Schalke 04: Six truths about the promoted team – an analysis – the Bundesliga

Schalke’s last goal came eight minutes after the final whistle. At 10:34 p.m., the box in front of the north curve collapsed under the weight of a pair of fans sitting on the crossbar. At that time, goal scorer Simon Terodde (34/29 goals this season) had long ago broken all dams …

Snot and water, as the royal blue cult figures Charly Neumann and Rudi Assauer once did, Ballermann vom Kohlenpott finally howled into the hearts of the fans …

pyro. place storm. Party. With the return of the Bundesliga, Schalke get their pride back! No more chaos and intrigue club that everyone laughs at! S04 has completely reinvented itself in record time. A resurrection that has many reasons.

Until the bar breaks!  During the storm of the square, the arena gates also became Foto: Sebastian El-Saqqa/firo Sportphoto

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Until the bar breaks! During the storm of the square, the arena gates were also “dismantled”Photo: Sebastian El-Saqqa / firo Sportphoto

The great ascension analysis. Here are six truths about Schalke …

Büskens is the coach of the year!

Not Flick, Nagelsmann or Rose, Mike Büskens (54) is the coach of the year. Seven matches, six wins (2.57 points on average) – promotion! Hardly anyone lives Schalke more and more emotionally than Eurofighter Büskens. He has formed real promotion fighters from a only moderately talented team. Players who believe in themselves to the last second and push their limits. “Schalke is the hottest club in the world” – with Büskens fans are once again believing in one of their favorite match songs.

Terodde is going to the World Cup!

No German professional striker promises a higher goal guarantee than Simon Terodde (251 career goals). How often has the national team lacked a super joker, and that is precisely the role that Bocholter natives are to play at the Winter World Cup in Qatar. Replacement, snap, wind, done. With bench players like Sané, national coach Hansi Flick also runs a much greater risk of unrest than with Terodde …

Schalke’s biggest asset is still the fans!

One thing is for sure: Without his supporters (and Terodde, of course), Pott-Klub would never have made it back to the Bundesliga. The return of fans after the Corona Geisterspiel period was crucial for Schalke and served as a success booster for the club. The 2-1 victory in Sandhausen, where 10,000 blue and whites roared their team to the top of the league, is an example of this. The twisted match point final against St. Pauli (3: 2 after 0: 2) is also an example of this. Loud, passionate and loyal. Schalke’s biggest asset is still the fans …

Gazprom separation was the best signal!

Rarely in its history has Schalke shown more attitude! The rapid separation from the Russian blood money sponsor Gazprom immediately after the start of the war had a liberating signal effect on the club and the environment. Freed from the shackles of the past, Schalke initially created a sound basis for a sustainable economic transformation. At the same time, the long-lost confidence of the supporters was regained through the consistent step.

Knäbel and Schröder are the great architects!

More officials than speakers. Less show, more performance. With sports director Peter Knäbel (55) and sports director Rouven Schröder (46), Schalke has found a firm hand after decades of poor management. With a mini-budget of 20 million euros, they formed a promotion team. About 50 transfers were needed after the crash in the 2nd division. Her motto: talk less, work harder. Next, they have to recreate Schalke in the Bundesliga. There is an urgent need for further transfers: Starting with the shaky goalkeeper Martin Fraisl (28), the club will have to replace up to ten team positions to remain competitive.

Rise shower!  Coach Mike Büskens is Foto: Jürgen Fromme /firo Sportphoto

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Rise shower! Coach Mike Büskens is “baptized” with beers by Schöder (left), Asamoah (right) and Co.Photo: Jürgen Fromme / firo Sportphoto

Schalke remains a savings club!

With a debt still at 183.5 million euros, the reduction of hereditary assets from the era of Clemens Tönnies (65) and Peter Peters (59) is still the most difficult task for CFO Christina Rühl-Hamers (45) and colleagues. Smart austerity and creative transfers will therefore also determine actions in the coming years and limit Schalke’s opportunities. The promotion to the Bundesliga alleviates the situation. Players who expect big salaries in the million class are still in the wrong place in Gelsenkirchen.

The toughest currency at Schalke has been called pride again since the night of the promotion.

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