Hamit Altintop has been working for the Turkish Football Association for almost three years and was involved in Stefan Kuntz’s commitment as a new national coach. Previously, he had made an impressive professional career in the 2000s and 2010s, among other things at FC Schalke, at Bayern and Real Madrid. As a native of Gelsenkirchen, his heart continues to beat for the royal blue, which he trusts again in the medium term.
The fact that FC Schalke 04 actually has a direct return after 32 match days in the 2nd Bundesliga is not a random product for the 39-year-old: “The people responsible for Peter Knäbel and Rouven Schröder have accepted the situation excellently and do a good job. Schalke simply belongs to the Bundesliga, the ascent would accelerate the development and simplify a lot, “said Altintop in an interview with” Sky “.
Altintop still convinced of the potential of FC Schalke 04
The 84-fold Turkish international was not surprised by the current second division table with S04 in first place because he knew “that this club is capable of everything-positive and negative”. “With the arena and these fantastic fans, which I was also able to experience, it is incredibly possible,” said Altintop in an interview with the TV station.
For the former midfielder, who became German champion with FC Bayern 2008 and 2010, it is clear that the Gelsenkircheners can again knock at the top of soccer Germany in the near future.
“If Schalke should climb, the club in the Bundesliga has to establish itself again. But I think the goal with this huge potential must be to come back to the top three in the next ten years. Of course this is a long way “But that has to be Schalke’s long-term goal,” said Altintop, who once switched to the narrow as a 21-year-old and played 113 Bundesliga games for S04.