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Exact date for Pokal game against Viktoria Berlin confirmed

Exact date for Pokal game against Viktoria Berlin confirmed FCA in action on Sunday, 18th August...

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A rocker at the EUROs: Labrović in focus

Nediljko Labrović will never forget 26th March 2024. In the Misr Stadium, around 50 kilometres east of Cairo, the 1.96-metre-tall goalkeeper made his international debut for the Croatian senior side. Labrović was in net for the ‘Vrateni’ in the first half and helped his side to a 4-2 friendly win over Egypt. “That was the best moment of my career so far,” said Labrović in an interview with FCA TV.

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FCA sign goalkeeper Nediljko Labrović

Labrović, who kept 18 clean sheets in 35 league games in the season just gone, is currently preparing for the European Championships in Germany with Croatia. The 24-year-old travelled at short notice from Croatia’s base in Neuruppin, Brandenburg to Augsburg in order to successfully pass his medical and sign the contract.

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Demirović captains Bosnia again and Vargas’ Switzerland draw

Demirović also wore the captain’s armband in the 3-0 defeat to England in the previous game. The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes of the friendly against Italy, who will face Spain, Croatia and Albania in the group stage of the EUROs. In the end, Davide Frattesi’s 38th-minute strike was enough for the Azzurri to narrowly come out on top.

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Ruben Vargas to represent Switzerland at EURO 2024

This will be the 25-year-old’s third major tournament, after he represented the side in both EURO 2020 and the 2022 World Cup. Murat Yakin’s team will face off against Hungary (Saturday, 15th June, 15:00 CEST) and Scotland (Wednesday, 19th June, 21:00 CEST) in Group A, before tackling the tournament hosts Germany on Sunday, 23rd June (21:00 CEST). The Swiss side will be based in Stuttgart during the European Championships, where they’ll train and recover between matches.

Yakin’s group will take on Austria in a friendly prior to the beginning of the tournament, which is scheduled to take place in St. Gallen on Saturday (18:00 CEST). “Our preparations are going well, and there’s good competition within the squad for a place in the starting line-up. It’s clear to see that everyone has the desire to play, which is very positive for us,” Vargas explained in a recent press conference.

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Vargas makes quick impact as Mbabu heads home

Mbabu, who was not in the squad for his nation’s 4-0 friendly victory over Estonia on Tuesday, was withdrawn from the squad by coach Murat Yakin on Wednesday. The 29-year-old remains on the standby list and could return to the squad should any player need to withdraw. Each of the nations competing in the finals has until midnight (CEST) on Friday to submit their 26-man squad for the tournament.

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FCA to face Viktoria Berlin in the DFB-Pokal

The Regionalliga Nordost’s third-placed side just missed out on promotion to the third tier this season, but they lifted the Berliner Landespokal for the tenth time in their history to secure a starting berth in the first round of the DFB-Pokal. The tie will be played between 16th and 19th August, with the exact kick-off time and date to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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Demirović, Vargas & Co.: FCA players on international duty

Ruben Vargas and Kevin Mbabu are both in Switzerland’s extended squad for the upcoming European Championships in Germany. They are currently preparing for the tournament and the final squad will be named on 7th June. Both FCA have been called up for the friendlies against Estonia on 4th June and Austria on 8th June.

Arne Engels is also with the Belgium senior national team for their training camp. The Red Devils are set to prepare for the looming Euros with two games against Montenegro (5th June) and Luxembourg (8th June). 

FCA captain Ermedin Demirović has been named in the Bosnia & Herzegovina squad for their friendlies against England on 3rd June in Newcastle and Italy on 9th June. The Bosnians narrowly missed out on qualification for the Euros, but they will be back in competitive action when the Nations League begins in September.

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FC Augsburg to travel to South Africa

FCA will also take part in a tournament held by South African top-flight side TS Galaxy during the training camp. The “Mpumalanga Premier’s International Tournament 2024” will be played at Mbombela Stadium, which was one of ten venues used for the FIFA World Cup in 2010. The tournament’s semi-finals will take place on 20th July, whilst the third-place play-off and the final will be held on 27th July. 

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FCA trigger option to buy Kristijan Jakić

“I’m glad that FCA have signed me on a permanent basis and that I’ll be able to stay in Augsburg beyond the end of this season. My expectations and hopes following my move in winter have been met. We’ve improved a lot as a team and I played my part in that. I’m convinced that this isn’t all we have to offer – we can still improve. That’s why I’m happy that I’m going to be an FCA player for the foreseeable future,” stated Kristijan Jakić.

“We’re over the moon that Kristijan Jakić has signed a long-term deal with us. Kristijan quickly slotted into the side following his move and proved to be a good fit for the team in terms of his personality and playstyle. He’s ambitious, wants to keep on improving and is committed to helping us take FCA to the next level,” said sporting director Marinko Jurendić.