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 1933; 82 years ago (1933)
Ground Red Bull Arena
Ground Capacity 31,000[1]
Owner Red Bull GmbH
Chairman Georgios Esplandatkoulos
Manager Peter Zeidler
League Austrian Bundesliga
2014–15 Austrian Bundesliga, 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 1933 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: "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 to 2015

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 28 August 2015

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

No. Position Player
1 Austria GK Cican Stankovic
2 Germany DF Benno Schmitz
3 Brazil DF Paulo Miranda
4 France DF Dayot Upamecano
5 Croatia DF Duje Ćaleta-Car
6 Switzerland DF Christian Schwegler
7 Germany MF Reinhold Yabo
8 Guinea MF Naby Keïta
10 Austria FW Valentino Lazaro
13 Austria MF Michael Brandner
14 Norway MF Valon Berisha
15 Peru FW Yordy Reyna
16 Israel FW Omer Damari (on loan from RB Leipzig)
17 Austria DF Andreas Ulmer
18 Japan FW Takumi Minamino
19 Norway FW Håvard Nielsen
No. Position Player
20 Ghana MF David Atanga
22 Austria DF Stefan Lainer
23 Germany MF Hany Mukhtar (on loan from Benfica)
24 Austria MF Christoph Leitgeb
25 Japan MF Masaya Okugawa
26 Spain FW Jonatan Soriano (captain)
27 Austria MF Konrad Laimer
28 Denmark DF Asger Sørensen
31 Brazil GK Airton
33 Germany GK Alexander Walke
34 Ghana GK Lawrence Ati-Zigi
36 Austria DF Martin Hinteregger
37 Switzerland FW Dimitri Oberlin
46 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Smail Prevljak (on loan from RB Leipzig)
55 Austria MF Yasin Pehlivan
88 Mali MF Diadie Samassékou

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
Greece MF Taxiarchis Fountas (to Greece Asteras Tripoli)
Denmark DF Peter Ankersen (to Denmark FC Copenhagen)
Croatia MF Ante Roguljić (to Croatia HNK Hajduk Split)
9 Austria FW Marco Djuricin (to England Brentford)

Coaching staff[edit]

Germany Peter Zeidler Head coach
Austria Richard Kitzbichler Assistant coach
Austria Gerhard Struber Assistant coach
Austria Herbert Ilsanker Goalkeeper coach
Germany Christof Elser Athletical coach


AustriaChristoph Freund Sports head
GermanyJochen Sauer Business leader
GermanyErnst Tanner Trainees head


AustriaDietrich Mateschitz Investor


FranceGérard Houllier Global sports director
AustriaManfred Linzmaier Scout
AustriaLeo Lainer Scout
GermanyHeiko Laessig Scout
PolandRoman Szewczyk Scout
NetherlandsPiet Hamberg Scout
BelgiumBenoît Thans Scout

Medical department[edit]

AustriaHelmut Klampfer Club doctor
GermanyDr. Thomas Frölich Club doctor
AustriaPatrick Rottenhofer Physiotherapist
AustriaWolfgang Schwertl Masseur

Public work[edit]

AustriaSharif Shoukry Publicist
AustriaChristian Kircher Publicist

Other work[edit]

AustriaThomas Strasser Kitman
AustriaHelmut van der Vorle Kitman
AustriaGeorg Wimmer Busman
AustriaHans Leitert Coordinator of goalkeeper division
GermanyAlexander Zickler Youth coach

FC Liefering squad[edit]

Main article: FC Liefering
As of 10 January 2015[26]

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

FC Red Bull Salzburg under 18s squad[edit]

As of September 16, 2015[27]

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

No. Position Player
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Valentino Jović
3 Austria DF Thomas Ettl
4 Croatia DF Branimir Kuhar
5 Austria DF Luca Meisl
6 Austria MF Dominik Stumberger
7 Austria MF Marvin Schöpf
8 Germany MF Nico Gorzel
9 Austria MF Hannes Wolf
10 Kosovo FW Mergim Berisha
11 Austria MF Oliver Filip
12 Austria FW Randy Montie
13 Austria FW Nicolas Meister
14 Austria DF Julian Gölles
15 Austria MF Steven Schmidt
16 Austria MF Mario Andric
No. Position Player
17 Austria DF Christian Kappacher
18 Austria MF Maximilian Mayer
19 Austria MF Kenan Kirim
20 Austria MF Can Cakir
21 Austria GK Lukas Fuchs
22 Austria FW Christoph Halper
23 Germany MF Maximilian Schuster
25 Austria MF Philipp Sturm
26 Austria DF Alexander Burgstaller
27 Poland MF Martin Pajaczkowski
Poland GK Bartlomiej Zynel
Austria DF Florian Wiedl
Finland DF Juhani Pikkarainen
Austria FW Alexander Schmidt

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
Austria GK Mario Schragl (to Germany Dortmund Under 17)

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

Managerial history[edit]

Notable players[edit]

This is a list of notable players that have represented Red Bull Salzburg. [7]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]