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2022/2023

Schalke

In


Thomas Ouwejan (def) AZ Alkmaar; Rodrigo Zalazar (mid) Eintracht Frankfurt; Sebastian Polter (att) VFL Bochum; Tobias Mohr (mid) FC Heidenheim; Florent Mollet (mid) Montpellier; Tom Krauß (mid) RB Leipzig - on loan; Marvin Pieringer (att) SC Freiburg II; Alexander Schwolow (gk) Hertha BSC - on loan; Justin Heekeren (gk) RW Oberhausen; Cedric Brunner (def) Arminia Bielefeld; Leo Greiml (def) Rapid Vienna; Maya Yoshida (def) Sampdoria; Ibrahima Cisse (def) Jong KAA Gent; Alex Kral (mid) Spartak Moscow - on loan; Amine Harit (mid) Marseille - end of loan;

Out


Victor Palsson (r) (mid) D.C United; Marvin Pieringer (sp) (att) SC Paderborn - on loan; Can Bozdogan (mid) FC Utrecht; Ozan Kabak (def) TSG Hoffenheim; Rabbi Matondo (mid) Rangers; Hamza Mendyl (def) OH Leuven; Marc Rzatkowski (sp) (mid) Arminia Bielefeld; Levent Mercan (mid) Karagumruk; Timo Becker (def) Holstein Kiel; Reinhold Ranftl (sp) (mid) Austria Vienna - on loan; Nassim Boujellab (mid) HJK Helsinki; Salif Sane (sp) (def) released; Martin Fraisl (r) (gk) released; Ko Itakura (r) (def) Manchester City - end of loan; Darko Churlinov (sp) (mid) VFB Stuttgart - end of loan; Andreas Vindheim (r) (def) Sparta Prague - end of loan; Dong-gyeong Lee (sp) (mid) Ulsan Hyundai - end of loan; Yaroslav Mikhailov (sp) (mid) Zenit II;

Schalke is back in the big time after just one season in the second-tier. It wasn’t all plain sailing for The Royal Blues but the appointment of Mike Buskens as a temporary boss in early March had the desired effect, they won 9 of their last 10 matches and eventually won the Championship. The club has appointed ex-Arminia Bielefeld coach Frank Kramer as boss for the upcoming campaign and, although he was sacked by his former club last season, he did a good job the previous one and kept them in the Bundesliga against the odds. Schalke was unable to secure the services of Ko Itakura on a permanent deal after the defender impressed on loan last season but, other than that, their departures are mainly players who are surplus to requirements or in the latter stages of their career. The club has found it difficult to pin down a number one goalkeeper over the previous few seasons, but the signing of Alexander Schwolow from Hertha should resolve that problem. Centre-back Maya Yoshida is also a good addition and, at 33 years of age brings plenty of experience, he should also help new young defenders Leo Greiml and Ibrahimi Cisse in their development. Kramer also brings in right-back Cedric Brunner, who played under him at Bielefeld. In midfield, Kramer has more than enough at his disposal, Tom Krauß, Alex Krahl, and Florent Mollet are good competition for Rodrigo Zalazar, Danny Latza, and Florian Flick, while Tobias Mohr on the left wing is an interesting acquisition. In the centre-forward positions they may lack some pace, Simon Terodde is a proven goalscorer but isn’t getting any younger. New man Sebastian Polter is also in the latter stages of his career but is a player who will muck in if the going gets tough.

Target


Survival - It is going to take time for Schalke to get back to where they were but the first aim is to consolidate. Kramer has built a decent squad over the summer and it should be enough to avoid the drop.

Season Review
2020/2021

№18: Schalke

After the nightmare end to the previous campaign, things only got worse for Schalke. They managed just 3 league victories all season and dropped into the second tier for the first time in 30 years. Five different managers, disruption behind the scenes and performances below the level expected, all culminated in one of the worst seasons for the club in living memory.  A humiliating 8-0 defeat at Bayern on the opening day of the season set the tone and coach Wagner was shown the door after just 2 games.  What followed was more chaos and more bad results, Manuel Baum winless reign lasted only 10 games and the falling out with players led to the contract termination of Ibisevic and suspension of Bentaleb and Harit.  Huub Stevens briefly took charge as interim boss, before Christian Gross was appointed in late December. Things failed to improve much but the Swiss was responsible for the club's first victory of the campaign, an impressive 4-0 win over Hoffenheim, in which youngster Matthew Hoppe burst on to the scene with a hat-trick.  Experienced defender's Mustafi and Kolasinac were brought in on loan from Arsenal, while club legend Huntelaar also came back to help out at the ripe old age of 37.  Unfortunately, results still didn't improve and Schalke continued to be weak defensively and offensively, they would go on to concede 86 goals and score just 25. Gross found himself the next on the hit list and he was replaced by former Darmstadt boss Dimitrios Grammozis. It was too little too late to really turn things around by that point but there were some positives to take towards the end.  The emergence of youngsters Hoppe, Aydin and Flick were a plus point for the future, while Fahrmann produced some top performances in goal.  Grammozis has the credentials to get the club back up but he will need to clear a lot of the deadwood out in the summer and of course bring in some new additions.


Player of the Season: Ralf Fahrmann

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