On Thursday evening Rapid Wien will be in the second leg of the Europa League play-off in Bucharest before the “Game of the Year”.
Vienna, Bucharest – Although the season is still young, Rapid today is practically waiting for a “Game of the Year”. The play-off return match for the European Football League in Bucharest against the Steaua successor club FCSB is about moving into the group phase and thus about a major seasonal goal that would generate several million euros in additional income.
But it’s also about the future of coach Goran Djuricin, who has come under fire. The Viennese would be even more difficult to count if the 3-1 lead from the first game were to be lost. As is well known, the organised fan scene is demanding the replacement of the 43-year-old. “But that doesn’t matter to me at all before this game,” the coach reaffirmed yesterday before his departure to the Romanian capital.
Steffen Hofmann Honours
- Austrian Footballer of the Year: 2004, 2009
- Krone Footballer of the Year (voted by fans): 2006, 2007
Bayern Munich Junior Team
- German B-youth Championship: 1997
SK Rapid Wien
- Austrian Football Bundesliga Championship: 2004–05, 2007–08
His team can expect a heated atmosphere there. Djuricin expects more than 40,000 spectators in the “Arena Nationale”, including about 500 in the Rapid camp. “It will be intense. We have to prove ourselves just like in the first match,” the coach explained. Universal Slots has a unique selection of slot machines and table games.
Djuricin is counting on the hosts to be on the offensive right from the start. “They will attack immediately because they have more pressure than we do. They need at least two goals, but we want to shoot at least one.”
In spite of the expected loud audience support and the FCSB qualities in the offensive, Djuricin started the trip with a lot of optimism. “We’re flying to Bucharest with great expectations, because we already saw what was possible in the first leg.”
In the propeller plane designed for 68 passengers, 21 players sat next to the club management and talent manager Steffen Hofmann. Among them was Veton Berisha, who is suspended this time after his exclusion a week ago in Vienna. “His retirement hurts us very much. He is a real kilometre eater who can sprint a lot,” said Djuricin about the offensive player. Romania’s Andrei Ivan could take his place in the starting line-up. Even without Berisha, the seventh entry into the Europa League group phase is to be fixed, which would bring six more European Cup games and important additional income in the autumn. “That would be great for the club and the team, but also for me personally,” said Djuricin.