Schalke 04

AddressRudi-Assauer-Platz 1, 45891 Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Ground Info Arena AufSchalke, currently known as Veltins-Arena for sponsorship reasons, is an indoor football stadium in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It opened on 13 August 2001, as the new home ground for Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04. It hosted the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final and five matches at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, including a quarter-final. It has a capacity of 62,271 (standing and seated) for league matches and 54,740 (seated only) for international matches. The stadium has a retractable roof and a retractable pitch. The naming rights to the stadium were sold on 1 July 2005 to German brewery Veltins. Plans to construct a new stadium emerged in the late 1990s, as fans and managers sought to move out of the outdated Parkstadion, and create a thoroughly modern multifunctional arena. Following Schalke 04's historic 1997 victory in the UEFA Cup, and the club's upcoming 100th anniversary in 2004, the contract to construct a €186 million stadium was given in 1998 to the German construction firm HBM.  
HonoursFußballclub Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04, commonly known as FC Schalke 04, is a football club from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia.
The "04" in the club's name derives from its formation in 1904. Schalke has long been one of the most popular professional football teams and multi-sports club in Germany, even though the club's heyday was in the 1930s and 1940s. Schalke play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. As of June 2018, the club has 155,000 members, making it the second-largest sports club in Germany and the fourth-largest sports club in the world in terms of membership. Other activities offered by the club include athletics, basketball, handball, table tennis, winter sports and eSports.

Founded in 1904, Schalke has won seven German championships, five DFB-Pokals, one DFL-Supercup and one UEFA Cup. Schalke also succeeded as the first German club to win a cup double in 1937.

Since 2001, Schalke's stadium has been the Veltins-Arena. Schalke holds a long-standing rivalry with Ruhr neighbours Borussia Dortmund, arguably one of the most widespread and well-known rivalries in German football, and matches between the two teams are referred to as the Revierderby.

Schalke was ranked as the 31st-best football team in Europe by UEFA's 2020 UEFA club rankings, and ranked 7th-best in 2015 UEFA club rankings.

In terms of operating income, Schalke possesses the seventh-highest of any football club at $64.4 million or £38.2 million (€48 million), and 0 per cent debt as of August 2014. Schalke also generates the 14th-highest revenue of any football club, at "$265.6 million or £157.8 million (€198 million)".

In May 2014, Schalke 04 were ranked by Forbes magazine as the 14th-most valuable football club, at "£355 million or $599 million (€446 million)", an increase of 16 per cent from the previous year.

Schalke 04 have won the German championship 7 times.

Schalke 04 won the DFB-Pokal 5 times, the last in the 2010–11 season.

Winners: (7) 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1958
DFB-Pokal/German Cup

Winners: (5) 1937, 1971–72, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2010–11
DFB-Ligapokal/German League Cup

Winners: 2005
DFL-Supercup/German Super Cup

Winners: 2011
2. Bundesliga

Winners: (2) 1981–82, 1990–91
Further information: FC Schalke 04 in European football

Winners: 1996–97
UEFA Intertoto Cup

Winners: 2003, 2004
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FC Schalke 04 Players List

  Name PositionAgeHeight
1 Ralf Fährmann Goalkeeper 33 197cm
2 Kilian Ludewig Defender 22 175cm
3 Hamza Mendyl Defender 24 179cm
5 Matija Nastasic Defender 29 188cm
6 Omar Mascarell Midfielder 29 181cm
7 Mark Uth Midfielder 30 185cm
8 Suat Serdar Midfielder 25 184cm
9 Benito Raman Midfielder 27 172cm
10 Nabil Bentaleb Midfielder 27 187cm
13 William Defender 27 176cm
16 Nassim Boujellab Midfielder 22 182cm
17 Benjamin Stambouli Midfielder 31 180cm
18 Gonçalo Paciência Forward 27 184cm
20 Sead Kolasinac Defender 28 183cm
21 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Forward 38 186cm
22 Steven Skrzybski Midfielder 29 174cm
23 Frederik Rönnow Goalkeeper 29 190cm
24 Bastian Oczipka Defender 33 185cm
25 Amine Harit Midfielder 24 180cm
26 Salif Sané Defender 31 196cm
27 Luca Schuler Forward 23 190cm
28 Alessandro Schöpf Midfielder 28 178cm
30 Shkodran Mustafi Defender 30 184cm
31 Timo Becker Defender 25 190cm
33 Malick Thiaw Defender 20 195cm
34 Michael Langer Goalkeeper 37 195cm
37 Levent Mercan Midfielder 21 176cm
38 Mehmet Aydin Midfielder 20 180cm
40 Can Bozdogan Midfielder 21 175cm
41 Florian Flick Midfielder 22 190cm
42 Kerim Calhanoglu Midfielder 19 180cm
43 Matthew Hoppe Forward 21 191cm
47 Mikail Maden Midfielder 20 182cm
49 Vasilios Pavlidis Defender 19 186cm