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’s display in Thessaloniki last week did the damage as they eased through with a 1-1 draw, 4-1 on aggregate. Schalke were not tested by a PAOK side that lacked the quality to make an impact over the two legs.
There were mixed fortunes for the two German sides remaining in the Europa League. A Federico Bernardeschi free-kick condemned Gladbach to a home defeat against Fiorentina while Schalke cruised to a 3-0 win over PAOK.
Lotte, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, will welcome Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals of the German Cup. Meanwhile, Schalke will head to Bayern Munich, while Hamburg host Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Third tier Lotte scored twice to knock out 1860, while Schalke turned on the style away to Sandhausen. Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin on penalties and Eintracht Frankfurt edged out Hannover in a dramatic finale.