New faces and a new kit against a former Royal Blue

54 days after the last game of the 2017/18 season which ended successfully for the Royal Blues, securing second place in the Bundesliga, Schalke are back in action on Thursday (5/7). The opponents in the first friendly of pre-season is Premier League side Southampton. Kick-off is at 14:05 CEST (20:05 local time) in the Sports Centre Stadium in Kunshan.

Domenico Tedesco

The boys are looking forward to the game,” said head coach Domenico Tedesco, who landed in China with his team on Tuesday afternoon (3/7). “We have taken a few days to acclimatise and settle into our accommodation here,” he explained.

In China, the humidity is much higher than in Germany and there is also a time difference of six hours and so it is hard to adapt physically. This acclimatisation process came in the form of a small table tennis tournament to relax and a bike ride. The final training session before the friendly took place in the Kunshan Sports Centre Stadium.

New arrivals could make their debuts

The Royal Blues will don their new away kit – sponsored this season by Umbro – in the game against the Premier League side. Omar Mascarell, Suat Serdar, Steven Skrzybski and Mark Uth could all make their first appearances since joining the club. Salif Sane, the fifth new face, is not with the squad in China. The Senegalese defender is still on holiday after appearing at the World Cup in Russia and will join up with the squad at a later date as agreed with the coaching staff.

The duel with the Saints will also be a chance to say hello to an old friend. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was on loan from Bayern Munich in the 2015/16 season and played 30 competitive matches for Schalke. The Dane has been at Southampton for two years now although last season did not go as well as he would have hoped at St Mary’s. The club from the south coast of England only secured their Premier League status in the penultimate game of the season, having qualified for the Europa League in the previous season.

Share page

You may also be interested in

200825_schneider

Jochen Schneider on the rest of the training camp in Längenfeld

In compliance with the relevant hygiene procedures, FC Schalke 04 are introducing all necessary protocols to protect against further infections, after a member of the playing staff tested positive for Covid-19. “Our team doctor and hygiene officer Dr. Patrick Ingelfinger is in contact with the relevant public health officer and other officials,” says Jochen Schneider.

200824_langer

Michael Langer: Emerging stronger as a team

In Längenfeld, training takes place on two pitches. While Schalke’s outfield players have been working on fitness, athleticism and game drills on one pitch, the three goalkeepers have been toiling away together with Simon Henzler on the other.

200821_schoepf

First training session in Längenfeld – Schöpfi returns 'home'

The first training session during the training camp has been completed. FC Schalke 04 trained for just over 90 minutes on Friday evening (21/8) at SV Längenfeld’s pitch, which is close to the team hotel the Aqua Dome. The trip to Austria provides a return to Alessandro Schöpf’s former home, having spent five years at SV Längenfeld.

FC Schalke 04, Training, 05.08.2020

Hard work in Tirol: 28 players travel to Längenfeld

The Royal Blues are starting the second stage of preparations ahead of a demanding 2020/21 season. Head coach David Wagner’s side travel to Längenfeld on Friday (21/8). The squad will take part in their second and final training camp in Austria until 29th August, before the new season gets underway in the middle of September with the first round of the DFB-Pokal.