European Alphabet – Part 6

The second season takes off. We will try to get to match the result of last year and maybe a little bit better. Let’s see what we can do!

Manager van Dijk starts rebuilding his team

23-6-2019 | After finishing in the top half last season, Damien van Dijk is busy rebuilding his team so they can aim even higher next season. The rebuilding starts with 2 new players.

Dominik Preiml is a young 16 year-old attacking midfielder with loads of potential. He is signed on a free for the next 4 years. Dominik has the determination to develop in a regular first team player, according to Damien van Kan. Self, Dominik said during the press conference: “I will try to develop the way my manager wants me to and I hope I can be a good addition to this squad.”

The other player Damien van Kan brings in is Lukas Lamp. Lukas is signed from SC Imst and the 19-year old central defender will be a rotation option for Van Kan. Lukas didn’t feel SC Imst was the right club to continue his development so he decided to change clubs and see if Austria Klagenfurt can help him to develop into a player for the Bundesliga. He has signed a 3-year contract with Austria Klagenfurt

Three more signings for Austria Klagenfurt

01-07-2019 | Damien van Dijk takes this rebuilding seriously, although the rest of the squad can think they aren’t needed anymore. The manager of Austria Klagenfurt signs 3 more players at the start of the transfer window. Christopher Cvetko, Marc Jonkheere and Rob Hall are playing in the Wörthersee Stadion next season.

Christopher Cvetko comes over from FC Juniors OÖ after his contract was ending and FC Juniors OÖ were relegated from the Erste Liga last season. “I am glad I can still play in the Erste Liga and I hope I can help Austria Klagenfurt growing further and further”, says Cvetko. Cvetko is a central midfielder with a nice passing technique and enough determination to help Austria Klagenfurt. Cvetko has signed a 3-year contract until June 2022.

Marc Jonkheere is a 17-year old central midfielder, who has signed a 4-year contract. Damien van Dijk has signed Jonkheere to strengthen the squad long-term. “He is a player for the future and can help us getting into or staying in the Bundesliga”, according to Damien van Dijk.

The last player Damien van Dijk has signed today is Rob Hall. Hall didn’t get a extension of his contract at Oxford United from England. The 25-year old winger is glad to have found a team for the next season: “After my contract wasn’t renewed, I was looking for a new challenge. The manager contacted me and asked me if I wanted to help him getting Austria Klagenfurt promoted. I liked the challenge and now we are here!”. Hall has signed a 3-year contract.

Mounpain and De Souza Mendes leave Austria Klagenfurt

15-07-2019 | Two players will leave Austria Klagenfurt this transfer window. Ousseini Mounpain will leave on a loan to Rabotnicki in Macedonia for a year.

Daniel De Souza Mendes already knew his contract wouldn’t be renewed so he packed his bags and left on a free to Charlotte Independence who play in the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid.

Nice start for Austria Klagenfurt

16-07-2019 | After a nice holiday the players return to their clubs for some friendlies to get themselves back into shape. Austria Klagenfurt played 5 friendlies and the results are as followed:

03-07 – SK Austria Klagenfurt – SV Austria Salzburg: 4-1
06-07 – SK Austria Klagenfurt – LASK Linz: 2-0
03-07 – SV Neuberg – SK Austria Klagenfurt: 1-6
03-07 – SCU Ardagger – SK Austria Klagenfurt: 0-9
03-07 – Villacher SV – SK Austria Klagenfurt: 0-6

First OFB-Cup has no suprises

19-07-2019 | Austria Klagenfurt took on the amateurs of SAK Celovec in the first round of the national cup. As expected Austria Klagenfurt took control of the match and created multiple chances. The first goal came in the 27th minute by the foot of Benedikt Pichler. After a corner was defended the ball was send back into the box which ended into the bottom left corner. 10 minutes later Christopher Zeh was brought down inside the penalty area. A penalty was awarded and it was scored by Markus Rusek. Austria Klagenfurt scored again 2 minutes later. Rob Hall took a free kick which was slided in by Benedikt Pichler. At the end of the first half Austria Klagenfurt took an even greater lead when a ball was crossed into the box and after a small scramble Markus Rusek put it in the back of the net. The last goal came in the second half. In the 71st minute Austria Klagenfurt created a nice attack and at the end Dirk Mohr slotted it in the top right corner.

Erste Liga season gets underway

26-07-2019 | First match of the season and Austria Klagenfurt are looking for a nice run of games. They started very well when Rob Hall headed a cross into the goal in the 4th minute. The game went on and in the second half Austria Klagenfurt doubled their lead. Benedikt Pichler was on the end of a cross from Marc Ortner and succeeded in heading into the back of the net.

Taking on a relegated team

02-08-2019 | Austria Klagenfurt was welcomed at Stadion Hartberg. The match started in favor of Austria Klagenfurt. They took the lead in the 7th minute when Slobodan Mihajlovic took control of the ball and slotted it home after a fault of the Hartberg defense. Austria Klagenfurt was in complete control of the match, but couldn’t convert any of their chances. In the 78th minute Mihajlovic was tackled inside of the box and the awarded penalty was converted into a goal by Markus Rusek.

Mario Rumbold to Austria Klagenfurt

06-08-2019 | Austrian left defender Mario Dumbold has finally found a new club. His contract wasn’t renewed at Sankt Pölten last season and he was looking for a club for the last few weeks. He has been picked up by Damien van Dijk of Austria Klagenfurt, where he signed a 4-year deal. Manager Damien van Dijk now has his defence complete and has said that there will no more defender signed, unless a defender leaves during the transfer window.

Dull match ended in a win for Austria Klagenfurt

09-08-2019 | It was a nice August evening when Austria Klagenfurt started the match against Wiener Neustadt. The match didn’t saw a lot of chances. The first exciting thing that happened, took place in the 74th minute. Wiener Neustadts Stefan Schwendinger went in too hard when tackling Christopher Zeh from behind. He was rewarded a red card and from that moment Austria Klagenfurt tried to win the game. In the 82nd minute they took the lead when Rob Hall scored from a deflection. They even scored a second goal in the 88th minute when Slobodan Mihajlovic headed a cross in.

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