Knappenshmiede – Schalke’s Gold Mine of Unearthing German Talent

The mining collieries of Gelsenkirchen may now just be a monument, but the city hasna t forgotten its mining roots. Schalke 04a s youth academy Knappenshmiede which literally means a Minera s Forgea has been unearthing precious footballing talents for years now. Situated in North Rhine-Westphalia, Schalker Knappenshmiede has been one of the major contributors for the golden generation of football in Germany. Established superstars like Manuel Neuer, Benedikt H wedes, Mesut Ozil along with future prospects like Julian Draxler, Max Meyer, Kaan Ayhan to name a few, have been brought up through the youth ranks of Schalke. The club now boasts one of the best youth academies in Germany and in Europe as well. Origins: Started out as a development program in 1991, the academy was formed in 1998 with German Football Associationa s vision to promote and develop football from grassroots level. The full fledged youth setup took a long road in achieving the present position. According to […]