A broken fax machine scuppered the last-minute sale of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting from Hamburger SV to 1. FC Köln on Monday night. A sizable number of Schalke 04 supporters wouldn't have been too upset if a similar malfunction had occurred in their club's office. Alas, the Royal Blues communications equipment was in perfect working order and enabled manager Felix Magath to push through a bewildering amount of deadline deals. Greek striker Angelos Charisteas, 30, and Iranian midfielder Ali Karimi, 32, (both out of contract) were brought in, alongside Ghanaian international Anthony Annan, 24, from Rosenborg, and Brazilian left-back Danilo Alvear, 21, from Karpaty Lviv. Magath only just missed out on Eintracht Frankfurt skipper Patrick Ochs, who turned him down.
Heavy snowfall in Germany has caused part of the roof to collapse at the Veltins Arena, which hosts Bundesliga soccer team Schalke 04.
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Revenge, according to Felix Magath, is a dish best served frozen. The Schalke 04 coach had promised "immediate consequences" in the aftermath of the disastrous 5-0 defeat at Kaiserslautern on Saturday and didn't disappoint: The strict disciplinarian had his team training in shorts on Tuesday morning in 25-degree weather. Gloves, hats, scarves or snoods were implicitly forbidden, too.
VfB Stuttgart's early-season woes are nothing new. For the last few years the Swabians have started the season lethargically, only to look like a different, stronger team in the second half of the season.
The most explosive match on the German soccer calendar has seen its fair share of scandals and shenanigans over the last few years -- from hundreds of inflatable penises in the stands, to stolen fan banners, to cyberattacks on Schalke 04's official club Web site, to even mass brawls between rival supporters in provincial train stations.
Veteran Spanish striker Raul has completed his move to German club Schalke after ending his record-breaking stay at Real Madrid.
SV Hamburg continued their impressive start to the Bundesliga season with a superb 4-2 victory over defending champions VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
Werder Bremen continued their continued their domination of SV Hamburg with a 2-0 win which dents their northern neighbors' hopes of Champions League football next season.
Bayern Munich had Franck Ribery sent off in the second half as they slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to Schalke 04 which dents their Bundesliga title hopes.
Bayern Munich suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat to new leaders VfL Wolsburg which leaves their Bundesliga title defense on the rocks as they slip to fourth place.
On loan Andrey Voronin scored another vital goal as Hertha Berlin beat bottom club Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 to go back to the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Bayern Munich's dismal start to the Bundesliga season continued on Saturday as they were held to a home 3-3 draw by struggling VfL Bochum.
Bayern Munich plummeted to ninth in the Bundesliga table as they crashed to a second consecutive league defeat with a 1-0 loss at Hanover on Saturday as Hamburg returned to the top.
Schalke 04 went top of the Bundesliga after a superb header from Germany defender Heiko Westermann gave them a 1-0 win at home to Bochum.
Branko Jelic scored twice as bottom club Energie Cottbus produced a stunning upset to beat Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich 2-0 on Saturday.
Valencia defender Alexis faces a four-month layoff after suffering a serious knee injury in Saturday's 2-0 Primera Liga victory at Real Mallorca.
Werder Bremen battled to a 1-1 draw at Schalke 04 on Saturday to maintain second place in the Bundesliga but are still trailing leaders Bayern Munich by five points.
Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni worked his scoring magic again as Bayern Munich won 1-0 at Bayer Leverkusen to go four points clear in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Bundesliga laders Bayern Munich needed a second half headed goal by German international star Miroslav Klose to salvage a 1-1 home draw against Schalke 04.
Schalke 04 needed a Halil Altintop goal four minutes from time to scrape a 1-1 draw away to VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
Bayern Munich are experiencing one of the biggest booms in their 107-year history as they reap the rewards of a summer singing spree which has brought Miroslav Klose, Franck Ribery and Luca Toni to the club.
Newcomers Franck Ribery and Luca Toni were on target to help Bayern Munich to a brilliant 4-0 win at Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Schalke 04's teenage substitute Ivan Rakitic scored seven minutes after coming on to force a 2-2 draw against defending German champions VfB Stuttgart on Friday.
German international striker Kevin Kuranyi helped Schalke 04 blitz Nuremberg by setting up three goals in seven minutes to seal their 4-2 League Cup semifinal win on Tuesday.
Germany international striker Lukas Podolski is set to be sidelined for six months with a knee injury, dealing a big blow to his club side Bayern Munich's hopes of securing a Champions League spot next season.
Schalke 04 won 2-0 at home to bottom club Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday to go four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
Roy Makaay scored in the third minute to send Bayern Munich on their way to a 2-0 home win over league leaders Schalke 04 on Saturday and stay in the running for a third successive Bundesliga title.
Arminia Bielefeld sent Borussia Dortmund into the Bundesliga relegation zone when they struck late to win a tense derby 1-0 on Friday.
German captain Michael Ballack says his team have only victory in mind ahead of Saturday's vital clash with fellow Euro 2008 Group D leaders Czech Republic in Prague.
Hertha Berlin's hopes of playing European football next season took a blow when they lost 1-0 at home to Energie Cottbus on Friday.
Ottmar Hitzfeld will stay on as coach of Bayern Munich for at least another season, the Bundesliga club announced on Thursday.
Schalke 04 striker Halil Altintop finally broke his 12-match goal drought to give the Bundesliga leaders their first point in three games with a 1-1 draw at Hanover on Saturday.
Title challengers VfB Stuttgart missed a chance to increase pressure on Bundesliga leaders Schalke 04 when they were held to a goalless draw at home to Hertha Berlin on Friday.
Bundesliga leaders Schalke 04 will be without Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands for up to six weeks because of an ankle ligament injury.
Schalke 04 missed a chance to go seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday when they squandered a two-goal lead and had to settle for a 2-2 draw at VfL Wolfsburg.
Schalke 04 moved to the top of the Bundesliga as Stuttgart crashed to a 2-1 defeat away to champions Bayern Munich.
Schalke 04 brushed aside Mainz 4-0 to move level on points with Werder Bremen at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Bayern Munich revived their title challenge with a frantic 3-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen.
Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich are in the sort of form to produce a classic when they meet in the Bundesliga on Saturday -- provided their powers of recovery are up to it.
Argentine striker Christian Gimenez scored twice to send Hertha Berlin top of the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win at home to Schalke 04 on Sunday.
Hansa Rostock's regional league side have been fined $25,450 by the German federation after their fans chanted racist slogans at Schalke 04 striker Gerald Asamoah in a recent German Cup match.
Hamburg qualified for the German League Cup semifinals on Saturday after a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin.
UEFA Cup winners Sevilla have signed Denmark midfielder Christian Poulsen from Schalke 04 on a three-year contract.
Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute will miss the return leg of the UEFA Cup semifinal against Schalke 04 next week with a thigh injury, the Primera Liga club said on Friday.
Steaua Bucharest edged out Middlesbrough 1-0 in their UEFA Cup semifinal first leg clash in Romania on Thursday.
Sevilla booked a place in the UEFA Cup semifinals on Thursday after holding Zenit St Petersburg to a 1-1 draw in Russia.
Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann has surprisingly called up FSV Mainz defender Manuel Friedrich for a World Cup warm-up against the United States next week.
Valencia striker Patrick Kluivert will be out for at least eight weeks after having surgery on his right knee, the club said on Tuesday.
Schalke 04 general manager Rudi Assauer will be replaced at the end of the season and Andreas Mueller will take over responsibility for all sporting issues, the club has announced.
Andriy Shevchenko scored four goals to lead AC Milan to a crushing 4-0 win over Fenerbahce in their Group E match on Wednesday, putting the Italian side's Champions League campaign firmly back on course.
Brazilian defender Cafu is out of AC Milan's Champions League game against Fenerbahce on Wednesday after picking up a muscle strain in the defeat by Fiorentina at the weekend.
Jefferson Farfan struck early to clinch a 1-0 win over AC Milan on Tuesday and put PSV Eindhoven top of Champions League Group E.
VfL Wolfsburg's Belgian international defender Peter van der Heyden faces six weeks out of action with an ankle injury, the Bundesliga club said on Monday.
Schalke 04 twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw with AC Milan as the Italians failed to capitalise on the third fastest goal in Champions League history.
Holders Liverpool will play Premier League champions Chelsea in the group stage of the Champions League in an early repeat of last year's semifinal.
German club Schalke 04 completed the signing of Brazilian youth international defender Rafinha from Coritiba on a four-year contract on Monday.
Bundesliga runners-up Schalke 04 have finally admitted defeat in their bid to prise Czech international striker Milan Baros away from Liverpool.
Brazilian striker Ailton has been allowed to complete his move to Turkish side Besiktas after Schalke 04 agreed to cancel his contract.
Brazilian striker Ailton is leaving German title runners-up Schalke 04 for Besiktas after one season at the Bundesliga club.
Argentina defender Diego Placente will be sidelined for six months after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in Bayer Leverkusen's 3-3 draw with Schalke 04 on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Frank Rost saved three penalties before scoring the shootout winner which sent Schalke 04 through to the final of the German Cup with a victory over holders Werder Bremen.
Owen Hargreaves struck in the final minute to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win at Hanover 96 on Saturday and send the Bavarian giants six point clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich took pole position in the race for the Bundesliga title by coming from behind to beat 10-man Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 while closest rivals Schalke 04 lost 3-0 at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 remained locked together at the top of the German Bundesliga after both enjoyed comfortable wins on Saturday.
Bayern Munich returned to the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 victory over struggling Hansa Rostock at the Olympic Stadium.
Werder Bremen will sign defender Patrick Owomoyela from Bundesliga rivals Arminia Bielefeld at the end of the season, the German champions said on Thursday.
Schalke 04 wrested the initiative in the Bundesliga title race with a 1-0 home win over closest rivals Bayern Munich on Sunday.
German champions Werder Bremen will face their former star striker Ailton again in the cup semi-finals after being drawn to visit in-form Schalke 04.
German Cup holders Werder Bremen booked their place in the semifinals of this season's competition with a comfortable 3-0 win over third division Bayern Munich Amateurs.
Germany's Schalke 04 may be in even bigger financial trouble than Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund a report to appear on Wednesday suggests.
Roy Makaay scored a hat-trick as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich hammered Borussia Dortmund 5-0 capping a disastrous week for the six-time German champions,who are fighting to avoid bankruptcy.
Schalke 04 could afford to miss a penalty as they eased to a 3-0 victory over Wolfsburg to move level on 41 points with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
Schalke 04 snatched a 2-1 win at home to champions Werder Bremen to stay level with Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga on their return to action after the six-week winter break.
World Cup runners-up Germany were far from impressive in a 5-1 victory over football minnows Thailand in a friendly international in Bangkok.
Schalke 04 striker Ailton will face no sanctions from the Bundesliga club although club officials were not amused to learn that he fractured two fingers in a rodeo event in his native Brazil.
VfL Wolfsburg roared back to form with a 5-0 home win over Arminia Bielefeld that lifted then to fourth place in the Bundesliga at the halfway stage of the season.
Bayern Munich finished the first half of the German Bundesliga season as honorary "winter champions" after rallying from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw with Stuttgart.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann took German football into unchartered territory on Thursday when he recruited a sports psychologist to handle the 2006 World Cup hosts.
VfL Wolfsburg stumbled on their travels yet again going down 3-1 at SV Hamburg on Sunday to waste their chance to reclaim the Bundesliga leadership from Bayern Munich.
Wolfsburg bounced back from last week's 4-0 setback at Nuremberg with a 3-0 defeat of close rivals Stuttgart which moved them three points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga.
Borussia Moenchengladbach have sacked coach Holger Fach because of the team's recent poor performances, the German Bundesliga club said Wednesday.
Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath left England international Owen Hargreaves out of the squad which travelled to Italy for Tuesday's Champions League match against Juventus.
Top seeds Lazio were handed a tough task when the draw for the UEFA Cup group stages was made in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday.
Danish striker Ebbe Sand grabbed a hat-trick as Germans Schalke 04 romped to a 5-1 victory over Latvian side Metalurgs Liepaja in the UEFA Cup.
German Bundesliga Schalke 04 have dismissed coach Jupp Heynckes with immediate effect, said club general manager Rudi Assauer.
Schalke 04's Brazilian striker Ailton almost missed a random drugs test on Saturday when he left the Arena Auf Schalke at half-time after being sent off in the 2-0 defeat by Hansa Rostock.
Two-goal Sebastian Deisler helped Bayern Munich to a 3-2 win over Bundesliga champions Werder Bremen in Monday's German League Cup final at Mainz.
Denmark coach Morten Olsen named AC Milan striker Jon Dahl Tomasson and Chelsea forward Jesper Gronkjaer in his Euro 2004 squad on Wednesday.
Werder Bremen claimed their first German Bundesliga title since 1993 with a 3-1 win at former champions Bayern Munich.
Former Belgium international Marc Wilmots has taken over as manager of first division side St Truiden, where he began his professional career 19 years ago.
Dutch international Marc van Bommel says he plans to hold talks with Premier League club Tottenham, a day after being linked to Bundesliga side Schalke 04.
PSV Eindhoven midfielder Mark van Bommel has dropped a strong hint that he will be joining Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.
German Bundesliga leaders Werder Bremen were held to a goalless draw at Schalke 04, but they still lead defending champions Bayern Munich by seven points.
The German Football Federation has asked world ruling body FIFA to extend the half-time match break to 20 minutes in order to sell more beer and sausages.
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