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Austrians on Club Duty

These are the members of the last National Team matches and how they faired in the last week with their respective clubs.

Keepers:

Robert Almer- Fortuna Dusseldorf (Ger)- Made the bench but did not feature into the 0-0 draw Dusseldorf had with Union Berlin.

Pascal Grunwald- Austria Vienna (Aust)- Made the bench bud did not feature into the 3-0 victory over league leaders Admira. Grunwald has already featured into 22 matches for Vienna so the fact that he hasn’t played in the last two matches could be to rest him, but to not play in an important match could symbolize something more.

Heinz Lindner- Austria Vienna (Aust)- Started and played the full 90 in Vienna’s 3-0 shutout away to top of the table FC Admira. This was just the second time Lindner has been on the pitch for the purple, but it is consecutive starts for the 21 year old.

Defenders:

Aleksandar Dragovic- FC Basel (Sui)- Started and played 90 minutes in Basel’s 1-0 home win over Young Boys of Berne. The 20 year old has featured in 14 matches for FCB in all competitions and has one goal.

Christian Fuchs- Schalke 04 (Ger)- Fuchs started and played all 90 minutes in Schalke’s 4-0 dismantling of FC Nuremburg at home on Saturday. Through all competitions Fuchs has played in 21 matches, with 3 goals and 6 assists for the Royal Blues. Two of those goals have been in the Europa League, where Schalke leads Group J with 8 points through 4 matches.

Florian Klein- Austria Vienna (Aus)- Started and played a full match in their 3-0 victory at FC Admira.

George Margreitter- Austria Vienna (Aus)- Started and played 90 minutes. Margreitter also contributed the second goal in the 41st minute when he headed in a corner from Zlatko Junuzovic. The goal is the first for him in the Bundesliga and second in all competitions this season.

Manuel Ortlechner- Austria Vienna (Aus)- Started and played 90 minutes. He also received a yellow card in the 39th minutes.

Emanuel Pogatetz- Hanover 96 (Ger)- Started and played 90 minutes in Hanover’s 4-1 defeat at VfL Wolfsburg. Through the season he has played in 21 matches in all competitions for Hanover 96, who currently reside in 8th place. One concern however is that they have given up the 11th most goals so far in the league, with 21 through 13 matches.

Sebastian Prodl- Werder Bremen (Ger)- Prodl started and played all 90 minutes in Werder’s 5-0 defeat to Borussia Mochengladbach. He has seen action in 9 matches so far, adding a goal and an assist.

Franz Schiemer- RB Salzburg (Aus)- Started and played 71 minutes in a 4-2 loss to Rapid Vienna. Schiemer came off due to an injury and it is unsure how long he will be out.

Midfielders

Daniel Alaba- Bayern Munich (Ger)- Alaba started on the bench but came on in the 72nd minute of Bayern’s 1-0 defeat at home to Borussia Dortmund. Bayern were already trailing at the time and replaced Arjen Robben. Alaba has seen time in 11 Bundesliga matches, with 9 of those as a substitute and has contributed 1 goal for the team, who saw their lead in the table reduced to two points following the match.

Julian Baumgartlinger- Mainz 05 (Ger)- Mainz’s match versus FC Cologne this past weekend was postponed after the tragedy with referee Babak Rafati attempted suicide. I hope that football fans worldwide agree when I send my best wishes to Rafati and a quick recovery.

Christopher Drazan- Rapid Vienna (Aus)- Started and played 86 minutes in Rapid’s 4-2 victory over Red Bull Salzburg. Drazan was credited with an assist on the opening goal in the 5th minute as he found Markus Katzer with a pass. It is his sixth assist of the Bundesliga season.

Andreas Ivanschitz- Mainz 05 (Ger)- Mainz’s match versus FC Cologne this past weekend was postponed after the tragedy with referee Babak Rafati attempted suicide. I hope that football fans worldwide agree when I send my best wishes to Rafati and a quick recovery.

Zlatko Junuzovic- Austria Vienna (Aus)- Started and played the full 90 minutes in Vienna’s 3-0 victory over FC Admira. Zlatko assisted on the 2nd goal when his corner kick found George Margreitter in the 43rd minute.

Veli Kavlak- Besiktas (Tur)- Started and played 60 minutes in Besiktas’ 0-0 draw with Galatasaray. Besiktas currently sit in 6th place after 11 matches, just six points off of leaders Fenerbahce. The 23 year old has match 9 league appearances and has contributed 2 assists thus far.

Florian Mader- Austria Vienna (Aus)- Mader started and played the full 90 minutes in Vienna’s victory of FC Admira. The victory closed the gap to a single point with 21 games left to play in the season.

Christopher Trimmel- Rapid Vienna (Aus)- Started and played 72 minutes in Rapid’s 4-2 victory over Red Bull Salzburg.

Forwards

Marko Arnautovic- Werder Bremen (Ger) Started and played 61 minutes in Bremen’s 5-0 loss to Borussia Mochengladbach. Arnautovic has 3 goals in 9 Bundesliga matches for Werder who currently reside in 5th place, 5 points behind Bayern Munich in first.

Martin Harnik- VfB Stuttgart (Ger) – Started, played the full match, and scored both goals in Stuttgart’s 2-1 win over Augsburg. Harnik opened the game in the 41st and then returned the lead to the Swabians ten minutes later.

Erwin Hoffer- Eintract Frankfurt (Ger)- Frankfurt had two matches this week. On Monday Hoffer started and played 80 minutes, adding the first goal of Eintract’s 2-1 victory at Erzgebirge Aue. On Sunday Hoffer started and played the full match in their 4-3 victory over Alemannia Aachen. Hoffer scored in the 81st minute to make it 3-1 and kick-started the last nine minutes where four goals were scored. Hoffer doubled his tally for the season to 4 with these strikes.

Marc Janko- FC Twente (Neth)- Janko was not on the bench of Twente’s 1-1 draw at Hercules Almelo.

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