🆚 FC Pinzgau Saalfelden v Austria Salzburg
🏆 Salzburg Regional League Matchday 16
🏟️ 1508 Saalfelden Arena
🕖 October 22, 2022 (14:00 CET) 🇦🇹 (8:00am EDT) 🇺🇸
Two wins from two matches under the direction of interim coach Markus Fürstaller are something to behold and have brought confidence back to the players of Pinzgau.
After the then-league leaders from Bischofshofen could be clearly defeated at home, at the foot of the Untersberg against the bottom of the table SV Grödig, on the other hand, a real show of strength was necessary for victory. Now the next duel awaits the Pinzgauers at home against SV Austria Salzburg, the next league leader who is warned of a return of early-season form.
The Salzburgers come to the 1508 Saalfelden Arena as clear favorites, while for the home side it falls into the category of “bonus game”, even if the positive home series and the flawless record under coach Fürstaller are to be continued.
⏫ Opposition ⏫
The original club was formed in 1933. It was subject to a takeover by the Red Bull company in 2005. They renamed the club FC Red Bull Salzburg, changed the team colours and claimed that it was a new team. As a concession to pleas to keep the old colours, Red Bull offered to allow the goalkeeper’s socks to be purple for away matches. This was viewed as an insult by fans caused a group of supporters, known as the “Violet-Whites”, to want to preserve the 72-year-old traditions of their club which they felt had been ignored by Red Bull.
In October 2005, the Violet-Whites successfully registered the old club’s original name “SV Austria Salzburg” and the old club emblem. For the second half of the 2005–06 season SV Austria fielded a unified team with the football section of the PSV Schwarz-Weiß Salzburg, which played in the 1. Salzburg Landesliga, the fourth tier of Austrian football, but at the end of the season the PSV members voted against continuing the link. Thus, the Violet-Whites formed a completely new team, which entered 2. Klasse Nord, the seventh tier of Austrian football, for the 2006–07 season.
Austria Salzburg have finished second in promotion position each of the last two seasons in Regionalliga Salzburg.
⏫ Team News ⏫
No additional player absences other than Felix Adjei and Ratan Dudaew being out for the remainder of the campaign.
⏫ Statement ⏫
“In our arena, we don’t need to hide from any opponent in the league, we’ve already proven that many times. However, it will be a tough battle and we will certainly not be given anything. Austria Salzburg is in good form, coming to Saalfelden as clear favorites and with a comfortable points cushion. Their game is very variable. We have prepared ourselves for this. The anticipation of a great soccer match is already great and my team is already burning for the second duel of the season.”
⏫ Head-To-Head ⏫
Our last seven matches are level with three wins, three loses and one draw. Something has to give on Saturday. Watch for the duel upfront with Semir Gvozdjar and his nine goals against Marco Hödl’s league-leading thirteen.