FC Schalke 04: Bluer than Blue after Bayern Blowout

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It was just totally unfair.  Saturday’s late fixture on MatchDay 21 of the Bundesliga season featured a high-stepping Bayern München squad hosting the bluer-than-blue Schalke club led by Jens Keller.  A seeming mismatch of epic proportions.  And a mismatch it was, as the Bavarians pasted the slumping Royal Blues 4-0 at the Allianz. Everything has been going right for Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern team.  The München club had started the 2013 portion of the season right where they left off in 2012, rolling to three consecutive shutout victories in their first three competitive […]

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The Spanish Exodus to Germany and why the Bundesliga is doing everything right

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With Javi Martínez’s impending 36-40m€ transfer from Athletic Bilbao to Bayern München, he will be the latest on a growing list of Spanish players to arrive in the Bundesliga in the last three years. Most famously, Raúl was the first when he arrived at Schalke from Real Madrid after being deemed surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabéu. Reportedly, Raúl had many offers from other top clubs in Europe but chose Gelsenkirchen mainly because they were participating in the Champions League, a competition that the Spanish forward said he still […]

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Top 25 Bundesliga Players 2011/12 (15-11)

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Next up on our countdown of the season’s best performers is a group of some of the most familiar and recognizable faces in the Bundesliga over the years.  It includes a football icon in his own right, a record breaking striker, a player with one of the great comeback stories this season, a local hero and one of the up and coming stars of the league.  See the rest of our countdown here. 15. Raul In what proved to be his last season in the Bundesliga the Spanish Legend only reaffirmed why […]

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NEWS: Raul transfers to Al Sadd, Mandzukic to leave VfL Wolfsburg, and more

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Schalke player Raul pens a lucrative one year deal, and shocking news from Volkswagen city. Raul has signed a one year deal at Qatarian side Al Sadd according to kicker. The Spaniard was a vital part of the Schalke team for the last two seasons, scoring 28 goals in 66 appearances, prior to his move to the winners of the Asian Champions League. On today’s press conference in Doha, Raul stated: I felt the seriousness of the officials, and my wife’s good impression of Doha after visiting it a month […]

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Raúl: A Farewell to a Bundesliga Hero

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On Wednesday evening, the Spanish striker Raúl González Blanco will don the kit of FC Schalke 04 for the last time.  If one is allowed to constrict the definition of an era to only two years, the Raúl era in Schalke will be finished, as neither the player or club could come to agreement on terms for the length of a renewed contract. The final donning of Schalke kit by the Spanish don will take place neither in Gelsenkirchen or another German city, but rather in the suburbs of Philadelphia, as Schalke play […]

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Schalke 4 – 0 Hertha Berlin – Raul’s farewell and Hertha inch closer to relegation

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Raul got a fitting farewell in his last home match for the club after his side convincingly beat Hertha Berlin 4-0 in the sweltering Ruhr heat. Huntelaar scored two with Raul and Holtby rounding off a very one sided match.  The win guarantees Schalke third spot in the standings and automatic qualification to the Champions League group stage while Hertha Berlin will have to wait until the final matchday to to find relegation following Köln’s loss in the other fixtures. Lineups and Formations Following last week’s draw in Augsburg, Huub […]

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Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid: History weighs heavy on marquee tie

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There will be no snarling strut from Stefan Effenberg, there will be no sublime skills from Raul Gonzalez, no sense of doomed brilliance from Mehmet Scholl, no wizardry from Luis Figo or even lung-bursting forays from Roberto Carlos. There will be no vicious elation from Mark van Bommel, nor will there be any tireless running from the boy ‘fetched from Canada.’ There will be little chance of ten second goals or even brutal X-rated stamps (content warning), but it is perhaps for these reasons and numerous others that when Bayern […]

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20 Best Players of the 2011/12 Hinrunde – Part I (20 – 11)

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Halfway through the season there is no shortage of talking points in the Bundesliga.  Not surprising of course considering this is the league that brings us Felix Magath and Uli Hoeness.  And where else will you find controversies involving stolen hotel shampoos and club enforced restrictions on nutella products anyways?  Of course, the attention belongs on the pitch where some exhilarating football has taken place and some players have particularly distinguished themselves from their peers. Here is Part I of who we think have been the most impressive players in the league […]

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News Round Up: Transfer drama, Lahm’s prediction and Naldo’s return

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A day before FC Bayern Munich are ready to take on FC Zürich in their Champions League qualifier everything seems to be rosy in the “FC Hollywood” camp.  It is actually Schalke that has actually dominated today’s headlines in the German sports media. Bayern Munich, Schalke 04 and Hannover 96 are all playing their first legs in Europe this week. Hannover and Schalke play on Thursday night, while Bayern are favorites in tomorrow night’s match against FC Zürich.

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VfB Stuttgart vs Schalke 04 – Schalke’s bogey man strikes again

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Stuttgart get off to a good start in the 11/12 season. Both Schalke and Stuttgart are considered to be amongst the teams that could snatch a finish in the European places at the end of the season. Going into the match Stuttgart had won 27 of their home matches against Schalke, making the West-Germans their favorite side to play against. While Stuttgart are looking to build upon the foundation they started in the second half last season, Schalke have re-shaped their team under Rangnick. Jermaine Jones, Lewis Holtby and Jan […]

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SCHALKE….SCHALKE….SCHALKE !!!

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On Champions League Tuesday evening at the San Siro, FC Schalke 04 did something unimagined by most fans, defeating holders Inter Milan 5-2 in the first leg of their quarterfinal series.  Schalke, mired in the Bundesliga midtable and having just undergone a coaching switch as Felix Magath was replaced by Ralf Rangnick, seemed to have little chance against an Inter squad that roared back to eliminate Bayern Munich in the last round.  Additionally, Inter now had Diego Milito back and would not be complacent after losing the Milan derby this past weekend. As if justifying […]

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Bundesliga MatchDay 24: What Did We Learn?

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MatchDay 24 in the Bundesliga has come and gone, with only ten regular season matches left in the 2010-2011 season.  In Friday’s match, VfL Wolfsburg got a much needed three points in their win over Borussia Gladbach.  Saturday’s fixtures included the match that all fans were looking forward to, with Bayern Munich hosting first-place Borussia Dortmund.  The game was a classic, and Dortmund showed that they well deserve the Bundesliga title with their convincing 3-1 hosts.  Hannover 96 continued their winning ways, downing St. Pauli, 1-0 while FSV Mainz 05 […]

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