Training camp in Mittersill, three friendlies in Ruhr Valley
Schalke will start with a clean slate on 1st July. David Wagner will take charge of his first training session as head coach of FC Schalke 04 (time TBA).
The Royal Blues’ summer is starting to take shape. Schalke will play three friendlies in the Ruhr Valley against Rot-Weiß Oberhausen (7th July), a Bottrop XI (12th July), and SG Wattenscheid 09 (14th July). There will also be a training camp in Mittersill in Austria. A trip to China is not on the agenda.
Nine-day stay in Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
Schalke will have a training camp in Mittersill for the fourth year in a row from Friday 26th July to Saturday 3rd August, working on tactics in a picturesque setting. The players will once again stay at Hotel Schloss Mittersill and train at SC Mittersill’s facilities. Information about the two friendly games due to be played in Austria will be released when available.
For fans who want to travel to the training camp, fans representatives will be present. In addition to the traditional blue-and-white night, there will also be various trips and activities to do in Mittersill and the surrounding area.
For various reasons, FC Schalke 04 have decided not to travel to China ahead of the 2019/20 season. The decision was made because of the available time period, the availability of friendly opponents, places to stay, and economic guarantees of travel.
S04 aren’t going to China this year
Alexander Jobst, head of marketing and communication, said: “After three very successful years staying in China, we’ve put our journey there with the first team this year to one side. The timings, opponents, areas and the cost-effectiveness of it didn’t completely convince us this year. In addition, we see it as absolutely necessary to focus on purely sporting aspects of our preparation with the new coaching team, after a very disappointing season. Therefore, we’re investing our time and concentration on the essentials – football.”
Continuing Schalke’s activities in China is important for Jobst: “Of course, we’ll stick to our successful projects in China in the future, continue to expand them, and travel to China again with the first team in the coming years. Right now we’re looking forward to going to Mittersill again with its excellent training facilities, tourism, and unique hospitality.”
Located in Austria in the south of Salzburg, the region is home to 2,000 km² of the largest nature reserve in central Europe. Nationalpark Hohe Tauern has 266 peaks over 3,000m, countless glaciers, waterfalls and lakes, as well as one of the most beautiful roads in Europe: Großglockner Hochalpenstraße.