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We can't wait to see what this relentless Red Bull Salzburg side do next
While the first team were busy securing a fourth consecutive League and Cup double, the academy graduates were making waves on the European stage.
Red Bull Salzburg ended a barnstorming week in spectacular fashion by adding another major trophy to their cabinet.
After defeating Austria Wien 5-0 to secure a ninth consecutive league title, they followed it up with a convincing 3-0 victory over Ried in the Austrian Cup final.
The celebrations capped a history-making campaign for the Red Bulls, who also reached the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time this season.
Captain Andreas Ulmer said: "It's fantastic! We wanted to play well and get right into it. We managed that, and Luka's goal was fantastic. These are moments I'll always remember. It's difficult to put it all into words."
The team is built around a group of young, fearless, hungry players and as the next generation demonstrated by reaching the final of the UEFA Youth League for the second time in five editions, the production line is showing no signs of slowing down.
René Aufhauser’s U19s overcame both Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid en route to the final showdown, before eventually losing out to Benfica in Nyon, Switzerland.
Despite the defeat, during the tournament they hunted aggressively in packs to press their opponents high up the pitch, transitioned at speed and were creative in the final third.
If that style sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same attacking and entertaining philosophy consistently deployed so successfully by the likes of Karim Adeyemi, Mohamed Camara, Luka Sučić and co.
The positive mindset is drilled into every player at the Red Bull Academy, as Aufhauser underlined after the Atletico performance: “I think we’ve been able to highlight the great work done in our academy this season. The boys have put in a great advert for the entire club.”
Since opening its doors in 2014, the academy has consistently developed some of the finest young talent in world football and offered them a path into the senior ranks.
Every player who walks into the cutting-edge base in Liefering is challenged on arrival by a message reading ‘enter the next level’.
And for the likes of 18-year-old Croatian striker Roko Šimić, who’s already made his debut as a substitute, they don’t have far to look to find young players who've transitioned into the first 11 on a regular basis.
For the Youth League run almost repeated the achievement from the class of 2017, when names such as Patson Daka, Amadou Haidara and Hannes Wolff overcame a Benfica side including future stars like Ruben Dias and João Félix to clinch the title.
And in the years following Red Bull Salzburg have steadily grown their profile in top-level European competitions with teams featuring players who've come through the system.
In 2018 they reached the semi-finals of the Europa League with six graduates in the team and since 2019 they have brought their energy to the Champions League.
With another league title now wrapped up they’re confirmed to line up alongside Europe’s elite next season once again. Who will shine on the biggest stage this time?