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Former Schalke chief Rudi Assauer dies after long battle with Alzheimer's

Rudi Assauer won the UEFA Cup and two German Cups during his time at Schalke.
Rudi Assauer was best known for his work at Schalke.

Former Schalke general manager Rudi Assauer, credited as one of the key figures in German football, has died aged 74 following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Assauer, a former player for Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen, was a key driving force behind Schalke's development and was renowned for his work in planning and building the Arena Auf Schalke -- the first modern stadium in the Bundesliga.

Opened in 2001, the stadium, now rebranded as Veltins Arena, remains one of German football's...

Manchester City winger Rabbi Matondo, 18, signs with Schalke

After Man City's shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle, our ESPN FC crew discuss the fragile side of Pep Guardiola's team.

Manchester City winger Rabbi Matondo has become the latest British youngster to sign for an overseas club after joining German side Schalke 04 on a four-year contract on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old's decision to leave the English champions is the latest example of a growing trend of young British talent opting to go abroad in search of greater playing opportunities.

No financial details of the deal were disclosed but British media reported that Schalke paid 10 million pounds ($13.07 million) to...

U.S., Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie not on Liverpool's radar - source

Liverpool do not hold an interest in United States international Weston McKennie, a source has told ESPN FC.

Reports in Europe had linked Jurgen Klopp with a move for Schalke's versatile midfielder, who was born in Little Elm, Texas.

However, the source said he is not a player on the radar of the Premier League leaders at this present moment.

Richard Motzkin, an agent for McKennie, declined to comment on the links with Liverpool and said the 20-year-old was focussing on the restart of the Bundesliga...