Former or current Salzburg Euro XI

Plenty of players with roots at our club

It's finally Euros time! A year after they were due to take place, the national teams are raring to go. It's no surprise to see plenty of players who developed in Salzburg are at the tournament. Eleven players with links to us have been called up by the 24 national teams. Let's take a look at them!

goalkeeper:

  • Peter Gulacsi: The man from Budapest kept goal for us between 2013 and 2015. During that period, in May 2014, he made his debut for Hungary, and became first choice after the international retirement of jogging bottoms fan Gabor Kiraly. At the age of 31 and with 39 international appearances, he is at the peak of his career. Just as well, as Hungary face the daunting task of trying to keep out German, Portugal and France in the group stage. Perhaps he will be able to cause one or two nightmares for the giants in the Group of Death.

defence:

  • Martin Hinteregger: Is there anything we need to add? He's a fan favourite and Austria's first name on the teamsheet. Having overcome thigh problems, he played the full 90 minutes of two friendly matches recently. He has been a permanent feature in the Austria team since his days in Salzburg, and has now made an impressive 55 international appearances. He wants to add more than just three group stage matches to that this summer.

  • Duje Caleta-Car: In reaching the World Cup final three years ago, it was Lovren and Vida who patrolled the penalty area for Croatia. Now it's Duje's time to shine! At the age of 24 and with 14 caps to his name, he is a defensive stalwart in the making for the Vatreni. While key figures like Modric and Perisic are on the wrong side of 30, their group with England, Scotland and the Czech Republic should be comfortable enough.

  • Kamil Piatkowski: Things have gone very fast for him in his first full season as a professional. A transfer to Salzburg, a Polish cup win and a first international call-up. He must have to pinch himself sometimes. Piata, as he has known, has made two starts under Paulo Sousa so far. He should get some playing time in the Euros against Sweden, Slovakia and Spain.

Midfield:

  • Andi Ulmer: Whether he is used as a full-back or a wing back, Andi did not become an Austrian international until late in his career - but is now an indispensable part of the side. He has made 24 appearances by now. He has a whole load of former team-mates around him, which can only help the national team. Things didn't go quite as planned at the last Euros, but here's hoping this one turns out better for Austria.

  • Stefan Ilsanker: No matter where he plays, Ilse brings stability into a team. The Salzburg boy now has 51 caps. Under Franco Foda, he has switched between midfield and defence, and is a reliable choice wherever selected.

  • Konrad Laimer: Having just returned to fitness in time for the Euros, his call-up feels like a new signing. An ankle problem had kept him out of the whole season until he played the last three matches for Leipzig and made the Austrian squad. He offers power to deploy in the big matches against Holland, the Ukraine and North Macedonia.

  • Stefan Lainer: The midfield is completed by the gazelle-like runner. Stevie has played 45 matches already this season, which is probably just a warm-up for him. Franco Foda is well aware he is Austria's best right-back, and the 28-year-old can look forward to starting.

  • Xaver Schlager: Xaver also headed into the Austrian camp in good spirits. Six assists and two goals for Wolfsburg marked a season in which he gained an additional attacking edge to his play. In the space of three years he has made 20 international appearances, despite being injured in that time. His starting place looks assured.

ATTACK:

  • Valentino Lazaro: While the pacy winger's club future remains to be clarified, he has made a good shout for inclusion in the Austrian starting line-up. Nobody else in the side can match his technical ability. He started 9 of 10 matches in qualifying, but Foda has become a bit more critical of Lazaro since.

  • Marcel Sabitzer: Marcel has been in imperious form for Leipzig, and has now attracted attention from right around Europe. The 27-year-old made his international debut at the age of just 18, and has become a key player since, winning 50 caps. 

 

In addition to the eleven above, there are also a few players who just missed out on making the Euros. Dominik Szoboszlai, having scored the winning goal in the autumn that secured Hungary's place, is out injured. Neither Cican Stankovic nor Max Wöber made Foda's Austrian squad despite their international experience. Rasmus Kristensen also missed out on selection by Kasper Hjulmand for Denmark. Dayot Upamecano represented France at the U21 European Championship, with Karim Adeyemi and Mergim Berisha also appearing and winning the tournament for Germany.