Cologne – Without ex-captain Alexander Nübel who left Bayern Munich in the summer, Schalke 04 suffered a defeat in the first game of the year. As part of training camp at Fuente Alamo / Spain, coach David Wagner's team lost 0-1 (0-1) to Belgian first division club VV St. Truiden . The Japanese Yuma Suzuki (28th) scored the only goal in San Pedro del Pinatar.
Schalke cited the suspension of the 23-year-old for the next two Bundesliga games as the official reason for Nübel's contempt for the team. As a result, Markus Schubert was in the first half in Schalke's goal, third goalkeeper Michael Langer came into play in the 46th minute.
Mascarell new captain
Nübel's move to Munich on July 1 became official on Saturday, shortly after, Schalke appointed Spanish midfielder Omar Mascarell as the new captain.
On December 22, it became known that Nübel, who had not become Schalke number one a year ago, refused the Royal Blues' offer to extend the contract. Born in Paderborn, he will be transferred free to the record champions for the new season, where he will face national team captain Manuel Neuer.
Schalke remains in training camp in Spain until Thursday, Friday the second test for the second division club Hamburger SV is on the program. A week later, S04 opened the second half of the Bundesliga against Borussia Mönchengladbach, second.
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