IntroductionOkay so this is my first story, any feedback or criticisms (as long as they're constructive!) are more than welcome. In this story I will aim to take Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04 to glory and I want you lot to help me along the way. I want to leave a mark on the footballing world and win Schalke their first title in over 50 years. I am a bit of a noob when it comes to FM so I am gonna need all the help I can get!
Why Schalke?I picked Schalke because they are a club who really intrigue me. I started following them during their 2010-11 Champions League Campaign. They had qualified after finishing second in the 2009-10 Bundesliga, but were struggling enormously in the league this season. Picked in a group that contained French giants Lyon, Portuguese Champions Benfica and Israeli powerhouse Hapoel Tel Aviv, Schalke were considered by few as group winners. But they won it. And they won it in style, with 3 convincing home wins and a win away to Benfica. In the first Knockout Round, Schalke drew Valencia, and won it following a superb comeback at home to Valencia. In the quarter finals, Schalke drew Inter, defending champions and conquerors of fellow Germans Bayern Munich in the last round.
Most expected an easy win for Inter, some predicted a walkover. And when Inter took the lead in the first minute thanks to and incredible half way line goal, it seemed as though that would happen. But Schalke fought valiantly and, with the scores level at two apiece in the first half, came away with an incredible 5-2 win at the San Siro.
Rounding off the tie in style with a second leg home win, Schalke would go on to lose to Manchester United in the semi finals, but it was the spirit, the ambition, the determination that won me over. This was a club languishing in the bottom half of the Bundesliga, and they had just hammered the European Champions on their own turf. Since then they have had mixed fortunes, losing to Galatasaray in the most recent Champions League competition, but I will always consider myself a fan after that one amazing night in Milan.
OK, so expect more later, for now, hope you enjoy! Oh and thanks to Toon for the name and the banner