Schalke 04 record positive figures for first time since 2018

FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e.V. presented their financial figures for the first half of 2023 on Tuesday (24/10). For the period of 1st January to 30th June 2023, the Royal Blues recorded a significant €55.9 million increase in turnover to a total of €81.7 million courtesy of their top-flight status. The result was half-year earnings of €9.3 million, a very positive development in view of the €19.9 million loss recorded during the same period of the previous year.


Peter Knäbel: Our ideal candidate

Board member for sport Peter Knäbel shared his enthusiasm towards the club’s new head coach in this afternoon’s press conference. “Karel Geraerts was our ideal candidate, so we're really pleased to have secured his services. We knew from the moment we first met him that he would fulfil the criteria that we had drawn up for Schalke’s new head coach."

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André Hechelmann: An important factor in our decision

Sporting director André Hechelmann revealed that he felt Karel Geraerts was exactly the kind of coach the club wanted as soon as he met him. “Our conversations were extremely positive straight away. We were immediately on the same page, both as people and when it comes to football. We could sense the huge amount of energy Karel has, as well as the fact that he is extremely excited for this challenge,” said Hechelmann, who, together with Peter Knäbel, spoke to the Belgian for five hours the first time they met one another.


Karel Geraerts: We want to develop a winning mentality with positive energy

Karel Geraerts can hardly wait to get to work with his team on the pitch for the first time as FC Schalke 04’s head coach. Despite their current position in the table, the 41-year-old sees a lot of potential in the team, which he took an in-detail look at prior to his appointment.


André Hechelmann: Time to turn things around

Until the very end, everyone involved did everything they could to work together with Thomas Reis to help the club find a way out of the bad patch. “However, following the internal discussions held over the past few days, we weren’t confident that the setup that we had was capable of getting us out of the downward spiral and of being successful in the short and medium term. That’s why we came to the conclusion that we had to make a change.” explained André Hechelmann.


Peter Knäbel: A step taken for the good of the club

Hopes that the Royal Blues’ recent form would start to improve were not fulfilled and the club’s sporting management therefore decided to part ways with Thomas Reis and his assistant Markus Gellhaus. Peter Knäbel and sporting director André Hechelmann informed the pair of their decision on Wednesday (27/9). “We spoke to them personally, which was important for us,” revealed Knäbel. Matthias Kreutzer has taken over as interim coach until further notice.


Assan Ouédraogo awarded Fritz Walter Medal

In September, the best German youth footballers of 2022/23 will be awarded with Fritz Walter Medals by the German Football Association (DFB). Among the award-winners is Assan Ouédraogo, who will receive the bronze medal.


Dr. Bernd Schröder leaves FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e.V.

On 30th July 2023, the supervisory board of FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e.V. reached a mutual agreement with Dr. Bernd Schröder to terminate the contract of the CEO, effective as of 31st July 2023. Schröder will remain available to the club in an advisory capacity until the end of the year in order to ensure an orderly handover.


50,000 fans attend Schalke-Tag despite the bad weather

Heavy rain failed to dampen the spirits on Sunday (23/7) as around 50,000 fans attended the fan day outside the VELTINS-Arena.


Presenting the new S04 home shirt, together with 11teamsports and adidas

In cooperation with adidas and kit supplier 11teamsports, the European team sport specialists and Royal Blue partner, FC Schalke 04 have released their new home shirt for the 2023/24 season. The home shirt also features the Schalke 04 lettering on the chest. Thomas Reis’ side will wear the new kit for the first time on Saturday (22/7) against FC Twente at the VELTINS-Arena.


S04, 11teamsports and adidas present the new third kit

The second Schalke kit to be released for the 2023/24 season is the third one. The club have launched the new kit, which is available in a fan edition with Schalke 04 printing on it, in cooperation with kit supplier 11teamsports, the European team sport specialists and Royal Blue partner, and adidas. The new kit was presented at the training camp in Mittersill – the Schalke fans who travelled down to Austria got a first glimpse of it. The supporters got to see the new shirt for the first time as part of the traditional group photo with the players.


S04, 11teamsports and adidas present new away kit

In our hearts and on our chests: alongside kit supplier duo adidas and 11teamsports, the European team sport specialists and Royal Blue partner, FC Schalke 04 have launched their first kit for the 2023/24 season, the away kit. The team, led by head coach Thomas Reis, will wear the jersey for the first time in a friendly against Regionalliga side SC Spelle-Venhaus on Saturday (01/07), as well as for away games this season.