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Encyclopedia > FC Schalke 04
FC Schalke 04
Wappen of Schalke 04
Full name FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e.V.
Nickname(s) Die Königsblauen (The Royal Blues)
Die Knappen (The Miners)
S04
Founded May 4, 1904
Ground Veltins-Arena
Gelsenkirchen
Capacity 61,482
Chairman Flag of Germany Josef Schnusenberg
Manager Flag of Germany Mirko Slomka
League Bundesliga
2006/07 Bundesliga, 2nd
Team colours
Team colours
Home colours
Team colours
Team colours
Away colours

FC Schalke 04 is a German 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 part of a larger sports club. With over 65,000 members (August 2007) it is the second largest sports club in Germany. Other activities offered by the club include basketball, handball, and track and field. FC Schalke 04 won its first major European trophy in 1997 by defeating F.C. Internazionale Milano on penalty kicks for the UEFA Cup in Milan. Symbol of soccer team FC Schalke 04, from http://www. ... is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (see link for calendar). ... Veltins Arena during a Pur concert. ... , Gelsenkirchen-Buer looking south towards downtown Gelsenkirchen, 1955. ... Rungnado May Day Stadium is the worlds largest football stadium. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Mirko Slomka Mirko Slomka (born September 12, 1967 in Hildesheim, Germany) is the current head coach of the FC Schalke 04. ... The Bundesliga is the highest level of Germanys football league system. ... Hamburger SV SV Werder Bremen Hannover 96 VfL Wolfsburg Hertha BSC Berlin Energie Cottbus Arminia Bielefeld Borussia Mönchengladbach FC Schalke 04 VfL Bochum Borussia Dortmund Alemannia Aachen Bayer 04 Leverkusen Eintracht Frankfurt 1. ... soccer jersey left arm with white shoulders File links The following pages link to this file: Oldham Athletic A.F.C. IFK Göteborg Malmö FF Template talk:Football kit Assyriska Helsingborgs IF Åtvidabergs FF User:Johan Elisson/football kits Categories: GFDL images | Football kit templates ... soccer jersey with white shoulders File links The following pages link to this file: Oldham Athletic A.F.C. IFK Göteborg Template talk:Football kit Assyriska Helsingborgs IF Åtvidabergs FF User:Johan Elisson/football kits Categories: GFDL images | Football kit templates ... soccer jersey right arm with white shoulders File links The following pages link to this file: Oldham Athletic A.F.C. IFK Göteborg Malmö FF Template talk:Football kit Assyriska Helsingborgs IF Åtvidabergs FF User:Johan Elisson/football kits Categories: GFDL images | Football kit templates ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... socks of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football... Image File history File links soccer jersey left arm with blue shoulders File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links soccer jersey with blue shoulders File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links soccer jersey right arm with blue shoulders File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... socks of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... This is a list of football clubs in Germany. ... , Gelsenkirchen-Buer looking south towards downtown Gelsenkirchen, 1955. ... Coat of arms Location Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2) Administration Country NUTS Region DEA Capital Düsseldorf Prime Minister Jürgen Rüttgers (CDU) Governing parties CDU / FDP Votes in Bundesrat 6 (from 69) Basic statistics Area  34,084 km² (13,160 sq mi) Population 18,033,000... This article is about the sport. ... Handball player leaps towards the goal prior to throwing the ball, while the goalkeeper extends himself trying to stop it. ... A womens 400m hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ... Football Club Internazionale Milano is an Italian football club based in Milan, Lombardy, which plays in Serie A. The club was founded March 9, 1908. ... The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ...

Contents

History

Schalke's early years

The club was founded on May 4, 1904 as Westfalia Schalke by a group of high school students and first wore the colors red and yellow. The team was unable to gain admittance to the Westdeutscher Spielverband and played as one of the "wild associations" of early German football. In 1912, after a number of years of failed attempts to join the official league, they merged with the gymnastic club Schalker Turnverein 1877 in order to facilitate their entry. This arrangement held up until 1915 when SV Westfalia Schalke was re-established as an independent club. The separation proved short-lived and the two came together again in 1919 as Turn- und Sportverein Schalke 1877. The new club won its first honours in 1923 as champions of the Schalke Kreisliga. It was around this time that Schalke picked up the nickname "Die Knappen" – from an old German word for miner – because the team drew so many of its players and supporters from the coal mine workers of Gelsenkirchen. is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (see link for calendar). ...


In 1924, the football team parted ways with the gymnasts once again – this time taking the club chairman along with them. They took the name FC Schalke 04 and adopted the now familiar blue and white uniforms from which their second nickname would derive – "Die Königsblauen" (The Royal Blues). The following year the club became the dominant local side based on a style of play that used short, sharp man-to-man passing to move the ball. This system would later become famous as the "Schalker Kreisel" (spinning top). In 1927, it carried them into the top-flight Gauliga Ruhr, onto the league championship, and then into the opening rounds of the national finals.


Rise to dominance

The popular club built a new stadium, the Glückauf-Kampfbahn, in 1928, and acknowledged the city's support by re-naming themselves FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04. They won their first Western 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 anathema, found themselves banned from play for nearly half a year. However, the ban had little impact on the team's popularity: in their first game after the ban against Fortuna Düsseldorf in June of 1931, the team drew 70,000 to its home ground. Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fortuna Düsseldorf is a German football club based in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. ...


With the re-organization of German football in 1933 under Nazi Germany, Schalke found themselves in the Gauliga Westfalen, one of sixteen top-flight divisions established to replace the innumerable regional and local leagues all claiming top status. After many years of being dominant regionally, Schalke finally made a breakthrough on the national level when they advanced to the German championship match that year against Düsseldorf, where they lost 0:3. That advance set the team up for the most successful decade in their history: from 1933 to 1942 the club would appear in 14 of 18 national finals - 10 in the German championship and 8 in the Tschammerpokal, the predecessor to today's German Cup. Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... The German Cup (official German title: DFB-Pokal) is an annually held elimination Football tournament for German Football clubs and is the second most important national title in German football after the Bundesliga title. ...


The championship years 1934-42

Schalke's first national title came in 1934 with a 2:1 victory over favorites 1. FC Nürnberg. The next year they defended their title against VfB Stuttgart in a 6:4 win. The club missed the 1937 final, but would make appearances in the championship match in each of the next six years coming away victorious in 1937, 1939, 1940, and 1942. Three of those national finals were against Austrian teams – Admira Vienna, Rapid Vienna, and First Vienna – which played in Germany's Gauliga Ostmark after Austria's incorporation into the Reich through the Anschluss in 1938. 1. ... VfB Stuttgart is a German sports club based in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. ... VfB Admira Wacker Mödling is an Austrian football club from Mödling. ... The Sportklub Rapid Wien or SK Rapid Wien is one of the two big football teams in Vienna. ... First Vienna FC (in Austria normally only referred with the English name Vienna), is the oldest football club in the city of Vienna and in all of Austria. ... German troops march into Austria on 12 March 1938. ...


"Die Königsblauen" also made frequent appearances in the final of the Tschammerpokal, but enjoyed much less success there. They lost the inaugural Tschammerpokal 0:2 to Nūrnberg in 1935. They also made failed appearances in the 1936, 1941, and 1942 finals with their only Cup victory coming in 1937 against Düsseldorf.


Over a dozen seasons from 1933 to 1945 Schalke accumulated an astounding record, winning 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 the "new Germany". This was despite the fact that many players were descended from Polish immigrants, most notably the two stars of the team, Fritz Szepan and Ernst Kuzorra. National Socialism redirects here. ... Fritz Szepan was a German soccer player of the pre-war era. ... Ernst Kuzorra was a German soccer player of the pre-war era. ...


Postwar football

With Germany in chaos towards the end of World War II, Schalke played just two matches in 1945. They resumed regular play following the war and for a time continued to compete as a strong side. They set a record in a national championship match with a 20:0 drubbing of SpVgg Herten, but that spoke more to the weakened condition of German football than the ability of the team. Schalke's play fell off and the best they could manage in the new Oberliga West in 1947 was a sixth place finish: within two years they slipped to 12th place. It would take them until the mid-50s to recover their form. They finished third in a tight three-way race for the 1954 Oberliga West title decided on the last day of the season. The following year they appeared in the German Cup final where they lost 2:3 to Karlsruher SC. The club's next German championship came in 1958 with a 3:0 victory over Hamburger SV. This is their last national championship title to date. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Karlsruher SC is a German football club, based in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg. ... Hamburger SV is a German football club based in Hamburg. ...


Entry to the Bundesliga

Schalke continued to play well in the years leading up to the formation of the Bundesliga, Germany's new professional league, in 1963, delivering a number of top four finishes. Those results earned them selection as one of sixteen sides admitted to the top flight league. The Bundesliga is the highest level of Germanys football league system. ...


Their first years in the Bundesliga were difficult. In 1965, they escaped relegation only through the expansion of the league to eighteen teams . A number of finishes far down the league table followed, before a marked improvement culminating in a second place finish to Bayern Munich in 1972 after having led the league for much of the season. In the same year, Schalke won the German Cup for the second time in its history. Wikinews has related news: 2007/08 Bundesliga: Bayern Munich vs. ...


The Bundesliga Scandal of 1971

Despite their improved results, the seeds of a major reversal had already been sown. A number of the team's players and officials were accused of accepting bribes as part of the widespread Bundesliga scandal of 1971. Investigation showed that Schalke had played so as to deliberately lose their May 17 28th round match against Arminia Bielefeld by a score of 0:1. As a result several Schalke players were banned for life, including three - Klaus Fischer, "Stan" Libuda and Klaus Fichtel - who were with the German national team of the time. 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 become one of the dominant German teams of the 1970s. is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... DSC Arminia Bielefeld is a German football club that plays in Bielefeld, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia. ... Klaus Fischer (born 27 December 1949 in Kreuzstraßl near Lindberg (Bayerischer Wald) in Regen (district), Germany) is a former German football player and football coach. ... Reinhard Stan Libuda (10 October 1943 in Wendlinghausen near Lemgo - 25 August 1996 in Gelsenkirchen) was a German footballer. ... Klaus Fichtel (born November 19, 1944 in Castrop-Rauxel, Germany) is a former German football player. ...


Crisis and recovery

In 1973, the club moved to the Parkstadion, newly built for the 1974 World Cup and having a capacity of 70,000 spectators. In the wake of the scandal, the club's performance was uneven. They managed another second place result in 1977, finishing just one point behind champions Borussia Mönchengladbach. The 1974 Football World Cup was held in West Germany. ... Borussia Vfl 1900 e. ...


In the early 1980s Die Knappen ran into trouble and found themselves relegated to the 2.Bundesliga for the 1981-82 season and again in 1983-84. They returned to the top flight in 1984, and after slipping once more to tier II in 1988, have stayed up as a Bundesliga side since 1991-92. The club earned their first honours since their 1958 national title with a victory in the 1997 UEFA Cup over Italian side Inter Milan on penalties. The 2nd Bundesliga is the Second Division of professional football in Germany. ... The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ... Football Club Internazionale Milano is an Italian football club based in Milan, Lombardy, which plays in Serie A. The club was founded March 9, 1908. ...


The turn of the millennium has seen much stronger performances from Schalke. During the 1990s and early 2000, the club underwent a successful transformation into a modern commercial sports organization and established itself as one of the dominant teams of the Bundesliga. Schalke captured consecutive German Cups in 2001-02, and earned second place finishes in the Bundesliga in 2001 and 2005. The 2001 finish was heartbreaking for supporters of Die Königsblauen as it took a goal in the 4th minute of injury time by Bayern away to Hamburg to snatch the title.


Current

The last three years has been more successful for Schalke finishing second place in 2005, which lead to Schalke making its second appearance in the UEFA Champions League. There, Schalke finished in 3rd place during the group stage, with successful continuation in the UEFA Cup, where Schalke was eliminated by the eventual winner of the cup Sevilla FC in the semifinal. In 2006 Schalke finished in 4th place in the Bundesliga and a year later they once again finished as runners-up (for the 3rd time in 7 seasons). The UEFA Champions League 2005-06 was the 51st edition of the European UEFA Champions League football club tournament. ... The UEFA Cup 2005-06 season was won by Sevilla, beating Middlesbrough in the final. ... Sevilla Fútbol Club is a Spanish professional football club that plays in the top-flight Spanish La Liga championship. ...


On October 9, 2006, it was announced that Russian company Gazprom would become the club's new sponsor. The company expects to invest as much as €125 million in the club over a 5½ year period. [1] is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gazprom (LSE: OGZD; Russian: , sometimes transcribed as Gasprom) is the largest Russian company and the biggest extractor of natural gas in the world. ...


Stadium

The Veltins-Arena
The Veltins-Arena

The club's stadium, known as the Veltins-Arena under a sponsorship agreement with a brewery, was completed in the summer of 2001 and has a capacity of 61,482 spectators. Schalke regularly draws sell-out crowds to what is widely regarded as one of the most modern and best multi-use facilities in Europe. The facility was previously known as the Arena AufSchalke and replaced the Parkstadion (capacity 71,000) built in 1973. Prior to this the club had played its matches in the Glückauf-Kampfbahn constructed in 1928 with a capacity of 35,000. The facility was used for amateur matches during its latter years with a reduced capacity of just 5,000. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1360, 1328 KB) Description: Arena Auf Schalke, Gelsenkirchen (Friendly: Germany vs Bundesliga Allstars) Source: Torsten Lauterborn Date: 25-01-2005 Author: Torsten Lauterborn Permission: Creative Commoms License by Torsten Lauterborn File links The following pages link to this file: FC Schalke... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1360, 1328 KB) Description: Arena Auf Schalke, Gelsenkirchen (Friendly: Germany vs Bundesliga Allstars) Source: Torsten Lauterborn Date: 25-01-2005 Author: Torsten Lauterborn Permission: Creative Commoms License by Torsten Lauterborn File links The following pages link to this file: FC Schalke... Telstra Stadium in Sydney, Australia is capable of being converted from a rectangular rugby football field to an oval for cricket and Australian rules football games This article is about the building type. ... Veltins Arena during a Pur concert. ... The entrance of a brewery. ... Parkstadion is the former home of FC Schalke 04. ...


Team trivia

  • The mascot of the club is called Erwin (also Ährwin.)
  • Pope John Paul II became an honorary member of the club in 1987 after celebrating a mass in the Parkstadion.
  • Schalke was mentioned in the film Das Boot when the bosun told the crew in their ward room "I got bad news for you men. Schalke lost 5:0, looks like we won't be in the final this year!"
  • Schalke has a rivalry with the club of Borussia Dortmund (see Revierderby) and also has a friendly relationship with 1.FC Nürnberg.

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Club songs

"Blau und weiss wie lieb ich Dich" (Blue and White How I Love You) and "Königsblauer S04" (Royal Blue S04) are the official club songs. "Opa Pritschikowski" is also popular with fans of the team.


Honours

The 2002 German Cup trophy, damaged during celebrations of FC Schalke 04's victory.
The 2002 German Cup trophy, damaged during celebrations of FC Schalke 04's victory.
  • German champions: 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1958
  • German runners-up: 1933, 1938, 1941, 1972, 1977, 2001, 2005, 2007
  • German Cup winners: 1937, 1972, 2001, 2002
  • German Cup finalists: 1935, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1955, 1969, 2005
  • League Cup winners: 2005
  • League Cup finalists: 2001, 2002, 2007
  • UEFA Cup winners: 1997
  • Coppa delle Alpi: 1968
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup winners: 2003, 2004

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Players

2007/08 Squad

Players in bold have international caps.

No. Position Player
1 Flag of Germany GK Manuel Neuer
2 Flag of Germany DF Heiko Westermann
3 Flag of Georgia (country) MF Levan Kobiashvili
4 Flag of Germany DF Mathias Abel
5 Flag of Brazil DF Marcelo Bordon (captain)
7 Flag of Uruguay MF Gustavo Varela
8 Flag of Germany MF Fabian Ernst
9 Flag of Denmark FW Søren Larsen
10 Flag of Croatia MF Ivan Rakitić
11 Flag of Denmark FW Peter Løvenkrands
13 Flag of Germany MF Jermaine Jones
14 Flag of Germany FW Gerald Asamoah
16 Flag of Uruguay DF Darío Rodríguez
17 Flag of Germany MF Mesut Özil
No. Position Player
18 Flag of Brazil DF Rafinha
19 Flag of Turkey FW Halil Altıntop
20 Flag of Serbia DF Mladen Krstajić
21 Flag of Uruguay MF Carlos Grossmüller
22 Flag of Germany FW Kevin Kurányi
23 Flag of Germany DF Benedikt Höwedes
24 Flag of Germany DF Christian Pander
25 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Zlatan Bajramović
26 Flag of Germany MF Mimoun Azaouagh
28 Flag of Germany MF Markus Heppke
32 Flag of Germany GK Ralf Fährmann
33 Flag of Germany GK Mathias Schober
34 Flag of Croatia GK Toni Tapalović

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Notable former players

"Team of the century"

To celebrate the 100th birthday of the club, the supporters voted the Schalker Jahrhundertelf, the "Team of the century":


Goalkeeper:

Defender: Norbert Nigbur (born May 8, 1948 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany) is a former German international football player. ...

Midfielder: Klaus Fichtel (born November 19, 1944 in Castrop-Rauxel, Germany) is a former German football player. ... Rolf Rüssmann (born October 13, 1950 in Schwelm, Germany) is a former German football player. ... Olaf Thon (born May 1, 1966 in Gelsenkirchen) is a former German footballer. ...

Striker: Marc Wilmots (born February 22, 1969 in Dongelberg) is a former Belgian football player, one of the best players in his countrys history. ... Fritz Szepan was a German soccer player of the pre-war era. ... Ernst Kuzorra was a German soccer player of the pre-war era. ... Ingo Anderbrügge (born January 2, 1964 in Datteln) was a German football player scoring 53 goals in the German Bundesliga during his career. ...

Coach: Reinhard Stan Libuda (10 October 1943 in Wendlinghausen near Lemgo - 25 August 1996 in Gelsenkirchen) was a German footballer. ... Klaus Fischer (born 27 December 1949 in Kreuzstraßl near Lindberg (Bayerischer Wald) in Regen (district), Germany) is a former German football player and football coach. ... Rüdiger Abramczik (born February 18, 1956 in Gelsenkirchen-Erle) is a former German football player and coach. ...

Hubertus (Huub) Jozef Margaretha Stevens (born November 29, 1953 in Sittard) is a Dutch football manager and former defender, who played for Fortuna Sittard and PSV Eindhoven. ...

Other notable players

Flag of Brazil Ailton Flag of Turkey Ünal Alpuğan Flag of Germany Jörg Böhme Flag of Germany Herbert Burdenski Flag of Germany Bernard Dietz
Flag of the Netherlands René Eijkelkamp Flag of Norway Frode Grodås Flag of Poland Tomasz Hajto Flag of Austria Kurt Jara Flag of Germany Bernie Klodt
Flag of the Netherlands Johan de Kock Flag of Germany Erwin Kremers Flag of Germany Helmut Kremers Flag of the Czech Republic Radoslav Látal Flag of Germany Jens Lehmann
Flag of Brazil Lincoln Flag of Germany Herbert Lütkebohmert Flag of Yugoslavia/ Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Enver Marić Flag of Germany Martin Max Flag of Germany Andreas Möller
Flag of Belgium Émile Mpenza Flag of the Netherlands Youri Mulder Flag of Germany Hermann Nattkämper Flag of the Czech Republic Jiří Němec Flag of Germany Ernst Poertgen
Flag of Denmark Christian Poulsen Flag of Germany Oliver Reck Flag of Germany Frank Rost Flag of Denmark Ebbe Sand Flag of Germany Harald Schumacher
Flag of Germany Otto Tibulski Flag of Germany Adolf Urban Flag of Belgium Nico Van Kerckhoven Flag of Belgium Sven Vermant Flag of Poland Tomasz Wałdoch

Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Ailton in 2004 Ailton Gonçalves da Silva (born 19 July 1973 in Mogeiro, Paraíba, Brazil), usually known simply as Ailton, is a football player, currently playing for Hamburger SV in Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Turkey. ... Ünal Alpuğan (born August 3, 1973 in Gelsenkirchen-Germany) is a footballer who currently plays for the Turkish Premier Super League club İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor as midfield position. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Jörg Böhme (born January 22, 1974 in Hohenmölsen) is a German footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Herbert Burdenski (born 19 May 1922 - died 15 September 2001), was a German football player and coach. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Bernard Dietz (born March 22, 1948 in Bockum-Hövel, Germany) is a former German football player and manager. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... René Antonius Maria Eijkelkamp (born April 6, 1964 in Dalfsen) is a retired football forward from the Netherlands, who is the current assistant-coach of Fred Rutten at FC Twente. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Norway. ... Frode Grodås (born October 24, 1964) is a football coach and former national football team goalkeeper originally from Hornindal, Norway. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland. ... Tomasz Hajto (born October 16, 1972 in Maków Podhalański) is a Polish footballer who is currently with ŁKS Łódź. He plays as a defender. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Austria. ... Kurt Jara (born October 14, 1950 in Innsbruck) is a retired Austrian footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Bernhard Berni Klodt (born 26 October 1926 in Gelsenkirchen-Bismarck; died 23 May 1996 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen) was a German football (soccer) player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Johannes (Johan) de Kock (born October 25, 1964 in Sliedrecht, Zuid-Holland) is a former football central defender from The Netherlands, who earned thirteen caps for the Netherlands national football team, in which he scored one goal. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Erwin Kremers (born March 24, 1949 in Germany) is a retired German international Footballer who played as a striker. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Helmut Kremers (born March 23, 1949) is a former German football player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... Radoslav Látal (born January 6, 1970 in Olomouc), is a Czech football player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... For other persons named Jens Lehmann, see Jens Lehmann (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Cássio de Souza Soares (born January 22, 1979 in São Brás do Suaçuí) is a Brazilian football player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_SFR_Yugoslavia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina. ... Enver Marić (born April 25, 1948 in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a former Bosnian football player and coach. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Martin Max (born August 7, 1968 in Tarnowskie Gory, Poland is a retired German soccer player of Polish origin. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Andreas Möller (born September 2, 1967 in Frankfurt) is a former German football (soccer) midfielder. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium_(civil). ... Émile Lokonda Mpenza (born July 4, 1978) is a Belgian footballer, of Congolese parentage. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Youri Mulder (born in Bruxelles, March 23, 1969) is a former Belgian-born Dutch football (soccer) player in striker role, currently as sport commentator for NOS TV. Son of Jan Mulder, he played in the Netherlands for Bussum and Ajax youth teams and started professional career for FC Twente. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... Jiří Němec (born May 15, 1966 in Pacov), is a Czech football player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Denmark. ... Christian Bager Poulsen (born February 28, 1980) is a Danish professional football (soccer) player who currently plays for Sevilla FC. He has been a regular member of the Denmark national football team since his debut in 2001, and has currently played more than 40 matches, scoring 2 goals. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Oliver Reck (born February 27, 1965 in Frankfurt am Main) is a German football goalkeeper, who played mostly for Kickers Offenbach, Werder Bremen and Schalke 04. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Frank Rost (born 30 June 1973 in Karl Marx City) is a German professional footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for FC Schalke 04. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Denmark. ... Ebbe Sand (born July 19, 1972) is a Danish former professional football player who most notably played as a striker for FC Schalke 04 in Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Harald Anton Schumacher (born March 6, 1954 in Düren, Germany), commonly known as Toni Schumacher, was a football goalkeeper of the 1980s, member of the West German national team, with which he won the 1980 European Championship and lost two World Cup finals, in 1982 and 1986. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium_(civil). ... Nico Van Kerckhoven (born December 14, 1970) is a Belgian football left fullback currently on the books of K.V.C. Westerlo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium_(civil). ... Sven Vermant (born April 4, 1973) is a Belgian football midfielder who, as of 2005, is playing for Club Brugge. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland. ... Tomasz Wałdoch (born May 10, 1971 in Gdańsk) is a Polish football player. ...

Notable former managers

Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Rudi Assauer Rudolf Rudi Assauer (born April 30, 1944 in Altenwald) is a former German football manager and former player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Jörg Berger (Born October 13, 1944 in Gotenhafen, Pomerania, Germany, now Gdynia Poland, Pomerania region) is a German football manager and former player, currently without a tenure. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Klaus Fischer (born 27 December 1949 in Kreuzstraßl near Lindberg (Bayerischer Wald) in Regen (district), Germany) is a former German football player and football coach. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Rudi Gutendorf (born 1926) is a German football manager, renowned for managing the highest number of national teams - to date a total of 17 teams [1] // Official site ^ TheGuardian. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Josef Jupp Heynckes (b. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Udo Lattek - early 1970s Udo Lattek (Born January 16, 1935 in Bosemb, East Prussia, Germany, now Poland, Masuria region) was a football (soccer) player and coach, and is now a now television sports commentator. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Hungary. ... Gyula Lóránt (born February 6, 1923, Kőszeg Hungary; died May 31, 1981, Thessaloniki, Greece), also referred to as Gyula Lipovics or Lóránt Gyula, was a Hungarian football player and manager. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Austria. ... Max Merkel - in his second tenure with 1860 Munich, 1974 Image courtesy tsv1860. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Friedel Rausch (* February 27, 1940) is a Germany football manager and former player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Oliver Reck (born February 27, 1965 in Frankfurt am Main) is a German football goalkeeper, who played mostly for Kickers Offenbach, Werder Bremen and Schalke 04. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Hubertus (Huub) Jozef Margaretha Stevens (born November 29, 1953 in Sittard) is a Dutch football manager and former defender, who played for Fortuna Sittard and PSV Eindhoven. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium_(civil). ... Marc Wilmots (born February 22, 1969 in Dongelberg) is a former Belgian football player, one of the best players in his countrys history. ...

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