The ascending asthenic LIGA of FC Schalke 04: return of charisma or madness?

FC Schalke 04 return to the Premier League. After a forced break of only one year, the direct rebirth succeeds and the whole footballing Germany has the highest pulse. As if a defibrillator had given new life to the increasingly bored Bundesliga.

The broadcasters recorded record odds in the promotion match against St. Pauli, which means: the odds were better than Bayern.

The effervescent criticism (even for the left “Taz”, Schalke is suddenly a “fairy tale of the heart”), even the fireworks (the police counted 144 ignitions), the fans anyway: in the end, over 2000 took stormed the field, more than a dozen had to leave later There have been 20 criminal charges for physical injury, insult and theft – if it had been a crown demo, it would have been disbanded immediately, but before the game stops in the district completely different things must happen.


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Schalke has clarified the promotion, since then an entire region has been delirious and the league is happy and wonders: is charisma finally returning to the upper house or is Schalke’s madness of recent years entering a new uncontrolled round? The question has yet to be answered.

FC Schalke 04: Büskens does not continue to play on the front row

The father of the rise and the one who will be only the assistant again in the future, the interim manager Mike Büskens, very soberly formulated the task of his club after a night of drinking and sleepless: they pressed the “reset button” “, they were no longer Schalke, who dreams of the Champions League, recently” rightly bled “, the rise was only successful because they were” humble “, the path of small steps should now be continued.

I read somewhere over the weekend that Büskens are already Schalke’s biggest living club icon. A squire who holds his head up when drunk is actually so rare in the area that Büskens would have to be immediately placed in a museum or given many responsibilities. Neither will happen.

Büskens is returning to the second table, apparently at his own request, he wants to go back to being assistant coach. So it was discussed, it was heard over the weekend. This must at least surprise you, now that you’ve finally found someone who embodies the club’s DNA and sporting success, which hasn’t happened in the past five years.

There are signs of the “old” Schalke again

Over the weekend it was not reported whether Schalke, in the person of sporting director Peter Knäbel, had ever tried to persuade “Buyo”, club legend Büskens’ acronym, to continue his path of humility and consolidation as head coach in the first division. . If you don’t, it’s a big mistake that could still take revenge.

In any case, sporting director Rouven Schröder’s wording that the new manager has to be a great one, one who is really good to run for a long time, sounds suspiciously like the old Schalke 04 again.

Schalke: The thing with Dimitros Grammozis

In the long run, that meant eight managers in five years at Schalke. The last one before Büskens was Dimitrios Grammozis, whose contract would be automatically extended with the increase by means of a clause, which included a steep salary increase from 600,000 to 1.8 million euros, reports “ “.

Rouven Schröder could not see anything reprehensible in this, after all Grammozis was also responsible for the success of the promotion.

When Grammozis had to go in March, the Knappen were sixth in the standings, only Büskens brought the sporting breakthrough to promotion. If Schröder and Knäbel hadn’t just released the former manager, but fired him without warning, you wouldn’t have to pay nearly two million to a manager you don’t need. Schalke obviously isn’t that humble after all. Structures cannot be changed as quickly as hot words in the thrill of success.

Dimitrios Grammozis was released from FC Schalke 04 in March but was not released. Following the promotion, his contract has now been automatically extended

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Schalke: Fans dream of the Champions League again

However, nothing has changed, even if not entirely voluntarily. The toxic ties with the main sponsor, Russian state-owned Gazprom and Putin-Spezl Clemens Tönnies are a thing of the past, but if there really is a new entrepreneurial culture it can be seen in the composition of the squad for the new first division season, if Simon Terodde and his companions, or those who recorded the ascent will also be able to confirm it.

Or if Schalke’s usual arrogance will resume, that being in the league alone cannot be a goal for the great FC Schalke 04, because what a Schalke fan shouted into the microphone on the Sunday news: “Everyone knows: Schalke belongs to the Champions League “.

About Thilo Komma-Pöllath:

The sports journalist and author (“Die Akte Hoeneß”) sheds light on Bundesliga events for in his weekly blog “Der LIGAsthenik”. Often skeptical, ironic, critical, but in the end someone has to keep the ball flat.

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