Following on from Saturday's mauling of Arsenal at Eastlands, Mark Hughes takes his team to the World Cup '06 city of Gelsenkirchen, as the Blues tackle FC Scahlke 04 in the UEFA Cup 2nd Round Group Stage.
There are some striking similarities between the two clubs: Both are extremely well supported and both play in impressive state-of-the-art stadia. Unfortunately, both are also rubbish when it comes to winning things!
Schalke have long been one of the most popular football teams in Germany, even though major success has been rare since the club's heyday in the 1930s and early 1940s. The club's stadium, known as the Veltins Arena under a sponsorship agreement with a brewery, was completed in the summer of 2001 and can hold up to 61,673 spectators. The Royal Blues' last major success came in 1997, when they beat Internazionale on penalties in Milan to win the UEFA Cup.
mcfcUAE will be meeting from 8pm onwards at The Players' Lounge in Bur Dubai's Country Club Hotel (Port Rashid) to watch this match. Kick-off is at 10pm Dubai time. See you there.