Henning Matriciani makes Germany U21 debut: first appearance against Romania

Tuesday saw Henning Matriciani celebrate his debut in a Germany shirt. FC Schalke 04’s defensive all-rounder played the final 15 minutes as the U21 team drew 0-0 with Romania.


Alex Král sets up goal as Czech Republic beat Poland

Two Royal Blues represented their countries on Friday (24/03), in the form of Alex Král and Tom Krauß. Henning Matriciani, named alongside Krauß in the Germany U21 squad for the first time, will have to wait for his debut. An overview of the evening’s action is here on


Five Schalke players on international duty

Five Schalke players have been called up to represent their national teams during this week’s international break. Mehmet Can Aydin and Alex Král are in EURO qualification action, Ibrahima Cissé and Mali U23s are aiming to reach the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations, while Henning Matriciani and Tom Krauß have been named in the Germany U21s squad for their two friendlies.


Henning Matriciani called up to Germany U21s for the first time

After his strong performances for FC Schalke 04 in recent weeks, Henning Matriciani has been called up to represent Germany U21s for the first time in his career. Tom Krauß, who has won 10 caps to date, is in also in Antonio Di Salvo’s squad, announced on Friday (17/3).


Mehmet Can Aydin called up to Turkey’s national team

Mehmet Can Aydin has been called up to the Turkey side for the first time by Stefan Kuntz. The 21-year-old is in the squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Armenia (Saturday, 25/3) and Croatia (Tuesday, 29/3).

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Maya Yoshida and Japan knocked out of the World Cup on penalties

Maya Yoshida’s Japan have been knocked out of the World Cup after losing 3-1 to Croatia on penalties in the round of 16. The match went to spot-kicks after an edgy contest which ended 1-1 after extra time.


Maya Yoshida tops group to reach World Cup knockout stage

Maya Yoshida and Japan have reached the last 16 of the World Cup after a 2-1 win over Spain on Thursday (01/12). The Blue Samurai topped the group ahead of Spain, Germany and Costa Rica after taking six points from three games.


Maya Yoshida and Japan defeated 1-0 by Costa Rica

Maya Yoshida and Japan lost their second group game at the World Cup. S04’s centre-back once again captained his national side and played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica on Sunday (27/11).


Yoshida wears the armband as Japan defeat Germany

Maya Yoshida’s Japan got off to a flier in Group E as they defeated Germany 2-1 in their World Cup opener. Schalke’s number four captained the side and played for the full 90 minutes at the Khalifa International Stadium. The 34-year-old combined with former Royal Blue Ko Itakura to form Japan’s defensive pair.


Tom Krauß wins with Germany U21s against Italy

In Tom Krauß, Kerim Calhanoglu and Alex Král, the Royal Blues had three players on international duty on Saturday. Both debutants enjoyed victory in the Germany kit. has summarised the matches of our trio.


Short cameo for Maya Yoshida during Japan’s World Cup warm up

In the clash between two World Cup participants, Maya Yoshida played in Japan’s narrow 2-1 defeat against Canada (17.11). During the dress rehearsal game in Dubai, the centre-back for the “Blue Samurai” came on as a replacement for Takumi Minamino of AS Monaco in the 85th minute.

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Alex Král’s Czech Republic hit five, Kerim Calhanoglu features for U20s

Two Royal Blues were in international action on Wednesday evening, with both Alex Král and Kerim Calhanoglu getting 90 minutes under their belt. Král’s Czech Republic hit five past the Faroe Islands, whereas Kerim Calhanoglu featured in a 2-2 with the Germany U20s.