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FK Austria Wien
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Full name Fußballklub Austria Wien
Nickname(s) Die Veilchen (The Violets)
Founded 12 March 1911; 107 years ago (1911-03-12)
Ground Franz Horr Stadium,
Vienna, Austria
(capacity: 10,850[1])
Chairman Wolfgang Katzian
Manager Thomas Parits
Coach Peter Stöger
League Austrian Bundesliga
2010–11 3rd
33px Current season

Fußballklub Austria Wien (known in English as Austria Vienna) is an Austrian association football club from the capital city of Vienna. The club have won 23 Austrian Bundesliga titles, surpassed only by their cross-city rivals Rapid Vienna. With 27 victories in the Austrian Cup and six in the Austrian Supercup, Austria Vienna is the most successful club in each of those tournaments. The club reached the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final in 1978, and the semi-finals of the European Cup the season after.

History Edit

Foundation to World War II Edit

Austria Vienna were founded in Vienna on 12 March 1911 as the Wiener Amateur Sportvereinigung by players and officials of the Vienna Cricket- and Football- Club, taking violet and white as the new club's colours. The team claimed its first championship title in 1924. Amateure changed their name to Austria in 1926 as the former amateurs had become professionals. The club also won their second league title that year.

The 1930s, one of Austria Vienna's most successful eras, brought two titles (1933, 1936) in the Mitropa Cup, a tournament for champions in Central Europe. The star of that side was forward Matthias Sindelar, who was voted in 1998 as the greatest ever Austrian footballer.[2]

The club's successes were halted by the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938. While Jewish players and staff at the club were exterminated or fled the country, Sindelar died under unresolved circumstances on 23 January 1939 of carbon monoxide poisoning in his apartment. He had refused to play for Germany, citing injury and international retirement. Even though the club did not have any success in this period, playing in the Gauliga Ostmark, they managed a much more important victory in keeping the name "Austria" despite attempts by Nazi sports authorities to rename the club.

Post World War II Edit

Austria Vienna won their first league title for 23 years in 1949, and retained it the following year. They later won a fifth title, in 1953. The club won 16 titles in 33 seasons between 1960 and 1993, starting with a hat-trick of titles (1961, 1962, and 1963). Forward Ernst Ocwirk, who won five league titles in two separate spells at the club, managed the side to their 1969 and 1970 Bundesliga titles. Other players of this era included Horst Nemec.

The 1970s saw the beginning of another successful era, despite no league title between 1970 and 1976 as an ageing squad was rebuilt. The side returned to a period of dominance with eight league titles in the 11 seasons from 1975–76 to 1985-86. After winning the 1977 Austrian Cup national Cup, Austria Vienna reached the 1978 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, which it lost 4–0 to Belgian club Anderlecht. The following season, the club reached the semi-finals of the European Cup, losing 1-0 on aggregate to Swedish team Malmo. [3] In 1982–83, Austria Vienna reached the semi-finals of the Cup Winner's Cup, losing 5-3 on aggregate to Real Madrid of Spain. [4]

Players at Austria Vienna in this era in this successful era included: Herbert "Schneckerl" Prohaska, Felix Gasselich, Thomas Parits, Walter Schachner, Gerhard Steinkogler, Toni Polster and Tibor Nyilasi.

Recent history Edit

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At the start of the 1990s, Austria Vienna enjoyed its so far last successful era: a hat-trick of Bundesliga titles (1991-93); three cup titles (1990, 1992 and 1994) as well as four Super cup titles (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994) were won. The club declined in the late 1990s due to financial problems which caused key players to be sold.

Austria Vienna was taken over by Austro-Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach's Magna auto-parts consortium in 1999, and due to further deals with the Memphis cigarette company was renamed FK Austria Memphis Magna. Stronach's investment in players, on a budget three times as high as the average in the league, saw a first Bundesliga title for ten years in 2002–03. Despite this, coach Walter Schachner was fired, and his replacement Christoph Daum could not retain the league title, but won the Cup.

In 2004 the name Memphis was removed. Austria Vienna reached their last European quarter-final in 2004-05 as they were eliminated by Parma of Italy in the UEFA Cup. On 21 November 2005, Frank Stonach decided to resigne from his post. As a result several players such as topscorer Roland Linz, Vladimír Janočko, Joey Didulica, Libor Sionko, Filip Šebo and Sigurd Rushfeldt were transferred to other teams in Summer 2006. The 2005–06 season concluded with a league-and-cup double.

The season 2006–07 saw a decline at the club due to a much-reduced budget and loss of key players. Despite losing 4-1 on aggregate to Benfica of Portugal in the preliminary round of the Champions League, the team managed to qualify (against Legia Warsaw winning 2–1 on aggregate) for the Group Phase of the UEFA Cup tournament. Former player and coach Thomas Parits became the new general manager, and after losing three days later 4–0 away to Red Bull Salzburg, sacked coaching pair Peter Stöger and Frank Schinkels. Georg Zellhofer replaced them. The league season saw a sixth-place finish despite being in last place on Christmas, although Austria Vienna also won the Cup. The side improved the following season, finishing in third.

The summer of 2008 brought notable changes for Austria Vienna. Twelve players left the club, among them key players like Sanel Kuljic and Yüksel Sariyar, who went and joined Frank Stronach's newly founded team FC Magna in Austria's second division. The Betriebsführervertrag with Stronach's Magna company expired, which gave the club a wholly new structure. On 1 July 2008 the original name FK Austria Wien, without any sponsor name included for the first time in 30 years. The club also recruited Chinese international Sun Xiang, who became the first Chinese player to play in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Stadium Edit

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FK Austria Wien play their home games at the Franz Horr Stadium which has a total capacity of 12,500 including its new East-Stand. The stadium was renamed "Generali Arena" in a sponsorship deal announced at the end of 2010 with Italian insurers Generali.

The stadium was constructed in 1925 for Slovan Vienna, a Czech immigrants' club, and was largely destroyed by the Allies in World War II. In 1973 it was named after Franz Horr, chairman of the Viennese FA, and Austria Vienna moved into the ground the following year.

Wien DerbyEdit

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Main article: Wien derby

Austria Vienna contest the Wien derby with their local rival Rapid Vienna. The two clubs are the most supported and successful in the entire country. Both teams originate from Hietzing, the 13th district in the west of the city, but have since moved into different districts. While Austria Vienna is seen as a middle-class club, Rapid traditionally hold the support of the capital's working class. The two clubs first met in a league championship match on 8 September 1911, a 4-1 victory for Rapid. [5] The fixture is the most-played derby in European football after the Old Firm match in Glasgow, Scotland.

Honours Edit

Domestic competitions:
Austrian Bundesliga (23)

Austrian Cup (27)

  • Champions: 1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1948, 1949, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

Austrian Supercup (6)

  • Winners: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2003, 2004

Wiener Cup (2)

  • Winners: 1948, 1949

European competitions:
Mitropa Cup (2)

  • Champions: 1933, 1936

European Cup Winners' Cup

Copa Rio

European record Edit

Current squadEdit

As of 20 June 2012 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 22x20px GK Pascal Grünwald
2 22x20px DF Sebastian Wimmer
4 22x20px DF Kaja Rogulj
5 22x20px DF Lukas Rotpuller
7 22x20px MF Dare Vršič
8 22x20px MF Tomáš Šimkovič
9 22x20px FW Roland Linz
10 22x20px MF Alexander Grünwald
11 22x20px FW Tomáš Jun
13 22x20px GK Heinz Lindner
14 22x20px DF Manuel Ortlechner
15 22x20px MF Martin Harrer
16 22x20px FW Philipp Hosiner
No. Position Player
17 22x20px MF Florian Mader
18 22x20px MF Thomas Murg
19 22x20px FW Marko Stanković
20 22x20px MF Alexander Gorgon
22 22x20px DF Marin Leovac
23 22x20px FW Srdjan Spiridonović
24 22x20px DF Remo Mally
25 22x20px MF James Holland
26 22x20px GK Ivan Kardum
27 22x20px MF Emir Dilaver
29 22x20px DF Markus Suttner
30 22x20px DF Fabian Koch
42 22x20px FW Roman Kienast

Player out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

Austria Wien Amateur squad Edit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 22x20px GK Günther Arnberger
2 22x20px DF Balakiyen Takougnadi
3 22x20px DF Alexander Jovanović
4 22x20px MF Philipp Koblischek
5 22x20px DF Miodrag Vukajlović
6 22x20px MF Emir Dilaver
7 22x20px DF David Oberortner
8 22x20px FW Andreas Strapajević
9 22x20px FW Alexander Frank
10 22x20px MF Alexander Gorgon
11 22x20px FW Andreas Tiffner
12 22x20px DF Tarkan Serbest
13 22x20px DF David Harrer
14 22x20px MF Maicon Dos Santos
No. Position Player
15 22x20px DF Remo Mally
16 22x20px MF Ismael Tajouri Shradi
17 22x20px FW Christoph Kosch
18 22x20px GK Osman Hadžikić
19 22x20px DF Martin Demić
20 22x20px FW Srđan Špiridonović
21 22x20px GK Stefan Krell
22 22x20px DF Lukas Rotpuller
23 22x20px MF Eric Plattensteiner
24 22x20px MF Christoph Freitag
26 22x20px MF Michael Novak
30 22x20px MF Peter Michorl
32 22x20px MF Stefan Hold

Famous/Notable players Edit

Manager historyEdit

See also[clarification needed].

ReferencesEdit

External links Edit


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