Schalke Kicks Off Knockout Rounds in Plzeň

FC Schalke 04 kicks off the 2nd half of its European conquest Thursday. After running the gauntlet of Maccabi Haifa, AEK Larnaca, and Steaua Bucharesti, Die Knappen have been paired with Czech Champions FC Viktoria Plzeň. Domestically Schalke sits in 4th place with a comfortable 8 point advantage over 5th place Werder Bremen. Despite the lead, they are 5 points behind league leaders and hated rival Borussia Dortmund. While silverware is a foreseeable goal for Die Koenigsblauen, it is not likely. Unlike the three teams ahead of them, Schalke is losing ground, making winning the Europa League a realistic goal. Several […]

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