Schalke snap up Hildebrand

FC Schalke 04 have signed former Germany international goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand on a contract until the end of the season.

The 32-year old was with Portuguese Primeira Liga side Sporting Club of Portugal last season but has been unattached since the summer.

The Royal Blues made the move following the long-term injury suffered by first choice goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann after he damaged his cruciate ligament in last weekend’s Bundesliga defeat to 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

Veteran Mathias Schober and youngster Lars Unnerstall were the only other goalkeepers in the squad.

Timo Hildebrand, who has won 7 caps for the German national team had been keeping fit by training with Eintracht Frankfurt as well as sessions with his personal goalkeeping coach, Kai Rabe.

He made the following comment:

“I’m delighted to be moving to FC Schalke 04. I had to wait a long time for the right offer to come along. I had a good feeling about Schalke, which I didn’t have about the other offers I’d had. I’m raring to go and am looking forward to the challenge.”

Hildebrand was the third choice goalkeeper for Germany when they finished third at the 2006 World Cup and won the Bundesliga the following season as VfB Stuttgart’s first choice shot stopper. He went on to play for Spanish La Liga side Valencia, 1899 Hoffenheim and Sporting Club.