NICKNAME – Die Konigsblauen (The Royal Blues), Die Knappen (The Miners)
FOUNDED – 1904
LOCATED IN – Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia
STADIUM – Veltins-Arena
CAPACITY – 62,271
PROMOTED – 1991
BEST BUNDESLIGA FINISH – 2nd (7 times)
BEST DFB POKAL RUN – Winners (5 times)
BEST EC/CL FINISH – SF (2010/2011)
BEST UC/EL FINISH – Winners (1996/1997)
BEST CWC FINISH – SF (1972/1973)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Klaus Fischer (226)
2019/2020 FINISH – 12th
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT FC SCHALKE 04
1. The nickname “Die Knappen” (The Miners) comes from their original fanbase of Gelsenkirchen miners.
2. They once went 11 years unbeaten at home.
3. Schalke contest the “Revierderby” with bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund. Any other clash in the football club loaded Ruhr is referred to as a “kleines Revierderby”.
4. Ties are more amicable with 1. FC Nurnberg, with whom they share the oldest friendship in Germany.
5. Despite never having won the Bundesliga, they are the second largest sports club in Germany.
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT GELSENKIRCHEN
1. The “city of a thousand fires” was once the most important coal mining city in the world. The coal was referred to as “black gold”.
2. It has converted its disused mining heritage into city parks, bike lanes, a museum and imposing “mountains” of slag.
3. Looking to the future, Gelsenkirchen now plays host to Germany’s largest solar power plant.
4. Classic film “The Miracle of Father Malachia” was shot here.
5. World Cup winners Manuel Neuer and Mesut Ozil were both born in Gelsenkirchen and began their careers at Schalke.
OTHER GERMAN TEAMS
Arminia Bielefeld, Augsburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia MG, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Freiburg, Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim, Koln, Leipzig, Mainz, Paderborn, Schalke, Stuttgart, Union Berlin, Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg