2. Bundesliga

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Danny Latza: It’s our reward for a season of hard work

Despite missing the game through suspension, Danny Latza was able to perform his most important role of the season with aplomb on Saturday: the Royal Blues’ captain was able to lift the ‘Meisterschale’ into the air and kick off the celebrations at the end of a league-winning season for Schalke 04. Donata Hopfen, head of the executive board of the German Football League (DFL), handed over the league trophy to Latza after S04’s 2-1 win away at 1. FC Nürnberg on Sunday May 15th.

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Mike Büskens: I’m happy and proud to have been a part of this journey

The season ended perfectly for FC Schalke 04 on Sunday at 1. FC Nürnberg (15/5). The Royal Blues sealed the title with a 2-1 win and Simon Terodde got his 30th goal of the season. Both head coaches plus S04’s two goalscorers spoke to the media after the game.

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Simon Terodde finishes the season as the 2. Bundesliga’s top goalscorer

Schalke striker Simon Terodde has ended the season as the second division’s top goalscorer for the fourth time in his career – no player has ever managed this before in German professional football. Terodde’s goal to win the game at 1. FC Nürnberg on Sunday (15/5) was his 30th of the season, a new personal best for the legendary forward.

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Schalke get their hands on the 2. Bundesliga trophy!

FC Schalke 04’s trophy cabinet has a new addition after Sunday’s 2-1 win at 1. FC Nürnberg (15/5). A week after sealing promotion to the Bundesliga, the Royal Blues secured the title ahead of fellow promoted side Werder Bremen.

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2-1 win in Nürnberg seals the title!

FC Schalke 04 have won the 2. Bundesliga! Mike Büskens’ team won 2-1 away to 1. FC Nürnberg on the final day to secure the title. 50,000 fans at a sold-out Max-Morlock-Stadion saw Rodrigo Zalazar score a Goal of the Month contender to give S04 the lead. Simon Terodde’s 30th goal of the season late on then won the game for the Royal Blues!

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Rouven Schröder: Our ultimate goal is to win the league

Even though seven days have elapsed since the sensational win over St. Pauli, there is still a palpable buzz around the club. The players and staff, however, have long since turned their attention to the final game of the season. On Sunday, Schalke have the chance to win the league against Nürnberg.

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Mike Büskens: We want to remain in first place

FC Schalke 04 returned to the Bundesliga at the first attempt after the 3-2 win over FC St. Pauli on matchday 33. The Royal Blues, however, still have one big aim in their sights going into the final game on Sunday (15/5, 15:30 CEST) at 1. FC Nürnberg. Mike Büskens and his team want to end the season as champions and lift the trophy after the final whistle at the Max-Morlock-Stadion this weekend.

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Gerald Asamoah: Our team spirit has got us to where we are

It looked like it would be one of those days against FC St. Pauli on Saturday (7/5) when Schalke were 2-0 down in the first half, had a goal ruled out for handball and missed a number of good chances. Nevertheless, the players and fans kept their heads up and believed in the comeback. “The atmosphere was unbelievable,” said Gerald Asamoah. “The fans pushed us on to help us win the game.”

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Danny Latza: We wanted to stop at nothing to get the victory

After promotion rivals Darmstadt fell to a shock defeat to Fortuna Düsseldorf on the Friday night, Schalke had the chance to seal promotion against St. Pauli at the VELTINS-Arena just 24 hours later. What unfolded against The Kiezkicker, however, was a total rollercoaster ride with a happy ending for skipper Danny Latza and his teammates.

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Rodrigo Zalazar brimming with self confidence as he fires Schalke to glory

It was the moment that caused the VELTINS-Arena to erupt. With exactly 77 minutes and twelve seconds on the clock, Rodrigo Zalazar slammed the ball off the under-side of the crossbar and into the back of the net. The goal completed Schalke’s thrilling comeback over St. Pauli, which sealed their promotion to the Bundesliga.

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Peter Knäbel: The absolute high-point of an indescribable journey

Peter Knäbel didn’t get much kip after the promotion party. When asked how long he had slept that night, he replied: “Two hours! It was an incredible night, one that we will all remember for a long, long time.”

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Ko Itakura: We knew that we could turn this game around

Once the final whistle blew on Saturday night there were crazy scenes throughout the VELTINS-Arena. However, it was an emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved with FC Schalke 04. One reason for that was the first half which could hardly have gone any worse. The hosts missed a number of clear-cut chances and St. Pauli were clinical to lead 2-0 at half-time. Ko Itakura did find the back of the net to make it 2-1 in the 23rd minute, though that was ruled out by VAR.

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Mike Büskens: We’ll still be talking about this night in two decades

The VELTINS-Arena totally erupted after Schalke beat St. Pauli 3-2 on Saturday evening (7/5). It was a particularly emotional night for club legend Mike Büskens, who took over as interim coach during a tough situation a few weeks ago. He spoke after the game alongside his opposite number. Vice-captain Victor Pálsson and Darko Churlinov also spoke to the media.

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Schalke are back in the Bundesliga!

Promotion! FC Schalke 04 are back in the top flight! An incredible 3-2 win over FC St. Pauli on Saturday night (7/5) ensured the club’s place in the Bundesliga for next season. S04’s goals at a sold-out VELTINS-Arena were scored by Simon Terodde (47’ and 71’) and Rodrigo Zalazar (78’). The visitors had actually led 2-0 at the break.

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Rouven Schröder: Everybody is working together towards the same goal

Rouven Schröder has been increasingly asked questions like “what would happen if?” and “have you already planned for?” recently, with his answer always the same: “We haven’t achieved anything yet!” Schalke’s sporting director would rather not speak about the future and results from other grounds. Instead, his full focus is on S04’s match on Saturday at home (7/5, 20:30 CEST). “We’re just concentrating on ourselves and how we can beat St. Pauli,” stressed the 46-year-old.

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Mike Büskens: We’re excited and full of energy

FC Schalke 04 will host FC St. Pauli on Saturday night (7/5, 20:30 CEST) at VELTINS-Arena in the final official match at the primetime slot in the second division this season. S04’s home is fully sold out for the fixture, with 62,271 fans set to attend this crunch match. Mike Büskens wants his side to secure their 19th win of the season.

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Thomas Ouwejan: We have to win our games

There was a concerning moment just before the final whistle in Sandhausen on Friday night. Thomas Ouwejan, who had only just made his return from injury, was clattered by Alou Kuol in the fifth minute of added time. The SVS man was sent off for the tackle.

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Darko Churlinov: We need that level of passion against St. Pauli

Darko Churlinov was one of the stand-out players in the 2-1 win over Sandhausen. The North Macedonia international was a nuisance for the home side’s defence throughout the game. Simon Terodde’s opener came from a rebound from a Churlinov shot which hit the post and this was the catalyst for The Royal Blues. The 21-year-old thrilled the crowd with his passion and his strong challenges.

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Rouven Schröder: Haven’t achieved anything yet and need to stay focused

Rouven Schröder described the support from the fans during last weekend’s defeat to Werder Bremen as giving him “full body chills,” and the sporting director was equally touched by the support from the stands during Friday’s (29/4) 2-1 win in Sandhausen. “It’s indescribable, what our fans created here,” he said.

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Simon Terodde: I nearly ran out of the stadium, that's how happy I was!

Simon Terodde was left struggling to voice his feelings after Friday's (29/4) last-minute 2-1 win in Sandhausen. After scoring the winning goal, the striker was asked to share his thoughts on the game during a post-match interview with Sky, but couldn't get the words out.