Training Camp


Heavy workload, good team spirit and no injuries

After spending 11 days at a pre-season training camp in Austria, FC Schalke 04 returned to Gelsenkirchen on Saturday (10/7). Their time in Mittersill was rounded off with a goalless draw against Shakhtar Donetsk on Friday evening.


Marvin Pieringer: I’m looking forward to my first game at the VELTINS-Arena

After joining on loan from SC Freiburg a little over a week ago, Marvin Pieringer has already integrated well into the team. The 21-year-old spoke to about his new teammates, his style of play, excitement for a game at the VELTINS-Arena and his shirt number.


Kutucu in talks with another club, Sané leaves Mittersill

Due to a thigh problem, Ahmed Kutucu didn’t travel with the rest of the squad to the training camp in Austria, instead completing an individual programme back in Gelsenkirchen. There is no plan for him to make the journey down south now, as the 21-year-old is now discussing his future with the club.


Rouven Schröder: Everyone is waiting for someone else to make the first move

Sporting director Rouven Schröder is happy with how pre-season has gone so far and is enjoying his time in Mittersill. The 45-year-old spoke to the media on Wednesday (30/6) about the upcoming friendies, the transfer market, Yaroslav Mikhailov and competition for places.


Reinhold Ranftl: I want to impress

After the first training session in Mittersill, Reinhold Ranftl was a man in demand back in his home country. He spoke to the media about his first impressions at the club, his new teammates, his aims and his crossing ability.


Royal Blues arrive in Mittersill with 27 players

FC Schalke 04 safely arrived at their training camp in Mittersill on Tuesday (29/6). 27 players made the journey from Düsseldorf airport down to Austria for the 12-day training camp in the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern. This is the fifth time that S04 will spend time in the summer at this location.


Jochen Schneider on the rest of the training camp in Längenfeld

In compliance with the relevant hygiene procedures, FC Schalke 04 are introducing all necessary protocols to protect against further infections, after a member of the playing staff tested positive for Covid-19. “Our team doctor and hygiene officer Dr. Patrick Ingelfinger is in contact with the relevant public health officer and other officials,” says Jochen Schneider.


Michael Langer: Emerging stronger as a team

In Längenfeld, training takes place on two pitches. While Schalke’s outfield players have been working on fitness, athleticism and game drills on one pitch, the three goalkeepers have been toiling away together with Simon Henzler on the other.


First training session in Längenfeld – Schöpfi returns 'home'

The first training session during the training camp has been completed. FC Schalke 04 trained for just over 90 minutes on Friday evening (21/8) at SV Längenfeld’s pitch, which is close to the team hotel the Aqua Dome. The trip to Austria provides a return to Alessandro Schöpf’s former home, having spent five years at SV Längenfeld.

FC Schalke 04, Training, 05.08.2020

Hard work in Tirol: 28 players travel to Längenfeld

The Royal Blues are starting the second stage of preparations ahead of a demanding 2020/21 season. Head coach David Wagner’s side travel to Längenfeld on Friday (21/8). The squad will take part in their second and final training camp in Austria until 29th August, before the new season gets underway in the middle of September with the first round of the DFB-Pokal.


David Wagner: I liked our intensity

David Wagner is pleased about how the training camp in Herzlake is going, including the team’s performance in the first friendly of the season against VfL Osnabrück. “During this first week we have managed to put into practice everything that we discussed beforehand,” said the head coach. As the camp comes to an end, the players have had to continue to push themselves as far as possible. “The final session with Werner Leuthard was once again very tough,” said the 48 year old.


Day four in Herzlake: Pushing the limits one more time

On Monday (August 10th), the squad worked up a sweat to end the short training camp in Herzlake. The training plan for the day simply told the players to bring their running trainers. Schalke’s new head of performance, Werner Leuthard, had marked out a 500m course to be completed in small groups. Players ran the course ten times each, and always at a high intensity.


Day three in Herzlake: A comeback after 287 days out

Benjamin Stambouli is back. The defender celebrated his comeback on Sunday (August 9th) during the 5-1 friendly win against VfL Osnabrück. It was a first appearance in 287 days for the Frenchman, who extended his contract until 2023 just a few days ago. The defender was forced to spend months on the sidelines after injuring his foot during the derby last October.


Day two in Herzlake: Two intensive sessions and a birthday boy

On Saturday morning, Malick Thiaw was treated to a round of “Happy Birthday” from his teammates as the central defender celebrated his 19th birthday. After the meal, the birthday boy had a fruit platter to look forward to.


Day one in Herzlake: High temperatures and intense training

With a group of 25 outfielders and three goalkeepers, Schalke 04 began their short training camp in Herzlake on Friday (07/08). David Wagner wants to use the four days in Lower Saxony to work on the basics as well as honing his playing style.


Preseason programme: Gelsenkirchen, Herzlake and Austria

FC Schalke 04 have determined the key details regarding their preseason training programme ahead of 2020/21. In total, David Wagner's team will complete two training camps and play eight friendlies in order to best prepare for the new Bundesliga campaign. On Monday, 3 August, training will commence in Gelsenkirchen.


A return to Hohe Tauern National Park for summer training camp

The Royal Blues have been hosting their summer training camp in Austria since 2016, and this year is no exception. For the fifth time in a row, Schalke will head to Hohe Tauern National Park to prepare for the upcoming 2020/21 season.


Omar Mascarell: Happy and Proud

Omar Mascarell had an impressive Hinrunde. After breaking into the starting XI at the back end of last season, he has remained a key player at the club, and, a few days ago, was named as Schalke’s captain. “I am really happy about it,” he said.


Next stop: Hamburg!

The training camp in Fuente Alamo is over. On Thursday (09/01), S04 captain Omar Mascarell led his team out for one final session on the pitches of the Sheraton Hacienda del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort. After training, the players made sure there was time for a group photo with the fans who had travelled to watch them and thanked them for their support during their stay in Spain.


David Wagner: It was a typical friendly game

On Tuesday (07/01), five days after returning to training, FC Schalke 04 had a first friendly game to prepare for the second half of the season. The fact that the team lost 1-0 to Belgian first division side Sint-Truidense V.V. is not something head coach David Wagner wants to focus on too much.