Ko Itakura in World Cup qualifying action with Japan

Defender Ko Itakura and Japan have two crucial fixtures coming up as they look to secure one of 32 spots at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. No other Royal Blues are in action as there will be no European games over this international break.


Malick Thiaw on the scoresheet for Germany U21s

Two S04 players, Malick Thiaw and Yaroslav Mikhailov, were successful on international duty on Tuesday (16/11). Ko Itakura’s Japan side also won their World Cup qualifier, though he didn’t feature.


Darko Churlinov and North Macedonia secure play-off spot

Darko Churlinov and North Macedonia still have a chance of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, after securing a spot in the play-offs thanks to a 3-1 win against Iceland. The Royal Blue winger was named in the starting XI and was subbed off in the 63rd minute.

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Yaroslav Mikhailov and Russia qualify for European U19 Championship

Success for Yaroslav Mikhailov: The Schalke midfielder was part of the team that managed to secure the Russia U19s’ spot in the upcoming European U19 Championship. They beat Germany 3-1 in their second qualifying match of the group stage being held in Greece, meaning they have taken six points from two games.

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First defeat for Malick Thiaw and the Germany U21s

After winning their opening four U21 European Championship qualifiers, Malick Thiaw and the Germany U21s suffered a 4-0 defeat to Poland on Friday evening (12th November). The game was all but wrapped up after just 15 minutes.

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Darko Churlinov helps keep North Macedonia’s World Cup dream alive

Three Schalke 04 players enjoyed successful evenings with their national teams: Darko Churlinov’s North Macedonia picked up a win in World Cup qualification, as did Ko Itakura’s Japan, and Mehmet Can Aydin was part of the Germany’s U20 squad who won an international friendly: only one Royal Blue actually featured in any of these fixtures, however.


Yaroslav Mikhailov plays 90 minutes in a 1-0 win for Russia U19s

Russia U19s and Yaroslav Mikhailov enjoyed a successful start to their qualification campaign for the next European Championship. In the first of three group games, they won 1-0 away in Greece.


Six Royal Blues away on international duty

As the final international break of the year gets underway, six Royal Blues will be away with their national sides. Blendi Idrizi and Darko Churlinov have both been called up, although only the latter still has hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup. Meanwhile, Ko Itakura will also play two important qualifiers with Japan. Malick Thiaw (U21) and Mehmet Can Aydin (U20) have both been called up by Germany’s youth sides, while Yaroslav Mikhailov will feature for the Russia U19s.


Three wins for Schalke players on international duty

Three games, three wins. Tuesday’s round of international games went well for the FC Schalke 04 players away with their countries.


Darko Churlinov plays the full 90 minutes against Germany

Darko Churlinov played the entire match for North Macedonia, who were unable to produce another shock result against Germany in Skopje on Monday 11th October, suffering a 4-0 defeat in their World Cup qualifier.

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Darko Churlinov scores in a 4-0 win for North Macedonia

The 21-year-old scored his first international goal in North Macedonia’s 4-0 win over Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifier. Victor Pálsson drew 1-1 against Armenia with Iceland.


Malick Thiaw’s Germany U21s win it late on

While the Royal Blues were in friendly action on Thursday (7/10) away at VfB Lübeck (2-0 win), Malick Thiaw and Ko Itakura were away with their national sides. Yaroslav Mikhailov also featured a day before for Russia U19s.


World Cup qualifiers: Darko Churlinov’s North Macedonia to face Germany

Six Royal Blues have been selected to play for their national teams during the upcoming international break. Darko Churlinov, Ko Itakura and Victor Pálsson will be taking part in important World Cup qualifiers, whilst Malick Thiaw and Mehmet Can Aydin have been called up for Germany’s national youth teams, and Yaroslav Mikhailov will be involved in a friendly tournament with Russia’s U19s.


Starts but no wins for Victor Pálsson and Darko Churlinov

Two Royal Blues made appearances for their national teams on Wednesday evening. Pálsson’s Iceland were well-beaten by Germany, whereas North Macedonia with Churlinov earned a draw against Romania.


Malick Thiaw gets goal and assist in Germany U21 win

Malick Thiaw had three reasons to celebrate on Tuesday evening with the Germany U21 national team. Thiaw recorded his second win in as many caps for the U21 side, in addition to providing a goal and assist in his side’s 3-1 win over Latvia.


Mehmet Can Aydin makes second U20 appearance in 1-1 draw with Norway

Schalke’s academy product Mehmet Can Aydin played the full 90 minutes of the Germany U20s 1-1 friendly draw with Norway in Zwickau. This was Aydin’s second cap for the U20s and his 26th in total for the DFB youth teams.


Darko Churlinov plays the full 90 minutes in 2-2 draw with Iceland

Darko Churlinov featured in a World Cup qualifier for North Macedonia on Sunday (5/9), playing the full 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw against Iceland. However, he wasn’t able to come up against his Royal Blue teammate Victor Pálsson in Reykjavik. The 30-year-old was an unused substitute for the match.


Pálsson and Churlinov play 90 minutes – Thiaw wins on his U21s debut

Four FC Schalke 04 players were in action for their countries on Thursday evening (2/9). Iceland’s Victor Pálsson and North Macedonia’s Darko Churlinov both played the full 90 minutes in World Cup qualifiers, while Malick Thiaw started in Germany U21s’ first Euro qualifier. Mehmet Can Aydin, meanwhile, came off the bench for Germany U20s in their friendly.


World Cup qualifers: Victor Pálsson to face Darko Churlinov

Five Royal Blues will be away with their national sides during the upcoming international break. One World Cup qualifier in Reykjavik will even see two Schalke teammates face off.


Matthew Hoppe wins the Gold Cup with USMNT

The USMNT won the Gold Cup on Sunday night/Monday morning, beating Mexico 1-0 in the final in extra time (2/8). Striker Matthew Hoppe started the game, coming off in the dying embers of extra time.