Schalke tip cap to miners with awesome new stadium tunnel

Schalke have paid homage to the mining community that supports their side by revamping a tunnel in the Veltins-Arena stadium to look like a coal mine.

The club is nicknamed “the Miners” because of the area’s history of mining, and it’s pretty awesome to see Schalke embracing it.

With clubs like Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich lining up in the dark, imposing tunnel alongside Schalke’s squad, we’d say the pregame intimidation factor gets a bump in Schalke’s favor.

Let’s just take one more look at that:


Awesome stuff.

(h/t Metro)


Manchester United set to enter Kroos control

Just a couple of days remain before the January transfer window slams shut, and the rumor merry-go-round is certainly in full swing.

One of the main protagonists of this transfer window has been David Moyes’ Manchester United, following their early-season struggles. They don’t look likely to stop spending after snaring Juan Mata from rivals Chelsea, and now they’re looking at another world class midfielder.

Pep Guardiola has admitted that Toni Kroos can leave Bayern Munich, opening the door to a move to Old Trafford.

Also in today’s round-up, there’s news of an alleged Arsenal bid for Julian Draxler from Schalke. Read about it and more on today’s Paper Chase.


Real Madrid to raid Manchester United for Rooney


While the potential Juan Mata move from London to Manchester grabs the headlines, it seems that a giant of football is waiting in the wings to capitalize. Mata seems destined for Manchester United, but could a star be shipped out to accommodate him?

It seems likely, and considering Real Madrid’s lure, who could forgive Wayne Rooney for having his head turned? He’s hankered for a move twice during his Manchester stay, but this January could finally see Rooney spread his wings and join a star-studded Bernabeu cast.

Also in our morning British paper round-up is an update on the Mata situation, a potential midfielder moving to Liverpool, Arsenal preparing a bid for Julian Draxler and plenty, plenty more at the click of a button.


Unruly Dortmund fans delay derby win over Schalke

The highly-anticipated Revierderby between historic rivals Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 was delayed after the away fans set off a series of flares prior to kick-off. Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller ran over to the away section but had little luck calming down his fans, instead getting more flares thrown his way.

Unperturbed on the field, Dortmund took apart Schalke 3-1 to exact sweet revenge for last season, when the Royal Blues pulled the double on Dortmund with two 2-1 victories. This time around, the Bundesliga’s most historic derby underscored Dortmund’s terrific form at the moment and saw them reclaim authority in the region.

Strikes from Patrick Aubameyang, Nuri Sahin and Kuba Blaszczykowski proved the difference for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who didn’t enjoy as much possession as the hosts but were more clinical in front of goal. Sahin’s goal was by far the best of the bunch, as he turned back the clock to his pre-Real Madrid, pre-Liverpool days when he was the Bundesliga’s best player in 2010:

Dortmund kept pace with Bayern Munich, who won at Berlin, while widening the gap on their rivals to 11 points. Schalke fell to sixth place in the standings.

You could see how much the derby spoils meant to the BVB players, as Lewandowski posted this to his Instagram after the match from the dressing room:

One of the lighter moments of the match came on the touchline as Klopp, everyone’s darling, volleyed a ball going out of bounds and inadvertently struck the head of the fourth official:

Video H/T 101GG


Top this! Salzburg defender scores from 70 yards out

Pre-season games for the top clubs in European soccer are, more often than not, glorified scrimmages against cupcake opponents. But in a recent tune-up for Bundesliga club Schalke 04, it was the other team that looked like it was just toying around. Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg is no true slouch, but few could have predicted a 3-1 win over the German powerhouse. Even less could have foreseen this ridiculous strike from defender Martin Hinteregger, who produced this rocket from well behind the halfway line. David Beckham, eat your heart out!


The Hunter does what the Hunter does. Schalke 04's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar stuns Arsenal with a clinical finish to send the Gunners to their first Champions League home defeat in 9 years. Schalke now claim top spot in Group C.


Fans of local rivals Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund marred Saturday’s Bundesliga match by clashing with police outside Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park.

Trouble started with hundreds of Schalke fans arriving in Dortmund, lighting flares and overturning trash cans as they walked to the stadium and fighting with rival fans. Both fanbases then turned their hostility towards police.

Police used plenty of pepper spray and a water cannon to separate fans, while mounted police were attacked with stones. Police said fans had also destroyed a snack bar near the stadium, breaking it up and using parts of it as missiles.

There were several minor injuries and at least 150 rioters came into police custody.

Around 1,000 police officers were on duty, four times the usual number for a typical matchday.

As for the game, Schalke would win the Ruhr Derby 2-1.