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Als Elfmeterheld gefeiert: Ex-Schalker gewinnt Titel in den USA

Celebrated as a penalty shootout champion: ex-Schalke won titles in the USA

Former Schalke Patrick Rakowski won the NFL II Championship with Orange County SC.

the previous Schalke-A goal keeper Patrick Rakovsky He won his second NBA championship with Orange County SC. Former Schalke and Nuremberger prevailed with his team in the USL Championship 3:1 (3:0) final against Tampa Bay Rhodes.

in Schalke Knappenschmiede Rakovsky once also celebrated successes. With Schalke U19 he was the runner-up of the Western Bundesliga (2011) and won the Westphalian Cup twice. At the time, he was considered an impressive talent, playing a total of 15 games for the DFB Juniors from U15 to U20.

Ex-Schalke has already saved many penalty kicks

For Orange County, this was the first league title in the club’s history. Rakovsky saved a penalty kick in the 19th minute when the score was 0-0. The 28-year-old was already a hero on his way to the final: in the Western Conference semifinals against the Oakland Roots (6:5 iE) he saved decisively on penalties, in the conference final against San Antonio FC (5:3e). ) The opponent’s last attempt to score.

for him Previous Schalke The engagement in Irvine, California, is another stop on an exciting career path. He started playing football in Drolshagen in the Sauerland region. When the family moved to the Czech Republic in 1999, he played in his youth with Sparta and Slavia Prague, among others. From there he moved to Gelsenkirchen in 2007 to Knabenschmeide and finally in 2011 from Schalke 04 to 1. FC Nuremberg. This was Rakovsky’s first professional contract, on August 20, 2011 he made his debut in an away match at Borussia Dortmund.

This was followed by participations in Belgium (Lierse SK) and Finland (FC Lahti) before moving home with his American wife and playing in Orange County SC since that year. He still loves to return to the Bundesliga, but not at any cost. “I wouldn’t be number four at Schalke or number two at FC Cincinnati just to get more money.”