Gorgeous result, now go get to the final and win that bloody thing!
Austria Wien Prepare For Bundesliga Run In
League leaders Austria Wien return to Bundesliga action this weekend for the first time since December, with a visit to 11th placed Admira Wacker, although the game comes just four days after their OFB-Cup Quarter Final victory over Rapid Wien on penalties and the suggestion is Christopher Steegmann may be forced into rotating his side ahead of the game. By the time Austria Wien kick off against Admira Wacker, they could find themselves ousted from top spot in the Bundesliga with Red Bull Salzburg just two points behind and playing their next game on Saturday, but based on form so far this season, Die Vielchen supporters will be confident in their teams ability to return to the top on Sunday evening.
Mid-Season FriendliesAustria Wien head into the final four games of the initial stage of the Bundesliga campaign after a successful mid-season tour of Slovenia where Die Vielchen played three friendlies. Between intense training sessions at their training base in Ljubljana, Austria Wien came away with a 4-2 victory over NK Domzale with the returning Kevin Friesenbichler scoring a hat trick with Maximilian Sax grabbing the fourth. Christopher Steegmann’s team then met Olimpija Ljubljana, coming away with a 2-0 victory thanks to early goals from Maximilian Sax and Cristian Cuevas. In their final game of the mid-season tour, Die Vielchen came up against European regulars Maribor, with Bright Edomwonyi scoring a 56th minute equaliser to earn Austria Wien a draw and ensure they ended their tour unbeaten in their three games and raring to go ahead of that OFB-Cup Quarter Final victory over Rapid Wien.
Transfer ActivityAustria Wien made just one signing during the January transfer window in the form of Marcel Canadi from second tier side Austria Lustenau. Canadi, 21, represents an investment for the future from Christopher Steegmann with the German confident that Canadi can learn and develop under the tutorage of club captain Alexander Grunwald who plays in the same position. Canadi, impressed in his three friendly performances in Slovenia and was given an extra time cameo against Rapid Wien in the cup in midweek, impressing in the limited time he had on the pitch.
There were also three outgoing players with Christoph Martschinko joining English side Swansea City, Alon Turgeman returning to Israel to join Beitar Jerusalem and Christoph Monschein leaving to join Bundesliga rivals St. Polten. The trio made only a handful of appearances between the three players and from the outside would appear to not be heavily missed heading into the closing stages of the campaign although this will remain to be seen and should an injury crisis appear Austria Wien may look back on the decision to sell with regret.
Injury NewsAustria Wien have been boosted by the return from injury of a few of their players who were suffering from long term injuries. Petar Gluhakovic, a young right back, has been missing all season having damaged his cruciate ligaments, whilst Kevin Friesenbichler missed the run in from September through to December through his own injury. Gluhakovic hasn’t featured during the mid-season friendlies, however Friesenbichler will be looking to push Bright Edomwonyi for a place in the starting XI, having scored a hat trick against NK Domzale.
Dominik Fitz, Austria Wien’s 19 year old right winger is on his way back from a long term injury, but could still remain absent until the Bundesliga is split in two, whilst Florian Klein, the experienced right wing back, damaged his ankle ligaments against Rapid Wien in the cup and will miss the next two weeks of football.
Upcoming FixturesWith just the four fixtures to come until the league is split in two, Austria Wien have nothing to worry about in terms of making sure they are in the top six. They are guaranteed a place in the fight for the title but will be hoping to further cement their place in the European spots and the title race with their remaining games. First up is the trip to Admira Wacker before a huge midweek tie against third placed Sturm Graz, who for so long this season have been the side pushing Die Vielchen the hardest for the top spot in the Bundesliga.
Meanwhile, after their relatively poor start by their standards Red Bull Salzburg are now resurgent and look to be firm contenders for the title and could be top of the table as previously mentioned, by the time Austria Wien’s game against Admira Wacker kicks off. Austria Wien will host Red Bull Salzburg on Matchday 22, the last game before the split, a week after they host a Mattersburg side looking to break into the top six before the final game of this initial stage.
CommentsScottT: See ya later Rapid! Auf Wiedersehen! Yeah it felt amazing to beat them on penalties!
Jim: I saw it coming
Justice: Onwards we march
Jack: A fantastic result but it's not going to be easy to even reach the final let alone win the tournament!
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└ This post was edited by mgriffin2012 (2018-12-04 22:14, 3 months ago)
A very useful update that. Glad to see you enjoyed a successful break and beat a number of good sides, in the form of Maribor and Ljublana especially.
Hopefully you'll be able to see yourselves over the line now.
Hopefully you'll be able to see yourselves over the line now.
Good to have the two players back from injury, that'll be a big boost going into a very important stage of the season!
Salzburg Turn The Tide Of Title Race With Win
Red Bull Salzburg today turned the tide on the Bundesliga title race by beating leaders Austria Wien by 2 goals to 1 at the Generali Arena to move top of the Bundesliga on the final game in the initial phase of this season’s Championship. Goals from Zlatko Junuzovic and Andre Ramalho either side of an equaliser from James Jeggo ensured that Marco Rose’s side picked up their eighth successive victory in the Bundesliga and extended their unbeaten run in the division to 10 games. As a result of the victory at the Generali Arena, Salzburg have now moved two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, although with the game taking place on the final round of play of the Bundesliga’s initial phase this lead will soon be cut.
With the Bundesliga now being split in to two groups of six, Salzburg and Austria Wien will now both compete for the title in the Bundesliga Champions’ Play Off, with all the teams in the division having their points tally cut in half, meaning that Salzburg’s lead will be cut to a singular point. However, the run of form, Salzburg find themselves on will encourage Marco Rose and discourage Christopher Steegmann with Salzburg looking the heavy favourites to land another league title come the close of play in May. Austria Wien will also be hoping they can recover the fine form that has made them surprise title contenders this season when the Bundesliga resumes after the upcoming international break.
Meanwhile here at the Generali Arena, Christopher Steegmann will be disappointed that his side couldn’t raise their game for the visit of Salzburg and end their winless run, after two successive 0-0 draws against Mattersburg and Sturm Graz. It took just 15 minutes for the visitors who asserted their dominance early on in this tie, with a very well hit effort from outside the penalty area and the visitors dominance continued long into the first half with Austria Wien struggling to deal with the intensity Salzburg were setting. The hosts were unable to put their pressing game to good effect as Salzburg moved the ball around quickly and set out with a lust for blood.
Three minutes after the break though, Austria Wien had their equaliser as a neat bit of play saw James Jeggo slipped through on goal with the Australian slotting home from just outside the 6 yard box, giving Stankovic no chance in the Salzburg goal. However the relief didn’t last long as on the hour mark, Andre Ramalho headed home from a Junuzovic free kick into the penalty area with Austria goalkeeper Patrick Pentz tipping the ball on to the underside of the cross bar with the ball bouncing just inside the line, with goal line technology coming into good effect with the Salzburg players running to their fans to celebrate what turned out to be the winning goal.
The celebrations at full time in the away end were met with a chorus of boos from the home fans but the visiting Salzburg fans didn’t care, nor did the Salzburg players who supported their visiting fans long after the final whistle. The visiting players knew how big a win this could turn out to be for the visitors as did Marco Rose with the elation clearly etched all over the Salzburg players, meanwhile Austria will know they have a lot of work to do to revive their title bid.
CommentsScottT: Yeah we’ve had a good break, done some good business imo and look in good shape heading into this next stage!
Justice: Hopefully Friesenbichler can score some goals more frequently and be a real asset to this team!
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└ This post was edited by mgriffin2012 (2018-12-05 22:55, 3 months ago)
A bitterly disappointing defeat and it surely now puts Salzburg as favourites to go on and win the title - given the slender lead you hold and the dominance they've had in the league in recent years. Hopefully they surrender their unbeaten run soon and you find your feet again after a few slip-ups. There is still a lot to play for and a lot of time to make or break your season, that's for sure.
Not ideal. RB Salzburg can be a devastatingly good team when they're on their A game. Hopefully you can fight your way back to the top. You've worked hard this season!
I am aware that the league table is incorrect but as of the time of publishing the graphic used has long been edited and subsequently erased. The points tally for Austria Wien should read 46 rather than 49
17.3.19, Christopher Steegmann: ”So the end of the regular stage of the Bundesliga campaign is over. Considering the optimism we came into the second part of this season and the optimism around the club during the winter break, this month has been bitterly disappointing. To only win one game out of the four and then to fall off the top of the table is a horrible feeling and we feel like we have seriously let ourselves down. We struggled against Mattersburg and Sturm Graz as they both put their backs to the wall to defend their single point and they both more than earned the point they gained from those fixtures. The defeat to Salzburg was a bitter pill to swallow, especially as it came as a double blow by them knocking us off the top of the table. They are flying and in some incredible form and they are going to put in a serious shift to make sure they win the Bundesliga. We’re going to have battle very hard to support our own Bundesliga title push. There are ten games left and you can rest assure we’re going to do everything we can to win the title.”
CommentsScottT: Yeah it was a bitter pill to swallow and definitely makes them favourites! They’re in such good form and they look irresistible right now which is worrying and unfortunately we look like we could be about to embark on a poor run.
Justice: They’re in incredible form and are devastating going forward and quite frankly they can afford to buy a calibre of player that we can’t get near!
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└ This post was edited by mgriffin2012 (2018-12-07 22:23, 3 months ago)
Things are heating up now. It's going to be incredibly tense, but I'm looking forward to seeing how things go. I'm confident you'll address any issues and get the club back on the winning track and en route to the league title.
I hope you absolutely gut RB Salzburg next month!
Austria Wien Lose Their Discipline In Innsbruck
Austria Wien were sent down to nine men by the time the full time whistle was blown in Innsbruck, as Wacker Innsbruck inflicted a second successive defeat on Austria Wien as they failed to capitalise on Salzburg’s 1-1 draw with St. Polten. The capital side though will be thankful that the deficit wasn’t larger after sending offs to central defenders Igor and Alexander Borkovic, although Austria did create chances despite being disadvantaged, meanwhile Wacker Innsbruck will feel that they have reignited their title bid after the league was split in two and the points tallies for the top six teams were split in half too as they are now just four points behind Red Bull Salzburg.
The hosts here at the Tivoli Stadion got off to a very strong start and their intent to win the game paid off in the 20th minute when Matthias Maak headed home scoring the goal that proved to be the winner. Whilst Igor was sent off for a second yellow card, Austria did manage to push forward and create chances to grab an equaliser, but when Alexander Borkovic was sent off for a horror tackle and saw red immediately, the visitors knew their chances of getting a point from the game had gone and their search for a first victory since the 2-1 victory over Admira Wacker continued.
It now means Austria Wien haven’t won a game in four, with two draws and two defeats as Christopher Steegmann’s side begin to struggle with suggestions that the players aren’t fit enough and haven’t returned to competitive action in the best of shapes. They now prepare for the visit of Sturm Graz on Tuesday at the Generali Arena where they will be hoping to pick up that first victory in over a month and reignite a title bid that is fading fast.
Meanwhile around the country on Matchday 24 in the Champions Play Off, as previously mentioned Red Bull Salzburg were held to a creditable 1-1 draw for their visitors St. Polten, whilst Rapid Wien gave their chances of winning the title a big boost by beating Sturm Graz 2-0, inflicting more misery on the travelling Austria Wien fans.
CommentsScottT: Having the points tallies cut in two makes things really interesting because it brings other teams back into the hunt for the title and will make the final stages of the season incredibly tight and interesting!
Justice: That makes two of us then!
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└ This post was edited by mgriffin2012 (2018-12-08 17:54, 3 months ago)
Your side are struggling at the moment, but hopefully you'll be able to get that one result to change your fortunes. It would be a massive shame to see Wien slip away after a good run not so long ago.
Semi Final Heartbreak For Austria In Cup
Austria Wien’s dreams of winning the OFB-Cup for the first since 2009 were ended today as they suffered semi final heartbreak at the Merkur Arena after Sturm Graz scored a 90th minute winner to Austria out of the competition. The hosts had taken the lead through an early goal, inside the opening ten minutes and Austria had been left chasing the game since falling behind, but after finding the equaliser and with the game looking like it was headed into an extra half an hour of extra time, the late winner for Graz will be a real kick in the teeth for Christopher Steegmann and his Austria Wien team as their chances of winning silverware this season appear to be fading fast.
With Austria having failed to win any of their previous six Bundesliga games, leaving their bid for the league title faded, Steegmann and the Austria Wien fans will have been hoping that the team were able to raise their game and ensure a showpiece event against Red Bull Salzburg come the end of May in the Cup Final. However things weren’t to be as Lukas Gugannig’s two brilliantly flighted free kicks, either side of Bright Edomwonyi’s equaliser meant that it was Sturm Graz, last season’s winners, who were left relishing the prospect of defending their title, rather than Die Vielchen, whose wait for an OFB-Cup success will now extend into an eleventh season.
It was a brilliantly hit free kick from Lukas Gugannig in the eighth minute after a foul from Florian Klein on the edge of the area, and almost instantly the heads of the eleven Austria Wien players on the pitch sank as they were facing the prospect of another game without a victory. However with the manager Christopher Steegmann, ever animated as usual, yelling and spurring his team on from the sidelines, Austria managed to pick themselves up and twice in the first half should have levelled through Bright Edomwonyi, whose goal drought appeared to be continuing.
However after the half time break, Austria came out rejuvenated, playing at the high tempo the away fans had been accustomed to over the course of this season, and continued pressing for their equaliser. It wouldn’t come until the 77th minute when Bright Edomwonyi’s header from David Cancola’s lofted through ball, rippled the back of the net and sent the away fans wild as their cup dreams were revitalised. The heart break wasn’t done yet though for the visitors as in the 90th minute, another foul just outside the area, saw Gugannig line up a second free kick of the game. The free kick was again beautifully weighted and aimed and gave Patrick Pentz no chance in the Austria goal as Die Vielchen were left holding their heads at the thought of another defeat.
It was a defeat that meant Austria’s winless run in all competitions now stretches to seven games, with the wheels having appeared to have completely fallen off what seemed a promising campaign during the winter break. Christopher Steegmann and his side will now turn their attentions to the weekend’s game against St. Polten back at the Generali Arena, desperate to put an end to a poor run of form that nobody is sure on how costly it could be to Austria Wien moving forward.
CommentsScottT: Yeah, our form has completely fallen off a cliff and we just don’t seem to be able to put a halt to the slide no matter what I do! It might become a case of weathering the storm and hoping for the best and then restart next season…if I’m still in a job
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└ This post was edited by mgriffin2012 (2018-12-09 20:12, 3 months ago)
Not a good result at all. Praying you can get a few positive results to turn the tide soon.
Not the best set of results, particularly in the semi final of the cup, but I know you will bounce back to be stronger than ever!
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