Next opponents: Magath on a Europe-wide shopping spree

FC Schalke 04 did their best in the pre-season to outdo current Bundesliga champions FC Bayern Munich. The Royal Blues spent a massive 25m Euro on new signings this summer, with Klaas jan Hunterlaar and Raúl now leading their forward line.

Magath enjoyed massive success with VfL Wolfsburg, and is hopeful of repeating a similar feat at S04. Having won the UEFA Cup in 1997, the 57-year-old went on to lose a lot of sympathy amongst the Wolves' fans by sacking fan representative Rolf Rojek.

Fast forward to 2010 and he is in charge of Schalke - a club who, like Wolfsburg, the fans enjoy a close, special relationship with. The money invested before the close of the transfer window proves that Schalke want to challenge both in Europe and in all domestic competitions this season. They boast two experienced, internationally-recognised goalscorers in Hunterlaar and Raúl as well as a new attacking midfielder pulling the strings in the shape of José Manuel Jurado. Yet for all of their spending in the summer they have lost both of their Bundesliga games this campaign. "Auf wiedersehen" was bode to Kevin Kuranyi, Westermann, Bordon and the Brazilian Rafinha, with extra quality brought in by Magath to replace the departed.

As he did with Wolfsburg, Magath has completely re-shaped the Schalke squad - and he has displayed before that he is able to rebuild a team to great success. He took VfB Stuttgart to the Champions League, as well as saving Eintracht Frankfurt from relegation. His work with Wolfsburg, however, is undoubtedly his proudest work to date. If he can work his magic once more with the Royal Blues of Schalke, then it might not be too long before the next title is on its way to the Veltins Arena.


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