Ko Itakura


Kaminski celebrates World Cup qualification, Churlinov and North Macedonia miss out

Two Schalke 04 first-team players are experiencing mixed emotions – whilst Marcin Kaminski and Poland sealed their place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday (29/3), Darko Churlinov was on the losing side with North Macedonia in their play-off final against Portugal. Elsewhere, Blendi Idrizi and Kerim Calhanoglu also featured for their national teams.

Darko Churlinov, MKD, Liechtenstein – Nordmazedonien, WM Qualifikation, Fussball, 08.10.2021 *** Darko Churlinov, MKD, L

Darko Churlinov helps keep North Macedonia’s World Cup dream alive

Three Schalke 04 players enjoyed successful evenings with their national teams: Darko Churlinov’s North Macedonia picked up a win in World Cup qualification, as did Ko Itakura’s Japan, and Mehmet Can Aydin was part of the Germany’s U20 squad who won an international friendly: only one Royal Blue actually featured in any of these fixtures, however.


Ko Itakura: The Schalke fans inspired me

Ko Itakura was delighted to walk out onto the VELTINS-Arena pitch for the first time during the 3-1 home win against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday 28th August and very much enjoyed the full-time celebrations with the fans. “The atmosphere is unbelievable. I tried to imagine how it was going to be before the match, and it actually exceeded my expectations,” commented the Japanese defender, who transferred from Manchester City to FC Schalke 04 on loan with an option to buy just one and a half weeks ago.