Originally a team made up of miners, Schalke is now the world’s fourth largest football club, with 135,000 members. One of them is Helmut Lauschus, who is among the very few miners left in the region.
Dortmund forward Andriy Yarmolenko has hit the ground running since replacing the sold Ousmane Dembele and was crucial to their 2-1 win in Augsburg. The Bundesliga leaders were not at their best but got the job done.
Just down the road from Dortmund another American is hoping to reach the heights of Christian Pulisic. DW sat down with Schalke's Weston McKennie to find out more about the Gelsenkirchen club's American midfielder.
Goals either side of the half-time break from Max Meyer and Serge Gnabry helped Horst Hrubesch's side to the first three points of the tournament. Germany will take on Denmark in their second group game on Wednesday.
Joachim Löw has been dealt an early blow to preparations for the World Cup warmup in Russia. Leroy Sané, who made a big-money move to the Premier League from Schalke last season, had been a big part of Germany's plans.
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