Ten minute Bundesliga Previews – 5. Schalke 04

Hello there,

For the new Bundesliga season, BundesPremierLeague is rolling out a new feature: a podcast called Ten minute Bundesliga previews that you can find on Soundcloud as well.

The basic idea and the reason for the podcast is to give a quick summary of each team before the new Bundesliga season starts in late August. If you missed the transfer window, tuned out soccer for the summer, and\or were too busy watching the Olympics or the Euros to keep up with your club’s events, this is your chance to catch up. While the episodes and the previews are aiming to introduce the Bundesliga to a larger English-speaking audience, there will be more than enough content for die-hard fans to get a couple of nuggets for the upcoming season. I mean don’t you wanna impress your friends before the Bundesliga kicks off?

The format is as follows: we will start by briefly discussing the club’s background and history, moving on to last season’s performance. That is followed by some offseason transfers and finally we give a preview of next year, ending with a season prediction, with a number indicative of their predicted finish in the 16\17 season.

 Schalke 04 are the second biggest club in Germany and knocking on the door of club football’s top ten. Despite a rabid fan base, a bustling academy and a rock-solid ownership, the Royal Blues continue to underachieve.  Last season, a torrid start was followed by a mostly mediocre season that cost Andre Breitenreiter his job. The club has made some major changes, appointing former Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel, in place of Horst Heldt, whose inability to strengthen the side in past transfer windows also contributed to his demise. Schalke can’t afford to not qualify for the Champions League, but whether they can pull it off in the Bundesliga’s new season remains to be seen. Our overview of their situation is here:

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Thanks and stay tuned for more Ten Minute Bundesliga Previews to be posted in the next couple of days as the Bundesliga gets underway this week!

Written by vanbasten99
About Abel Meszaros Abel started out watching and playing soccer in Hungary, before falling in love with the Bundesliga in the mid - 90s (thanks to Kicker and Sat1's Ran). Abel is faithful to BVB, but also endlessly fascinated by the emergence of new teams and talents from Germany. His first English love was the Liverpool teams of Macca and Robbie Fowler, but these days he just roots for the underdogs. He loves to talk/read/write/think about soccer! Otherwise, you can find him working in publishing, teaching ESL, and/or drinking craft beer - not necessarily at the same time, or in that order. Abel tweets at @VanbastenESL and at @BundesPL

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