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Hinteregger enjoys life without a smartphone

ÖFB defender Martin Hinteregger defends his life without a smartphone. The 26-year-old completely does without social media.

Bad Waltersdorf – Martin Hinteregger belongs to the rare species of young people who refuse smartphones and social media. The 26-year-old does without an Internet-enabled mobile phone as well as Facebook, Twitter and Co. and thus leads an extremely pleasant life according to his own statements.

“Everyone has to know that for himself. I have chosen this path and it is very good for me,” said the Carinthian at the ÖFB camp in Bad Waltersdorf. “You only use your mobile phone when you get a call or want to make a call, and that actually happens very rarely during the day. That’s why you have a lot of time for other things. You don’t distract yourself when you have nothing to do, but when you have nothing to do, you just have nothing to do.”

Whatsapp refusers are informed separately

Due to his absence from the Whatsapp groups of the Augsburg and ÖFB teams, he is informed by the respective team managers about the essential things such as training dates. This is not a problem, Hinteregger said, after all, internal team communication also worked in pre-smartphone times.

The abstinence from digital distraction is obviously good for his performance. With the left foot in the central defense, Augsburg – also thanks to a goal of the defender at the 2:1 in Düsseldorf – took four points from two games and entered the second DFB Cup round. “We got off to a really good start. The next games will show where we are going”.

For the time being, however, the defender will be dealing with the upcoming Nations-League away game on Tuesday against Bosnia-Herzegovina and especially with striker star Edin Dzeko. “He doesn’t really have any weaknesses,” Hinteregger said about the AS Roma professional.

Edin Dzeko Honours 

VfL Wolfsburg

  • Bundesliga: 2008–09

Manchester City 

  • Premier League: 2011–12, 2013–14 
  • FA Cup: 2010–11
  • Football League Cup: 2013–14
  • FA Community Shield: 2012

Individual

  • Bosnian Footballer of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2011–12. 
  • Castrol Performance Index EDGE Performance of the Month: August 2011
  • Bundesliga Players’ Player of the Year: 2008–09
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017–18 
  • Premier League Player of the Month: August 2011 
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Man of the Match: vs. Iran
  • Roma Player of the Season 2017–18 by supporters 

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Pjanic and Dzeko questionable for Bosnia

Dzeko, like Miralem Pjanic, a Juventus midfielder who might be questioned for his muscle wrestling, is a world-class kicker, Hinteregger stressed. “The rest of them are solid and good”.

The ex-Salzburg professional was able to get a picture of the Bosnians’ 2-1 away win over Northern Ireland during a video study. “They are within striking distance, we can definitely score three points,” Hinteregger suspected.

The 32-times international (3 goals) is also due to the defensive strength of the ÖFB selection. “The switch to a triple chain makes the whole thing a bit more stable,” explained Hinteregger and added: “We have become very variable and have shown good performances recently”. Kerching features video and classic slots that tailor to all kinds of tastes.