The S04 year: April, May and June

A disappointing end to the season, a tearful goodbye to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, a Eurofighter Party in the Veltins-Arena and a managerial change. In the second part of our end-of-year review, schalke04.de looks back on the most significant events of April, May and June.

April: Europa League exit

Schalke’s Europa League campaign came to an end against Ajax. After losing 2-0 to Ajax in the Netherlands, the Royal Blues left themselves with a lot to do in the second-leg. Schalke managed to score two, and even go 3-0 up in extra time, but it was Ajax who were celebrating at the end. Ajax scored twice in extra time to win 4-3 on aggregate and secure their place in the semi-finals of the competition.  

The Royal Blues also had ups and downs in the Bundesliga in April, winning 4-1 against VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen but losing away at both Darmstadt and Bremen. Schalke managed to pick up a point against RB Leipzig, who eventually finished in second place in the Bundesliga.  

May: Disappointing end to the season

The Royal Blues had a difficult start in May away against a strong SC Freiburg side. Despite losing 2-0, Schalke still had high hopes of qualifying for the Europa League, however their hopes were destroyed when they drew 1-1 against Hamburger SV in their last home game of the season. 

At the final whistle, several Schalke players were in tears. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar said goodbye to more than 60,000 Royal Blue fans after seven years in a Royal Blue shirt. Dennis Aogo, Sead Kolasinac and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting also bid farewell to the fans and the Veltins-Arena ahead of their moves in the summer. Schalke drew away to FC Ingolstadt on the final day of the Bundesliga season to finish 10th in the table.   

On 21st May 2017, players from the squad who won the UEFA Cup 20 years ago came back to the Veltins-Arena to play again in front of 31,000 spectators. The match against a selection of players from the 1996/97 season was also an opportunity to say goodbye to former coach Huub Stevens.  

June: Schalke relieve Weinzierl of his duties

In June, FC Schalke 04 parted company with head coach Markus Weinzierl. Christian Heidel brought in 31-year old manager Domenico Tedesco to the club on 9th June.  

The new coach was introduced to more than 7,000 Schalke fans at the club’s general assembly on 25th June, leaving a very good first impression. The new coach did not hold back and immediately made his first new signing as manager, bringing in the Spaniard Pablo Insua on a four-year deal.   

Share page

You may also be interested in

190215_assauer_teaser_stimmen

A very special person with a very special story

Rudi Assauer touched the lives of many people. Some of his former colleagues gave personal anecdotes ahead of his funeral on Friday (15th February), stories they will always remember about the Royal Blues’ former manager.

190208_arena

Honouring Rudi Assauer

Few people embodied FC Schalke 04 as much as Rudi Assauer did. There is a deep sadness surrounding the club regarding the death of the former manager, companion and friend. In the past few days there have been a huge number of messages from fans asking to rename the stadium after him. Rudi Assauer was the man who got in contact with Veltins in 1997, thus paving the way for their year-long sponsorship deal with the club and the arena.

190204_knappenschule

FC Schalke 04 announces partnership with Global Image Sports

FC Schalke 04 announced a partnership with Global Image Sports (GIS), a global soccer company that holds relationships with hundreds of youth clubs throughout North America. Schalke, which recently signed a partnership with Kick It 3v3, the nation’s largest grassroots soccer tournament, will receive access to the vast portfolio of relationships that GIS has developed since their founding in 2010.

190114_wattenscheid

Royal Blues to face SG Wattenscheid 09 in a fundraising friendly

FC Schalke 04 will face local neighbours SG Wattenscheid 09 in a friendly to help raise funds for the financially insecure club. Royal Blues sporting director Christian Heidel confirmed the friendly on Monday after discussions with Oguzhan Can, chairman of the SG Wattenscheid 09 supervisory board.