FC Red Bull Salzburg (Austria)


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FC Red Bull Salzburg midfielder SOMEN TCHOYI (13), the Cameroon international who was the second-leading league goal-scorer with eight for Dutch coach HUUB STEVENS’ charges last season, fends off the challenge of KLAUS SALMUTTER of LASK Linz in the Austrian Bundesliga. (GEPA photo)
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For those who hate corporate entities and / or commercialism in professonal football, the ultimate evil could quite well be FC RED BULL SALZBURG, the current defending back-to-back champions of Austria.

The energy drink giant, Red Bull GmbH, purchased a club with a 72-year-old history, SV Austria Salzburg, in April of 2005 and immediately alienated football fans not just in Salzburg but, indeed, across Europe, as well.

The new owners immediately re-christened the team Red Bull Salzburg, changed the team colors and proclaimed “this is a new club with no history.”

The official team website then declared the club was founded in 2005, but this was too much for the Austrian Football Association, who ordered that statement taken down.

Not surprisingly, a rift soon developed between the supporters of the traditions and history associated with the old club and those who stood with the team under new management. Many fan clubs throught Europe voiced their solidarity with the “old” supporters, known as the Violet-Whites after the forsaken colors, as they were seen as victims of growing commercialism in football.

Just six months after the takeover by the Red Bull energy drink manufacturer, in October of 2005, the Violet-Whites successfully registered the old “SV Salzburg Austria” name and logo with the Austria FA. One season later, a new team was entered in 2.Klasse Nord, the seventh tier of football in Austria. Entering this 2010-11 season, SV Austria Salzburg have earned promotion to the Third Division.

In the meantime, FC Red Bull Salzburg have captured three Bundesliga championships total, including the titles for the past two years.

The top goal-scorer from last season, Austria international MARC JANKO (16 caps, 7 goals), has been sold to Dutch side FC Twente Enschede.

The 27-year-old forward, whose mother won a bronze medal at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics in the Javelin event, was moved for a fee which will be between four and seven million Euros depending on results. Janko enjoyed a career year in 2008-09 with 39 goals in 34 league matches for Red Bull Salzburg and added another 18 goals in 34 Bundesliga games this past season.

GONZALO ZARATE, the 25-year-old Argentine forward who found the net 25 times in 89 matches for Swiss club Grasshopper Zurich the past three campaigns, comes to Austria as Janko’s possible replacement.

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FC RED BULL SALZBURG : Off-season transactions
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Players Arriving
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fw – Roman WALLNER ————— Austria int’l — fr LASK Linz
fw – Gonzalo ZARATE —————– Argentina — fr Grasshopper Zurich (Switz)
fw – Joaquin BOGHOSSIAN ——– Uruguay — fr CA Cerro Montevideo (Urg)
fw – ALAN D. B. de Carvalho ——– Brazil — fr FC Fluminense (Brz)
mf – Johan VANLANTHEN ——— Switzerland int’l — fr FC Zurch (Switz)
mf – David MENDES DA SILVA — Holland int’l — fr AZ Alkmaar (Hol)
mf – Jacob JANTSCHER ————– Austria int’l — fr LASK Linz
mf – Stefan HIERLAENDER ——– Austria — fr FK Austria Kaernten
gk – Gerhard TRAMMEL ————- Germany — fr FC Energie Cottbus (Ger)
gk – Alexander WALKE ————— Germany — fr FC Hansa Rostock (Ger)

(Wallner had been on loan with Red Bull Salzburg since January; Vonlanthen was on loan at FC Zurich for the 2009-10 season; Boghossian was on loan for the 2009-10 with Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina)

Players Departing
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fw – Alexander ZICKLER —- Germany int’l — to LASK Linz
fw – Dorde RAKIC ————– Serbia — to TSV 1860 Munich (Ger)
fw – Christoph KROEPFL —- Austria — to SV Kapfenburg
mf – Somen TCHOYI ———- Cameroon int’l — to West Bromwich Albion (Eng)
mf – Admir VLADAVIC —— Bosnia / Herz int’l — to MSK Zilina (Svk)
mf – Karel PITAK ————— Czech Rep — to FK Jablonec (Cze)
df – Barry OPDAM ————– Holland int’l — to FC Volendam (Hol)
df – Anis BOUSSADI ———– Tunisia int’l — to PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece)
gk – Heinz ARZBERGER —— Austria int’l — retired
gk – Wolfgang SCHOBER —- Austria — to TSV Hartberg

(Rakic had been on loan at 1860 Munich since February; free transfer finalized in early August)

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FC RED BULL SALZBURG squad
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33 – GK – Eddie GUSTAFSSON ——— (SWEDEN – 10 caps)
31 – GK – Gerhard TREMMEL ———– (Germany)
27 – GK – Alexander WALKE ————- (Germany)

30 – DF – Milan DUDIC ——————— (SERBIA – 13 caps, 0 goals)
30 – DF – Rabiu AFOLABI —————– (NIGERIA – 20 caps, 1 goal)
29 – DF – Ibrahim SEKAGYA ————- (UGANDA – 22 caps, 3 goals)
26 – DF – Christian SCHWEGLER ——- (Switzerland)
24 – DF – Franz SCHIEMER ————— (AUSTRIA – 13 caps, 2 goals)
24 – DF – Andreas ULMER —————– (AUSTRIA – 2 caps, 0 goals)

29 – MF – Thom AUGUSTINUSSEN — (DENMARK – 2 caps, 0 goals)
29 – MF – Simon CZIOMMER ————– (Germany)
28 – MF – Ademir VLADAVIC ————– (BOSNIA / HRZG – 12 caps, 0 goals)
27 – MF – David MENDES DA SILVA — (HOLLAND – 7 caps, 0 goals)
25 – MF – Christian LEITGEB ————— (AUSTRIA – 27 caps, 0 goals)
24 – MF – Johan VANLANTHEN ——— (SWITZERLAND – 40 caps, 7 goals)
24 – MF – Dusan SVENTO ——————– (SLOVAKIA – 20 caps, 1 goal)
24 – MF – Nikola POKRIVAC ————— (CROATIA – 14 caps, 0 goals)
21 – MF – Jakob JANTSCHER ————– (AUSTRIA – 6 caps, 1 goal)
19 – MF – Stefan HIERLAENDER

32 – FW – Robin NELISSE ——————– (NETH ANTILLES – 2 caps, 0 goals)
28 – FW – Roman WALLNER —————- (AUSTRIA – 29 caps, 7 goals)
25 – FW – Gonzalo ZARATE —————— (Argentina)
24 – FW – Louis NGWAT-MAHOP ——– (Cameroon)
23 – FW – Joaquin BOGHOSSIAN ——— (Urugay)
21 – FW – ALAN D. B. de Carvalho ——– (Brazil)

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ROSTER UPDATES

7/28/10 — Uruguay striker JOAQUIN BOGHOSSIAN purchased by Red Bull Salzburg from CA Cerro Montevideo

8/10/10 — Serbia striker DORDE RAKIC permitted to stay permanently at TSV 1860 Munich in Germany on a free transfer; Rakic had been on loan at the club since February

8/10/10 — Brazil striker ALAN Douglas Borges de Carvalho purchased by Red Bull Salzburg from FC Fluminense

8/27/10 — Red Bull Salzburg sell Cameroon international midfielder SOMEN TCHOYI to English club West Bromwich Albion

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