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Fußballclub Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e. V., commonly known as FC Schalke 04 (German: [ʔɛf t͡seː ˈʃalkə nʊl fiːɐ̯]) or simply abbreviated as S04 (German: [ˈs nʊl fiːɐ̯]), is a professional German association-football club and multi-sports club originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Schalke has long been one of the most popular professional football teams and multi-sports club in Germany, even though major successes have been rare since the club's heyday in the 1930s and early 1940s. Schalke play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. The elite professionalism in association football team as of August 2014 is the biggest part of a large multi-sports club with 129,672 members (as of March 2014) making it the second-largest sports club in Germany and the third-largest sports club in the world in terms of membership, pursuing the world’s second and first on this measure, rival FC Bayern Munich and SL Benfica. Other activities offered by the club include athletics (track and field), basketball, handball, table tennis, and winter sports.
Founded in 1904, Schalke have won seven German championships, five DFB-Pokals, one DFL-Supercup, and one UEFA Europa League.
Since 2001, Schalke's stadium is the Veltins-Arena. Schalke holds a long-standing rivalry with Ruhr neighbours Borussia Dortmund, arguably the most widespread and well-known rivalry in German football, and matches between the two teams are referred to as the Revierderby. The mascot of the club is named Erwin.
S04 is currently ranked as the 9th best football team in Europe and on Continental Europe by UEFA's UEFA club rankings.
In terms of operating income, S04 possesses the 7th highest operating income of any football club on Earth at "$ 64.4 million or £ 38.2 million (€ 48 million)", and 0% debt as of August 2014. S04 generates the 12th highest revenue of any football club in the world at "$ 265.6 million or £ 157.8 million (€ 198 million)".
In May 2014, Schalke 04 were ranked by Forbes Magazine as the twelfth most valuable football club in the world, at "£ 355.3 million or $ 598.5 million (€ 446 million)", an increase of 16% from the previous year.[