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Schalke without coach

Some interesting news are coming from the German Bundesliga. Ralf Rangnick, the coach who led  Schalke in the Champions League semifinals last season,  announced his resignation yesterday, a gesture that shocked everybody.

Ralf Rangnick said that the medical problems have pushed him to take this decision:
“I have analyzed very good the situation and I decided that I needed a break. It is a very difficult decision, but I feel that right now I do not have the energy to achieve performance at Schalke.” Ragnick said.

The Club General Manager Horst Heldt said he was shocked by the news of the resignation of Ragnick. Until the appointment of a new coach, the German team will be led by Ragnik’s former second in command.

German media announced that the most likely option for Schalke’s bench would be the bringing of Hans Flick, the assistant of Joachim Low at Germany’s national team. Until then, Schalke is facing Steaua Bucharest in Europa League and in Bundesliga are on the 9th position with 9 points in 6 games, next game will be with Freiburg.


Schalke way over Inter

The quarter finals from UEFA Champions League offered us a show that worth all the money. Schalke and Inter battled to obtain the qualification in the next stage. The second leg of the quarter final started with a big advantage of 3 goals after the first stage result, 5-2 for Schalke.


Schalke: Neuer, Sarpei, Howedes, Raul, Edu, Baumjohann, Papadopoulos, Jurado, Metzelder, Uchida, Matip
Substitutes: Schober, Plestan, Junmin, Schmitz, Charisteas, Karimi, Draxler

Inter: Julio Cesar, Zanetti, Stankovic, Lucio, Thiago Motta, Eto’o, Sneijder, Maicon, Ranocchia, Milito, Nagatomo
Substitutes: Castellazzi, Cordoba, Kharja, Cambiasso, Materazzi, Pandev, Coutinho

Exactly like the first leg, Schalke’s players were more lucid, with more ideas in construction and with a Raul of genius. They started the scoreboard in 45 min. through Raul’s strike. At this time Inter is 5 goals under qualification.

A spark of hope comes in for Inter in 49th minute, after Thiago Motta puts the ball in the net.

Qualification with an overall score of 7-3 for Schalke is obtain in minute 82 when Howedes, served by Raul, scores sealing the deal.

Schalke will meet Manchester United in the next stage.


Schalke, a beautifull surprise!

One of the best Spanish team, Valencia, stands in front of match that could make history. Unai Emery’s team is dreaming of qualifying in the next act of the League. Last time they met Schalke was in 2007, a year that turned to be a good year for them, being victorious.

Nowadays the situation is more complicated. The first match was 1-1, and the qualification ticket will be played in Germany. Schalke on the other side has an advantage against Valencia: Raul Gonzales. There is no one who knows Valencia better.

The game starts in speed and in 17th minute, Ricardo Costa puts number one on the scoreboard for Valencia. After a freekick perfect executed with five minutes before the break, Farfan puts Schalke back in game.

Tired of delaying the inevitable, Schalke’s player Gavranovic takes the score to 2-1 for his team. To seal the deal and not leaving any doubt of their value, Farfan adds goal number two in his backpack, qualifying Schalke with 3-1 against Valencia, into the next stage of UCL.

Starting teams:
Schalke: Neuer 1, Escudero 3, Howedes 4, Raul Gonzales 7, Kluge 12, Farfan 17, Jurado 18, Gavranovic 19, Metzelder 21, Uchida 22, Matip 32

Valencia: Guaita 13, Bruno Saltor 2, D. Navarro 4, Mehmet Topal 5, Joaquin 7, Mata 10, Aduriz 11, Pablo Hernandez 19, Ricardo Costa 20, Ever Banega 21, Mathieu 22.