The World of Red Bull Soccer - May 18
Red Bull Salzburg
Still in the title hunt, Red Bull Salzburg needed a victory to keep within a point of leading SK Sturm Graz and got just that in the final minute of stoppage time. Mattersburg kept the Red Bulls off the score sheet despite their dictating play until Roman Wallner converted a penalty for his 17th strike of the season to hand his side the essential three points.
The three points allow Salzburg to retain its hold on second place with a one-point cushion on either side. The Red Bulls (16-7-11) face the toughest remaining schedule in the tipp3-Bundesliga, however, as they will host fourth-place SV Josko Ried, which must win out to have any hope of tying for first, on May 22 and close the season in a blockbuster against FK Austria Wien, which stands a mere point shy of Salzburg. A win over SV Josko Ried will secure a Europa League qualifying spot at the minimum for Salzburg.
A 2-0 victory over Hallescher FC kept RB Leipzig in fourth place as RB Leipzig won for the seventh straight time at Red Bull Arena. Both goals came from Stefan Kutschke as the Red Bulls (17-5-10) can now finish no better than fourth place after VfB Lübek reached 68 points with only two games remaining, though a tough challenge remains in the next league match against promotion-clinching Chemnitzer FC. Leipzig takes on host SG Dynamo Dresden at Red Bull Arena tonight at 7:00 pm for the semi-final of the Saxon Landespokal.
The Red Bulls Junior U14s and U13s have clinched region championship with games still left before their seasons end. The U 17s also defeated the first positioned team in the table from Berlin.
Red Bull Brasil
Red Bull Brasil went back to work last Monday. The team intends to play five friendly matches before the Copa Paulista, which will begin in July. Red Bull Brasil is in the group 3 along with Internacional-SP, São Bento, XV de Piracicaba, Ituano, Rio Branco, Palmeiras, Itapirense and União Barbarense. The four best teams will qualify to the second phase. The champion of Copa Paulista will be guaranteed a place in the Copa do Brasil 2012.
Last Saturday, in their debut in the São Paulo C hampionship, Red Bull Brasil U -20 was defeated by Flamengo-SP, 1-0. N ext Saturday, the team plays away against São José.
In the sixth round of the C ampeonato Paulista, Red Bull Brasil conquered two wins last Saturday
against Paulista and remains unbeaten in the championship. The U -15s beat Paulista 1-0 with the goal scored by Luan. The U -17s defeated Paulista 3-0. The goals were scored by Oliveira, Victor and Augusto. Next Saturday, both teams w ill play at home against Corinthians. Red Bull Brasil and Corinthians are level atop both tables with perfect 6-0-0 records.
Red Bull Ghana
Former First Team goalkeeper Richard Oppong has been hired on as Assistant Goalkeeper Coach for Red Bull Ghana and will mentor his former teammates. He will travel to Austria to meet with Hans Leitert, Head of Global Soccer Goalkeeper Development, to further his coaching knowledge.