Football Club Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e. V. is a proficient German football and multi-sports club initially from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. The “04” within the club’s title infers from its arrangement in 1904. Schalke has long been one of the foremost popular professional football groups and multi-sports club in Germany, indeed in spite of the fact that the club’s prime was within the 1930s and 1940s. Schalke plays in the Bundesliga, the best level of the German football alliance system. As of June 2018, the club has 155,000 individuals, making it the second-largest sports club in Germany and the fourth-largest sports club within the world in terms of enrollment. Other exercises advertised by the club incorporate sports, ball, 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 Container. Schalke moreover succeeded as the primary German club to win a cup twofold in 1937.
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.
Speaking of home ground, Since 2001, Schalke’s stadium has been the Veltins-Arena. Schalke holds a long-standing rivalry with Ruhr neighbours Borussia Dortmund, which is yet again one of the most widespread and renowned rivalries in German football, and matches between the two teams are referred to as the Revierderby.
Schalke was ranked as the seventh-best football team in Europe by UEFA’s 2015 UEFA club rankings.
In terms of operating income, Schalke possesses the seventh-highest operating income of any football club at $64.4 million or £38.2 million (€48 million), and 0% 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 was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 14th-most valuable football club] at “£355 million or $599 million (€446 million)”, an increase of 16% from the previous year.
The club was established on 4 May 1904 as Westfalia Schalke by a small crew of high school students and first donned the colours red and yellow. The team was not able to gain prominence to the Westdeutscher Spielverband and played in one of the “wild associations” of early German football. In 1912, after many attempts of failure to join the official league, they collapsed with the gymnastic club Schalker Turnverein 1877 so as to support their entry. This arrangement held up until 1915 when SV Westfalia Schalke was re-established as an independent club. The separation proved short-lived and the two came together again in 1919 as Turn- und Sportverein Schalke 1877. The new club won its first honours in 1923 as champions of the Schalke Kreisliga. It was around this time that Schalke picked up the nickname Die Knappen, from an old German word for “miners” because the team drew so many of its players and supporters from the coal miners of Gelsenkirchen.
In 1924, the football team parted ways with the gymnasts again, this time taking the club chairman along with them. They took the name FC Schalke 04 and adopted the now familiar blue and white kit from which their second nickname would derive, Die Königsblauen (English: The Royal Blues). The following year, the club became a prominent local side, based on their performance that included short, sharp passing to move the ball. This system would later become famous as the Schalker Kreisel. In 1927, it carried them into the top-flight Gauliga Ruhr, onto the league championship, and then into the opening rounds of the national finals
|Supervisory board (non executive member)|
|Vice chairman||Dr. Jens Buchta|
|Head coach||David Wagner|
|Assistant coach||Christoph Bühler|
|Assistant coach||Frank Fröhling|
|Assistant coach||Matthias Kreutzer|
|Goalkeeping coach||Simon Henzler|
|Athletics coach||Bob Schoos|
|Managing board (executive members)|
|Marketing and communications||Alexander Jobst|
|Finance and administration||Peter Peters|
- Winners:(7) 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1958
- Winners:(5) 1937, 1971–72, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2010–11
DFB-Ligapokal/German League Cup
DFL-Supercup/German Super Cup
- Winners:(2) 1981–82, 1990–91
Further information: FC Schalke 04 in European football
UEFA Intertoto Cup
- Winners:2003, 2004
Under 19 Bundesliga
- Winners:1976, 2006, 2012, 2015
- Runners-up:1975, 1980, 1981
Under 19 Bundesliga West
- Winners (5):2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Under 17 Bundesliga
- Winners:1978, 2002
- Runners-up:1977, 1980
Under 17 Bundesliga West