Bundesliga

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Matchdays 1 to 6 scheduled – Schalke’s season starts on a Saturday at 15:30

On Wednesday the 11th July, the DFL announced the exact dates and times for all Bundesliga fixtures on matchdays 1 to 6. The Royal Blues’ 2018/19 season begins with a Saturday 15:30 kick-off in Wolfsburg. The first home game will be on the Sunday of matchday 2 at 18:00 CEST.

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Schalke face Wolfsburg in opening fixture

The secret is out! Schalke will kick-start their 2018/19 Bundesliga season away to Wolfsburg. DFL revealed the full fixture schedule for the new season on Friday the 29th June. Schalke’s opening game will be played on either the 25th or 26th August.

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Naldo crowned Player of the Season, Tedesco voted best coach
The Royal-Blues’ superb season, finishing runners-up in the Bundesliga and winning a Champions League spot, did not go unnoticed given the latest Kicker survey. With 248 players in the mix, Naldo was voted the ‘Outfield Player of the Season’ and Domenico Tedesco ‘Coach of the Season’. The other clubs also reckoned FC Schalke 04 the season’s biggest surprise.

After finishing runners-up in the Bundesliga and winning a Champions League spot, the Royal-Blues' superb season did not go unnoticed, given the latest Kicker survey. With 248 players in the mix, Naldo was voted the ‘Outfield Player of the Season’ and Domenico Tedesco ‘Coach of the Season’. The other clubs also reckoned FC Schalke 04 the season’s biggest surprise.

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A team on and off the pitch

It has been a successful season for Schalke and now it is now time for the team to celebrate, but this time in the Spanish sun. Ralf Fährmann and Co. are set to head to the Catalonian metropolis of Barcelona to celebrate, and reflect on their achievements this season.

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Christian Heidel: What a finale!

When the highlights of the season were shown in the VELTINS-Arena after the final whistle on Saturday (12/05), Christian Heidel’s eyes turned to the big screen, laughing with joy. The sporting director spoke afterwards about the successful end to the season against Eintracht Frankfurt, the reasons for the team’s upsurge in form, finishing the season as runners-up and his expectations of juggling three competitions in 2018/19.

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Domenico Tedesco: It feels great

After the 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, we caught up with two head coaches. While Domenico Tedesco was pleased with his team’s performance, Nico Kovac looked ahead to their DFB-Pokal final. We noted what they had to say.

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Leon Goretzka: A very emotional day

We spoke to a happy Ralf Fährmann, Daniel Caligiuri and Leon Goretzka after the final Bundesliga game of the 2017/2018 season. Leon in particular found the game an emotional one. schalke04.de noted the players' post-match reaction.

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Schalke end season eight points clear in second place

A deserved win to finish the season for the Royal Blues as Guido Burgstaller scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. The Austria international’s goal in the 36th minute meant Schalke end the season eight points clear in second place.

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Guido Burgstaller: A committed group

Last season, FC Schalke 04 ended the season in tenth place which the fans, the players and the powers that be were not pleased about. One year on, the mood in camp has drastically changed.

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Dreams become reality

“Runners-up, runners-up,” rang around the Schalke dressing room after the full-time whistle in Augsburg on Saturday afternoon. The players danced and, alongside mineral water and electrolyte drinks, beers were consumed. Pizza boxes and several bottles of champagne were in the corner – a further clue that something special took place. FC Schalke 04 are back in the Champions League.

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Domenico Tedesco: I’m delighted for the fans most of all

Domenico Tedesco will finish his first season in the Bundesliga in second place. We spoke to a delighted Schalke boss after the 2-1 win in the WWK Arena alongside a congratulatory Manuel Baum.

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Thilo Kehrer: An unbelievable feeling

After celebrating out on the pitch, we spoke to Thilo Kehrer and Christian Heidel to look back at the 90 minutes which confirmed Schalke’s spot in next season’s Champions League.

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2-1 win in Augsburg – Schalke secure second and European football

Schalke’s return to Champions League football is complete! Courtesy of a 2-1 win in Augsburg, FC Schalke 04 ensured they will be participating in next season’s Champions League. Both goals in the WWK Arena came from Thilo Kehrer. Due to Dortmund’s 2-1 loss to Mainz, the Knappen have also confirmed a second placed finish in the Bundesliga.

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Sights set on Champions League

One point. That’s all the Knappen need now to secure Champions League football for next season. Domenico Tedesco has however emphasised ahead of Saturday’s trip to Augsburg, that his team will not be playing for a draw: "We will go into the game wanting to win," said the head coach.

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A highly deserved point

It was a very hard day’s work for the Royal Blues. From the 12th minute in Schalke’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach, Schalke were down to ten men as Nabil Bentaleb was given his marching orders. Things seemed to get from bad to worse as Borussia opened the scoring after half an hour but the Knappen fought back to not only equalise but looked the more likely side to win the game.

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Daniel Caligiuri: The three points were there for the taking

Mixed feelings followed Schalke’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach. On one side, the Knappen were pleased with their performance but, on the other side, there was a feeling that the win could have been theirs. We discover what they had to say.

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Domenico Tedesco: Full credit to the team

Despite being down a man and a goal, the Royal Blues picked up a point against Borussia Mönchengladbach. We noted the post-match reaction of the two head coaches.

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10 men Schalke get a point against Gladbach

A man down for 80 minutes and then 1-0 behind but Schalke fought back for a well-deserved point against Gladbach this Saturday afternoon. After Nabil Bentaleb saw red in the 12th minute and Raffael scored in the 32nd minute, Daniel Caligiuri equalised from the spot just before half-time.

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Have to make better use of chances against good opponents

The draw which felt like a loss against 1. FC Köln left a bitter taste in the mouth, but the lessons have been learned and the team has moved on. Up next for Schalke 04 is a meeting with Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Veltins-Arena on Saturday (Kick-off: 15:30 CEST).

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Leon Goretzka: "We weren't clinical enough"

A disappointed Domenico Tedesco, Leon Goretzka, Ralf Fährmann and Franco Di Santo share their thoughts following the 2-2 draw in Cologne. schalke04.de brings you all the reactions.