While series champion FC Red Bull Salzburg (15 points) and runner-up SK Sturm Graz (13) in the ADMIRAL Bundesliga seems to be ahead of the competition after only a few laps, some rub their eyes in amazement at the surprise third place SK Austria Klagenfurt (9). Who, like the familiar leadership duo, is the “third in the league” left over from those clubs that have not yet suffered a defeat. And the Carinthian Violets are currently even the “Dream Team”, or top scorer duo in the league. A German and a Scot – Sinan Karweina (4 Tore, 2 Assists) und Andy Irving (3 Tore, 2 Assists).
“I still see potential in Sinan & Andy. There’s more to come.”
So leads Sinan Karweina together with Karim Konate (RB Salzburg) and Simon Wlodarczyk (SK Sturm Graz) from the top duo with 4 goals each after 5 rounds, with the 24-year-old German playing only 4 games against the other two strikers and thus having the best rate (goal after 81 minutes).
In the scorer list, the Klagenfurt offensive duo Karweina/Irving is in 1st and 2nd place (Karweina = 6; Irving = 5). With their effectiveness, they are among the guarantors for the successful start of Austria Klagenfurt, which recorded two wins and three draws in the 2023/24 season.
Managing Director Gunther Gorenzel praises the offensive forces, but sees room for improvement in both: “If we’re compact on defense and play purposefully forwards, we’re hard to beat. In Hartberg, that really worked out again. I’m very happy about the development that Sinan and Andy have made this summer, but I still see potential in them. Lets go on we can do it better.”
1 goal in the preseason and only in Rd. 32 – now in 4 missions already 4 goals
Above all, Sinan Karweina, who as a “late bloomer” only scored his first goal in the last game against Rapid Vienna (2-1) last season, turned things around at the beginning of the current 2023/24 series: already 4 BL goals (plus 1 goal in the ÖFB Cup) are recorded for the 24-year-old from the handball town of Gummersbach near Cologne.
head coach Peter Pacult: “I knew that Sinan can play both on the wings and in the middle in attack. In the first year he showed signs, but played circus football too often. He wanted to show things that not even Messi does. I kept asking him to play clearly and simply.
Then its class and its qualities come into their own. He is slowly accepting what I explain to him. I’m happy for him and for the team. As a coach and ex-striker, I always want to help him.”
“Andy has skills that are rarely seen”
With his third goal of the season, midfield strategist Andy Irving provided the “can opener” in Hartberg (3-0), and the 1.90 meter man from Scotland took the lead shortly before the break. His statistics also include 2 assists, with 5 points the 23-year-old ranks second in this ranking together with Salzburg’s Karim Konaté (19) behind team-mate Karweina.
“It’s just fun to watch him play football because he has skills that you rarely see. Andy is a great guy who always puts himself at the service of the team. However, he could be even better and more valuable to the group if he improves his attacking and backward movement. We will continue to work diligently on this.”assures Pacult.
Already on Sunday in the duel between the Viennese and Klagenfurt violets (5 p.m., League portal live ticker) it will depend on the successful duo again.
Photo credit: GEPA-ADMIRAL, Austria Klagenfurt/Marco Walter and RIPU sports photos