Tuesday, April 24, 2012

From Derision to Adulation: How Raul became a legend at Schalke 04

When Schalke 04 last won a European trophy – the Uefa Cup in 1997 – Raúl González Blanco was winning his second of six La Liga titles with Real Madrid. A year later, he would take them to Champions League glory. The idea that the quintessential Madridista would one day become a Schalke legend would, at that time, have seemed laughable. Over a decade later, however, and the man who still holds the record for the most goals in European competitions has left his name alongside those of Szepan, Kuzorra and Fischer – firmly imprinted on the heart of every football loving Gelsenkirchener.

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