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Inspired by some of the stories around here of Champions League glory with teams from the less-fancied European leagues, I have become tempted to join the brigade. However, which league and which club to play with was a big question. I was enjoying my last save in Belgium so I toyed with the idea of Anderlecht, but the finances were shocking beyond belief. It was so bad that I thought the club will either go under or get taken over fairly soon, which put me off them. Partizan in Serbia was tempting but I felt the domestic challenge would be too easy as they are already one of the favorites for the league title. I then looked at Ujpest in Hungary, as I love Budapest as a city, but again finally decided against it on the basis of the Hungarian league being a bigger challenge than I want to take up at this point. Similar thought process applied to Cracovia and Hajduk Split, although these are all clubs I would like to revisit further down the line. When I came to the Austrian league though, I knew I had found what I was looking for. Everybody knows how RB Salzburg have absolutely dominated Austrian football for the past decade or so. With their massive resources, a great playing squad and transfer strategy, coupled by their academy and affiliations, they have become very difficult for any of the other clubs to lay a hand on. As a result, they have convincingly won every Bundesliga since the 2013 season and indeed have only not won it twice since 2009. So taking on the might of Red Bull Salzburg seemed like a very intriguing challenge. There are 3 historic Austrian clubs that appealed to me - SK Rapid Wien, FK Austria Wien and SK Sturm Graz. I could not choose between them so I decided to holiday until Christmas and take over whichever of these clubs was faring the worst at the point. Which will bring us to the next post.