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LASK kicked off the new season with first training session

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With the first training session after the summer break, LASK began their preparations for the new season on Wednesday morning. The initial session was conducted under the direction of head coach Thomas Darazs at the training field of Raiffeisen Arena.

Under bright sunshine and summer temperatures, the Athletiker returned to the training ground after a good four-week summer break. The preparation, which will continue until the first competitive match in the ÖFB Cup at the end of July, was kicked off with rondos, positional games, and a concluding training match. The first test match is scheduled for June 28th as part of the Zipfer sweepstakes against the newly promoted regional league team ASKÖ Oedt (see the preparation plan).

Among those present was summer newcomer Melayro Bogarde. The 22-year-old defender transferred from the German Bundesliga club TSG Hoffenheim to Upper Austria. In addition to European Championship participant Maksym Talovierov, other players who had recently been with their national teams were also absent. Goalkeeper Tobias Lawal and Marin Ljubicic are on vacation until next Wednesday, and Valon Berisha will join training on Monday. Injured Andres Andrade and Ivan Ljubic, as well as Elias Havel, who is training individually, and new signing Jerome Boateng, could not participate yet. The world champion is following an individual program due to minor adductor problems. Ibrahim Mustapha and Rene Renner are being carefully reintegrated into the team following their injuries.

Danijel Zenkovic joins the LASK coaching team

The LASK coaching team, in addition to head coach Thomas Darazs, consists of assistant coaches Maximilian Ritscher and Danijel Zenkovic, goalkeeping coach Philip Großalber, and fitness coach Jan Kollmann. The 37-year-old Zenkovic holds a UEFA Pro License and was most recently the U19 coach at RB Leipzig. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant coach at Club Brugge, Werder Bremen, and TSV Hartberg, as well as in the youth departments of Ajax Amsterdam, Sturm Graz, the Tirol Academy, and RB Salzburg.

Inside LASK

We are very excited to get started again. We will make the most of every training session to continue developing and improving in various areas. We have a strong squad with very talented and eager-to-learn players. As for our goals, we don't want to commit to a specific position in the standings. Instead, we aim to deliver good performances week by week and bring joy to our fans with our style of play. It was important for us to be well-positioned across the entire coaching team, just as we were last season. The collaboration is excellent, and with Danijel Zenkovic, we've added another highly skilled expert to our team.

Thomas Darazs, Head Coach