Ernst Öbster

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Ernst Öbster
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Personal information
Full name Ernst Öbster
Date of birth (1984-03-17) March 17, 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Salzburg, Austria
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 20
Youth career
SK Bischofshofen
BNZ Salzburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2009 Red Bull Salzburg 40 (0)
2003–2004 LASK Linz (loan) 28 (2)
2007–2009 Red Bull Salzburg Juniors (loan) 30 (9)
2009 New York Red Bulls 3 (0)
2010–2011 Wacker Innsbruck 25 (3)
2011–2013 SV Grödig 56 (6)
2013– LASK Linz 22 (4)
National team
2004–2006 Austria U-21 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May, 2014.

Ernst Öbster (born March 17, 1984 in Salzburg) is an Austrian footballer who plays for LASK Linz.



Öbster began his youth career with SK Bischofshofen and in 2001 joined BNZ Salzburg. After impressing with BNZ, Öbster was called up by the SV Austria Salzburg first team and debuted in the Austrian Bundesliga as a 17-year-old. After receiving limited playing time with Salzburg, Öbster was loaned to LASK Linz in 2003, during his time with Linz he was a regular starter as a left-sided midfielder appearing in 28 matches and notching 2 goals. After an impressive season with Linz, Öbster returned to SV Austria Salzburg and was a key reserve for the club. In 2005, SV Austria Salzburg was acquired by Red Bull and Öbster remained with the first team appearing in 7 league matches. Over the next few years he would alternate between the first team and Red Bull Juniors playing in the Austrian Football First League, in which he appeared in 30 matches scoring 9 goals. In the 2008-09 season Öbster appeared in 5 league matches and 4 UEFA Cup qualification matches in which he scored 2 goals. He also appeared in 3 Austrian Cup matches scoring 1 goal.

Following the season it was believed that Rapid Vienna was interested in signing Öbster, however he elected to join sister club New York Red Bulls agreeing to terms on July 14, 2009. He scored for New York on his debut July 30, 2009 in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League series with W Connection which ended in a 2-2 draw

Öbster was released by New York Red Bulls on March 24, 2010.[1] Following his release from New York Öbster returned to Austria and signed with Wacker Innsbruck.[2]


Internationally he has played eleven times for the Austrian U-21 national team. In 2003, he took part in the U-19 European Championship and helped Austria reach the semifinals.


Season Team Title
2007 Austria FC Red Bull Salzburg Austrian Bundesliga
2009 Austria FC Red Bull Salzburg Austrian Bundesliga
2013 Austria SV Grödig Austrian First Football League
2014 Austria LASK Linz Austrian Regional Central league

MLS Statistics[edit]

All-time MLS club performance
Club Season United States Major League Soccer US Open Cup MLS Cup CONCACAF Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
New York Red Bulls
2009 3 0 - - - - 2 1 5 1
Club Total 3 0 - - - - 2 1 5 1

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