FC Schalke 04 or Schalke is a German association-football club originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Schalke has long been one of the most popular football teams in Germany, even though major successes have been rare since the club's heyday in the 1930s and early 1940s. Schalke play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. The football team is the biggest part of a large sports club with more than 100,000 members (as of August 2011) making it the second largest sports club in Germany. Other activities offered by the club include basketball, handball, and track and field.
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