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FC Schalke 04

FC Schalke 04
Football club information
Full nameFußball-Club
Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e. V.
NicknameDie Königsblauen (The Royal Blues)
Die Knappen (The Miners)
FoundedMay 4, 1904(age 112)
StadiumVeltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen (capacity : 61672)
ChairmanJosef Schnusenberg
ManagerHorst Heldt
CoachHuub Stevens
2010 11Bundesliga, 14th
Current season2011 12 FC Schalke 04 season

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Fußball-Club Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04, commonly known as simply FC Schalke 04 or Schalke (-deˈʃalkə), is a German association football club originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Schalke has long been one of the most popular football teams in Germany, even though major successes have been rare since the club's heyday in the 1930s and early 1940s. The football team is the biggest part of a larger sports club with more than 100,000 members (August 2011) making it the second largest sports club in Germany. Other activities offered by the club include basketball, handball, and track and field. Schalke won its first major European trophy in 1997 by defeating Internazionale on penalty kicks for the UEFA Cup in Milan. Schalke has a rivalry with Borussia Dortmund known as the Revierderby. The mascot of the club is called Erwin (also Ährwin.)

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