Marc Wilmots: We’re looking for players who are a perfect fit for Schalke

Marc Wilmots has returned to Schalke and the 54-year-old headed out to the training camp in Portugal after signing on as S04’s new sporting director in January. The Belgian was officially unveiled by chairman of the supervisory board, Axel Hefer, on Friday.


Matthias Tillmann: We will to bring success back to Schalke

Matthias Tillmann used the training camp in Portugal to get some profound impressions and has already made his first important personnel decision with the appointment of sporting director Marc Wilmots. FC Schalke 04’s new CEO introduced himself officially at a press conference on Friday (12.1.) and spoke about his plans for the club.


Happy New Year!

FC Schalke 04 would like to wish our fans, members, friends, and partners a Happy New Year.


A new family member, a special gift and Boxing Day in front of TV spoke to Derry John Murkin, Tobias Mohr, Lino Tempelmann and Tomas Kalas about their plans for Christmas.


FC Schalke 04 wishes you Merry Christmas!

The Royal Blues wish a Merry Christmas to all of our members, fans and partners. The whole team, coaching staff and the club board thank you for the support and passion that you have shown in the last few months.


Club statement on crowd trouble during away game against Hansa Rostock

FC Schalke 04‘s game against Hansa Rostock on Sunday was interrupted in the first half by ugly scenes in the stands. An investigation into the incident has begun.


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.