Bundesliga Made waves in two seasons in Gelsenkirchen
Raul during his Schalke presentation in 2010.
Champions League football may seem like lightyears away for Schalke at the present moment, yet the club can look back fondly at a time when they were able to attract a star name like Raul to the club, which is now a decade ago.
July 8, 2010 came two days after Real Madrid legend, Raul, had departed the Spanish giants and on that date he announced a move that came as a huge shock to the watching world.
He opted to sign for Schalke, with the German club not needing to pay a penny in terms of a transfer fee for him.
Having won the Champions League three times, he arrived at what was then the Veltins Arena to try and bring success to a club that hadn’t won a trophy in five years.
Raul gained the affection of German fans in next to no time, especially with the, respecting what he had already achieved during his glittering career with Los Blancos.
The Champions League was always the stage upon which Raul’s star shone brightest and this wouldn’t change in Germany.
In the 12 matches he played for Schalke in the competition he scored five goals and contributed two assists, all part of a run which culminated in a semi-final appearance against Manchester United in 2011.
He also won the domestic cup with Schalke defeating Duisburg 5-0 on June 21, 2011, a result which brought an end to their trophy drought.
Borussia Dortmund were the club’s opponents in the German Super Cup, a match which went to penalties and handed Raul his second trophy in Germany and the 18th of his career.
Raul’s final match for the club came on April 28, 2012 and he had become a legend there as he was in Madrid, playing 98 matches in which he scored 40 goals and contributed 15 assists.
The Spanish international said farewell to Schalke fans and received a special tribute for what he had done for the club, not just on the pitch but on an economic level with the commercial growth of the organisation increasing since his arrival.