ COLOGNE, September 26 (Bundesliga) - Coach Christoph Daum's rallying cry inspired Cologne to end a run of three straight defeats and curtail league-leading Schalke's unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season.
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^ The football team is the biggest part of a large sports club with more than 75,000 members (September 2008) making it the second largest sports club in Germany.
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.There, Schalke finished in 3rd place during the group stage, with successful continuation in the UEFA Cup, where Schalke was eliminated by the eventual winner of the cup Sevilla in the semifinal.^ Schalke 04 won its first major European trophy in 1997 by defeating Internazionale on penalty kicks for the UEFA Cup in Milan.
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^ German Cup holders Werder Bremen booked their place in the semifinals of this season's competition with a comfortable 3-0 win over third division Bayern Munich Amateurs.
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^ Top seeds Lazio were handed a tough task when the draw for the UEFA Cup group stages was made in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday.
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.In 2006 Schalke finished in 4th place in the Bundesliga and a year later they once again finished as runners-up (for the 3rd time in 7 seasons).^ The most notable years for the team were from 1934 till 42, when they won both the German Cup and German Championship several times.
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^ Schalke left their original home at Glückaufkampfbahn built on a former colliery - for the Park Stadion in 1973 and four years later the team finished Bundesliga runners-up for the first time after a memorable campaign that included a 7-0 win at Bayern Munich, Klaus Fischer netting four goals.

^ The start of the new millennium also brought Schalke 's second ground move, to the impressive Veltins Arena, but the long wait for the League title goes on, with the Royal Blues runners-up again in the 2006-07 season.

.In 2007–08, Schalke managed to make it past the Champions League group stage for the first time in team history, then advanced to the quarter finals after beating Porto on penalties.^ Board index The team • Delete all board cookies • All times are UTC [ DST ] Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group Free Forum : phpbb3now.com .
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^ Barcelona also beat Werder Bremen 3-2 on aggregate to win the UEFA Super Cup for the first time in 1992/93 and lifted the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1979 after a 4-3 final victory against another German team, TSV Fortuna Dsseldorf.
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^ The Catalan club also advanced to the final in both 1991/92 and 1993/94, seasons when there was no quarter-final due to the changes in the competition's format.
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.On 9 October 2006 Russian oil company Gazprom would become the club's new sponsor.^ "When there comes such a manager and presents a new structure and way of organisation to a club, as a player you would like to share that experience.
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The company expects to invest as much as €125 million in the club over a 5½ year period.[3] Gazprom's sponsorship has been seen by some analysts as a politically motivated attempt to buy friendship in Germany.[4] .Within the sponsorship Schalke 04 and FC Zenit Saint Petersburg signed a partnership agreement.^ FC Schalke 04 Store .
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^ FC Schalke 04: General Info .
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^ FC Schalke 04 Karlsruher SC .
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Both clubs intend to work closely on improving football-related issues.
.On 13 April 2008 the club announced the dismissal of manager Mirko Slomka after a heavy defeat at the hands of Werder Bremen and elimination from the Champions League.^ Up north: The race for the Champions League spots Up in northern Germany Werder Bremen were determined to continue their record as the best home team in the league by beating Dortmund.
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^ Schalke 04 general manager Rudi Assauer will be replaced at the end of the season and Andreas Mueller will take over responsibility for all sporting issues, the club has announced.
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^ Werder Bremen has signed defender Aymen Abdennour on loan until the end of the season from Tunisian club Etoile Sportive du Sahel.
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.Former players Mike Büskens and Youri Mulder were put in charge of the first team on an interim basis.^ Das Dreier-Team Mike Brüskens ( 19.03.1968 ), Youri Mulder ( 23.03.1969 ) und Oliver Reck ( 27.02.1965 ) nimmt die Trainerfunktion zusammen wahr.
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^ The match marked the debut of Schalke’s caretaker triumvirate of Mike Büskens, Youri Mulder and Oliver Reck and while not a spectacular performance, all victories are well received this year.
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^ Comments Schalke’s upswing under the caretaker coaching trio of Mike Büskens, Youri Mulder and Oliver Reck continuted with a 4-0 defeat of Energie Cottbus on Friday evening.
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.For the Bundesliga season 2008–09, Schalke signed a new head coach, Fred Rutten, before that being the manager of the Dutch team Twente.^ Profi-Bundesliga 2008/09 .
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^ Schalke head coach Felix Magath has ruled out selling star defender Benedikt Howedes in the January transfer window...
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^ Despite not having won the German Championship since 1958 FC Schalke 04 are still one of the teams that head the race.
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.He signed a contract running until June 2010.[5] In March 2009 Rutten was sacked and once more Mike Buskens, Youri Mulder and Oliver Reck took over the helm until 1 July 2009, when Felix Magath who led VfL Wolfsburg to the top of the table in the Bundesliga, became Head Coach and General Manager of the Royal Blues.^ Bundesliga Saison 2009/2010 .
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^ Das Dreier-Team Mike Brüskens ( 19.03.1968 ), Youri Mulder ( 23.03.1969 ) und Oliver Reck ( 27.02.1965 ) nimmt die Trainerfunktion zusammen wahr.
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^ Comments Schalke’s announcement last week that Wolfsburg’s Felix Magath has agreed to take the role of general manager and head coach has been heralded by many as the clubs chance to rebuild its stature in European football.
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Stadium

The Veltins-Arena
.The club's stadium, known as the Veltins-Arena under a sponsorship agreement with Veltins brewery, was completed in the summer of 2001 and has a capacity of 61,673 spectators.^ Vor 61.673 Zuschauern in der ausverkauften Schalker Arena erzielte Jermaine Jones (28.
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^ At an inauguration ceremony the German club had built itself a new home, the Veltins Arena.
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^ Stadium: Veltins-Arena Attendance: 53,951 Match Time: 19:45 UK .
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.Schalke regularly draws sell-out crowds to what is widely regarded as one of the most modern and best multi-use facilities in Europe.^ Schalke head coach Felix Magath has ruled out selling star defender Benedikt Howedes in the January transfer window...
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^ No wonder they run out at venues and no wonder most ticket selling sites never have enough of them.
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^ More often than not a sell-out, get your Schalke tickets here...
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The facility was previously known as the Arena AufSchalke and replaced the Parkstadion (capacity 71,000) built in 1973. Prior to this the club had played its matches in the Glückauf-Kampfbahn constructed in 1928 with a capacity of 35,000. The facility was used for amateur matches during its latter years with a reduced capacity of just 5,000.

Club songs

."Blau und weiß, wie lieb ich Dich" (Blue and White How I Love You) and "Königsblauer S04" (Royal Blue S04) are the official club songs.^ Zwei Zwölftel Blau und Weiß .

^ Vereinsfarben waren in diesen Jahren nicht die heutigen Blau und Weiß, sondern Rot und Gelb.

^ Seit der Vereinsgründung sind blau und weiß die Vereinsfarben von Schalke 04 und deswegen auch die klassischen Trikotfarben.

Popular unofficial songs are
  • "Oppa Pritschikowski",
  • "Wir sind Schalker",
  • "Schalke ist die Macht"
and probably the most famous *"Steht auf, wenn ihr Schalker seid" to melody of Go West by British band Pet Shop Boys. .A song has also been dedicated to Danish legend Ebbe Sand.^ Danish striker Ebbe Sand grabbed a hat-trick as Germans Schalke 04 romped to a 5-1 victory over Latvian side Metalurgs Liepaja in the UEFA Cup.
  • FC Schalke 04: News & Videos about FC Schalke 04 - CNN.com 1 February 2010 7:51 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

Honours

2002 German Cup trophy, damaged during celebrations of Schalke's victory.
  • Winners - 1937, 1972, 2001, 2002
  • Runners-up - 1935, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1955, 1969, 2005
  • Winners - 2005
  • Runners-up - 2001, 2002, 2007
  • Winners - 2003, 2004
  • Winners - 1982, 1991
Fuji-Cup (unofficial tournament)
  • Winners - 1996
Coppa delle Alpi (Tournament of the Italian Association)
  • Winners - 1968
  • Winners - 1951, 1958
  • Winners - 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933
  • Runners-up - 1927
Ruhrbezirk
  • Winners - 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933
  • Winners - 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944
Westphalia Cup
  • Winners - 1943, 1944
Emscherkreis
  • Champions - 1924, 1925
Westdeutscher Kreisliga
  • Champions - 1925
Ruhrgau Champion of the Kreisligen
  • 1925
Emscherkreisliga
  • Champions - 1924, 1926
Gelsenkirchen Gauliga
  • Champions - 1926
A-Klasse
  • Champions - 1921
B-Klasse
  • Champions - 1920

Youth

Players

Current squad

.For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers summer 2009 and List of German football transfers winter 2009–10. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules.^ The football team is the biggest part of a larger sports club with more than 80,000 members (September 2009) making it the second largest sports club in Germany.
  • Sports Tours Holidays Schalke 04 Tickets | Fanfare Events 1 February 2010 7:51 UTC www.fanfare-events.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kaderplanung und Transfers fr 2009/10 ( 1 2 3 ...

^ The German Football Federation has asked world ruling body FIFA to extend the half-time match break to 20 minutes in order to sell more beer and sausages.
  • FC Schalke 04: News & Videos about FC Schalke 04 - CNN.com 1 February 2010 7:51 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Manuel Neuer
2 Germany DF Heiko Westermann (captain)
3 Norway DF Tore Reginiussen
4 Germany DF Benedikt Höwedes
5 Brazil DF Marcelo Bordon
6 Germany MF Albert Streit
7 People's Republic of China MF Hao Junmin
8 Brazil MF Mineiro
9 Brazil FW Edu Gonçalves
10 Croatia MF Ivan Rakitić
11 Germany MF Alexander Baumjohann
12 Germany MF Peer Kluge
13 Germany MF Jermaine Jones
14 Germany FW Gerald Asamoah
15 Brazil MF Zé Roberto
16 Czech Republic MF Jan Morávek
17 Peru FW Jefferson Farfán
18 Brazil DF Rafinha
19 Switzerland FW Mario Gavranović
No. Position Player
20 Greece MF Vasileios Pliatsikas
21 Germany MF Lukas Schmitz
22 Germany FW Kevin Kurányi
23 Turkey MF Emin Yalın
24 Germany DF Christian Pander
25 Peru DF Carlos Zambrano
26 Germany MF Danny Latza
27 Uruguay FW Vicente Sánchez
28 Germany MF Christoph Moritz
29 Germany FW Bogdan Müller
30 Georgia (country) MF Levan Kenia
31 Germany FW David Loheider
32 Cameroon DF Joel Matip
33 Germany GK Mathias Schober
34 Republic of Macedonia FW Besart Ibraimi
35 Germany GK Mohamed Amsif
39 Germany DF Marvin Pachan
40 Serbia MF Predrag Stevanović

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
7 Germany MF Lewis Holtby (at VfL Bochum)
Uruguay MF Carlos Grossmüller (at Danubio F.C.)
No. Position Player
41 Germany FW Marvin Pourie (at TuS Koblenz)
 

FC Schalke 04 II squad

As of 30 January 2010
Manager: Germany Michael Boris
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Lars Unnerstall
2 Germany DF Robert Stark
3 Germany DF Andre Kilian
4 Germany MF David Müller
5 Germany DF Philipp Kraska
6 Germany DF Gerrit Hermsen
7 Germany MF Jeffrey Tumanan
8 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Milko Trišić
9 Germany FW Christian Erwig
10 Canada MF Massih Wassey
11 Germany MF Marcel Ramsey
12 Germany GK Nurullah Can
13 Germany MF Albert Streit
14 Germany FW Pascal Odrich
No. Position Player
16 Germany DF Denis Lapaczinski
17 Germany MF Maurice Kühn
18 Germany FW Murat Turhan
19 Croatia FW Danijel Prskalo
20 Poland MF Manuel Glowacz
21 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Ebewa-Yam Mimbala
22 Germany FW Andreas Wiegel
23 Turkey MF Emin Yalin
25 Germany DF Christian Melchner
26 Germany MF Danny Latza
29 Germany FW Bogdan Müller
31 Germany FW David Loheider
35 Germany GK Mohamed Amsif
39 Germany DF Marvin Pachan
40 Serbia MF Predrag Stevanović

Notable former players

To celebrate the 100th birthday of the club, the supporters voted the Schalker Jahrhundertelf, the "Team of the century":[6]
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
Germany GK Norbert Nigbur
Germany DF Klaus Fichtel
Germany DF Rolf Rüssmann
Germany DF Olaf Thon
Belgium MF Marc Wilmots
Germany MF Fritz Szepan
Germany MF Ernst Kuzorra
Germany MF Ingo Anderbrügge
Germany FW Stan Libuda
Germany FW Klaus Fischer
Germany FW Rüdiger Abramczik

Records

Most appearances
    Player Apps
1 Germany Klaus Fichtel 477
2 Germany Norbert Nigbur 355
3 Germany Rolf Rüssmann 304
4 Germany Klaus Fischer 295
5 Germany Olaf Thon 295
6 Germany Herbert Lütkebohmert 286
7 Germany Gerald Asamoah 277*
8 Germany Mike Büskens 257
9 Czech Republic Jiří Němec 256
10 Germany Yves Eigenrauch 229
Top scorers
    Player Goals
1 Germany Klaus Fischer 182
2 Denmark Ebbe Sand 74
3 Germany Kevin Kurányi 66*
4 Germany Olaf Thon 52
5 Germany Erwin Kremers 50
6 Germany Ingo Anderbrügge 46
7 Germany Helmut Kremers 45
8 Germany Rüdiger Abramczik 44
9 Germany Gerald Asamoah 44*
10 Germany Klaus Täuber 39
  • * = still playing for Schalke

In popular culture

.Schalke has been subject of a feature-length film called Fußball ist unser Leben (Football is our life), published in 1999. Uwe Ochsenknecht and Ralf Richter (both of whom were in Das Boot, where Schalke is briefly mentioned) played the main roles, and many persons associated with Schalke had cameo roles, such as manager Rudi Assauer, coaches Huub Stevens and Helmut Schulte, player Yves Eigenrauch or prominent fans like Manfred Breuckmann, Ulrich Potofski or DJ Hooligan.^ Der Junge ist 19 Jahre, das muss er einfach noch lernen, sich da im Griff zu halten”, zeigte der Schalke-Coach aber Milde nachher.
  • Schalke 04 - Handball - Presse 1 February 2010 7:51 UTC www.s04handball.de [Source type: Academic]

^ HANDBALL LANDESLIGA Es ist nicht das erste Rückrunden-Spiel, in dem die Landesliga-Handballer des FC Schalke 04 Wiedergutmachung planen.
  • Schalke 04 - Handball - Presse 1 February 2010 7:51 UTC www.s04handball.de [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ KOMMENTAR Das Thema ist nicht neu, dass in einer Stadt wie Gelsenkirchen sportlich nach dem Fußball-Bundesligisten FC Schalke 04 alles nur zweitrangig ist.
  • Schalke 04 - Handball - Presse 1 February 2010 7:51 UTC www.s04handball.de [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Schalke was mentioned in the film Das Boot when the bosun told the crew in their ward room "I got bad news for you men. Schalke lost 5:0, looks like we won't be in the final this year!"

Former Personal

  • Erik Stoffelshaus (Team-Manager)
  • Jürgen Freiwald (Diagnostiker)
  • Gregor Zieleznik (Physiotherapeut)
  • Dr. Bernd Brexendorf (Team-Doctor)
  • Christian Frank (Ökotrophologen)
  • Rolf Rüssmann (Director of Sport) 25.02.1987 - 10.08.1987

Co-Trainer

  • Youri Mulder 13.04.2008 - 23.06.2009
  • Mike Büskens 01.04.2009 - 23.06.2009
  • Nestor El Maestro (Jevtic) 01.07.2006 - 13.04.2008
  • Mirko Slomka 04.10.2004 - 03.01.2006
  • Eddy Achterberg 01.07.2003 - 30.06.2005
  • Norbert Elgert 01.07.2002 - 26.03.2003
  • Holger Gehrke 01.07.2000 - 30.06.2002
  • Eddy Achterberg 01.07.1998 - 30.06.2000
  • Hubert Neu 01.11.1993 - 30.06.1999
  • Helmut Witte 01.07.1987 - 30.06.1989

Goalkeeper Coach

  • Oliver Reck 04.01.2006-23.06.2009
  • Holger Gehrke 01.07.1999 - 30.06.2000
  • Michael Stahl 01.07.1995 - 30.06.1998
  • Harald Schumacher 01.07.1992 - 30.06.1993

Conditions Coach

  • Christos Papadopoulos 01.07.2000 - 23.06.2009
  • Rouven Schirp 22.08.2006 - 23.06.2009
  • Elliot Paes Alves Junior 01.07.2007 - 04.01.2009
  • Rouven Schirp 22.08.2006 - 30.06.2009
  • Uwe Speidel 01.07.2003 - 15.09.2004

General Manager

Director of Youth Development

  • Helmut Schulte 01.07.1994 - 29.02.2008
  • Karl-Heinz „Charly“ Neumann † 50/51 - 76/77

Scout

References

  1. ^ kicker Almanach 1990 (German), publisher kicker, published: 1989, page: 171
  2. ^ Die deutschen Gauligen 1933–45 — Heft 1–3 (German) Tables of the Gauligas 1933–45, publisher: DSFS
  3. ^ Guardian.co.uk
  4. ^ Roger Boyes (7 January 2009). "Comment: Gazprom is not a market player, it’s a political weapon". London: Timesonline. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article5458245.ece. Retrieved 7 January 2009. 
  5. ^ FC Schalke 04 official website (23 April 2008). ""Rutten named new Schalke boss"". http://www.schalke04.de/news_single_english.html?&tx_ttnews%5BpS%5D=1218912520&tx_ttnews%5Bpointer%5D=2&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=11807&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=1921&cHash=63f6c0add1. Retrieved 16 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Die Schalker Jahrhundertelf" (in German). fussballportal.de. http://www.fussballportal.de/Schalke-04/index.php?kat=81_168_356. Retrieved 28 May 2008. 

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