Top 5 products of Schalke 04’s youth system

Germany - Southern Tyrol Training Camp Day 2
EPPAN, ITALY - MAY 24: Mesut Oezil (L) talks to his team mate Julian Draxler during a training session of the German national team at Sportanlage Rungg on day two of the Southern Tyrol Training Camp on May 24, 2018 in Eppan, Italy. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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.

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 18: Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich and team mates celebrate with the trophy following the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Eintracht Frankfurt at Allianz Arena on May 18, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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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.

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