Profimannschaft 12.12.2019, 10:10 Uhr
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Since his first backheel at the age of eight in a park in Vienna-Floridsdorf he has not let go of the love of dribbling with ball. After six years at Austria Wien, Manprit Sarkaria has arrived where he always wanted to be.

© Bildagentur Zolles KG Sarkaria dribbles through life
That moment made me very happy and pushed for the Derby’ Manprit Sarkaria

For four weeks, the 23-year-old is an integral part of the violet starting eleven, since then Austria Wien remains unbeaten in four games: ‘It is a great feeling to be a regular player,’ said Sarkaria, who can feel the confidence of the coaching team. ‘If I play regularly, I'm getting better and better. Self-confidence is very important in football.’

In the derby the violet rookie was involved in both goals for Austria Wien, before then he prepared the 1-0 by Benedikt Pichler against Hartberg, this time his counterpart on the right wing was again the receiver of his cross:

‘The interplay in the offensive with Fitz, Pichler and Monschein works really well right now. I hope it continues this way.’ The fact that his first Bundesliga goal happened during the derby makes him more than happy: ‘That was a very special moment - all the more beautiful that I scored my first goal against Rapid, I will never forget it.’

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He was spurred on by the esteem of Austria Wien’s fans, which was noticeable when he walked down the South stand against Hartberg and received standing ovations:

‘I have never experienced anything like this before, that was a very nice moment for me, it me made happy and pushed me for the derby. I went with a big grin in the direction of the substitutes’ bench,’ says Sarkaria, who now has a lot of self-confidence for the home game against WAC.

‘Against WAC we have to invest as much as during the first half against Rapid. We want to be dominant and energetically engaged in the duels.’

The switch to the 4-2-3-1 system was very opportune for the winger: ‘I think the formation is good for everyone in the team. I try to get into as many one-on-ones that need to be solved. I love to dribble,’ emphasizes the 23-year-old, for whom the interaction with left-back Christoph Martschinko works very well. ‘I know that I can rely on him - just as I protect him from the back, if he moves further up front.’

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Rule number one: Have fun

Manprit Sarkaria has learned and developed his unmistakable way of playing football, not only in Austria Wien’s Academy, but also in the football cage: ‘When I was young, I always played against older children with my brother, after school we were practically always there. If it gets tight in the field, I know that I can solve these kinds of situations.’

In the past, the Viennese also watched many YouTube videos to look for tricks: ‘At the moment I try to strengthen my own technical skills. Dribbling in a small space I train at home in the living room and in interaction with my little nephews. For me, the number one rule in football is to always have fun,’ says Manprit Sarkaria, who also plays cricket, volleyball and badminton.

Top performer for the Young Violets

Since he came from SC Großfeld to Austria Wien’s Academy at the age of 17, the Viennese had the goal of becoming a professional. After just one year, Sarkaria made the leap to the Young Violets, for which he completed a total of 115 games (30 goals / 27 assists) and led as a top performer in the second league. In the decisive duel for the team’s promotion, the winger scored a dream goal and prepared another goal:

‘I will never forget the 5-0 against Karabakh, the rise was a highlight of my career. I was always happy when I played - even with the second team. It was important to be patient and to convince with performance.’ With 16 goals and nine assists in 31 second league appearances, the 23-year-old set a mark. Now Manprit Sarkaria - two years after his Bundesliga debut in October 2017 in the derby under coach Thorsten Fink - finally arrived in the top league.

Pl. Mannschaft Spiele Pkt
1. FC Red Bull Salzburg 4 12
2. SK Rapid Wien 4 10
3. spusu SKN St. Pölten 4 7
4. FK Austria Wien 4 7
5. LASK 4 7
6. SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz 4 6
7. WSG Swarovski Tirol 4 4
8. FC Flyeralarm Admira 4 4
9. RZ Pellets WAC 4 3
10. SV Guntamatic Ried 4 3
11. TSV Prolactal Hartberg 4 2
12. CASHPOINT SCR Altach 4 1
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