FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04
, commonly FC Schalke 04
, is a German football club
originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen
, North Rhine-Westphalia
. Schalke has long been one of the most popular football teams in Germany, even though major successes have been rare since the club's heyday in the 1930s and early 1940s. The football team is the biggest part of a large sports club with more than 75,000 members making it the second largest sports club in Germany.
FC Schalke 04 won its first major European trophy in 1997 by defeating F.C. Internazionale Milano on penalty kicks for the UEFA Cup in Milan. The clubs main rivals are Borussia Dortmund, with whom Schalke contest the Revierderby.
is a former German football goalkeeper. He started his career at Karlsruher SC
and in 1994 was transferred to FC Bayern Munich
, his last professional club. He is one of the most successful German players in recent history, having won eight German championships, six German cups, the UEFA Cup
, the UEFA Champions League
and the Intercontinental Cup
. His individual contributions have earned him four consecutive UEFA Best European Goalkeeper
awards, three IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper of the Year awards and two German "Footballer of the Year" trophies. He played for the German national team
from 1994 to 2006, where he was starting goalkeeper of the 2002 World Cup squad which reached the Finals and won the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball for his performance. Kahn is nicknamed "King Kahn" or "The Titan."
He made his last professional appearance for FC Bayern Munich on 27 May 2008 at the Salt Lake Stadium (Yuvabharati Krirangan), Kolkata in a friendly against Mohun Bagan AC of India during Bayern's Asian tour of 2008. Around 120,000 people turned up for the match. The match ended 0-3 in favour of Bayern and Michael Rensing substituted 'King Kahn' in the 55th minute. He is considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of the game and is the only goalkeeper in the history of football to win the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball.