The Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, the home stadium of FC Schalke 04, was built to accommodate more than 62200 visitors. Huub Stevens from the Netherlands looks after and coaches the professionals of the German team. The team is currently involved in the Bundesliga (group stage - 33rd matchday) in 15th place with 24% of games decided for themselves. FC Schalke 04 was eliminated in the quarter finals against Werder Bremen of the DFB Cup and in the round of the 16 against Manchester City of the UEFA Champions League despite only 17% of failed matches in group D. All in all, eleven of 39 games were successfully completed, 61 goals scored and 59 goals conceded - the majority of them in the Bundesliga. In five matches the team did not manage to win against Manchester City. The last meeting took place on 20 February 2019. In five matches over the last 10 years, the club's score against Manchester City has been -13.
In the first half, the team tends to give up the early lead. In the UEFA Champions League's fourth group-phase match against Galatasaray, right-footed 19-point Guido Burgstaller scored the S04's fastest goal of the season after 4 minutes. FC Schalke 04 weighs more than two elephants in total, but on average even 7.2 kg less than the European average. At 95 kg, this value is most exceeded by the right-footed goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann. It happens in places that a game is clarified only starting from the 80th minute, as for example on 3 October 2018 against FC Lokomotiv Moscow by a direct goal of the American right foot Weston McKennie 6 minutes before final whistle. The football team managed such a victory just once again in the current season. The keepers of the football team have done an excellent job in defending against opposing goal attempts.
Unfortunately FC Schalke 04 lost the 20th group phase match of the Bundesliga against Monchengladbach shortly before the final whistle on 02.02.2019 with two goals from Christoph Kramer and Florian Neuhaus in the minutes 90 and 85. This happened two more times in the current season against Manchester City and Eintracht Frankfurt. In their latest Bundesliga match against Bayer Leverkusen, the team did not want to try anything exotic in terms of formation and used the most effective formation of the current season (3-5-2). In the end both groups separated with equal points with 1-1. Not against every competitor it ran as satisfactorily as against 1 FC Nuremberg (36/17/12). The statistically most problematic rival is Manchester City with no triumph, no draw and five defeats by FC Schalke 04.
The 4:1 victory in the round of 16 of the DFB Cup against Fortuna Dusseldorf was decided early after FC Schalke 04 realized their maximum half-time advantage of this season of two points. The most frequent substitutes are goalkeeper Alexander Nubel, midfielders Sebastian Rudy, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Amine Harit and Ahmed Kutucu and striker Cedric Teuchert. Bastian Oczipka (left wing), Ralf Fahrmann (goalkeeper), Franco Di Santo and Alessandro Schopf (striker), Jeffrey Bruma and Benjamin Stambouli (centre back) as well as Suat Serdar (midfielder) were on the starting line-up with 24 more kickers in the current season. FC Schalke 04 suffered a defeat in a match this season (against Manchester City) despite a lead in the first half.
With a result of not one success, no stalemate and five losses to Manchester City in S04's own arena, this group is also the fiercest opponent there. Daniel Caligiuri, a right-footed midfielder, scored the farthest goal of the current season on 15 December 2018 in the 15th Bundesliga group-phase match against FC Augsburg from a 22-metre distance in the 52nd minute. In FC Schalke 04 25% prefer to shoot with their right foot. 30-year-old German Bastian Oczipka scored the latest S04 goal of the current season 15 seconds before the final whistle against 1 FC Nuremberg. In away games, the group will be happy to meet Hannover 96, where they had the most successes.
Only 33% of the 12 goal attempts per game (average) finally reached the square. With an average height of 184cm, the soccer players of FC Schalke 04 are not taller than their rivals. After an inferior of four points, the maximum of the current season, against Manchester City in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, they had anyway prepared for a failure. In the end the match ended 0 : 7. In the current season the selection has tried nine different formations: 3-4-1-2, 3-4-3, 4-3-1-2, 4-1-4-1, 4-4-2, 5-3-2, 4-1-3-2, 4-2-3-1 and 3-5-2. Although the number of professionals is about 25 years, the right-footed jersey number 21 Sascha Riether has had the greatest influence in this respect. FC Schalke 04 has the best result (4/5/5) with the 3-5-2 formation.
(Last edited May 15, 2019)