Schalke

Fußballclub Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e. V., commonly known as FC Schalke 04 or simply abbreviated as S04, is a professional German association-football club and multi-sports club originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Schalke has long been one of the most popular professional football teams and multi-sports club in Germany, even though major successes have been rare since the club's heyday in the 1930s and early 1940s. Schalke play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. The elite professionalism in association football team as of August 2014 is the biggest part of a large multi-sports club with 129,672 members (as of March 2014) making it the second-largest sports club in Germany and the third-largest sports club in the world in terms of membership, pursuing the world’s second and first on this measure, rival FC Bayern Munich and SL Benfica. Other activities offered by the club include athletics (track and field), basketball, handball, table tennis, and winter sports.

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Valentin Eysseric of ACF Fiorentina battles for the ball with Thomas Rincon of Torino Fc during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October...

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In the same way that unusual rivalries like the one between Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion can develop over time, so too can friendly relationships between football clubs and their supporters. I’m not talking about the relationship between a club like Chelsea in England and Vitesse in the Netherlands, where their relationship is seemingly more one of a mutually beneficial business interest, but more like the relationship between Chelsea and Rangers.

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