Bundesliga

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Matthew Hoppe: Everyone helped to support and encourage me

Despite the disappointing result in Mönchengladbach on Saturday evening, the match will probably live in the minds of two players for a long time into the future. One of these is Matthew Hoppe, who made his Bundesliga debut as he was included in the starting XI.

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Manuel Baum: Efforts not rewarded at the moment

Head coach Manuel Baum, as well as forwards Steven Skrzybski and Mark Uth react to Saturday's 4-1 defeat in Mönchengladbach.

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S04 beaten 4-1 in Mönchengladbach

FC Schalke 04 suffered 4-1 defeat on Saturday (28.11) evening at the hands of Borussia Mönchengladbach. Mark Uth had levelled following Florian Neuhaus' opener, but Oscar Wendt, Marcus Thuram and Hannes Wolf put the hosts out of sight.

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Manuel Baum: The well-being of the club comes first

Head coach Manuel Baum has made several personnel decisions regarding first-team players ahead of Saturday’s game away at Borussia Mönchengladbach (28/11, 18:30 CET). With an eye on the upcoming matches, Baum stated that the well-being of the club and the team’s mentality are more important than any individual.

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Manuel Baum: We had no control in the first 25 minutes

Head coach Manual Baum and Wolfsburg’s head coach Oliver Glasner spoke to the media after the Wolves won 2-0 in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday (21/11). Suat Serdar also looked back on the 90 minutes.

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Royal Blues lose 2-0 against Wolfsburg

FC Schalke 04 lost 2-0 at home to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday (21/11). Wout Weghorst and Xaver Schlager scored the goals for the visitors.

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Naldo: I know what each individual is capable of

Naldo played a total of 163 competitive games for VfL Wolfsburg between 2012 and 2016, winning the DFB-Pokal in 2015. “I had a great time with the Wolves. I look back on it fondly,” says the Brazilian, who still stays in contact with his old teammates like Marcel Schäfer, who is now sporting director at the club, Josuha Guilavogui and Maximilian Arnold. The friendships will have to be put on hold on Saturday (21/11) though, says Schalke’s assistant coach.

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Manuel Baum pleased to see Suat Serdar return

The international break has come to a close and FC Schalke 04 now face their final block of Bundesliga fixtures before the end of the year. Suat Serdar returns as an option for Saturday’s home game against VfL Wolfsburg (21/11, 15:30 CET) after being missed, out with injury, in recent weeks. “Suat is an extraordinary player – you see that every day in training,” says head coach Manuel Baum.

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Steven Skrzybski: Finally get our rewards

After assisting the second equaliser in the 2-2 draw against Mainz, Steven Skrzybski now has three assists in last two games, having set up two goals in the DFB-Pokal win over Schweinfurt. “I’m pleased that I could help the team,” said the attacker, who is hoping to start on Saturday against Wolfsburg.

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Matchdays 13, 14 and 15 scheduled

The DFL announced the latest timings for matchdays 13-15 on Friday afternoon (13/11). FC Schalke 04’s last game before Christmas is on a Saturday at 15:30, while the opening game of 2021 is at prime time.

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Mark Uth: I practise free kicks at least twice a week

You can’t get better than Mark Uth’s free kick on Saturday (7/11). The forward put the ball down in front of the box in the 36th minute, took a deep breath and sensationally lifted the ball over the wall and into the top right corner.

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Manuel Baum: Satisfied with the performance but not the result

There were a number of talking points after Saturday’s draw at Mainz (7/11). Head coaches Manuel Baum and Jan-Moritz Lichte gave their thoughts, as well as captain Omar Mascarell.

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2-2 draw in Mainz

FC Schalke 04 took a point on the road on Saturday afternoon (7/11), drawing 2-2 in Mainz. Both goals for the hosts came from the spot, while Mark Uth scored a stunning free-kick and Jeremiah St. Juste’s own goal rescued a point for S04.

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Manuel Baum: It will be a physical game in Mainz

FC Schalke 04 want to pick up another win after reaching the second round of the DFB-Pokal in midweek. “We are going in the right direction,” said head coach Manuel Baum ahead of Saturday’s clash at 1. FSV Mainz 05 (7/11, 15:30 CET), who are without a point after the first six matchdays.

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Malick Thiaw: The team is more important than the individual

“You dream of this as a kid” – said Malick Thiaw after Friday night (30/10). The defender scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 1-1 draw against VfB Stuttgart, although this wasn’t the main thing on his mind after the game. “We wanted to win the game and didn’t manage to. As a result, my disappointment is greater than my joy over scoring.”

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Manuel Baum: Good with the ball but still struggling in the final third

Head coaches Manuel Baum and Pellegrino Matarazzo spoke about the draw between S04 and VfB Stuttgart on Friday night (30/10). Mark Uth also gave his thoughts after the game.

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Gonzalez cancels out Thiaw’s maiden Bundesliga goal – 1-1 vs. Stuttgart

FC Schalke 04 drew 1-1 with VfB Stuttgart on Friday night (30/10). Malick Thiaw headed the Royal Blues into the lead, before Nicolas Gonzalez grabbed a point for the away side from the spot.

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Manuel Baum: Self-confidence and possession are very closely linked

On Friday (30.10), FC Schalke 04 take on VfB Stuttgart in the sixth matchday of the Bundesliga season (20:30 CET). The Royal Blues will be hoping to be more creative and dangerous in attack than in the past few games. For head coach Manuel Baum, retaining a high level of possession will play a decisive role in the game and will be the key to a successful result.

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Frederik Rönnow: Thinking positive and building confidence

After losing the Revierderby last weekend, all eyes now turn toward the clash with VfB Stuttgart this Friday evening (30/10, 20.30 CET). “What happened in the past, belongs in the past,” says goalkeeper Frederik Rönnow. “We have to look forward instead.”

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Home game vs. VfB Stuttgart behind closed doors

Due to the seven-day infection rate in Gelsenkirchen rising to 140.2 – way over the limit of 35 – the local authorities have informed S04 that Friday’s home game against VfB Stuttgart must take place behind closed doors, thus revoking the agreement for 300 fans to attend the game.