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The Schalke 'Old Boys' XI

A flagship, state-of-the-art Arena, around 300 full-time staff and a training complex complete with rehab centre that leaves nothing to be desired: so much has happened at Schalke in recent years. One thing that will never change, however, is that tradition is written with a capital 'T'. The Old Boys XI, who represent the Royal Blues at home and abroad, is a showcase of what the club stands for.

Record appearance-maker Klaus Fichtel, Mr 'Overhead Kick' Klaus Fischer, World Cup winner Olaf Thon and Co. receive invitations to tournaments all over Europe, matches to mark the opening of new grounds, nostalgic matches at major events, and festivals of football for young and old alike. UEFA Cup legends such as Ingo Anderbrügge and Martin Max still take to the field with passion and commitment. And though the odd niggle or age-related problem can make themselves felt, the heroes of old still know how to turn on the style.

The Old Boys XI has been in existence for more than decades now. Günter Siebert, Heiner Kördell and Willi Koslowski, all members of the club's 1958 championship-winning team, are just a few of the stars of yesteryear to have donned the Schalke shirt again, ensuring that fans across Germany and beyond can experience the magic that is Schalke at first hand.

It is the love of football and sense of attachment to the Royal Blues that sees the former players continue to give themselves new sporting challenges. The club remains in their hearts just as much as it does for the millions of fans spread all over Germany and the rest of the world.