Christian Heidel

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Christian Heidel to step down as sporting director

The Royal Blues will take a new direction, after sporting director Christian Heidel’s desire to terminate his contract prematurely was accepted by the club’s board of directors. Heidel has a contract due to expire on 30th June 2020, but will now step down in the summer of this year at the latest. The board of directors has corresponded with Heidel’s wishes and ensures that a decision on the new direction of the club will be made shortly.

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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.

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Satisfied with the training camp in Benidorm

Getting match practice is more important than the result in a friendly, and Schalke got plenty of it in their 2-2 draw against KRC Genk on Friday (11th January). “70% of the training camp was focussed on attacking. The good thing is that you could see that, regardless of the result against Genk. The boys did really well,” said Domenico Tedesco.

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A memorable occasion, but a disappointing result

Last night saw many moments which people will remember for a very long time. FC Schalke 04, founded by miners, paid an emotional farewell to the coal mines in the Ruhr area before the game against Bayer Leverkusen.

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“It puts the wind back in our sails”

It came late, but Schalke definitely deserved their win against Lokomotiv Moscow. The three points mean that Schalke finish second in Group D on 11 points, advancing through to the round of 16.

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Christian Heidel: Moaning will solve nothing

It would be safe to say that a team couldn’t be any more unlucky with injuries than Schalke right now. Breel Embolo, Mark Uth, Steven Skrzybski and Franco Di Santo were all ruled out of the derby, while Guido Burgstaller had to be taken off in the first half. Cedric Teuchert, the only striker on the bench, is still not 100% fit after his injury and has only trained two or three times.

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Christian Heidel: Victory in the derby can have a massive effect

Christian Heidel has overseen four derbies as sporting director of Schalke 04 and is still unbeaten. “We all believe that we can make this one a positive experience,” said the 55-year-old.

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A very convincing performance

The Royal Blues will be playing European football after the winter break. It is not yet clear in which competition, but the goal, at least according to Christian Heidel, is to be in the last 16 of the Champions League. “It would be a bit odd if we said we want to go into the Europa League”, said the sporting director. “After the win over Galatasaray, we are now in a great position to qualify for the next round.”

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"The atmosphere is good,” says Christian Heidel

Schalke 04 will face Werder Bremen on Saturday (20/10/18) and sporting director Christian Heidel spoke to schalke04.de about the upcoming game, their schedule in November, Mark Uth’s debut for Germany and Naldo’s contract extension.

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The first step on a long journey

Whether it was the coach, the board or the fans – the relief was visible across all those supporting the Royal Blues. And the players knew exactly who they needed to thank after their crucial 1-0 win over Mainz on Saturday.

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“Nobody stood emotionless on the pitch”

Five games, five defeats. “Nobody had expected a start to the season like this,” says Christian Heidel. “We have lost a game, which we certainly shouldn’t have. It sounds a bit odd to say that this was our best game so far, despite having lost five in a row. But ultimately goals decide football games, and we didn't score any.”

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Christian Heidel: We’re a tight knit bunch

With four games played, Schalke find themselves last in the table and yet to pick up a point. Christian Heidel understands the criticism that has come with the disappointing start, but is still certain that the successes will come. The sporting director spoke about the “Franco di Santo incident”, a goosebump-inducing team meeting, the upcoming test against Freiburg and the Schalke fans whose support is more important than ever in times like these.