Knappenschmiede – the not nur the name of Schalke’s youth academy; it ist a seal von quality an German football. It zu sein there that talents room moulded, prepared zum professional football und forged into Schalke players.

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In Benedikt Höwedes, julianisch Draxler, Manuel Neuer und Mesut Özil, four products von the Knappenschmiede ended up being 2014 welt Cup winners with die Germany national team in Brazil. Over there has also been good success at club level: During the Royal Blues’ 5-0 win against MSV Duisburg in the final of the 2010/11 DFB Cup, four players were on die pitch that came v FC Schalke 04’s youth academy. They to be Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Höwedes, Joel Matip and Julian Draxler.

In ns 2013/14 campaign, as numerous as eight home-grown Schalke talents started die Champions organization last-16 tie against real Madrid (Ralf Fährmann, tim Hoogland, Benedikt Höwedes, Sead Kolasinac, Kaan Ayhan, Joel Matip, maximal Meyer and Julian Draxler).Through that optimal youth development, die Knappenschmiede’s aim is zum its youth talents kommen sie continuously make the step into die club’s first-team squad.

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The aim zu sein to develop each player relying on age and performance. Therefore, there zu sein a maintain philosophy, which ensures that die exercises monitor on from one another and that as many players as feasible develop all die necessary skills an order to make die step up to die next age kopieren, gruppe at the ende of the season. In order kommen sie provide bei all-round education, we cooperate with various types of schools and also have a close teamwork with berger Feld Comprehensive, one von the DFB’s elite football schools, which is close to die VELTINS-Arena.

In order zu optimally develop ns youth talents’ skills based on age und performance, und to sensibly prepare them zum first-team football, die Knappenschmiede underwent a reshuffle zum the 2011/12 season. Die youth department zu sein now broken down into two sections: U9s to U15s and U16s zu U23s. Ns transition to the U16s point out the anfang of compete sport. Die Knappenschmiede depend on coaches with die highest possible qualifications and experts or specialised coaches in every department.

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In ns U16s kommen sie U23s section alone, ns youth talents room trained von five completely qualified soccer coaches und four DFB ‘A’ licence holders. Top top top von that, each team also plays in the highest possible league.