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Salzburg Regional League Matchday 2: FC Pinzgau Saalfelden vs. SV Austria Salzburg
August 15 2020 (17:00 CET), Saalfelden Arena
SV Austria Salzburg, originally founded in 1933, were arguably the most successful club in Austria in the 1990s. Then called SV Casino Salzburg, they won their first Bundesliga title in 1993/94 – the same year in which they became only the third Austrian club to reach a major European final, although they lost the UEFA Cup showpiece to Inter Milan.
Two more league titles followed in 1994/95 and 1996/97, but the tide began to turn a few years later. With Austria Salzburg underperforming and struggling with their finances, Red Bull bought the club in April 2005 and changed the name to Red Bull Salzburg. But SVAS fans were not happy with their new owners and founded a phoenix club that same year. They quickly rose through the footballing pyramid and even reached the second division in 2015, only to be relegated twice in successive seasons. They were then promoted back to the third tier at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
Christian Ziege will be without two players this weekend: Simon Ollert has broken his arm and will undergo surgery on Friday, while Raphael Streitwieser is currently suffering from a foot injury and could be set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
Austria Salzburg, who were the last opponents of the 2019/20 regular season, have one former FCPS player in their ranks: 24-year-old central defender Mario Keil plied his trade for the Mountainous Pine Blues between 2016 and 2019.
FCPS, who had finished pre-season with a solid record of two wins, one draw and one defeat, marked their return to competitive football following a 273-day absence by beating SV Wals-Grünau 3-1 away from home on Matchday 1 of the season last weekend.
Meanwhile, SV Austria Salzburg enjoyed contrasting fortunes in their summer friendlies: Christian Saider’s charges recorded wins against SV Ried II (2-1), Neukirchen (9-1) and TSU Bramberg (3-2), but tasted defeat at the hands of FC Kitzbühel (3-1) and Eugendorf (4-0). SV Grödig were then defeated 3-1 on the opening day.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden have the marginally superior head-to-head record, having won seven and lost six of their 13 clashes with SV Austria Salzburg. They were victorious in both meetings last term too, winning 3-0 in Salzburg in September and 1-0 in Saalfelden in November.