After the unexpected slip-up in the Bundesliga against Blau-Weiß Linz (0-1), Red Bull Salzburg an explosive duel in the ÖFB Cup in mind. Nothing less than the “game of life” was at Austria Salzburg announced before the clash in the second round with the unpopular neighbor. In an emotionally charged game in the Grödiger Stadium today (8.45 p.m., ORF 1), the focus will be on sport.
For Gerhard Struber it is also a reunion with his own past. The Red Bull coach once played for them Austria. The 46-year-old didn’t really want to look back. “That was a long time ago and, especially in football, more than yesterday’s news,” said Struber. About the expected atmosphere, Kuchler said: “We want to handle this in a sporty way and don’t give any focus to the other things.”
Refounded in October 2005
A look back: In 2005, Dietrich Mateschitz and Red Bull took over the financially struggling company Austria. The Bundesliga club received new branding, the logo and club colors were changed despite fan protests. A hard core of supporters subsequently withdrew and founded the sports club in October 2005 Austria Salzburg. In 2015/16 they managed to return to professional football by jumping into the second division, but just a few months later the club slipped into bankruptcy.
It’s currently playing Austria back in the third-class West League and is the league leader there. After nine rounds there are seven wins and two draws. The anticipation is great, the game is in Salzburg a big topic for weeks. The Arena on Untersberg is completely sold out with more than 4,000 visitors, and around 500 guest fans have registered. There is an increased police presence in and around the stadium. In the actual home in Maxglan they are allowed to Austria do not play for safety reasons.
The opponent is spoken of as a “construct,” while the Austria celebrated its 90th anniversary this year. The first meeting with a Red Bull team was in August 2010. That was when they played Austria against the Red Bull Juniors in the West League. Over 9,600 spectators came to the FC Liefering game against the Violets in 2013 – a record in the Regionalliga West.
Appeal from Andreas Ulmer
Struber noted that there was no difference in preparation to other games. “We take this seriously and don’t want to leave anything to chance,” emphasized the Red Bull coach. The players were prepared for an “emotional box”. Struber reiterated once again at the media meeting on Monday: “I would like to see a fair sporting duel between two teams that take different paths. We respect that.” Veteran Andreas Ulmer appealed to the fans: “Everyone should support their own team so that everything runs peacefully.”
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