Red Bull Salzburg have completed the Austrian Bundesliga regular season with massive numbers and now head into the newly minted Championship Round for the remainder of the FIFA calendar.
Salzburg played 22 total games against 11 other teams dating back to the summer of 2018 and won 17 of those contests. Their lead atop the table was just nine points because of the remarkable season by LASK which shows just how competitive the league has become. Their impressive goal differential of +33 also contributed to their success with Munas Dabbur netting 12 times in 21 games.
If there was a dark spot to the first half of Salzburg’s season it was their exit from the UEFA Europa League. A 3-0 loss to Napoli on the road set them up for disappointment in the knockout stage but the team did perform admirably. They defeated Napoli at Red Bull Arena 3-1 but were unable to win on aggregate.
Player to Watch For the Rest of the Year:
With the departure of Amadou Haidara for RB Leipzig, the team has been on the prowl for more talent and may have locked in the next bright star. Dominik Szoboszlai, an 18-year-old Hungarian midfielder, was with the team’s U18 squad but really shined on loan to FC Liefering. In 42 games he scored 15 goals and notched 11 assists. This season he has already made 11 appearances with Salzburg and scored his first Austrian Bundesliga goal against Wacker Innsbruck.
“It is just incredibly exciting to be part of this team,” said Szoboszlai after signing his contract extension. “I have received great support from the coaching team and the entire club in recent years and developed well. I am convinced that this is the perfect environment for me to continue my development, which is why I have decided to extend my contract at FC Red Bull Salzburg.”
Championship Round Expectations:
Salzburg will join Austria Wien, LASK, St. Polten, SK Sturm Graz and Wolfsberg in the Championship Round. Each team will play each other home and away, leading to a much more competitive finale to the season but the team still expects to finish at the top of the table.
“The character of this team is basically outstanding,” said manager Marco Rose after receiving the Coach of the Year Award. ” It is about the hard work, above all, as you find you are a team and have to develop a comon way of playing. In some situations you need a bit of luck to win too, of course. Yo ucan’t rest at all on any matches you have won or partial successes, as you have to always want more.”
Salzburg will begin their Championship Round campaign next weekend against Austria Wien and conclude on May 25 against St. Polten.