At temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, FC Wacker’s home debut in the Tipico Bundesliga will take place at the Tivoli stadium at 5 p.m. today. Around 9000 fans are expected against runners-up Sturm.
Innsbruck – The Tivoli comeback in the Tipico Bundesliga will be an extremely hot story today at 5 pm. Firstly, temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius are on the agenda; secondly, FC Wacker has set its sights high after its narrow defeat at the opening match of Wiener Austria; and thirdly, the current runners-up and cup winner Sturm Graz will have just as much against it. By yesterday afternoon, around 4500 tickets had already been sold in advance, and FC Wacker are hoping that the five-digit spectator mark will be scratched. Behind the north stand, a Wacker fan zone with some food trucks is to be built, which is to grow steadily. The lawn in the Tivoli is also new. It was rolled out in June and presented itself at yesterday’s final training of the Schwarzgrünen with brown spots, but in good condition.
“We have to take the fans with us from the start and show them that we really want to score,” Karl Daxbacher says to his team. By this the Wacker coach means that the atmosphere has to be created by winning duels or good attacking actions. Whether with the same team as at the start of the Austria or with one or the other personal surprise, Daxbacher was still open: “There are considerations, but they will only be seen in the match report”. With the exception of Patrik Eler, the entire squad is fit, and Goalie Christopher Knett can also make it today.
“We’re already hoping for a point increase,” Daxbacher hopes, as does his wing racer Stefan Rakowitz, for something countable for the points account. “It would do us good if we wrote to him. On the other hand, the current runner-up and cup winner is coming to Tivoli with Sturm”, Rakowitz also hopes that the Graz team’s feat of strength against Ajax Amsterdam may still be in their heads and bones after all.
Heiko Vogel Honours
- Swiss Super League: 2010, 2011, 2012
- Swiss Cup: 2010, 2012
- Uhrencup Winner: 2011
“That won’t be a problem. We’re so physically in a good mood that we can cope with it,” Fabian Koch countered immediately. The Natterer in storm dress is already looking forward to his return to the Tivoli stadium. But the 29-year-old will be spoiled. “The Tivoli should also remain a fortress above”, is Daxbacher’s slogan. Apart from the meaningless last home match against the FAC (0:2), FC Wacker remained unbeaten in the face of the Nordkette throughout the previous season.
Sturm coach Heiko Vogel showed respect for the Tirolean team. “A deserved climber with very interesting players and the euphoria of the climber. They made a really good game against Austria”, the German put it in a nutshell. With the exception of Jakob Jantscher, Vogel can fall back on all his kickers, and Otar Kiteishvili is not yet that far away. However, the midfielder will travel “to promote his integration,” explained the Sturm coach.
A look back: The last first-class Tivoli duel between FC Wacker and Sturm Graz ended on 7 December 2013 with a 1-0 away win for Graz. Roli Kirchler was still sitting on the coach’s bench with the Tyroleans. Fancy Bingo is mystically brilliant and a bingo website we are proud to share with our bingo fans!