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Top 5 products of Schalke 04’s youth system

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Let’s talk about the best players who graduated in Schalke’s famous Knappenschmiede academy and went on to become big stars in football.

Schalke 04 travel to Manchester City for their Champions League round of 16 clash on Tuesday night. The German team visit the Etihad in poor form, winning only one of their last nine competitive matches (2 draws and 6 defeats).

However, their Knappenschmiede academy is one of the best in Europe and has produced some of the world’s finest players.

In this article, we will talk about the best five products of Schalke’s youth system who are still active in football.

Of course, we have to mention Ivan Rakitic and Leon Goretzka – players who didn’t go through the Knappenschmiede academy, but joined the Royal Blues at a young age and showed their set of talents and skills while playing at the Veltins-Arena.