Friendly

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Balanta debuts for S04 in 6-0 friendly win against SG Wattenscheid 09

FC Schalke 04 celebrated a 6-0 win in a friendly against SG Wattenscheid 09 on Tuesday (31/1). Kenan Karaman and Marouane Balouk both scored braces against the Regionalliga side, with Michael Frey and Marcin Kaminski also getting on the scoresheet.

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Focus turns towards Frankfurt: Cut out mistakes, take chances

The Royal Blues’ biggest shortcoming in the friendly match against Werder Bremen (14/1) was the missed the chances, especially in the first half. Several mistakes led to the only goal of the day by Niclas Füllkrug. The Schalke players could, however, take some positives over the course of the game against Werder.

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Thomas Reis: A lot of effort for no reward

Schalke had a number of chances to score against Werder Bremen in the 1-0 defeat on Saturday afternoon (14/1), the final friendly before the Bundesliga returns with a trip to Frankfurt. Soichiro Kozuki, Danny Latza and Simon Terodde were all denied by Jiri Pavlenka, while Tom Krauß headed over the bar from a corner. Despite all those opportunities, Niclas Füllkrug’s opener remained the only goal of the game.

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Schalke lose against Bremen in final friendly before the Bundesliga returns

FC Schalke 04 were defeated 1-0 by Werder Bremen on Saturday afternoon (14/1) in front of 18,464 fans at the VELTINS-Arena. The only goal of the game was scored by Niclas Füllkrug after just four minutes.

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Thomas Reis ahead of Werder: An XI that could start in Frankfurt too

The second part of the Bundesliga season is edging ever closer. FC Schalke 04 will host Werder Bremen in a friendly on Saturday (14/1) at 15:30 CET, exactly a week before the first league game of 2023 away to Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Late penalty secures 1-0 win for Nürnberg in Belek

FC Schalke 04 were beaten 1-0 by 1. FC Nürnberg in Belek on Tuesday afternoon (10/1). Erik Shuranov scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in front of around 400 fans in Turkey.

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Simon Terodde: It gives you confidence for the second half of the season

It may have only been a friendly, but Simon Terodde was still a little annoyed by the result afterwards. “It’s frustrating that we conceded to make it 2-2 right at the end,” said the striker. “We really wanted to win. I think that was obvious. We put our opponents under a lot of pressure in the second half and were aggressive.”

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2-2 vs. Zürich: S04 concede late equaliser

FC Schalke 04 drew 2-2 against FC Zürich in their first friendly in Belek on Saturday (7/1) after conceding an equaliser in the 89th minute. Soichiro Kozuki (52’) and Simon Terodde (57’) scored for the Royal Blues.

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Marcin Kaminski: I feel good and I have confidence in my body

The Royal Blues weren’t satisfied after their 2-2 draw on Thursday against VfL Osnabrück. One player, however, had reason to be content following the final whistle. After more than three months on the side-line, Marcin Kaminski celebrated his comeback. The centre-back has been out of action recently due to a calf injury and had worked hard to be able to get some playing time in this calendar year.

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Kozuki and Cissé on target in 2-2 draw in Osnabrück

Schalke drew 2-2 away to VfL Osnabrück in their final friendly before the Christmas break on Thursday (22/12). Soichiro Kozuki (16’) and Ibrahima Cissé (86’) got S04’s goals, while Paterson Chato (22’) and Ba-Muaka Simakala (penalty 47’) found the net for the hosts.

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Sebastian Polter on attacking play, his back-heel and conceding four goals

The best goal of the seven scored in Split on Friday night (16/12) was by Sebastian Polter. The attacker found the bottom corner with a sublime back-heel in the 37th minute against Hajduk, and was involved in several other good attacks in the first half.

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Thomas Reis: Keep shoring up the defence and bring further power up front

The 200 or so Schalke supporters in the away end at the Poljud stadium would certainly not have been left bored, having seen no fewer than seven goals and plenty of good chances for both sides on Friday (16th December). The fans accompanied the Royal Blues on their flight to Split, but unfortunately with a 4-3 defeat, didn’t get the result they wanted.