Nicknamed the Royal Blues and the Miners, Schalke is one of Germany's most successful sides. They share the 3rd spot with Werder Bremen in terms of most honored teams in the country. Only Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are ahead of them. Schalke has been crowned German champions seven times and has won the DFB Pokal 5 times. They were the first club to win a double in German football, doing it in 1937. Schalke has also won the Europa League once back in 1997.
However, in recent years, the squad lacks some serious achievements, and they are far from their best form. After the 2nd place that they got during the 2017-2018 season, they've gravitated towards the table's bottom, and it's entirely possible that relegation fears are arising in the present.
Schalke 04 Transfers News
Rafinha from Coritiba for €5 Million in 2005 – It was Schalke that brought the Brazilian talent to Europe – something for which fellow Bundesliga side Bayern Munich has to be grateful. Playing as a full-back, he scored at least twice in every season he spent with the Miners, the only exception being his first Bundesliga campaign. Rafinha failed to win any silverware with Schalke but later became an eight-time German champion with Bayern Munich. Before joining the Bavarians, he was bought by Genoa in 2010 for €8 Million.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from AC Milan for €14 Million in 2010 – The Ajax legend spent seven years between 2010 and 2017 playing for Schalke 04 – actually more than he has for Ajax. During the 2011-2012 campaign, he became the Bundesliga top scorer with 29 goals. That same season he had 48 goals in 48 appearances across all competitions. The goal-scoring machine continued to average 15 goals per season with Schalke before he made his return to Ajax in 2017 on a free transfer.
Teemu Pukki from HJK Helsinki for €1.50 Million in 2011 – Under Schalke, Pukki saw his first major league performances. Funnily enough, he scored against the Royal Blues twice in less than a month before joining them. Despite that, he never managed to become a regular starter for the Bundesliga club as he was allowed only 19 outings in his first season and even less – 17 in his second season with Schalke. In 2013 he was offloaded to Celtic, where he failed to shine once again. It was after that with Brøndby IF and mainly with Norwich that he rose to prominence.
Leon Goretzka from VfL Bochum for €3.25 Million in 2013 – Although Goretzka became a prominent figure under Bayern Munich, it was Schalke who shone the light on the then 18-year-old midfielder. He played regularly with the exception of the 2014-2015 campaign when he suffered injuries that kept him out of play. In 2017-2018 he helped Schalke finish 2nd behind Bayern Munich and later announced that he would be joining the Bavarian rivals, which led to outrage from the Miners' fans. Although valued at €40 Million at the time of the transfer, the deal was feeless.