1972: FC Schalke 04 lift the DFB Cup for the second time, thrashing FC Kaiserslautern 5-0, the highest win ever in a German cup final at the time. 1973: The club moves to a new stadium. Built for the 1974 World Cup, the Park Stadium has a capacity of 70,900.1981: For the first time in 55 years the club is relegated to the Second Division.

In the 2013–14 Champions League group stage, Schalke's opponents were Steaua București, Basel and Chelsea. Schalke ultimately finished the group stage in second place to Chelsea and exited in the round of 16 to Real Madrid.

On 7 October 2014, after a 1–2 defeat to 1899 Hoffenheim and merely eight points in seven games, Keller was sacked and succeeded by Roberto Di Matteo.[19]

On 13 April 2008, the club announced the dismissal of manager Mirko Slomka after a heavy defeat at the hands of Werder Bremen and elimination from the Champions League. Former players Mike Büskens and Youri Mulder were put in charge of the first team on an interim basis.

In May 2014, Schalke 04 were ranked by Forbes Magazine as the twelfth richest football club in the world,[6] at €446 million, an increase of 16% from the previous year.[7]

In terms of operating income, Schalke possesses the 7th highest operating income of any football club in the world at €48 million,[6] and 0% debt as of August 2014.[7] S04 generates the 12th highest revenue of any football club in the world at €198 million.[7]

2002: Schalke win back-to-back DFB Cups, coming from behind to beat UEFA Champions League finalists Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 12 months after defeating Union Berlin 2-0. 2004: The club celebrates its centenary year, with over one million people attending parties and events all over Germany. 2005: Schalke finish runners-up in the Bundesliga to qualify for the Champions League for the second time. They also reach the DFB Cup final again, only to lose 2-1 to Bayern Munich.

The handball department of FC Schalke 04 was founded in 1926. In 1929 it competed in the Gaumeister prior to competing in the Gauliga until the end of the Third Reich, the then top division. After the Second World War, except for a few years in the league, the S04 handball department did not build on the successes. Currently the S04 handball department competes in the national league.[67]

The popular club built a new stadium, the Glückauf-Kampfbahn, in 1928, and acknowledged the city's support by renaming themselves FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04. They won their first West German championship in 1929, but the following year were sanctioned for exceeding salary levels set by the league and, in an era that considered professionalism in sport to be anathema, found themselves banned from play for nearly half a year.

Schalke had an excellent start to the 2012–13 Bundesliga season, and worked their way to second place in the league by November, just behind Bayern Munich. On 20 October, Schalke traveled to Borussia Dortmund for Matchday 8, and were able to defeat the home side 2–1 to secure their first league Revierderby win since February 2010 while securing a Champions League place by finishing fourth.

1937: The cup final win against Fortuna Düsseldorf completes the first championship and cup double in German football history. 1939: The 9-0 defeat of Admira Vienna is the highest win ever recorded in a German championship final.1942: The 2-0 win over Vienna Wien gives the famous Kreisel ('spinning top') team their sixth and final German championship.

In women's football, FC Schalke 04 have achieved some notable successes in the late seventies and early eighties of the 20th century. The S04 women's team was five times Westphalia champion and twice cup winners as well as competing in the German Championship and in the DFB Cup ended up being each in the first round. Mid-nineteen eighties, the S04 women's team was dissolved. Since the 2007–08 season, S04 is cooperating with the women footballers of the second division 1 FFC Recklinghausen.[63]

2007: Schalke qualify for the Champions League for a third time, a feat they repeat in 2010 when they again finish the league campaign in second place.2011: The Royal Blues reach the last four of the Champions League before bowing out to Manchester United. They do lift a trophy, however, beating neighbours MSV Duisburg of the second division 5-0 in the final of the DFB Cup.

Schalke continued to play well, delivering a number of top four finishes in the years leading up to the 1963 formation of the Bundesliga, West Germany's new federal, professional league. Those results earned them selection as one of sixteen sides admitted to the top-flight league.

Even though the penalties were later commuted to bans ranging from six months to two years, the scandal had a profound effect on what might have possibly become one of the dominant German teams of the 1970s.[citation needed]

In terms of operating income, Schalke possesses the seventh-highest operating income of any football club at "$64.4 million or £38.2 million (€48 million)",[6] and 0% debt as of August 2014.[7] Schalke also generates the 14th-highest revenue of any football club, at "$265.6 million or £157.8 million (€198 million)".[7]

Schalke have taken over League of Legends team Elements and will take part in the European leg of the League of Legends Championship Series under the name FC Schalke 04.

Since 2001, Schalke's stadium is the Veltins-Arena. Schalke holds a long-standing rivalry with Ruhr neighbours Borussia Dortmund, arguably one of the most widespread and well-known rivalries in German football, and matches between the two teams are referred to as the Revierderby.

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The fan-base of Schalke is friendly connected with the supporters of the 1. FC Nürnberg and the Dutch club FC Twente. The friendship with Nürnberg is the oldest connection between two fan-bases in Germany. Before a match between both clubs, the official club songs are played.

In the early 1980s, Die Knappen ran into trouble and found themselves relegated to the second division of the Bundesliga for the 1981–82 season and, after promotion, again in 1983–84. They returned to the top flight in 1984 but slipped once more to the second tier in 1988. They returned to the Bundesliga in the 1991–92 season and have stayed in the top flight ever since.

The last few years have seen the club develop further still. Regualr appearances in the Champions League culminated in a semi-final appearance in 2011. And the side went one better in the German Cup that year too, lifting the trophy for a fifth time after a thumping 5-0 win over Duisburg in the final.With their massive backing behind them and a team to match, Schalke are perfectly placed to challenge for national and international honours in the years to come.

Founded in 1904, Schalke has won seven German championships, five DFB-Pokals, one DFL-Supercup and one UEFA Cup.

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The basketball department of FC Schalke 04 played in the 1988–89 season in the National Basketball League Basketball Bundesliga and from 2004 for several seasons in the ProA, the second highest basketball league in Germany.[64] 2009 saw the Schalke 04 voluntary withdrawal of Schalke 04 from the ProA. Currently, the Schalke 04 basketball department competes in the 1 Regionalliga West.[65]

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1904: The club is founded under the name Westfalia Schalke. 1912: The club gains entry to the league. 1924: The club changes its name to FC Schalke 04.1926: Schalke are promoted to the highest regional league, the Gauliga Ruhr.

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The club earned their first honours since the DFB-Pokal win of 1972 with a victory in the final of the 1996–97 UEFA Cup over Inter Milan on penalties. Coached by the Dutch coach Huub Stevens, the 1997 Schalke squad earned the nickname "Euro Fighters", which is still in use among fans. Stevens, who was widely unknown in Germany at the time, quickly earned himself a cult following among the Schalke supporters.

In the year 2000, the supporters voted for Schalker Jahrhundertelf, the "Team of the Century":[26]

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"We have noticed that the level of professionalism in eSports has continued to grow over the past years," Schalke chairman Moritz Beckers-Schwarz said.

"Particular noteworthy is the development of structures within League of Legends and the flagship League of Legends Championship."

1928: The club builds its first stadium, the Glückauf-Kampfbahn.1933: Schalke reach the German championship final for the first time but lose 3-0 to Fortuna Düsseldorf. 1934: One year later, Schalke claim their first German Championship with a 2-1 win over FC Nürnberg.

The athletics (track and field) department of FC Schalke 04 was founded in 1922. Famous members were multiple German champion in sprint such as Erika Rost; and the winner of the silver medal in the decathlon at the 1996 Olympic Games, Frank Busemann; and the 2003 European Athletics Junior Championships gold in 200 metres, Sebastian Ernst.[68]

In May 2014, Schalke 04 were ranked by Forbes magazine as the 14th-most valuable football club,[6] at "£355.3 million or $598.5 million (€446 million)", an increase of 16% from the previous year.[7]

This departement was founded in 2015. The squad plays in the National Blind Soccer League (Blindenfußball-Bundesliga).[66]

Now a German football team has taken the next logical step and bought a professional eSports team.

A club with its roots in the Germany's industrial heartland, Schalke combines a rich history with a dynamic future.

Over a dozen seasons, from 1933 to 1945, Schalke won 162 of 189 Gauliga matches, drawing 21 and losing only 6. On the way, they scored 924 goals and gave up just 145. From 1935 to 1939, they did not lose a single league match. The club's dominance throughout this period led them to be held up for propaganda purposes by the Nazi regime, as an example of "new Germany".