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:
Schalke may have got past fourth-tier Dynamo Berlin to reach the second round of the German Cup. But the fate of Christian Heidel hinges largely on how well his second hiring as coach, Domenico Tedesco, does this season.
Both Hertha Berlin and Schalke scored pairs of late goals to secure their tickets to the German Cup second round. However, Hertha's game in Rostock was marred by hardcore fans throwing flares, twice interrupting play.
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.