Interview

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Darko Churlinov: I have already given out some Schalke jerseys in Skopje

When the Royal Blues visit Rostock on Saturday, Darko Churlinov will return to his old stomping ground. F.C. Hansa discovered him when he was thirteen and playing at Vardar Skopje, and they brought him to Ostsee. In an interview with schalke04.de, the 21-year-old talks about his memories of his time Rostock, the upcoming second-tier clash, his first weeks with the team and World Cup qualification.

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Florian Flick: There’s something special about every game

After Florian Flick got his first taste of life as a professional footballer at the end of last season, the 21-year-old is now a permanent member of the first-team squad. In an interview with schalke04.de, the midfielder discusses his sporting career so far, his Bundesliga debut, feedback from Dimitrios Grammozis and his nickname.

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Thomas Ouwejan: Go into every game with the desire to win

New signing Thomas Ouwejan has been up and down the left wing throughout pre-season for FC Schalke 04. The Dutch wide player spoke to schalke04.de about how S04 are thought of in his home country, his first few weeks with the Royal Blues, his crossing qualities and Friday’s friendly against Vitesse Arnhem at the Parkstadion (16/7, 18:00 CEST).

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Timo Becker: Hungry for more

Despite the heavy legs, Timo Becker is taking the positives from the team’s training camp. The 24-year-old speaks to schalke04.de about his time in Mittersill, lessons learnt from the friendly games, defensive work and the spirit in the team.

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Blendi Idrizi: It’s fun being a part of this team

A Bundesliga debut, a maiden top-flight goal, an international debut for Kosovo and a first professional contract – Blendi Idrizi has had an eventful few months. The 23-year-old spoke to schalke04.de about his path to the first team, Gerald Asamoah’s support, his goals for this season and the pride he takes in wearing Royal Blue.

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Kerim Calhanoglu: Felt at home at Schalke right away

With four Bundesliga appearances under his belt already, Kerim Calhanoglu is ready to add a few more. In an interview with schalke04.de, the 18-year-old spoke about making the move from the U19s to the first team, the hours before his debut against 1. FSV Mainz 05 and his goals and responsibilities as the youngest member of the team.

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Marius Bülter: The best away game of my career was at Schalke

New signing Marius Bülter has settled quickly into life as a Royal Blue. In an interview with schalke04.com, the attacker talks about his switch from Berlin to Gelsenkirchen, previous experiences of the club, S04 fans in his friend circle and the new season ahead.

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Mehmet Can Aydin: A perfect mix of tension, excitement and willingness

Youngster Mehmet Can Aydin has been giving it all with a smile on his face during the training camp in Mittersill. He spoke to schalke04.de about making the jump from the academy to the first team, his first few appearances, spending time on the motorway as a youth player, looking forward to playing in front of fans at the VELTINS-Arena and his aims.

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Danny Latza: The first training session was really emotional for me

Almost exactly ten years since Danny Latza left the club to sign for SV Darmstadt 98, the midfielder has returned home. The Gelsenkirchen-born academy graduate spoke about his feelings after his first training session back, looking forward to playing with his new teammates and the second division.

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Shkodran Mustafi: I will take on responsibility both on and off the pitch

Defender Shkodran Mustafi has been at FC Schalke 04 since 1st February 2021 and wants to play his part in keeping the club in the Bundesliga. He spoke to schalke04.de about why he chose to move to S04, the role Sead Kolasinac played in the transfer and what type of a player he is.

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Benjamin Stambouli: It was a magical moment!

After almost eleven months without an appearance in the Bundesliga, Benjamin Stambouli could make his return to competitive action on Friday (18/9). The Frenchman discusses an unusual weekend in the DFB-Pokal, starting the season in Munich and a fan chant in an interview with schalke04.de.

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Nabil Bentaleb: An open and honest discussion with the coach

After six months at Newcastle United, Nabil Bentaleb returned to Gelsenkirchen a few weeks ago. The midfielder has made a good impression during the pre-season friendlies and training sessions so far. In an interview with schalke04.de, the Algeria international spoke about a fresh start with the Royal Blues, an honest discussion with David Wagner and his goals for the upcoming weeks and months.

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Nick Taitague: The club have shown that they believe in me

With the number 29 on his back, Nick Taitague has been a member of the first-team squad since the beginning of pre-season. The USA youth international spoke to schalke04.de about his first few years in Germany and the jump from the youth team to first-team level. He also explains how to pronounce his surname…

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Malick Thiaw: Making the most of every training session

5th July 2020 was a special day in the life of Malick Thiaw – it was the day that the academy graduate signed his first professional contract that will keep him at Schalke until 30th July 2024. In an interview with schalke04.de, the 19-year-old discusses his hopes, aims, and his versatility on the pitch.

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Can Bozdogan: I believed I would get a chance

Can Bozdogan, who was part of the U19s last season, is part of the first team set-up for the new campaign. The 19-year-old spoke to schalke04.de about his time in the Knappenschmiede, his first few weeks with the first team, players who inspire him and hoping that he won’t have to sing.

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Rabbi Matondo: Always try to stay positive

Even during these unprecedented times, Rabbi Matondo won’t lose his sense of humour. The 19-year-old spoke to schalke04.de about what he currently misses the most, his funniest teammates and his goals for the re-start of the season at the weekend.

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Long walks and missing slide tackles

Weston McKennie spoke to schalke04.de about training in small groups, walks with his dogs and his family back in the United States.

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Michael Gregoritsch: I can bring my strengths back to the pitch for Schalke

After a long time training in self-isolation, the Schalke players are now training in small groups on the pitch – a fact that Michael Gregoritsch is very pleased about. In an interview with schalke04.de the 26-year-old speaks about training over the past couple of weeks, the postponing of the European Championships, and his goals for the rest of the season.

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Benito Raman: I always had this talent

With 667 sprints already this season, Benito Raman is among the best players in the Bundesliga in this category. Speaking to schalke04.de, the Belgian forward insists he hasn’t lost any of his speed in recent weeks, and discusses his dream of playing at the EUROs in 2021.

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Juan Miranda on his first nine months in Germany

After recovering from a calf injury, Juan Miranda is ready and raring to go. As such, the Spain U21 international is hoping he and his teammates will be back on the pitch soon. In an interview with schalke04.de, he spoke about his first nine months of living in Germany, his first time trying currywurst and how he stays in touch with his family.