Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim will be hosting on 31 July 2013, UEFA Champions League(3rd qualifying round) match between Red Bull Salzburg vs Fenerbahce. The match referee will be Duarte Gomes (Portugal).
Salzburg tream will be already in its great form. Roger Schmidt, the team's manager, has led it to won its three official matches in this season so far. The 9-0 cup win over third-league club St. Florian followed two 5-1 wins in the tipp3-Bundesliga against SC Wiener Neustadt and Austria Wien. Especially the performance at the 5-1 win against last year's champion Austria Wien was very impressive. For the first time in the Red Bull era, Salsburg made only few changes in the squad during the summer transfer period and this would be probably its plan for success. Not in the squad through injuries are currently the defenders: Isaac Vorsah, Rodnei and Franz Schiemer; and the midfielders: Valentino Lazaro and Dusan Svento.
Fenerbahce team was banned by the UEFA for the current European Cup season because of the betting scandal in Turkish football season 2010/2011. It protested and can compete in the Champions League qualification, though the process is still in progress. The final decision will be made on August, 28. It is possible that Fenerbahce will be locked again. Back to sporting themes: similar to Salzburg also Fenerbahce Istanbul hold its key-players during the transfer period. In addition to this, it has strengthen its squad through the new signings: Bruno Alves, Michal Kadlec (both defenders), Alper Potuk and Samuel Holmen (both midfielders). Right defender, Gönül (build-up training after injury lay-off), will be absent in the meetings against Red Bull Salzburg.
Match Details and Timings:
Red Bull Salzburg vs Fenerbahce
Football: UEFA Champions League(3rd qualifying round)
Match date: 31 July 2013
Kick Off Time: 20:30 CET - 18:30 GMT
Stadium: Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim
Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)