Traditional in Germany, Schalke 04 is at risk of disappearing; understand | german football

Traditional in Germany, Schalke 04 is at risk of disappearing; understand | german football
Traditional in Germany, Schalke 04 is at risk of disappearing; understand | german football
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One of the most traditional clubs in Germany, Schalke 04 is in danger of disappearing at the end of this season. With debts approaching 165 million euros (around R$880 million), the team is fighting against relegation to the third division, which would, in practice, represent the end of the club.

Bordon remembers the day he left Schalke 04, when he entered the field on a motorbike

Schalke are currently 15th in the German second division, one position above the relegation zone. According to the “Sky Sports” channel, in the event of a fall, the club would not be able to obtain the necessary license to play in the third division, due to the size of its debts.

In this way, Schalke would need to start over as an amateur club, at the base of the German football pyramid.

– The next six months will be vital – admitted Shalke coach Karel Geraerts.

1 of 1 Schalke 04 fight against relegation to the German third division — Photo: Getty Images
Schalke 04 is fighting relegation to the German third division — Photo: Getty Images

Seven-time German champion

Founded in 1904, Schalke will celebrate 120 years of existence in 2024. In total, the club has seven national titles and five German Cup titles, in addition to having won the UEFA Cup in 1997.

Schalke has the second largest number of members in Germany, with 178 thousand members, behind only Bayern Munich, which has around 300 thousand members.

Schalke has been going through a crisis in recent years. In 2021, the club was relegated for the first time since 1988. The team returned to the Bundesliga last season, but fell again.

Schalke 04’s situation in the table

  • 15th: Schalke – 20 points
  • 16th: Braunschweig – 20 points
  • 17th: Hansa Rostock – 20 points
  • 18th: Osnabrück – 10 points

The last two placed fall directly to the third division. 16th place competes in a playoff with third place in the third division.

  • German Championship: 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1942 and 1958
  • German Cup: 1937, 1972, 2001, 2002 and 2011
  • German League Cup: 2005
  • German Super Cup: 2011
  • UEFA Cup: 1997

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