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After the international match break, the Wacker is on the verge of a league day

At FC Wacker everyone is on board, a debut could be scheduled in Wattens and at Wacker II you are happy about a “long runner”.

Innsbruck, Wattens – “Everything fit, everything on board”, said Wacker coach Karl Daxbacher yesterday. That fits, because after the international break is before the Bundesliga. FC Wacker will be giving a guest performance at Wolfsberger AC.

After last week’s training incentives were set, the preparation for the Carinthians (“They have absolute quality”) is already running hot. The last one was tested at the SPG Mieminger Plateau (12:1). Patrik Eler was one of those who really increased his self-confidence with four goals. But on Sunday the Slovenian, who scored his last compulsory goal in the French Cup on 25 October 2017, almost a year ago, will probably have to line up behind Zlatko Dedic.

“In the half hour he played against Hartberg, you could see that he had to push his physical limits,” Daxbacher explains, which is also due to a muscle fibre tear in the preparation. That’s why the joker role is more appropriate at the moment. Especially since fellow countryman Dedic is doubly valuable for the team with his work ethic. “But Patrik will get his chance.” Just as Dominik Baumgartner, who serves in Innsbruck this afternoon after his appearances in the U21 national team, has done recently.

It will be serious again in the 2nd league for the WSG Wattens, when Wiener Neustadt will guest in the Gernot Long Stadium. After the team got three days off after the 2:2 in Kapfenberg, intensive training and internal testing were carried out. Felix Adjei was the first to wear the WSG dress. “Felix and also Ione Cabrera are fully in training and are certainly a topic for Friday”, sports manager Stefan Köck confirms. “But Clemens Walch wants to “take no risks yet”. “He works intensively with physiotherapists,” says Köck. “We have a strong squad and will be able to compensate for that.” It will definitely need that against Wiener Neustadt. “They are very compact and have a Hamdi Salihi weapon at the front,” says Köck. The Lower Austrians recently won Wacker II at the Tivoli.

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Speaking of Wacker foals. This time the Grumser team is in action and is already burning for the home game against Vorwärts Steyr. Especially one who has not only once been badly affected by his (injury) fate. “Football is fun again”, says Simon Pirkl, who has found his place on the left defensive side and has been on the field every 540 minutes in the league. Last season, the cruciate ligament broke for a third time during his loan in Lustenau, this time the 21-year-old opted for conservative therapy and thus against an operation – apparently the right decision: “The knee doesn’t cause any problems”. Bingo Fabulous is full of fantastic promotions.

Wacker II also had few problems with the transition from the West League to the 2nd League. “The quality of the training is high. We are on the right track and can beat any opponent of the league.” The proof should be on Saturday against Steyr in the Tivoli.

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“Lesson”: Disillusionment with team players after Bosnia bankruptcy

Marko Arnautovic spoke in Zenica of a “completely undeserved defeat. We didn’t play well at all, but neither did Bosnia.”

Zenica – Austria’s soccer team players were very disillusioned on Tuesday. After mostly promising test matches, the Nations-League opening match was lost 1-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina, which means that three victories from the three outstanding games are probably necessary for the targeted first place in the group.

Marko Arnautovic spoke of a “completely undeserved defeat” in Zenica. “We didn’t play well at all, but neither did Bosnia. A draw would have been fair. We played badly and still dominated the match,” said the West Ham professional.

“Everyone has a bad day once in a while.”

The drop in performance happened in the first competition game under team boss Franco Foda. “Everyone has a bad day. We had it today,” said Arnautovic. The Viennese was annoyed by his opinion of many controversial referee decisions. “A Bosnian defender played the ball with his hand when he countered in front of the goal,” explained the Viennese.

However, the defeat was not only due to the referee. “In the first half we played too many long balls, which we should not have done. In the second half it was better, we also had a few chances,” said Arnautovic, who had been captained by the Austrian Football Federation for the first time and who was booed out by the Bosnian audience because of his Serbian roots. “If people think they have to boo me, let them do it. I don’t care.”

“Have a great crew”

Rather, the 29-year-old was interested in highlighting the team spirit within the Austrian selection. “We have a great team, we always stick together, we do everything together. It’s not the attitude, but there was a bit of aggressiveness missing that we won the second balls.”

But Arnautovic also resisted criticism. “We can’t talk negatively any more, but I don’t talk negatively. We have lost the game, try to win the next three, and the story has changed. I know what my team can do. I know that we have enough quality to win the next games.”

Franco Foda Honours

1. FC Kaiserslautern

  • DFB-Pokal 1989–90

Bayer Leverkusen

  • DFB-Pokal: 1992–93

Sturm Graz

  • Austrian Football Bundesliga: 1997–98, 1998–99
  • Austrian Cup: 1998–99
  • Austrian Supercup: 1999

Sturm Graz

  • Austrian Cup: 2009–10
  • Austrian Football Bundesliga: 2010–11

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“Nothing is lost yet”

Sebastian Prödl agreed with this opinion. “Nothing is lost yet. We still have three games, two of them at home,” the Styrian recalled. “We still have two competitions in which we have a good chance of qualifying for the European Championships.

In order to make it to EURO 2020, we have to learn the right lessons from our performance in Zenica. “We made our opponents strong with our own mistakes. In stadiums like this against teams like this, you can only survive if you have the upper hand in the duels, and we missed them,” explained Prödl. To know more about Reel Island and their promotions and bonuses, see them here.

“Let the critics come.”

In both halves they had completed a good first 20 minutes, but then lost the thread. “The defeat is not the fault of the Bosnians, we have to chalk them up to ourselves,” the Watford regional angered. “That wasn’t self-advertising today, but a lesson – not a lesson from the Bosnians, but how best not to do it anymore.”

The central defender is now prepared for a noticeable headwind from the public. “But the critics should come. If, after such a game, we’re not even our sharpest critics, we’re very thin-skinned and far from reality,” said Prödl.

Despite all the disappointment, however, one should not forget the positive achievements of the past months. It would be wrong “to think away all the euphoria and self-confidence,” warned the 31-year-old. “We must not bury our heads in the sand, because we have seen that the Bosnians are no better than us either.”

Lindner struggles

Prödl faked the ball slightly at the decisive goal by Edin Dzeko. Nevertheless, the goal could possibly have been prevented, confessed ÖFB goalie Heinz Lindner. “On a good day, I can hold the shot.”

The Upper Austrian and his teammates already have a chance to make amends on 12 October in their home match against Northern Ireland, which is also still pointless. Four days later an away test match against Denmark will take place.

The Nations-League group phase will be concluded in November with the matches against Bosnia (15th / home) and Northern Ireland (18th / away). Group number one, which is determined by a direct duel if the points are equal, entitles the player to participate in the Nations-League play-off for a ticket to the European Championship and to promotion to League A if necessary. The taillight must be in league C and slips into pot three at the draw for the European Championship qualification.