The fans of FC Schalke 04 immediately reminisce. Maya Yoshida is the only player from the current Knappen squad to appear at the World Cup in Qatar. However, the tournament is more royal blue than meets the eye.
Numerous ex-players are fighting for the title – not only on the pitch, but also off it. A former FC Schalke 04 star is on the sidelines for secret favorite Uruguay. The fans of S04 have not forgotten him.
FC Schalke 04: ex-professional trains stars
The Uruguay squad includes numerous well-known professionals. Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani, Diego Godin or Darwin Nunez – football fans are familiar with them. No wonder the South Americans are often mentioned when looking for a secret favorite for the World Cup.
However, the first performance was poor. A goalless draw against South Korea meant just one point. FC Schalke 04 fans who followed the game still felt their hearts beat. Because they suddenly discovered a familiar face: Dario Rodriguez.
Almost six years at Schalke
In 2002, FC Schalke 04 brought the Uruguayan to the Ruhr area. He stayed for five and a half years and played around 142 competitive games during this time. He wasn’t granted a title with the Knappen, but Rodriguez was one of the big crowd favourites.
He ended his active football career seven years ago. Since then he has worked as a coach. It is to this circumstance that he owes his participation in this year’s world championships. Since the beginning of he has been an assistant coach in his home country.
FC Schalke 04: Fans reminisce
Casual and wearing big glasses, he stood on the sidelines on Thursday (November 24) and watched his team struggle against the South Koreans. When the Schalke fans discovered him, they immediately reminisced.
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“Respect for this player. Regards,” commented one on Facebook. “Dario was a very good player, I enjoyed watching him play,” says another. “Was also someone you could always rely on,” it says.