1. FC Köln

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Marius Bülter: The fans are behind us

Marius Bülter’s header in the 76th minute gave his side hope of rescuing a point against Köln on Sunday. Shortly afterwards, however, FC scored again and went on to win 3-1 in the sold-out RheinEnergieSTADION. According to Bülter, It was a bitter ending to a game which didn’t quite go his side’s way.

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Frank Kramer: It’s important that we always keep on going

The first 90 minutes of the new league season provided a number of talking points for after the game. Head coaches Frank Kramer and Köln’s Steffen Baumgart spoke about those incidents at the post-match press conference. Alexander Schwolow also gave his thoughts.

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Schalke lose 3-1 in Köln after first-half red card

FC Schalke 04 suffered a 3-1 defeat away to 1. FC Köln on the opening matchday of the new Bundesliga season on Sunday (7/8). There were several big decisions made by VAR, including Dominick Drexler’s red card with just over an hour played.

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Cedric Brunner: We’re excited and so are the fans – we’re ready to get underway!

Having already featured in 58 Bundesliga games for Arminia Bielefeld, Cedric Brunner is eyeing up his first league appearance in Royal Blue in Cologne on Sunday (7/8). “We’re excited and so are the fans – we’re ready to get underway,” said the right-back. Brunner made his Schalke debut in the cup game against Bremer SV before being taken off in the 73rd minute.

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Frank Kramer: It’s about time we got underway!

After a year away, FC Schalke 04 are set to make their return to the Bundesliga on Sunday (7/8, 17:30 CEST). Frank Kramer’s side will be coming up against 1. FC Köln, as they look to get the season off to a successful start. “We’re really looking forward to finally getting underway, after such a long pre-season,” said the head coach.

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A successful run out with important lessons

Marius Bülter’s header and an acrobatic Marvin Pieringer goal secured the Royal Blues a 2-2 draw in Thursday’s friendly at 1. FC Köln. Head coach Dimitrios Grammozis was satisfied his side’s performance, but was frustrated at the missed chances in the first half.

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Bülter and Pieringer score in a 2-2 draw at Köln

1. FC Köln and FC Schalke 04 drew 2-2 in an entertaining friendly on Thursday afternoon (27/1). S04 went ahead early on thanks to Marius Bülter, before Marvin Pieringer equalised in the second half.

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S04 to play friendly against 1. FC Köln – Broadcast live on YouTube

FC Schalke 04 will make use of the international break to play a friendly: This Thursday (27/01), the Royal Blues will travel to 1. FC Köln. Kick-off at the Franz-Kremer Stadion will be 13:00 CET.

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Dimitrios Grammozis: We’ll take on the next challenge

After the final game of the season, Dimitrios Grammozis and his Köln counterpart Friedhelm Funkel spoke about the important win for the home side. Ralf Fährmann also talked about the matchday 34 defeat.

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1-0 defeat at Köln on the final day

FC Schalke 04 ended the 2020/21 season with a 1-0 defeat away to 1. FC Köln. Sebastiaan Bornauw scored the winning goal late on to secure the relegation play-off place for the hosts, meaning Werder Bremen will join the Royal Blues in the second tier next season.

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Dimitrios Grammozis: Maintaining the momentum from the Frankfurt victory

FC Schalke 04 will conclude the 2020/21 season on Saturday as they take on 1. FC Köln away from home (15:30 CEST). Following the 4-3 win against Eintracht Frankfurt, head coach Dimitrios Grammozis spoke about using the momentum from the victory to end the season on a positive note.

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Christian Gross: We need to look ahead

Both head coaches spoke to the media after Schalke’s late defeat against 1. FC Köln on Monday (20/1). Omar Mascarell also gave his opinion on the game to the press.