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Jagd auf den Red Bull

Can one of Austria's biggest clubs take back the crown from Red Bull?
Started on 27 October 2018 by mgriffin2012 / First Post
Latest Reply on 25 April 2019 by chrisburnss / Last Post
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3rd October. Salzburg become Saltyburg.
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2 monthsEdited


Austria Wien Announce Marin Jakolis Signing


Bundesliga runners up Austria Wien have again been busy in the transfer market as Christopher Steegmann continues to bolster his squad ahead of the new Bundesliga campaign which kicks off in just over a month’s time. Joining Die Vielchen is 23 year old Croatian forward Marin Jakolis, with the forward joining from Bundesliga rivals Admira Wacker. Jakolis becomes Die Vielchen’s third signing of the summer, following on from the arrivals of Christopher Martins Pereira and Gideon Mensah and Christopher Steegmann will be hoping that the 23 year old will provide a significant boost to Die Vielchen’s forward options after another disappointing campaign from Kevin Friesenbichler last season.

Despite having only scored two Bundesliga goals in 18 appearances for Admira Wacker last season, Jakolis is known for his work rate and his pace and it is these attributes that are believed to have maintained Steegmann’s interest in the forward with Steegmann viewing Jakolis as the right candidate to fill the roles and responsibilities the German manager gives to his starting centre forward. It is hoped that Jakolis will provide stern competition for places with Nigerian Bright Edomwonyi, who has scored 16 goals in each of the last two seasons for Die Vielchen, with Steegmann also keen to add more goals to his team.

Jakolis is yet to be capped at senior international level by Croatia, but has made 10 appearances for the under 21 side, scoring five goals showcasing his ability to find the back of the net in the right system and Die Vielchen fans will be hopeful that Jakolis can slot straight into the teams tactical approach when Die Vielchen visit Sturm Graz in the opening game of the season on July 24th. The 23 year old said on his Instagram account “I am delighted to have joined Austria Wien, they were a very formidable foe when we faced them last season and I am really looking forward to playing my football here and becoming a better player under the guidance of Christopher Steegmann and the rest of the coaching staff here. This is a great place to play your football and I can’t wait for the season to begin now.”

It seems unlikely that Jakolis will be the last piece of business conducted by Austria Wien with Daniel Spinn of Sturm Graz being heavily linked with a move to the Generali Arena whilst speculation continues to persist that Uros Matic will leave Austria Wien before the end of the transfer window with the Serbian having fallen out of favour at the Generali Arena.


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Jack: They certainly have the potential to be a tricky side and a thorn in the side of the established title contenders. We shall see how the season unfolds!

Justice: Saltyburg, I like it

Last Update: #3.2 2020/21 Bundesliga Fixtures Confirmed
Next Update: #3.4 Christoph Kobald Completes Die Vielchen Transfer
Interesting signing. Despite his lack of goals, sometimes players 'click' better in a certain system, which gets the best of them. Hopefully that will be the case for Marin under Steegmann.
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Christoph Kobald Completes Die Vielchen Move


Austria Wien today unveiled their fourth signing of the transfer window by confirming the arrival of former youth academy graduate Christoph Kobald from fellow Bundesliga side Wacker Innsbruck in a deal believed to be worth around £1.5 million to the Innsbruck based club. Kobald spent five years at Austria Wien without ever managing to make a breakthrough into the first team, but now Christopher Steegmann has seen fit to bring the 22 year old back to the Generali Arena, with Kobald set to serve as a direct replacement for Christian Schoissengeyr who has departed Die Vielchen on loan to Rheindorf Altach.

It is believed Steegmann was impressed by Kobald’s ability to bring the ball out of defence with his passing ability as well as his versatility with the 22 year old being capable of playing both at right and left back. There is also rumours that Steegmann could look to turn Kobald into a ball winning midfielder giving Die Vielchen an extra body in the middle of the park. Kobald joins Die Vielchen’s current defensive recruits in central defence with the 22 year old set to compete with Tomas Hubocan, Michael Madl, Alexander Borkovic and Tarkan Serbest for a place in the starting eleven.

Kobald spent last season at Wacker Innsbruck after a £500K transfer from German side Karlsruhe, but the 22 year old has also spent time at Wiener Neustadt and SC Ritzing in Austria. Kobald could make his first appearance for Die Vielchen since his return was confirmed when Austria Wien visit Grazer AK in their first pre-season friendly but the young defender could be given the opportunity to return to his former club Wiener Neustadt when Austria Wien visit the second tier side in their second game of a busy pre-season schedule.

Speaking to bundesliga.at when Kobald was unveiled as an Austria Wien player, Christopher Steegmann said he was very excited to be working with the player and to seeing what Kobald could offer his team moving forward. “He is a very talented young player that obviously knows this club inside and out having graduated from our academy and looks set to be a very good player when he grows and develops even further. It is brilliant to have him back and you can see how much it means to him to be back at this club and I know from what he has said to me that he cannot wait to get started with the competitive football.”


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ScottT: For the money I paid for him, I’m hoping he just slots straight into the system!!

Last Update: #3.3 Austria Wien Announce Marin Jakolis Signing
Next Update: #3.5 Die Vielchen End Pre-Season With Perfect Record
A very impressive signing to make. Age is certainly on his side and he has a very high Positioning rating, which sometimes goes under the radar when looking at defenders. He looks like a good unit to have in defence.
Lovely couple of signings and it's always nice to see one of the grads return to his club of origin after a spell away. Will also help in European registration rules i.e. homegrown players trained at the club.
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Die Vielchen End Pre-Season With Perfect Record

Pre-Season Results
  • Grazer AK 0-3 Austria Wien
  • Wiener Neustadt 0-4 Austria Wien
  • Adanaspor 0-6 Austria Wien
  • Kayserispor 0-2 Austria Wien
  • Osmanlispor 0-5 Austria Wien (Edomwonyi 20, 62, Madl 52, Jakolis 68, Lucas Venuto 89)


Austria Wien today ended their pre-season campaign and finalised their preparations for the start of competitive football by ending their pre-season tour of Turkey with a perfect record after defeating Osmanlispor 5-0. It was a result that meant Die Vielchen ended pre-season having won all five of their friendlies against sides of mixed ability, without conceding a single goal as the defensive improvements made by Christopher Steegmann’s side towards the end of last season continued into the off season. Die Vielchen fans will now have a competitive season of Bundesliga football to look forward to with competitive action starting this weekend when Austria Wien visit Mauerwerk Sport Admira in the first round of the OFB-Cup.

The 5-0 victory over Osmanlispor will please Christopher Steegmann more than the other results after Can Keles was sent off for a vicious two footed challenge in the 44th minute with the scores remaining 1-0. However Die Vielchen responded well and four second half goals including a stunning free kick from Michael Madl and a superb counter attacking goal that saw Marin Jakolis slipped through on goal to score his third goal of pre-season saw Die Vielchen wrap up a comprehensive victory over the Turkish side, which was signed and sealed when Lucas Venuto broke away at break neck speed in the dying minutes of the game to round off a solid 5-0 thumping for Austria Wien.

Having started pre-season at the end of June with a comfortable 3-0 victory over former Bundesliga side Grazer AK, thanks to goals from Cristian Cuevas, Marin Jakolis and Dominik Prokop, Die Vielchen followed that win up with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Erste Liga side Wiener Neustadt. Blessing Eleke scored twice, with Florian Klein scoring the third goal of the game before Lucas Venuto sealed a 4-0 win with another deadly counter attacking strike as Die Vielchen showed that the Bundesliga opponents they will come up against next season should fear a potent Die Vielchen attack that will cause problems for even the tightest of defences. Perhaps what will be most pleasing for Christopher Steegmann is the frequency with which his forward thinking players hit the back of the net over pre-season with Lucas Venuto, Dominik Prokop, Alexander Grunwald and Bright Edomwonyi all hitting the net in the wins over Adanaspor and Kayserispor.

The new signings added to this squad over the course of pre-season appear to have settled in to life at Austria Wien well, with Marin Jakolis impressing with his ability in front of goal and his leading of the forward line, often being the first man to start the press that has so often won the ball back for Die Vielchen this season. Christopher Martins Pereira has slotted straight into the Austria Wien midfield with his impressive work rate and work in the tackle contributing massively to the results attained by Die Vielchen this season. Meanwhile Gideon Mensah and Christoph Kobald have slotted in seamlessly without much acclaim and both will be valuable additions to the squad as Die Vielchen launch another assault on the Bundesliga crown. Steegmann has his side well drilled and looking fit and ready for the new season as they look to go one further than last season’s second placed finish and the German will be hoping that Austria Wien can start the season in style against Mauerperk and Sturm Graz just a week later when the league gets under way.


Comments

Justice: There’s definitely a lot to come from home and because he’s so young, hopefully we’ll have many moments of quality from him moving forward!

Jack: Is a very astute piece of business and one I’m delighted to have made!

Last Update: #3.4 Christoph Kobald Completes Die Vielchen Transfer
Next Update: #3.6 Jakolis Takes Home Match Ball As Die Vielchen Hit 11
Not a single goal conceded either, marvellous stuff from you in preseason buddy
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2 monthsEdited


Jakolis Takes Home Match Ball As Die Vielchen Hit 11

Meuerwerk Sport Admira: J Stemmer, C Jurecevic (H Hant 67), L Sehr, F Stark, M Vockathaler, A Hinteregger (L Leibetseder 45), A Muhr (M Schreiner 72), L Pottler, M Buchegger, A Gubi, S Pieber
Austria Wien: P Pentz, F Klein, Tarkan Serbest, A Borkovic, C Cuevas, D Cancola, J Jeggo (C Martins Pereira 64), Lucas Venuto, A Grunwald (M Canadi 77), B Eleke, M Jakolis (B Edomwonyi 69)


Austria Wien safely navigated their way through the first round of the OFB-Cup by sealing a memorable 11-0 victory over amateur side Mauerwerk Sport Admira in their first taste of competitive action of the new campaign. Marin Jakolis, signed from Admira Wacker over the course of the summer transfer window made his debut in the game and will remember his first game in a Vielchen shirt for a long time to come after bagging a hard earnt hat trick in his first competitive game for the club, continuing on from his fine form for Christopher Steegmann’s side over pre-season. The 23 year old Croatian will be hoping to continue his fine goal scoring form and make a substantial claim to earn the starting centre forward place in Steegmann’s starting eleven over the course of the season.

Steegmann had named a strong side for the visit to the amateur side who are based in the North of Wien, and paid the home side the ultimate respect by naming the side he did as the German also went searching for a heavy victory to lift and keep morale high heading into next weekend’s Bundesliga opener against Sturm Graz. Marin Jakolis was the only one of the summers signings to make his debut from the start although Christopher Martins Pereira would receive just short of half an hour on the pitch when he replaced James Jeggo after 64 minutes to warm applause from the travelling Die Vielchen fans. The result also represented another clean sheet for Patrick Pentz who now hasn’t conceded a goal since last season, although reminders will be made about the standard of opposition the 23 year old has come up against over the course of the last six games.

It was Jakolis though who broke the deadlock within six minutes as he capitalised on some woeful defending from the home side to score a scrappy goal from Alex Grunwald’s corner before the skipper had made it two with a fine strike from the edge of the area ten minutes later in the 16th minute. Blessing Eleke would then nearly rip the roof off the net from the penalty spot for Die Vielchen’s third before Lucas Venuto was on hand to tap home a fourth just three minutes whilst Marin Jakolis had scored his second goal of the game having been slipped through on goal to make it 5-0 to Austria Wien at half time.

The goals continued to flow after half time as Jakolis completed his hat trick ten minutes after the break with a bullet header from another Grunwald corner and Alexander Grunwald had scored his second goal of the game before long as he curled home a delightful free kick. Fifteen minutes past before the next goal flew in when Mauerwerk goalkeeper Stemmer deflected the ball into the path of Blessing Eleke who continued his fine form from the end of last season before Christopher Martins Pereira had his first goal for Die Vielchen with a thumping effort from just inside the penalty area. Bright Edomwonyi who came on to replace the hat trick hero, then scored twice inside the final five minutes with two calm finishes to make it 10 and 11 and seal a memorable day for Die Vielchen and seal their passage into the second round of the cup.

Die Vielchen will now turn their attentions to Fridays opening game against Sturm Graz in the Bundesliga, desperate to get their league campaign off to a winning start. They will also await the draw for the second round of the OFB-Cup as they look to progress further than the next round after last season’s disappointing defeat to SV Ried on penalties.


Comments

Jack: A really solid defensive display throughout pre-season, things are looking good heading into the new season

Last Update: #3.5 Die Vielchen End Pre-Season With Perfect Record
Next Update: #3.7 Die Vielchen To Host Dynamo Kyiv In Champions League
I mean there's 'safely' seeing through a cup game and then there's dropping an atom bomb on your opponents :))
Some extremely positive things going on since my last comment! A fantastic signing in Kobald, who I know is a fantastic player from previous experience, as well as a cracking set of pre-season results and a more than comfortable victory in the cup to get the blood flowing going into the season. This year is going to be the year, I feel it.
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Die Vielchen To Host Dynamo Kyiv In Champions League


Austria Wien and Christopher Steegmann today discovered their opponents in the Third Qualifying Round of the UEFA Champions League as the draw was made at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon. With Die Vielchen once again being unseeded as a result of their co-efficient, despite their run to the Round of 16 in the Europa League last season, a difficult draw was always going to be likely with sides like Sporting CP, Ajax and Besiktas being amongst the potential list of teams that Die Vielchen could face. However Die Vielchen managed to avoid the aforementioned sides and were instead drawn against Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv with the draw presenting Austria Wien with another tricky trip to Eastern Europe.

Managed by Belarussian, Alexander Khatskevitch, Dynamo Kyiv qualified for this stage of the competition by virtue of finishing second in the Ukrainian Prem’er Liha last season behind eventual winners Shakhtar Donetsk. Similar to the Zenit St. Petersburg side that Die Vielchen faced at the same stage of the competition last season, this Dynamo Kyiv side is filled with players that will be familiar to European football fans with the likes of tricky Argentine winger Eduardo Salvio, solid central midfielder Denys Garmash and Paraguayan forward Derlis Gonzalez filling their ranks and the Ukrainian side will most certainly pose a serious threat to Die Vielchen’s chances of progressing to the Play Off stage of the competition. The first leg will be played at the Generali Arena on Wednesday 5th August, before Die Vielchen will travel to the 70,000 seater NSC Olympyskyi, host stadium for the 2018 UEFA Champions League football when Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1.

The tie will also represent the first time Austria Wien have met Dynamo Kyiv in competitive action since 1982, when Dynamo eliminated Die Vielchen 2-1 on aggregate in the 1981/82 European Cup, although Die Vielchen do have more recent history with Ukrainian sides, having come through a Round of 32 tie with Zorya Luhansk in last season’s Europa League. Having met Ukrainian sides 13 times in their history, the record books are against Austria Wien though with Die Vielchen having won only 3 of those games and drawing 3 too leaving the Austrian side with 7 defeats in their 13 meetings with sides from the Eastern European country. Christopher Steegmann and his Die Vielchen side will be desperate to improve upon that record come August 5th.


Comments

Jack: Yeah we might have been toying with the definition of safely through!

ScottT: We’ve taken some huge steps in the right direction over the course of pre-season and the transfer window and it just feels right that this season could be the season which we take that final step!

Last Update: #3.6 Jakolis Takes Home Match Ball As Die Vielchen Hit 11
Next Update: #3.8 Alexander Grunwald: It Won't Be Easy But We Can Beat Dynamo Kyiv
Tough draw, especially in the third qualifying round of the cup. However, I'm sure you can turn in a good performance.
Kyiv are an established side in Europe and certainly will be a tough test for your side, however one you can certainly overcome. Best of luck!
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Alexander Grunwald: It Won’t Be Easy But We Can Beat Dynamo Kyiv


Fresh off the back of this weekend’s 3-2 victory over OFB-Cup holders St. Polten, Austria Wien’s attentions have now turned to the biggest game of their season so far when they host Dynamo Kyiv at the Generali Arena in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round. Having played a key role in both of Die Vielchen’s victories in the first two games of the league campaign, club captain Alexander Grunwald will miss the first leg of the Dynamo Kyiv tie through a suspension earnt in last season’s Europa League but this didn’t stop the 31 year old skipper talking to fk-austria.at about his teams preparations for the first leg and Die Vielchen’s chances of progressing through to the Play Off Round and the Group Stages of the competition.


Alexander, thank you for joining us, Die Vielchen have made a very good start to the season, you and the rest of the team must be very pleased with how well you’ve started?
Any time, yeah we’re really pleased with the start of the season. Picking up two wins from our first two games is a good achievement especially given the teams that we’ve played. Sturm Graz and St. Polten deserve a lot of respect and they made life very difficult for us in those first two games but we pulled together as a team and showed our quality and we’ve managed to take maximum points from two games that maybe in another time we’d have dropped points and would have set ourselves back in already.

Things were a bit tense in the St. Polten game after they brought the score back to 3-2, that must have been a nerve wrecking finale?
They were a bit tense for the whole game to be fair. To come back from 1-0 down was great because it showed the character in this squad and the team spirit we have because we really pulled together, even though there are new faces in this team now who haven’t been here all that long. To then go and turn the game around completely, scoring three goals put us in a really strong position for the rest of the game. I don’t think things were any more tense than at any stage in the game when they pulled it back. We are really confident in our ability to see games out from winning positions, we proved we can do it countless times last season and we built a title bid on it last season so we are more confident than ever of doing it again and really sustaining something this season. Against St. Polten we did just that and saw the game out and sealed a 3-2 victory to keep us on maximum points and keep us in touch with the early pace setters.

Especially off the back of the 1-0 victory over Sturm Graz, which came so late in the game, does it feel like this team hasn’t really got going just yet?
If you’re asking me if I think this team can improve still and can get better then yes absolutely I think there is plenty of room for improvement and we’re not even showing anything close to what we’re really capable of right now. Not in the league anyway. We might have thumped Mauerwerk 11-0 in the cup, but that was expected of us and playing Bundesliga opposition is a different kettle of fish and although we’ve won both of our games, I think going forward we’re not at our best yet. The new players are still finding their feet here and building those relationships that made our attacking play so entertaining last season, but that will come in time and the further into the season we get, the better this team is going to get.

Is that not slightly concerning given the magnitude of the game on Wednesday night?
No I don’t think so to be honest. Yes Wednesday night is a huge game, a different magnitude to the games we’ve played so far because of what is riding on it, but like I said earlier, our ability to manage a game is pretty good and I know we’ll try and do the same against Dynamo on Wednesday. We’re playing well enough that we can get a result and I know that it won’t be easy but we can definitely beat Dynamo Kyiv over two legs here. We showed we can play the top teams around Europe last season, beating Zenit and beating Fiorentina and I’d put Dynamo in a similar bracket so we’re confident of getting the right result.

You will be, unfortunately, suspended for the first leg against Dynamo Kyiv, do you have faith in the team to be able to get the right result despite your absence?
Yeah I’m gutted to be missing the game, but I’ll be back for the second leg so will hopefully get to play some part in the tie. Of course I have faith this team can get the job done. Listen every player in this squad is capable of playing a huge role in any team that the manager picks, he has built a really strong squad that will show over the course of this season what it is capable of and that the manager could pick a different starting XI week in week out and still get the results we need.

And do you think this Austria Wien side can beat Dynamo Kyiv over the course of the two legs and seal their place in the next round of the competition?
100% yes we can!

It was a very memorable European campaign for Die Vielchen last season, reaching the Round of 16 of the Europa League, how far do you think Die Vielchen can go this season and what are the objectives for this European campaign?
I think it’s going to be difficult to compare last season’s success to how we’re going to do this year because I think other teams will have taken notice of us a little bit and seen how we approach games in Europe and will look to exploit any weaknesses in our game more than they did last season. The Champions League, if we get to the Group Stages would be incredibly tough, we’re not naïve enough to think any other way, so we’d just have to take it a game at a time. If we end up in the Europa League, we proved we can compete last season and I think we’d have to look at going as far as we can in that competition.

The draw for the Play Off round has been made and Die Vielchen will play either Brondby of Denmark or Sporting Lisbon in the next stage if they can get past Dynamo Kyiv, is that a draw that gives you confidence in reaching the Group Stages?
Don’t get me wrong, Sporting Lisbon are a very strong team, as are Brondby. That’s why they’re in the draw for that stage of the competition. Equally though, we’re in that same draw and we’re a strong team that is capable of getting good results in this competition and if we can reach the Play Offs then I am confident that this team can go on and pick up the results it needs against any team we might face on our way to the Group Stages.

Just thinking back to the Bundesliga then, do you think this squad now has what it takes to compete on a European front as well as sustaining a bid for the Bundesliga crown?
Now more than ever I think we’re capable of competing on all fronts. It’s no secret we want to go for the Bundesliga title, and we want to have a successful European campaign and we also know that we need to show an improvement on last season with regards to the OFB-Cup. Come the latter part of the season we want to be represented in as many competitions as possible and the squad depth we’ve got right now, this team is capable of doing exactly that so it is going to be a very exciting season.

Well Alexander that concludes this interview, thank you for joining us, good luck for the rest of the season!
No problem, my pleasure, thank you very much.

Comments

Jack: It’s a draw we can get through though, we’ve proven we can beat teams in Europe so I’m confident!

ScottT: Really tough draw but definitely one we’re capable of winning!

Last Update: #3.7 Die Vielchen To Host Dynamo Kyiv In Champions League
Next Update: 3.9 Die Vielchen And Dynamo Play Out Stalemate At Generali

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