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:
Signed as one of Europe's brightest prospects, Breel Embolo suffered a serious ankle fracture in Saturday's clash with Augsburg. After an operation on Sunday, the club said he'll be out for at least four to six months.
Benedikt Höwedes thinks the Europa League may provide a welcome boost for Schalke, who are winless in the Bundesliga this season. Meanwhile, Martin Schmidt juggles an injury-stricken squad as Mainz head to Azerbaijan.
The hiring of Markus Weinzierl was supposed to bring a new dawn for Schalke - but not like this. Five straight defeats mean that, although Weinzierl has plenty of good will, time's running out, writes DW's Matt Pearson.
A new era at Schalke is already in crisis after a 2-1 loss to Hoffenheim leaves the Royal Blues bottom. Elsewhere, Cologne and Leipzig played out an intense 1-1 draw that preserves the unbeaten records of both clubs.