FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04, commonly FC Schalke 04, is a German football club originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Schalke has long been one of the most popular football teams in Germany, even though major successes have been rare since the club's heyday in the 1930s and early 1940s. FC Schalke 04 won its first major European trophy in 1997 by defeating F.C. Internazionale Milano on penalty kicks for the UEFA Cup in Milan.
The club's stadium, known as the Veltins-Arena under a sponsorship agreement with a brewery, was completed in the summer of 2001 and has a capacity of 61,673 spectators. Schalke regularly draws sell-out crowds to what is widely regarded as one of the most modern and best multi-use facilities in Europe.