SAK 1914 vs FCPS Preview
Salzburg Regional League Matchday 6: Salzburger AK 1914 vs FC Pinzgau Saalfelden
September 1 2020 (19:00 CET), HCS-Arena Nonntal
How To Watch:
English Stream – FCPS.at or facebook.com/fcpinzgau
German Stream – laola1.tv (Austria only)
Salzburger Athletiksport Klub are the oldest club in Salzburg, having been founded on 24 June 1914. They were the dominant force in the region in the interwar period, becoming state champions 15 years in a row between 1924 and 1938.
But after the Second World War, their dominance waned and their successes became more spread out. They did reach the Austrian top flight three times (1953, 1962, 1986) but were immediately relegated on each occasion.
After almost going bankrupt in 1991, SAK found themselves down in the fifth tier. But they have gradually climbed back up through the divisions and were contenders to go up to the second division last season – until then club president Christian Schwaiger announced in January that promotion would not be feasible due to infrastructural reasons.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden boss Christian Ziege is still without the injured quartet of Simon Ollert (scaphoid fracture), Raphael Streitwieser (foot problem), Michael Viehhauser (bone marrow edema) and David Rathgeb (back pain).
Salzburger AK, meanwhile, will be without forward Julian Feiser, who is suspended following his dismissal against SV Austria Salzburg last time out.
SAK finished the 2019/20 regular season 10 points clear at the top and with a +52 goal difference. But their team was broken up over the summer and it is very much a new-look side that will host FCPS on Tuesday. Among the many departures was striker Mersudin Jukic, who scored 22 goals last term, and defender Daniel Raischl, who now plays in Saalfelden.
Both teams are struggling for consistency at present and that is reflected in their respective league positions: FCPS currently find themselves in fourth and SAK are in seventh, although there is only one point separating them in the table and Christian Ziege’s charges (W2 D1 L2) have played a game more than Roman Wallner’s side (W2 D2).
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden have their noses ever so slightly in front historically, with seven victories, six draws and six defeats from their previous 19 competitive meetings with Salzburger AK. But SAK did the double over the Mountainous Pine Blues last season, winning 3-1 in Salzburg at the end of August and 1-0 in Saalfelden in October.