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FC Schalke 04

Schalke is one of the most popular soccer teams in Europe with a passionate fan base that spans the world. Based in the Ruhr area, the club’s nickname “Die Knappen” stems from the old German word for miners because in the early days many players were from the coalmines of Gelsenkirchen. The club has more than 155,000 members, making it the fourth largest sports club in the world in terms of memberships. Schalke also regularly plays in top international soccer competition including the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. Schalke recently secured a spot in the prestigious 2018/19 Champions League by clinching second place in the Bundesliga.

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