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07240473 �SASCHA STEINBACH/EPA/MAXPPP - GELSENKIRCHEN 20181219 Schalke supporters wave flags with the symbol of mining during the pre-match programme prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 19 December 2018. At the end of 2018 the last German coal mine will be closed, thus ending an era of over 250 years industrial history of the Ruhr area.