Alessandro Schöpf

Rabbi Matondo of Wales during the International Friendly Länderspiel match at the Racecourse Ground

Decisive Euro 2020 qualifiers with Royal Blue involvement

Seven Schalke players are away with their national teams in the last international break of 2019. Three of these are fighting for qualification for next summer’s European Championships.

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Alessandro Schöpf: I'm so happy to be back

In addition to the convincing Schalke performance that resulted in a deserved 3-0 home victory against Hertha Berlin last Saturday, there was another highlight of the match. For seven months, the midfielder has been forced to wait for an appearance with the first team after he had injured his knee in Janurary, but in the 88th minute, Alessandro Schöpf returned.

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Alessandro Schöpf: I look forward to every training session

Victory in Monday’s friendly against Bologna FC wasn’t the priority for Alessandro Schöpf. The midfielder is simply happy to have been out on the pitch again. “It was a good feeling,” said the 25-year-old, who returned to action after seven months on the sidelines against the Italian first-division side. As promised by coach David Wagner, he was substituted on halfway through the first half and played 23 minutes in total.

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Alessandro Schöpf to undergo operation – successful surgery for Benjamin Stambouli

Schalke 04 suffered three injuries during their 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin last Friday (25/01/19). Alessandro Schöpf and Benjamin Stambouli came off the worst.

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Schöpf, Stambouli and Skrzybski out injured

All three players had to be taken off injured on Friday evening, and there doesn’t seem to be any good news for Schalke.

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Alessandro Schöpf: “Pushing ourselves to the limit in training”

Alessandro Schöpf is used to rolling out the miles during matches. In Benidorm, strenuous running and sprinting exercises are of course part of training, but for the 24-year-old this is not a problem. "It's intense, but that's to be expected in the training camp. We want our fitness levels to be top for the second half if the season.”

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Moments of the year: A team trip, a first goal and a new contract

What were the highlights of 2018? schalke04.de has asked various players what their favourite moments of the past year were. In the first part, Ralf Fährmann, Alessandro Schöpf, Mark Uth, Sascha Riether and Omar Mascarell give their responses.

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Alessandro Schöpf: The win is more important than my first Champions League goal

Having gained eleven points from six games, the Royal Blues are deservedly in the last 16 of the Champions League. Domenico Tedesco underlined how important the 1-0 win was for his side. His Russian counterpart, Juri Sjomin wished Schalke luck for the future. Goalscorer Alessandro Schöpf, debutant Benjamin Goller and returnee Cedric Teuchert all gave their thoughts in the mixed zone.

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Alessandro Schöpf: We can’t let this get us down

The derby defeat has been processed, and now it’s time for full concentration in the showdown against Lokomotiv Moscow. “The Champions League is a different competition – and we’re well placed”, says Alessandro Schöpf ahead of Tuesday’s game in the VELTINS-Arena. He goes on: “It’s a good feeling to know that we’ve qualified to the last 16 before we even kickoff. Still, we want to beat Lokomotiv as well, to finish the group stage on a high.”

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Alessandro Schöpf: Fighting spirit and strong mentality

Shortly after full time in Sinsheim, the players and fans turned their attention to the upcoming derby. “A derby is always something extra special,” said Alessandro Schöpf ahead of the game on Saturday in the VELTINS-Arena. “This match is incredibly important in the Ruhr area.”

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Domenico Tedesco: We have made it out of a very tough group

Head coach Domenico Tedesco, and players Daniel Caligiuri and Alessandro Schöpf, were happy about qualifying for the next round, but disappointed about the result in Porto. Schalke04.de has summarised their post-match thoughts, as well of those of Porto coach Sergio Conceicao.

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Sané plays 90 minutes, Schöpf on bench

Austria won their final Nations League group game on Sunday, but Alessandro Schöpf didn’t play. Meanwhile, Salif Sané celebrated victory with Senegal on Saturday.