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:
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.
Freiburg are closing in on their first appearance in the Europa League since 2013/14 after a convincing win over Schalke. Meanwhile, Hamburg and Mainz remain mired in the relegation battle after a lifeless goalless draw.
Three quickfire first half goals helped Schalke to a 4-1 win over a Bayer Leverkusen side lacking any invention or organization. Leverkusen have struggled under new coach Tayfun Korkut and remain in relegation danger.
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 VanOpdorp thinks the club needs to do much more.