Just a week before Christmas, 33-year-old veteran international striker RAUL GONZALEZ scored all the goals himself as a revitalized SCHALKE 04 GELSENKIRCHEN saw off visiting 1.FC KOELN 3-0 at the Veltins Arena on the last weekend of play in the Bundelsiga before the annual Winterpause.
Thanks to the form of the all-time leading goal-scorer for the national team of Spain, resurgent Schalke 04 stormed to its third consecutive Bundesliga victory. The Gelsenkirchen side have lost but once on their last seven league outings while winning five in the process. Remarkable, considering manager FELIX MAGATH’s side have collected six wins on the whole of the domestic campaign.
Raul, who is the career record holder with 228 goals in La Liga for traditional Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, recorded his second hat trick of this Bundesliga season with three goals against slumping 1.FC Koeln.
The veteran Spaniard, who started all 17 games for Schalke 04 in the first half of this 2010-11 Bundesliga schedule after signing on a free transfer in the summer, has overtaken Holland international striker KLAUS-JAN HUNTELAAR and now leads the Gelsenkirchen side with nine goals in the German top flight this term.
Raul has added two goals in the UEFA Champions League for Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, who have reached the final 16 of Europe’s premier competition, as well.