The climax of successful run of friendly matches ends this Saturday, on the 9th August, FC Schalke. I already have my tickets as they went on sale Tuesday 17th and kick off would be at 5.30 pm. This should be a good test for us as Schalke are no pushover. FC Schalke finished third in the Bundesliga, behind Champions Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. The team possess world cup players from Holland and Germany. Their record of trophy winning and league titles is quite impressive.
Schalke is one of the most popular team’s in Germany. Their most successful period was in the 1930s and the early part of the 1940s. The German team part of a larger sports club with 119,040 members, which makes it the second largest sports club in Germany. At the club they also offer, part from football, basketball, handball, and track and field sports.
The club started out in 1904 and have won seven German championships. Their rivalry is with Borussia Dortmund. FC Shalke is the fourteenth biggest football club in the world. The club generates roughly 180 million Euros. Their motto is “Wir Leben dich” (which means in English “We live you”; roughly translated).
Jens Keller manages them and they hope to improve on their third place finishing. FC Schalke is recognised as one of the biggest sides in German football. With only Bayern Munich and FC Nurnberg winning more league titles. In 1997, they lifted the UEFA Cup. So hopefully Mauricio Pochettino has done his homework and few new players in, Bob’s your uncle, and Fanny is your aunt. Even though this match is just a friendly, it could set us up for the rest of the season. A good showing will put us on a high.
The following week we are down to business with a trip to West Ham.
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