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:
Second-placed RB Leipzig failed to take advantage of Bayern's slip yesterday, drawing 1-1 at Schalke, who were coming off the back of European exit. Earlier, Freiburg scored late on to beat Leverkusen 2-1.
Schalke dug themselves into a pretty big hole last Thursday when they lost to Ajax in Amsterdam. But young midfielder Leon Goretzka is hoping the home crowd can give them a boost in the second leg of their quarterfinal.
Schalke have produced some great players in recent years but haven't been able to keep them around. With Champions League football unlikely again next season, DW's Davis Van Opdorp thinks the club needs to do much more.
Bayern Munich taste league defeat for only the second time this season as Hoffenheim beat them courtesy of Andrej Kramaric's first half strike. Elsewhere, there were wins for Borussia Dortmund, Werder Bremen and Cologne.