Football Season Review

Champions: Red Bull Salzburg

Salzburg lost their 2 main goalscorers Hwang and Haaland in the summer and still the Red Bulls enjoyed very successful campaign that continued their domestic dominance. Starting the new season with 6 consecutive wins quickly put Salzburg in total command domestically and this allowed the players to focus mainly on their first ever Champions League group stage campaign between October and December. The new big star up front was 22-year-old Zambian Daka, who ended up scoring league goal every 63 minutes he was on the pitch and he was by far the most devastating player in the league. Germans Berisha and Adeyemi also shone up front, while Koita contributed a lot before in mid-February and he and Camara were hit by 3-month doping bans so they didn’t return until the final day of the season. Salzburg ended the regular season on run of 9 wins in 10 and then they went on to win 8 of 10 games in the play-offs so the title was never in doubt. Salzburg also lifted the Austrian Cup after trashing Rapid, Sturm and LASK on the way + they did well in their first ever Champions League campaign, so all-in-all the season considered great! Summer of changes is coming as the usual departure of at least 1-2 superstars has to be addressed. Also manager for last 5 years Marsch is moving to the Bundesliga and Salzburg might have new style of play under new, yet to be announced, coach.

Player of the Season: Patson Daka