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finances, revenues, transfers and salaries FC Schalke 04


Here you will find extensive information on FC Schalke 04 finances, transfers and player salaries. We offer you detailed insights into the financial situation of the club, including revenue from merchandising, sponsorship and ticket sales, as well as spending on player transfers, salaries and infrastructure. Our website is updated regularly to ensure you are always aware of the latest developments.


FC Schalke 04 (officially Football Club Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e. V.), commonly known as FC Schalke or S04, is a sports club that was founded in the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen in 1904. The club is one of the most successful football clubs in Germany, having won seven German championships, five DFB Cups, and the UEFA Cup in 1997. In 1937, Schalke became the first German club to win both the league and cup in the same season.

FC Schalke 04 has nearly 164,000 members, making it the fifth largest sports club in Germany and the sixth largest in the world in terms of membership. The club has departments for basketball, blind football, e-sports, women's football, handball, athletics, refereeing, skiing, and table tennis. The football professionals, traditionally known as "Die Knappen" or "Die Königsblauen", have been playing their home matches at the Veltins Arena since August 2001.

  • Name: Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e. V

  • Headquarters: Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia

  • Foundation: May 4, 1904 (as Westfalia Schalke)

  • Colours: blue and white

  • Members: 164,000

  • Website:

  • First team:

  • Stadium: Veltins Arena

  • Seats: 62,271

  • League: Bundesliga

Revenue and annual result FC Schalke 04 in the financial years 2006 to 2021

The list below shows the revenue and annual results of FC Schalke 04 in the fiscal years from 2006 to 2021. The numbers provide information about the club's financial development during this period.

A look at the list reveals that the club's revenue fluctuated in the years from 2006 to 2021. It slowly increased from 2006 to 2012 before slightly declining from 2013 to 2015. In 2016 and 2017, it was higher than in the previous years before reaching a peak of 350.39 million euros in 2018.

In the following years, however, revenue rapidly declined and was at 174.66 million euros in the fiscal year 2020.

The club's annual result also fluctuated during this period. The worst result was recorded in the fiscal year 2020 with a loss of 52.61 million euros. In the fiscal year 2021, the club had a loss of 17.8 million euros.

FC Schalke 04 has been struggling with significant financial problems in recent years, which have also affected the club's sporting success. One of the biggest challenges for the club was the refinancing of a bond issued in 2016 for 50 million euros, which was due in the summer of 2020.

The bond was issued by Schalke to secure financing for the construction of the arena on the club's premises. However, the loan conditions were very unfavorable for the club, as high interest rates and repayment clauses significantly restricted Schalke's financial leeway.

In the spring of 2020, the club was in acute crisis due to sporting failures and a poor financial situation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, games had to be played without spectators, leading to enormous revenue losses. In addition, pandemic-related disruptions heavily impacted the refinancing plans for the bond.

In the fall of 2020, an agreement was finally reached with the bondholders. The bond was converted into a new bond for 30 million euros, which runs until 2025. In addition, Schalke had to make significant savings in the coming years and pursue a strict austerity policy to get back on a stable financial basis.

Despite these measures, FC Schalke 04 is still in a difficult financial situation and must continue to work hard to reduce its debts and secure its future.

Revenues and annual results of FC Schalke 04 in millions of euros in the fiscal years 2006 to 2021:

  • Fiscal year: 2021, Revenue: 167.06, Annual result: -17.8

  • Fiscal year: 2020, Revenue: 174.66, Annual result: -52.61

  • Fiscal year: 2019, Revenue: 274.96, Annual result: 26.12

  • Fiscal year: 2018, Revenue: 350.39, Annual result: 40.48

  • Fiscal year: 2017, Revenue: 240.07, Annual result: -12.17

  • Fiscal year: 2016, Revenue: 265.10, Annual result: 29.12

  • Fiscal year: 2015, Revenue: 264.72, Annual result: 22.54

  • Fiscal year: 2014, Revenue: 215.30, Annual result: 4.15

  • Fiscal year: 2013, Revenue: 206.83, Annual result: 0.46

  • Fiscal year: 2012, Revenue: 190.77, Annual result: -8.95

  • Fiscal year: 2011, Revenue: 224.15, Annual result: 4.87

  • Fiscal year: 2010, Revenue: 187.85, Annual result: 5.2

  • Fiscal year: 2009, Revenue: 138.37, Annual result: -15.9

  • Fiscal year: 2008, Revenue: 139.25, Annual result: 0.46

  • Fiscal year: 2007, Revenue: 146.89, Annual result: 12.79

  • Fiscal year: 2006, Revenue: 115.81, Annual result: -3.42

Total debt and equity of FC Schalke 04 in the financial years 2012 to 2021

FC Schalke 04 has suffered heavy losses and negative equity figures, which poses serious challenges to its financial stability. In addition, total debt is in critical territory, as is the debt-to-sales ratio.

Total debt and equity of FC Schalke 2012 to 2021

Total Debt:

  • 2021: 215.8 million euros

  • 2020: 197.5 million euros

  • 2019: 197.5 million euros

  • 2018: 178.5 million euros

  • 2017: 174.7 million euros

  • 2016: 186.1 million euros

  • 2015: 191.8 million euros

  • 2014: 182.8 million euros

  • 2013: 208.1 million euros

  • 2012: 211.3 million euros

Equity capital:

  • 2021: -77.0 million euros
  • 2020: -28.7 million euros

  • 2019: 11.4 million euros

  • 2018: 44.6 million euros

  • 2017: 64.6 million euros

  • 2016: 76.7 million euros

  • 2015: 74.9 million euros

  • 2014: 100.7 million euros

  • 2013: 71.3 million euros

  • 2012: 57.6 million euros

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