FC Schalke 04 Logo – The FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV, known simply as Schalke 04, is a football club from the city Germany in Gelsenkirchen, in North Rhine-Westphalia. It was founded on May 4 of 1904 and plays in the Bundesliga. The club also offers other activities among which are basketball, handball and athletics.
Schalke 04 won the most European trophy in 1997 beating Inter Milan on penalty kicks for the UEFA Cup (now known as UEFA Europa League). Pope John Paul II became an honorary member of the club in 1987 after holding the Parkstadion. Schalke has a long rivalry with Borussia Dortmund and has a friendly relationship with the FC Nuremberg. The club mascot is named Erwin or Ährwin.
The Schalke 04 was founded in 1904 under the name of Schalke, along with some students who stand out as professional athletes, their first colors were red and yellow. The team was not allowed to join the Official League until 1912. In 1924, the team takes its current name FC Schalke 04 and adopted the nickname that remain now “Die Königsblauen” (Spanish: The Royal Blue). The following year the club became the dominant local computer using a style of play based on short and precise passes to move the ball. This game system would become famous as the “Schalker Kreisel”, forerunner of today Rondos. In 1927, went from being a regional team to be a National League team and then reach the finals.