Ibrahima Cissé at the Olympics: It’s going to be really special

Ibrahima Cissé will represent Mali at the Olympic Games in Paris this summer. Their first group-stage fixture is on Wednesday (24/7) at 21:00 CEST) against Israel.


Late drama auf Schalke: England scrape through against spirited Slovakia

A late wondergoal and a Harry Kane header secured a 2-1 victory for England at the Arena AufSchalke in the EURO 2024 round of 16.


Georgia stun Portugal 2-0 in Gelsenkirchen to reach Round of 16

Georgia beat Portugal 2-0 in the third group stage game at the Arena AufSchalke during UEFA EURO 2024. The win saw them secure their place in the Round of 16. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (2’) and Georges Mikautadze from the penalty spot (57’) scored the goals for Willy Sagnol’s side.


Spain beat Italy 1-0 to win the group at the Arena AufSchalke

Spain got the better of Italy on Thursday night at the Arena AufSchalke (20/6). An own goal by Italy’s Riccardo Calafiori decided the game in the 55th minute. It was the second UEFA EURO 2024 game to be played in Gelsenkirchen following England’s 1-0 victory over Serbia last Sunday (16/6).


Arena AufSchalke’s opening EURO 2024 game sees England beat Serbia

England claimed a narrow victory in what was the first of four games in Gelsenkirchen, as the favourites held off Serbia to win 1-0 on Sunday evening (16.06).


Ibrahima Cissé captains Mail U23s to a 2-1 win in Uzbekistan

As part of their preparations for the Olympics, Mali U23s played a friendly in Uzbekistan on Monday (10/6). FC Schalke 04 centre-back Ibrahima Cissé captained his side to a 2-1 win and played the full game.


Olympics preparation: Ibrahima Cissé called up for two friendlies

Ibrahima Cissé secured qualification for the Olympic football tournament with his nation thanks to their third-placed finish in the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations last summer. Mali are set to play two friendlies against Uzbekistan in order to prepare for the major sporting event.


Three wins and one draw for S04 players on international duty

Five Royal Blues were in action or their country on Friday (22nd March): Darko Churlinov (North Macedonia), Blendi Idrizi (Kosovo), Keke Topp and Yusuf Kabadayi (both Germany U20) and Ibrahima Cissé (Mali U23). These games resulted in three wins and one draw. Here is a summary of the five players’ matches.


Five Royal Blues called up for first international break of 2024

The first international break of 2024 starts this week. Two Schalke players – Darko Churlinov and Blendi Idrizi – have been included in their countries’ senior squads. Ibrahima Cissé has been called up for Mali U23s, who are preparing for the Olympic Games, while Yusuf Kabadayi and Keke Topp are in the Germany U20 squad.


Yusuf Kabadayi in action as international break draws to a close

The Germany U20s had mixed fortunes in their last two fixtures of the year, beating Romania 1-0 on Friday before falling to a 3-2 defeat against England on Monday. Both games were decided by last-minute winners.


Germany reach the round of 16 at the U-17 World Cup – Ouédraogo forced off

Germany U17s booked their place in the knockouts of the U-17 World Cup in Indonesia on Wednesday (15/11) by defeating New Zealand 3-1 in their second group game. They also beat Mexico 3-1 in their opening fixture.


Yusuf Kabadayi to face England and Romania U20s

Yusuf Kabadayi is on international duty with the Germany U20s, after being called up to the 23-man squad by coach Hannes Wolf for the last international fixtures of the year.