🆚 FC Pinzgau Saalfelden v Bischofshofen Sportklub 1933
🏆 Salzburg Regional League Matchday 13
🏟️ 1508 SaalfeldenArena
🕖 October 9, 2022 (15:30 CET) 🇦🇹 (11:30am EDT) 🇺🇸
After a turbulent week of changes, calm has now returned to the club and the anticipation for the duel with the league leader is already palpable. Markus Fürstaller has taken over the team this week on an interim basis for the next six matches and is getting the players in the mood for the second duel of the season with BSK 1933. The narrow defeat in the first leg is certainly an additional motivation injection. Tandari and Co. have managed to win four of the five games of the season at home with only a late extra-time goal against SAK 1914 bringing about a lone draw. 15:2 goals also speak a clear language – this balance should now also find its continuation against the leaders.
⏫ Opposition ⏫
Founded back in 1933, Sportklub Bischofshofen are among the most storied clubs in the Regionalliga Salzburg. The real glory days came between the mid-1950s and mid-1970s, a period during which the Blues & Whites became state champions of Salzburg nine times and even achieved promotion to the Austrian top flight in 1971.
The Nationalliga, as it was known at the time, proved to be a step too far for the newcomers, who finished the 1971/72 season bottom of the table with only eight points (one win and six draws). Several relegations followed in the ensuing decades, with the club reaching dropping down into the fifth division in 1999.
After the best part of twenty years languishing in the lower rungs of Austrian football, Bischofshofen recently achieved two promotions in close succession and have been back in the third tier since 2018/19.
⏫ Team News ⏫
Felix Adjei and Ratan Dudaew will have to make do with the role of spectator until the end of the year. Lukas Moosmann, on the other hand, finally returns to the squad after a long injury layoff.
⏫ Statement ⏫
Markus Fürstaller: “The impression from the first training was very good, the team is willing and extremely motivated. I have already had a lot of talks and the mood is very positive. Even though Bischofshofen, the leader of the standings, is coming to Saalfelden, we will not hide. We are convinced that we can beat all opponents in the league at home – we definitely have the quality! The Pongau team has a good run, a strong team, a lot of experience in their ranks and players who can decide games with their individual class. But it will come down to our performance, regardless of the opponent. That’s what we’re focusing on!”
⏫ Head-To-Head ⏫
The Mountainous Pine Blues have historically fared well against Bischofshofen with eight wins against only three defeats, with almost half of the previous clashes (eight out of 19) ending in a stalemate.