Israeli striker signs year-long loan deal | First interview with Omer

Omer Damari has joined FC Red Bull Salzburg from RB Leipzig. The 26-year-old Israeli international striker has returned to Austria after half a year in Germany’s second division to sign a loan contract with the Red Bulls for a year.

Damari has made eleven competitive appearances for Leipzig. During his last spell in Austria, Damari, who has 14 caps for Israel, scored ten goals in 15 matches for Austria Vienna. Damari will wear the number 16 and is joining the Red Bulls for training this afternoon.

Christoph Freund, head of football for FC Red Bull Salzburg, says: “In Omer Damari, we have signed a very important player for our attack who will further boost the quality of our squad. It was clear to see in our conversations with him that he is greatly looking forward to his new challenge.”

Omer Damari says on his transfer: “I am very pleased that we have reached an agreement so quickly and I can play for Red Bull Salzburg. I have some very good memories of Austria, after all, and I am looking forward to meeting my new team and completing the first training sessions.”

First interview with Omer Damari


In an interview with redbullsalzburg.at, Omer reveals to us what his aims are with FC Red Bull Salzburg, what he wishes for and what he has to say about head coach Peter Zeidler:

1. Welcome to Salzburg, Omer! How does it feel to be back in Austria?
Thank you! It’s very good! I’m very happy.

2. Along with the Austrian Bundesliga you now know the German second division. What are the differences between the two leagues, would you say?
In my opinion it’s very difficult to compare the two. In the German Second Bundesliga the football is very physical, while more value is placed on tactics in the Austrian Bundesliga. That depends on the opponents of course, but on the whole I think it’s true.

3. Could you tell us what your aims will be with Red Bull Salzburg?
I would like to help Red Bull Salzburg to win the league title and, if possible, complete another double. In Europe we want to go as far as we possibly can. I don’t have any personal aims – I only want to give my best as part of the team. If I have a wish, it would be to avoid getting injured this season.

4. Yes, you were very unfortunate with injuries last year. How is it going for you now?  
Very well. I feel fit. I was very well looked after in Leipzig during my injury break. Becoming ill and then tearing a muscle fibre shortly afterwards set me back a lot, however. Now I want to start again at full speed.  

5. Did you pick up any valuable experience in Germany?
Of course! You learn something from every crisis. It’s a new beginning for me, and I want to make it count.

6. Have you already met your new coach Peter Zeidler?
Yes! We have already spoken and he gave me the feeling that he appreciates my qualities and has faith in me. That convinced me and made my decision to return to Austria a very easy one to take. I am looking forward to working with him.