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It’s just three days until Brighton and Hove Albion return to action, and we have the lowdown on their Austrian opponents ahead of the friendly in central Europe. Featured Image © Brighton Twitter
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The Albion are already out in the alpine country gearing up for their first friendly game of the summer, a Saturday fixture against FC Liefering. The squad landed over the weekend and were put through their paces by gaffer Graham Potter on Monday and Tuesday. Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Shane Duffy, Davy Propper and Beram Kayal have all joined up with the group for the trip to Austria, after the quartet were given extra time off following international duty this summer. Former skipper Bruno is there as part of a new look coaching staff, following his appointment as Senior Player Development Coach.
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FC Liefering currently play in the second tier of Austrian football, the Second League as it is called. They are somewhat of a feeder club for Bundesliga giants FC Red Bull Salzburg. From the 2012/13 season the club, formerly known as USK Anif, changed its name to FC Liefering. The club are also sometimes called Red Bull Liefering as they adapted the jerseys and team colours from Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig. In the 2012/13 season they won the Regionalliga West and after two relegation matches they were promoted to the First League. New manager Michael Feichtenbeiner will be looking for an upturn in fortunes as his side have won only one of their last seven fixtures and are languishing just above the relegation zone.
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Brighton defender Bernardo will come up against one of his former clubs when the game kicks off at 1 pm this coming Saturday. He had this to say about his short spell with the Salzburg-based outfit, “I used to play for Red Bull Brazil and then I came to Red Bull Salzburg. For the first months I couldn’t be registered for Salzburg, so they registered me for Liefering. I even played a game for them, an official game in the second division, so I know Liefering, they are a very good team. Salzburg have a very specific way to play football, always pressing.” Let’s hope the Brighton star can pass on some of his insights into the Austrian outfit when Brighton’s pre-season campaign begins in just three days.