Stefan Stangl is joining FC Red Bull Salzburg from Austrian runners-up Rapid Vienna and has signed a contract with the double winners lasting until 2020. The 24-year-old Austrian has played 54 times for the Viennese side in two seasons (scoring five goals) including Champions League qualifying and the Europa League.
The Red Bulls' new number 23 will start training on Monday.
Christoph Freund, head of football at FC Red Bull Salzburg, says on the new signing:
It's our aim to get the best Austrian players to FC Red Bull Salzburg and develop them here. Stefan Stangl is one of them, and we are certain of his abilities and potential. We now have the two best left-backs in the Austrian Bundesliga in our squad, in our view, in Andreas Ulmer and Stefan Stangl, and we are superbly equipped in this position for what we will hope are a lot of matches next season.
Stefan Stangl can't wait for his new challenge, saying:
I know the infrastructure and I know how professionally the club is run. That made it clear for me that I wanted to make Red Bull Salzburg my next career step, as I am convinced that I can best develop my ability here. Of course that the club is almost always in Europe played a role. This is a challenge I want to take on.
date of birth: 20.10.1991
Age: 24 Jahre
height: 185 cm
previous clubs: SV Lebring, SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz, SV Grödig, SV Horn, SC Wiener Neustadt, SK Rapid vienna
Welcome to the Red Bulls! Let's start with the most important question. Why did you decide to join FC Red Bull Salzburg?
When you see the infrastructure here and know how professionally the club is run, that made it clear for me that I wanted to make Red Bull Salzburg my next career step. I am convinced that I can best develop my ability here. Of course that the club is almost always in Europe played a role. This is a challenge I want to take on.
What makes you stand out as a defender? What are your strengths?
I am a very attacking full-back, comfortable on the ball and making a pass. I think that I can definitely help the team well with my individual class.
In Andi Ulmer there is a first-choice left back who has put in consistently good performances for years. How do you see this competition and how will you approach this challenge?
I know Andi Ulmer of course, as I have played against him a lot. He is a superb full-back and I know what I am getting into by having to compete with him. At a club like Red Bull Salzburg it is clear, however, that there will be several good players in each position. There is something good in this kind of competition, and that spurs you on to develop as best as possible.
What are your aims for the season ahead?
First and foremost I am pleased to be here. I am looking forward to getting to know the team, and I hope that I will be well received. The aims of the season are clear for me - I would like to help to win the league and cup again, and of course I would like to play my part in us doing well in Europe.
How do you like Oscar Garcia - what did you think of the Red Bulls under him last season as an opponent?
I can only say so much about Oscar Garcia as a coach, in that we always found it tough as opponents against the style of play he has. The team are even better in defence and they link up very well. This style of play suits me down to the ground.
Last season you proved you can be a goal threat with five goals. Are you aiming to beat that mark this season?
For me it is only important to improve what I can influence. I can't predict how many goals I'm going to score next season, but I can give my absolute best on the pitch.