FC Schalke 04 Wiretap

Ralf Rangnick No Longer In Running For Schalke Sporting Director

Mar 21, 2021 6:16 PM

Ralf Rangnick released a statement saying that he is no longer in running for Schalke's sporting director role.

"The overwhelmingly positive reactions from members of the Konigsblauen community have influenced me and confirmed my feelings for this very special club.

"I would have loved to have been involved in helping Schalke on its difficult road back to its former strength. 

"Unfortunately, due to the numerous uncertainties within the club at the moment, I do not see myself being able to take on sporting responsibility at S04 at the moment," wrote Rangnick.

Schalke said they were surprised by Rangnick's announcement.

Rangnick had declared his interest in pursuing the German national team manager role. 

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Juventus Looking To Buy Weston McKennie For $22.5 Million

Jan 24, 2021 8:34 PM

Juventus are looking to permanently buy Weston McKennie from Schalke for $22.5 million.

The 22-year-old is currently on loan, but has impressed at Juventus.

There may also be an obligation to buy clause in McKennie's current loan deal. 

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Schalke Sack David Wagner After Two Matches

Sep 27, 2020 11:41 PM

David Wagner was sacked by Schalke two matches into the Bundesliga season.

Schalke lost 8-0 in their opening match against Bayern Munich, and lost 3-1 to Werder Bremen over this weekend.

Schalke have not won in 18 Bundesliga matches.

"We had all hoped that we could improve on the pitch together with David Wagner. Unfortunately, we haven't seen the right performances and results from the first two games of the season for this to happen," said Jochen Schneider, Schalke's sporting director.

"We have therefore decided to make a fresh start. Despite the disappointing results, this wasn't an easy decision for us to make."


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Juventus Pursuing Transfer For USMNT's Weston McKennie

Aug 26, 2020 2:07 PM

Juventus is in talks to sign Weston McKennie from Schalke.

McKennie grew up in Dallas and played for the youth system of FC Dallas before moving to Schalke. 

Bundesliga rivals Hertha Berlin were confident of completing a move for McKennie earlier in the summer, but he preferred a move out of Germany.

Andrea Pirlo is a key figure in trying to sign the USMNT midfielder. 

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Joachim Low: Bundesliga Is 'The Leader In Europe'

May 30, 2020 11:06 PM

Joachim Low discussed the Bundesliga's quality since the league's return behind closed doors.

"You also have to get used to a bit of football without the excitement that the fans provide. On the other hand, I am positively surprised by the high level of motivation from the players and teams, the attitude and also the way of playing," said Low.

Low added that he believes that the Bundesliga is the top league in Europe.

"You can tell that the players want to compete again, to battle, to score goals, to avoid [conceding] goals.

"This has also had a positive effect for me, that the players came out of such a long break so motivated and look as if they are playing in a stadium with 80,000 spectators," added Low.


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Dortmund-Schalke Match Records 725% Increase In FS1 Ratings

May 17, 2020 7:47 PM

Borussia Dortmund's 4-0 win over Schalke on Saturday earned a .33 rating on FS1.

The ratings represent a 725% increase over the last Bundesliga match on FS1 prior to the shutdown.

Borussia Monchengladbach's 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt earned a .21 ratings.

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Lucien Favre Hopes Gio Reyna Injury Is 'Nothing'

May 16, 2020 6:18 PM

Gio Reyna was pulled from Borussia Dortmund's 4-0 win over Schalke during warm-ups due to an injury.

Dortmund manager Lucian Favre said that he expected players to get injured because of the long layoff.

"A lot of teams will have a few players who will be injured. We started very late with the 10 against 10 games, tackling and so on. I hope Reyna has nothing. It won't be long for [Axel] Witsel and [Emre] Can, [Dan-Axel] Zagadou won't play again this season," said Favre.

Favre added that it was difficult to judge the quality of his side's win due to the lack of supporters.

"There wasn't any noise, you shoot at the goal, make a top pass, a goal - and nothing happens. That's very, very strange. We really miss our fans.

"It was a completely different game than usual. It's hard to judge how good the game was. I had the feeling that it wasn't as committed as planned. The players were very focused on their task."

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Bundesliga Likely To Complete 2020 Season Without Fans

Mar 31, 2020 1:51 PM

The Bundesliga will likely finish this current season without supporters in the stadium, according to CEO Christian Seifert.

"Professional football can only function when we play," said Seifert. "When the time comes, we will be ready and prepared and we are looking forward to it.

"If we can play games, it is to be expected that they will be without fans for some time. Maybe even into the new season or until the end of the year."

Seifert added that the league will not return until April 30th at the earliest.

The CEO also said that the plan is to finish the season by June 30th, taking players to the end of their current contract. 

Stephan Uersfeld Germany correspondent

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Schalke Looking To Purchase Jean-Clair Todibo

Mar 25, 2020 1:03 PM

Schalke are looking for a permanent move for Jean-Clair Todibo.

The 20-year-old defender is currently on loan from Barcelona.

Todibo has impressed Schalke's staff since moving in January.

Todibo has a $27 million buyout clause, which Schalke intend to activate. 


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Bundesliga Executive: Survival Of League Is At Stake Due To Stoppage

Mar 16, 2020 3:26 PM

The existence of the Bundesliga is at stake due to the league's suspension, said chief executive Christian Seifert.

The top two German leagues are canceled through April 2nd.

Over 56,000 people work in the German football industry.

"Tens of thousands of jobs are at stake. We've reached a point where Bundesliga has to admit: 'Yes, we are manufacturing a product and if we no longer manufacture it then we cease to exist.' It's not only about the stars. More is at stake than just a few matches," said Seifert.

The executive also asked clubs to analyze worse case scenarios of the league being shutdown through March in order to "assess who can survive for how long."

Seifert added that there is no timetable for when matches will resume.

"Nobody knows when games can take place again."

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Bundesliga Matches Postponed Due To Coronavirus

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Alexander Nubel Agrees To Bayern Munich Move

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Haji Wright Moves To VVV Venlo
The 21-year-old Haji Wright scored his first Bundesliga goal last December.

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David Wagner Reaches Verbal Agreement With Schalke
Wagner, known for his high-pressing game, left Huddersfield Town in January.

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Schalke Sack Domenico Tedesco Following 7-0 Loss
Schalke are winless in their last 7 league matches.


City Defeat Schalke 7-0 To Reach UCL Quarterfinals
Sergio Aguero scored the first two goals of the match.

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Manchester City Sell Rabbi Matondo To Schalke
The 18-year-old represents the 3rd youth player to move away from Manchester City in the last 2 years.

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Liverpool-Bayern Headline Round Of 16 Draw For Champions League
The Round of 16 ties have been drawn for the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League.

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Who's In The Champions League Last 16
PSG, Dortmund, Barcelona, Porto, Bayern, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Juventus won their groups.

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2018-19 Champions League Group Stage Draw Results
Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Manchester United with Juventus in Group H.


PSG Buys Thilo Kehrer From Schalke For $42M
Thilo Kehrer is a 21-year-old center-back who made his debut with Schalke in 2016.

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Bayern Signs Leon Goretzka From Schalke
Leon Goretzka is a 22-year-old German midfielder and will join Bayern on July 1st.

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Bayern Confirms Interest In Leon Goretzka
Leon Goretzka is also receiving interest from Liverpool.

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Schalke Signs Weston McKennie To Five-Year Extension
Weston McKennie was born in Texas and joined Schalke from the FC Dallas Academy in 2016.

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Arsenal Will Sign Sead Kolasinac From Schalke
Sead Kolasinac had been choosing between Arsenal and AC Milan.


Liverpool, Monaco, Schalke, Napoli, Zenit Interested In Thiago Maia
Thiago Maia is a 19-year-old midfielder.


Munir Receiving Interest From PSG, Schalke
Munir El Haddadi would like to remain at Barcelona but is also interested in receiving more playing time elsewhere.

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City To Buy Leroy Sane From Schalke For $53.6M
Leroy Sane made 42 appearances in all competitions for Schalke last season, scoring nine goals and providing seven assists.

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City Expected To Offer £35M To Schalke For Leroy Sane
Schalke is hoping to receive a bid closer to £45 million for Leroy Sane.

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Schalke Buys Breel Embolo From Basel For €25M
Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal also showed interest in signing Breel Embolo.