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:
The Bundesliga returns after the winter break this weekend and the title race is closer than ever — a welcome change. But it will be Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig or Borussia Dortmund who lift the Meisterschale in May?
Manuel Neuer has dismissed rumors that he's unhappy with Bayern Munich signing young keeper Alexander Nübel. The veteran is yet to sign a new contract but is confident Nübel's arrival will be "irrelevant" to his future.
With more than a quarter of the season gone, the top 10 sides in the Bundesliga are separated by just five points. Some unlikely clubs are enjoying their time at the top, but is such a tight table a plus for the league?
Borussia Mönchengladbach and Freiburg were the big winners on a weekend where Robert Lewandowski broke yet another record. Elsewhere, a goalless Revierderby left rivals Schalke and Dortmund with contrasting emotions.