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Full focus on Klagenfurt after international break

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Seven LASK professionals have been on trips with their national teams in recent days. During this time, our athletes enjoyed a consistently successful period and were able to gain valuable confidence for the upcoming challenges in the Bundesliga championship group.

Maksym Talovierov had double cause for celebration. The defender not only made his debut for the A-national team with two brief appearances but also secured Ukraine's fourth consecutive participation in the European Championship finals with two victories over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iceland. "I was probably one of the happiest people in the world. Every child dreams of playing for the national team. That was maybe the biggest day in my life," described our number four his experiences of the past week in an emotional manner.

The Austrian national team camp was also marked by successful moments for Tobias Lawal. Our number one was part of the Austrian A-national team squad for the second time, which defeated Turkey 6-1 and Slovakia 2-0. "I was able to gather really cool experiences again. Training with such top players and being able to witness all the processes is something special. But now I am also very happy to be back with the club," explained the 23-year-old.

Tobias Lawal was part of the A-national team squad for the second time.

Ljubicic scored twice

Andres Andrade spent over 90 minutes on the pitch twice with the Panama national team, which suffered defeats to Mexico (0-3) in the Nations League semi-final and Jamaica (0-1) in the third-place match. Valon Berisha also made it into the starting lineup on both occasions, as Kosovo secured a 1-0 victory against Armenia before succumbing to a 0-2 loss against Hungary a few days later.

Forward Marin Ljubicic added to his goal tally with the Croatian U21 team. The 22-year-old scored a goal in his team's 3-0 victory over Andorra in the UEFA European U21 Championship qualification, as well as in the subsequent 1-5 loss to Portugal. Ljubicic has now scored five goals in the qualification campaign and has found the net eight times in a total of 14 appearances for the U21 team.

Meanwhile, cooperative player Nikolas Polster guarded the goal for a combined total of 135 minutes during the two draws of the Austrian U21 team against Cyprus and Denmark. LASK goalkeeper Lukas Jungwirth was also part of Team Manager Werner Gregoritsch's squad.

Marin Ljubicic gained confidence with two goals.

"To make our fans happy again"

Since midweek, our team players have been back in Linz and quickly turned their focus towards Sunday. In the first home match of the championship group against Austria Klagenfurt (buy your tickets now), the athletes have a successful outcome firmly in their sights. "We are playing at home in front of our own fans, which always gives us an extra push. It is very important for us to get three points again. We are looking forward to a crucial game that we are all very eager for," explained Lawal, who kept a clean sheet three times in the last five rounds.

This gives the goalkeeper confidence to secure a full victory on Sunday after the unsatisfactory points tally so far in the spring. "It's a good feeling to know that we allow few goals and concede few. Of course, the goal for the next games is to score more goals upfront again. I am very confident that this will happen."

Talovierov echoes the sentiment and promises to do everything with his teammates to clinch the first victory of this calendar year. "It's not the easiest time for LASK, but we will do our best and try to score goals, not concede, and do our maximum. I hope we can make our fans happy again on Sunday."

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