Schalke 04: Six truths about the promoted team – an analysis – Bundesliga

Schalke’s last goal came eight minutes after the final whistle. At 10:34 p.m., the box in front of the north curve collapsed under the weight of a few supporters sitting on the crossbar. At that time, striker Simon Terodde (34/29 goals this season) had long since broken all the dams…

Snot and water, like royal blue cult figures Charly Neumann and Rudi Assauer, the Ballermann vom Kohlenpott has finally made its way into the hearts of fans…

pyro. place the storm. To party. With the return of the Bundesliga, Schalke regains its pride! No more chaos and the intrigue club that everyone makes fun of! S04 completely reinvented itself in record time. A resurrection that has many reasons.


Until the bar breaks!  During the storming of the square, the gates of the arenas were also Foto: Sebastian El-Saqqa/firo Sportphoto

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Until the bar breaks! During the storming of the square, the gates of the arenas were also “dismantled”Photo: Sebastian El-Saqqa/firo Sportphoto

Analysis of the Great Ascension. Here are six truths about Schalke…

Büskens is coach of the year!

Not Flick, Nagelsmann or Rose, Mike Büskens (54) is the coach of the year. Seven games, six wins (2.57 points average) – promotion! Hardly anyone experiences Schalke more and more emotionally than the Eurofighter Büskens. He built real promotion fighters from a moderately talented team. Players who believe in themselves until the last second and push their limits. “Schalke is the hottest club in the world” – with Büskens the fans again believe in one of their favorite fight songs.

Terodde must go to the World Cup!

No German professional striker promises a higher goal guarantee than Simon Terodde (251 career goals). How many times has the national team been short of a super wild card, and that’s exactly the role the Bocholter native is expected to play at the Winter World Cup in Qatar. Replace, break, win, done. With bench players like Sané, national coach Hansi Flick also runs a much greater risk of unrest than with Terodde…

Schalke’s greatest asset is the fans!

One thing is certain: without its supporters (and Terodde, of course), the Pott-Klub would never have returned to the Bundesliga. The return of fans after the Corona Geisterspiel period was vital for Schalke and acted as a success booster for the club. The 2-1 victory at Sandhausen, when 10,000 blue and white propelled their team to the top of the championship, is an example of this. The twisted match point final against St. Pauli (3:2 after 0:2) is also an example of this. Strong, passionate and loyal. Schalke’s greatest asset remains the fans…

Separation from Gazprom was the best signal!

Rarely in its history has Schalke shown so much attitude! The rapid separation from Russian blood money sponsor Gazprom immediately after the start of the war had a liberating signal effect on the club and the environment. Freed from the shackles of the past, Schalke has created a sound basis for a sustainable economic reorientation in the first place. At the same time, the fans’ long-lost confidence was regained thanks to the consistent move.

Knäbel and Schröder are the architects of the climb!

More officials than speakers. Less spectacle, more performance. With sporting director Peter Knäbel (55) and sporting director Rouven Schröder (46), Schalke has regained a firm hand after decades of mismanagement. With a mini-budget of 20 million euros, they formed a promotion team. About fifty transfers were necessary after the crash in the 2nd division. His motto: talk less, work more. Then they have to restore Schalke to the Bundesliga. Other transfers are urgently needed: starting with the wobbly goalkeeper Martin Fraisl (28), the club will have to replace up to ten positions in the workforce to remain competitive.


Get up the shower!  Coach Mike Büskens is Foto: Jürgen Fromme /firo Sportphoto

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Get up the shower! Coach Mike Büskens is ‘baptized’ with beer by Schöder (left), Asamoah (right) and Co.Photo: Jürgen Fromme / firo Sportphoto

Schalke remains a savings club!

With debts still at 183.5 million euros, reducing the assets inherited from the era of Clemens Tönnies (65) and Peter Peters (59) remains the most difficult task for CFO Christina Rühl-Hamers ( 45 years old) and his colleagues. Clever austerity measures and creative transfers will therefore also determine actions in the years to come and limit Schalke’s opportunities. Promotion to the Bundesliga softens the situation. Players expecting big salaries in the millions are always in the wrong place in Gelsenkirchen.

The toughest motto at Schalke is called Pride again since promotion night.

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