Formed in 1904, Schalke 04 is among Germany's most popular clubs and formed a strong association with the Ruhr's mining community in the 1900s. Those traditions continue today as they attempt to become more consistent.
Though they are one of its founding members, the Royal Blues haven't won the German Bundesliga. Instead, the club enjoyed great success between 1930 and 1963, winning seven league championships. In 1997, Schalke won their first European honor: the UEFA Cup. All Schalke-related content from DW Sports is curated below:
The Bundesliga returned in a haze of transfer rumor, with the two main protagonists, Naby Keita and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, offering a stark contrast. A debutant shone for Cologne and James Rodriguez caught the eye.
Having finished mid-table last term, Schalke and Gladbach both now sit in Champions League spots despite disappointments last time out. Both will be looking to bounce back when they face each other in Mönchengladbach.
A weekend where Bayern Munich lose usually leaves the rest in the shade but Schalke's stunning comeback against Dortmund put a stop to that. At the other end, winless Cologne are on course to break all the wrong records.
For a while now, 'Der Klassiker' has been held up as Germany's biggest game. But a Ruhr derby that had just about everything threw the form book - and logic - out of the window and proved that this is the real deal.
It was one of the most anticipated matches of the season and it didn't disappoint. After Dortmund took a 4-0 first half lead over their local rivals, Schalke bounced back with four in the second half to earn the draw.