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For the latest episode of the FCPS Show, Lee Wingate spoke to our long-serving central midfielder David Rathgeb about life at the club over the past decade, the challenges he has experienced off the pitch this season and his life away from football. Here’s what David had to say on…

…the changes FC Pinzgau Saalfelden has undergone over the years:

“It’s been constant growth. Especially in the last two years, with Christian Ziege as coach, the new players and the new partnerships. That was the biggest step. I think over the years, everything just got more professional.”

…his highlights as an FCPS player:

“The first highlight was my first game. It was when I was 16 years old, in 2012. We lost 3-1 but I was happy because it was a dream for me to play for the first team. The next one was the championship in the fourth tier. We were promoted to the third league. That was one of my best years because I scored six or seven goals for the first team. The following years have been full of good memories too, because we were always a good team with a great fighting spirit.”

…his fitness regime during lockdown:

“Besides my agility workouts, I have spent a lot of time in the mountains and that’s one of my biggest hobbies: to go into the mountains or take my bicycle. Being in nature or in the mountains is sometimes like medicine: you can take time to think, there’s no noise and it helps you to recover. And that’s what I’ve been doing the most during the lockdown. One of the good things is that from every mountain in Saalfelden, you can see the Saalfelden Arena!”

…his day job and his understanding boss:

“For the last five years, I have been working in a bank. My boss is Christian Herzog (editor’s note: one of the three founders of FC Pinzgau Saalfelden!). He is also at the football club as you know. That’s a very funny and cool situation for me because we have a lot to talk about. But we try to separate it. If I don’t play well on the weekend, it was no influence on my future in the bank!

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