Tag: schalke

The damned career of Christoph Metzelder

In the end, it was a career of unfulfilled potential, one cruelly defined by injuries. Christoph Metzelder, ever the optimist, didn’t see it like that though: “I am just thankful for my…

Why Germany’s 50+1 rule is living on borrowed time

IT WAS RB LEIPZIG’S meteoric, energy drink-fuelled rise that brought the Bundesliga’s fabled 50+1 rule to the forefront of football discussions as of late, but both the history and the future of…

The Big Analysis: Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke

The Ruhr derby is one of Europe’s most visceral spectacles. Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 are two sides for whom the word rivalry is not quite enough. These are two of the…

The Big Analysis: Hoffenheim vs Schalke

The meeting between Hoffenheim and Schalke on matchday five of the Bundesliga saw both teams going into the game in search of their first win of the season. Julian Nagelsmann’s home side…

Gazprom, Zenit and European football

This feature is part of The Tsars of Football YOU HAVE JUST TURNED on your television to watch your favourite team play in the Champions League. Before the match start, you are…

Gazprom’s colossal football empire

It was once said that of all the unimportant subjects, football is by far the most important. Today, that quote seems so antiquated. Football has transcended the boundaries of a mere sport, into…