Schalke are one of German football's best-supported clubs with their VELTINS Arena temple invariably full. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Alex Grimm
Schalke are one of German football's best-supported clubs with their VELTINS Arena temple invariably full. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Alex Grimm
Bundesliga

Bundesliga basics: FC Schalke 04

All you need to know about Gelsenkirchen giants FC Schalke 04.

Fun facts

    Second only to Bayern in terms of official members, Schalke are one of the Bundesliga’s biggest and best-supported clubs.While the club is usually referred to as 'Die Königsblauen', or 'the Royal Blues', Schalke are sometimes called 'Die Knappen', or ‘the miners’, in homage to their roots in the working-class, industrial Ruhr district.Schalke’s academy, often referred to as the 'Knappenschmiede', is renowned as one of Europe’s finest: Julian Draxler, Max Meyer and Leroy Sane are well-known recent graduates.

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Stadium: VELTINS Arena

Capacity: 61,973