Interview

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Jochen Schneider: We have to work as a team

The new Head of Sport, Jochen Schneider personally introduced himself to the boardroom on Monday (04/03/19). In an interview with schalke04.de, the 48-year-old spoke about his first tasks and personal considerations. He also discussed the current sporting situation and his continued fascination on the Royal Blues.

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“I always knew Weston had potential”

Alphonse Ngon is not a name that will be familiar to many Royal Blues fans, but across the Atlantic it’s a different story. Born and raised in Cameroon, Alphonse has spent the last 20 years coaching youth ‘soccer’ in Dally, Texas, dedicating his life developing young upcoming talents. One player in particular stands out among the crowd: Weston McKennie. “I always knew he was going to play at a high level,” Alphonse told schalke04.com in an interview in Dallas during a screening of the 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich.

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Rabbi Matondo: Schalke is a club which I have admired for a long time

FC Schalke 04 have secured the signing of young prospect Rabbi Matondo. The Welsh international is excited to join the Royal-Blues and spoke to schalke04.de about the reasons he chose to join Schalke as well as his ambitious aims for himself and his new club.

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Steven Skrzybski: I want to stay fit and break through

In the latter stages of the Hinrunde, Steven Skrzybski got going and showed his eye for goal. The 26-year-old has also had some recent joy in his private life. The striker discussed his 2018 with schalke04.de, focusing on his goal ratio, his relationship with the fans, the first game back against Wolfsburg and his dream of playing a Bundesliga away match at Union Berlin.

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Cedric Teuchert: I want to pay back the support

Cedric Teuchert has been at Schalke for almost a year now. In an interview with schalke04.de, the Germany U21 international discussed his first twelve months at the club, as well as his relationship with Domenico Tedesco, his injury setbacks and his desire for a first Bundesliga goal.

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Suat Serdar: We will show our true colours soon

Suat Serdar isn’t satisfied with Schalke’s return of 18 points from 17 Bundesliga games so far. In an interview with schalke04.de, the Germany U21 international critically discussed his first season at the club, his preparation for the training camp and his goals for the rest of the season.

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Matija Nastasic: The game against St. Petersburg is the perfect preparation

Matija Nastasic looks towards the upcoming friendly against the Russian league-leaders Zenit St. Petersburg. The centre-back spoke to Schalke04.de about the sporting situation, the injury-fuelled problems of Mark Uth and Breel Embolo and gives reasons as to why the side are having a more successful Champions League campaign than Bundesliga.

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Steven Skrzybski: "I’m not starting from scratch"

Steven Skrzybski has been forced to watch on in recent weeks. Now the attacker is fit again and is raring to make his first-team debut. In an interview with schalke04.de, the 25-year-old speaks about his recovery from injury, his desire to score another goal at the VELTINS-Arena soon and a surprise encounter with his former club.

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"I’m excited like a small child"

After several months out following a operation on his groin, Bastian Oczipka is back in training with the rest of the Schalke squad. In an interview with Schalke04.de, the 29 year old has opened up about his injury, new competition on the left wing, the Royal Blues’ start to the season and his plans for a comeback.

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“We want to complete the week perfectly”

With three points in the bag, Mark Uth and co. are returning to Germany in a jovial mood. The striker spoke to schalke04.de after their victory over FC Lokmotiv Moskow where Weston McKennie scored the winning goal to send Schalke joint top of Group D.

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Ralf Fährmann: It was a very emotional moment

The Royal Blues get their Champions League campaign underway today at home against FC Porto. Captain Ralf Fährmann speaks about the excitement ahead of the Champions League, his recollection of the memorable round of 16 match 10 years ago, and goalkeeping icon Iker Casillas, who will be in goal for the Portuguese club.

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“We are on the same wave length”

Assistant coach Peter Perchtold has extended his contract with Schalke until 2021. The former Bundesliga player spoke with schalke04.de about the reasons behind his decision, cooperation with Domenico Tedesco and his excitement ahead of the Champions League.

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Huub Stevens: "A really weird feeling"

When Hertha BSC were the visitors to our Arena on 25th August 2002, Huub Stevens was stood on the touchline for the Berlin side. It was the first time the S04 ‘Manager of the Century’ had returned to Schalke’s stomping ground, after six successful years with the Royal Blues. The 64-year-old speaks about the emotions he had when facing Schalke, as well as his time in the capital, his new role on the board of supervisors and his exchanges with Domenico Tedesco.

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Sebastian Rudy: Schalke were the obvious choice

Sebastian Rudy is Schalke 04’s new number 13. Less than 24 hours after signing his 4 year contract, the Germany national team player answered some questions during an interview with schalke04.de. He spoke about his first day at training, why he chose Schalke, his role in the team and his conversations with Domenico Tedesco and Mark Uth.

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Sascha Riether: I made my decision immediately

Sascha Riether extended his contract for another year before pre-season began at the beginning of July. In an interview with schalke04.de, the 35-year-old talks about continuing his playing career, the togetherness within the team, the first game of the season against his former club, as well as the new sporting director at VfL Wolfsburg.

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Hamza Mendyl: I like getting the fans excited

New Royal Blue Hamza Mendyl has been training with his new teammates since Monday. The 20-year-old spoke to Schalke 04 about his move from Lille, his relationship with Amine Harit and what has impressed him most in his first few days.

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Domenico Tedesco: I feel right at home at Schalke

News that will delight the royal blue family – Domenico Tedesco has extended his contract until 30th June 2022. In an interview with schalke04.de, the head coach speaks about what the club means to him, his aims and the footballing philosophy of his team.

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Matija Nastasic: Looking forward to a home game and seeing old faces

For the first time since renewing his contract, Matija Nastasic will be back playing in the VELTINS-Arena, with the opponents his former side, ACF Fiorentina (Saturday August 11th). In an interview with schalke04.de, the Serbian international discussed this special encounter, his old teammates and the reasons for extending his contract until 2022.

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Naldo: It’s not a burden, it’s a reward.

During the training camp in Mittersill, Domenico Tedesco has named Naldo his vice-captain. The Brazilian defender spoke to schalke04.de about the great honour in what he describes as an “unbelievable team”. He also discussed the Royal Blues’ shining strength, and why he doesn’t agree with people talking about this season's 'triple burden'.

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Weston McKennie: I’m not losing sleep over it

In his first professional season, Weston McKennie made 25 first team appearances. In an interview with schalke04.de, the US international discussed his aims for the coming season, his battle for a place in the starting XI and the dream of scoring his first Schalke goal.