FC Schalke 04 has won 7 German Championships, 5 DFB-Pokals, 1 DFL-Supercup, and 1 UEFA Cup. In the 2017-18 season Schalke finished 2nd in the Bundesliga to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Schalke’s famous youth academy, known as “Knappenschmiede,” is widely regarded as one of the best developmental programs in the world, with graduates such as US National team star Weston McKennie as well as a plethora of stars across Europe such as Mesut Özil, Julian Draxler, Manuel Neuer, and Leroy Sané to name a few.
With youth development being a key focus for Schalke, the GIS partnership provides a targeted platform for scouting and developing promising talent. The partnership will also include knowledge-sharing, coaching education resources, youth clinics run by Schalke Academy coaches, and opportunities for US players to travel to Germany to train with Schalke at the legendary Schalke Academy.