FC Red Bull Salzburg

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Red Bull Salzburg
Club crest
Full name Football Club Red Bull Salzburg
Nickname(s) Die Roten Bullen (The Red Bulls)
Founded 6 April 2005; 9 years ago (2005-04-06)
Ground Red Bull Arena
Ground Capacity 31,000[1]
Owner Red Bull GmbH
Chairman Georgios Esplandatkoulos
Manager Adolf Hütter
League Austrian Bundesliga
2013–14 1st
Current season

FC Red Bull Salzburg is an Austrian association football club, based in Wals-Siezenheim. Their home ground is the Red Bull Arena. Due to sponsorship restrictions, the club is known as FC Salzburg and wears a modified crest when playing in UEFA competitions.[2]

The club was known as SV Austria Salzburg, and had several sponsored names, before being bought by the Red Bull company in 2005 who renamed the club and changed its colours from its traditional violet and white to red and white. The change resulted in some of the team's fans forming a new club, SV Austria Salzburg.

Founded in 1933, the club won its first Austrian Bundesliga in 1994, which was the first of three in the space of four seasons which also saw them reach the 1994 UEFA Cup Final. The team currently has eight league titles to its name.


Pre-Red Bull[edit]

FC Red Bull Salzburg was founded on 13 September 1922 as SV Austria Salzburg, after the merger of the city's two clubs, Hertha and Rapid.[3] In 1950, the club was dissolved but re-founded later the same year. It reached the Austrian top flight in 1953,[4] and finished 9th of 14 clubs in its first season there, avoiding relegation by five points.[5] Vienna-born Erich Probst was Salzburg's first-ever international, earning the last of his 19 Austrian caps on 27 March 1960.[6] Adolf Macek, who made the first of his four international appearances on 9 October 1965, was the club's first local player to earn a cap for Austria.[7]

Salzburg were top-flight runners-up for the first time in the 1970–71 season, gaining 43 points to Wacker Innsbruck's 44.[8] The club's first-ever European campaign was in the 1971-72 UEFA Cup, and it was eliminated 5–4 on aggregate by Romanian club UTA despite a 3–1 home victory in the second leg.[9] In 1974, Salzburg reached the Austrian Cup final for the first time, and lost 2–1 away to Austria Vienna in the first leg before a 1–1 home draw in the second.[10]

Salzburg moved to their current stadium, now known as the Red Bull Arena in 2003

In 1978, the official name was changed to SV Casino Salzburg and in 1997, to SV Wüstenrot Salzburg, due to a sponsorship deal with an Austrian financial services corporation. The team often remained referred to as SV Austria Salzburg. During the Casino era, Salzburg reached their first and so far only European final, the 1994 UEFA Cup Final, where they lost both legs 1–0 to Italian club Inter Milan.[11] That same season, Salzburg won their first Bundesliga title, beating Austria Vienna by 51 points to 49.[12] The title was retained the following season as Salzburg beat Sturm Graz on goal difference.[13] The 1995–96 season saw a drop to eighth place, one above a relegation play-off,[14] but the club's third title in four seasons was won in 1997 as they beat holders Rapid Vienna by three points.[15]

Salzburg's inaugural UEFA Champions League campaign in 1994–95 saw them reach the group stage by beating Israel's Maccabi Haifa 5–2 on aggregate.[16] They were drawn into Group D with holders and eventual finalists AC Milan and eventual winners Ajax Amsterdam, as well as AEK Athens. Despite drawing both matches with Ajax, Salzburg picked up a solitary 3–1 win away in Athens and were eliminated in third place.[17]

The club moved to its current stadium in 2003.[18]

The Red Bull takeover[edit]

Due to UEFA regulations, Red Bull Salzburg use a modified crest and the name "FC Salzburg" when playing European matches.

The Red Bull company bought the club on 6 April 2005 and rebranded it. After the takeover, Red Bull changed the club's name, management, and staff, declaring "this is a new club with no history." Red Bull initially claimed on the club website that the club was founded in 2005, but was ordered to remove this claim by the Austrian F.A. The new authority removed all trace of violet from the club logo and the team now play in the colours of red and white, to the consternation of much of the club's traditional support.[19] A small pair of wings form the motif of the new club crest, displayed on the team jersey, in accordance with Red Bull's commercial slogan at the time: "It gives you wings." This complete re-branding of the team proved very similar to Red Bull's treatment of its two Formula One racing teams, Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso. However, Red Bull would not completely follow this precedent when it acquired the MetroStars club in Major League Soccer in the United States; while it rebranded the team as the New York Red Bulls, it chose to recognise the MetroStars' history.

Red Bull Salzburg, October 2005

The traditional supporters tried to resist the radical changes and formed their own movement in order to regain some of the tradition. Several fan-clubs throughout Europe voiced their support in what they saw as a fight against the growing commercialisation of football. However, after five months of protests and talks between the club owners and traditional fans, no compromise was reached. On 15 September 2005, the 'violet' supporters stated that the talks had irreversibly broken down and efforts to reach an agreement would be terminated.

This gave rise to two separate fan groups: the 'Red-Whites', who support 'Red Bull Salzburg' and the 'Violet-Whites', who want to preserve the 72-year-old tradition and refuse to support the rebranded club. The Violet-Whites ultimately formed a new club, SV Austria Salzburg.

Red Bull era[edit]

Dutchman Ricardo Moniz coached Red Bull to a Bundesliga and Cup double in the 2011–12 season.
German Roger Schmidt was coach from 2012 until 2014
Adolf Hütter Coach from 2014 onwards

In May 2006, Red Bull announced on their website that they had hired veteran Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni, together with his former player, German World Cup winner Lothar Matthäus, as co-trainers. The pair initially denied having reached a deal, but officially signed on 23 May 2006. Red Bull ultimately won the 2006–07 T-Mobile Bundesliga by a comfortable margin with five games still left in the season after drawing 2–2 with previous season's champions Austria Wien on 28 April 2007.

Red Bull were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk in the third qualifying round[20][21] of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League, and were then knocked out of the 2007–08 UEFA Cup in the first round by AEK Athens. On 13 February 2008, Italian manager Giovanni Trapattoni confirmed that he would be taking over as the new Republic of Ireland manager in May. In his final season, the club finished as runners-up, six points behind champions Rapid Vienna.[22] Trapattoni was succeeded by Co Adriaanse, under whom they finished as champions, but he left after one year. His successor was Huub Stevens. On 14 May 2010, Stevens' Red Bull retained the Bundesliga.[23]

Stevens was replaced by Dutchman Ricardo Moniz at the end of the 2010–11 season, in which Red Bull were denied a third consecutive title by Sturm Graz, who won the league by a three-point margin.[24] Red Bull finished second in the league, and qualified for the following season's UEFA Europa League. Moniz was ordered to integrate young players from the Junior squad: at the beginning of the 2011–12 season Daniel Offenbacher, Martin Hinteregger, Georg Teigl and Marco Meilinger were promoted to the first team. In the 2011–12 season Red Bull won the Austrian Bundesliga league title and Cup double.

After the 2011–12 season Moniz departed his post despite having a year remaining on his contract. The new coach for the 2012–13 season was Roger Schmidt, who came from Paderborn of the German 2. Bundesliga. In July 2012, Red Bull were knocked out of the Champions League in the second qualifying round against F91 Dudelange of Luxembourg, losing the first leg was lost 1–0 away, followed by a 4–3 home win which saw the club eliminated on away goals.[25]

After that, the team was changed fundamentally. At the end of the transfer period new players were bought (Valon Berisha, Kevin Kampl, Håvard Nielsen, Sadio Mané, Isaac Vorsah, Rodnei). In the 2012–13 season the team finished second in the league behind champion FK Austria Wien. They recaptured the league title the following season, with an 11 point margin over the runners-up.


Austrian Bundesliga

Austrian Cup

Austrian Supercup


* as Casino Salzburg

European competition history[edit]

  • Q = Qualification
  • PO = Play-Off
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final



Current squad[edit]

As of 10 February 2015[26]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Germany DF Benno Schmitz
4 Denmark DF Peter Ankersen
5 Brazil DF André Ramalho
6 Switzerland DF Christian Schwegler
7 Austria FW Marcel Sabitzer (on loan from RB Leipzig)
8 Guinea MF Naby Keïta
9 Austria FW Marco Djuricin
11 Brazil MF Felipe Pires
13 Austria MF Stefan Ilsanker
14 Norway MF Valon Berisha
17 Austria DF Andreas Ulmer
18 Japan FW Takumi Minamino
20 Ghana MF David Atanga
No. Position Player
24 Austria MF Christoph Leitgeb
25 Ghana DF Isaac Vorsah
26 Spain FW Jonatan Soriano (captain)
28 Denmark DF Asger Sørensen
31 Hungary GK Péter Gulácsi
33 Germany GK Alexander Walke
36 Austria DF Martin Hinteregger
37 Austria MF Valentino Lazaro
40 Germany GK Fabian Bredlow (on loan from RB Leipzig)
41 Austria MF Konrad Laimer
42 Germany FW Nils Quaschner
45 Croatia DF Duje Ćaleta-Car
77 Belgium MF Massimo Bruno (on loan from RB Leipzig)

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Norway FW Håvard Nielsen (to Germany Eintracht Braunschweig)
No. Position Player
Peru FW Yordy Reyna (to Austria SV Grödig)

Coaching staff[edit]

AustriaAdolf Hütter Head Coach
Hungary Zsolt Löw Assistant coach
Austria Herbert Ilsanker Goalkeeper coach
Germany Jochen Sauer Sporting director
France Gérard Houllier Global sports director

FC Liefering squad[edit]

Main article: FC Liefering
As of 10 January 2015[27]

FC Liefering is the reserve team of FC Red Bull Salzburg, and plays in the Austrian First League

As of February 5th, 2015[28]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Fabian Bredlow (on loan from RB Leipzig)
3 Brazil DF Luan
4 Austria DF Stefan Peric
5 Croatia DF Duje Ćaleta-Car
6 Austria DF Philipp Wiesinger
7 South Korea FW Hwang Hee-Chan (on loan from Red Bull Salzburg)
8 Austria MF Martin Rasner
9 Croatia FW Daniel Ripić
10 Brazil FW João Pedro
11 Austria DF Lukas Gugganig
13 Austria MF Michael Brandner
14 Austria DF Alexander Joppich
15 Austria MF Matthias Honsak
16 Denmark DF Asger Sørensen
17 Ghana DF Felix Adjei
No. Position Player
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Adel Halilović
21 Austria GK Michael Höfler
22 Austria DF Manuel Haas
26 Ghana FW Raphael Dwamena
30 United States GK Keith Cardona
31 Austria DF David Gugganig
32 Austria DF Sandro Ingolitsch
34 Ghana GK Lawrence Ati-Zigi
35 Serbia DF Stefan Petrović
36 Austria MF Xaver Schlager
36 Germany MF Daniel Raischl
44 Croatia MF Ante Roguljić
45 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Smail Prevljak (on loan from RB Leipzig)
47 Austria FW Lukas Heinicker

FC Liefering coaching staff[edit]

Germany Peter Zeidler Head coach
Austria Rene Aufhauser Assistant coach
Austria Heinz Arzberger Goalkeeping coach

FC Red Bull Salzburg under 18s squad[edit]

As of January 10, 2015[29]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Austria GK Andreas Diridl
Poland GK Bartlomiej Zynel
Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Valentino Jovic
Austria GK Mario Schragl
Austria GK Lukas Fuchs
Serbia DF Dejan Janjic
Austria DF Fabian Tribl
Austria DF Michael Switil
Germany DF Benjamin Kaufmann
Austria DF Sandro Ingolitsch
Austria DF David Gugganig
Austria DF Christian Kappacher
Hungary DF Marton Patik
Austria DF Thomas Ettl
Austria MF Maximilian Mayer
No. Position Player
Austria MF Mario Andric
Austria MF Oliver Filip
Germany MF Maximilian Schuster
Austria MF Lukas Fridrikas
Germany MF Daniel Raischl
Austria MF Marvin Schöpf
Germany MF Nico Gorzell
Austria FW Timo Neuhofer
Austria FW Lukas Heinicker
Austria FW Marco Hödl
Austria FW Xaver Schlager
Kosovo FW Mergim Berisha
Austria FW Alexander Schmidt
Austria FW Christoph Halper

Under 18s coaching staff[edit]

Germany Thomas Letsch Head coach
Poland Janusz Gora Assistant coach
Austria Arno Herzog Fitness coach
Austria Stefan Loch Goalkeeping coach

FC Red Bull Salzburg's Manager history[edit]

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