FM19 Club Info: Austria Erste Liga

Austrian Football Erste Liga

Austria Lustenau

SC Austria Lustenau was founded at a general meeting of the Turnerbund – it may have taken place in April 1914 – raised at the request of Honorary President Albert Keckeis the football warrior of the Turnerbund from the baptism. The game was played on the “Löwenplatz”. After only a few games, the game operation was stopped due to the First World War.

After the war, the game operation was resumed and moved to Blumenauplatz. Through the founding of the Vorarlberg Football Association (VFV) in 1920, in which the Turnerbund played a significant role, an orderly championship operation could now be started. Consistent training led to the West Champion title in 1930. In the fight for the Federal Championship but was defeated by the Ostkreismeister Krems. After two years the auspicious Bodenseeliga was strangled in 1933. From the newly started championship Tyrol-Vorarlberg you got off quickly. After 1935/36 the Vorarlberger Cup was achieved, followed in the following season, the Vorarlberg champion title.

In the first Bundesliga match in the club’s history received the Austrian champions Salzburg, which were beaten 2-0. What followed was a season that triggered unprecedented enthusiasm in Vorarlberg. Almost 10,000 spectators streamed into the Reichshofstadion on average per game, the footballers were celebrated like pop stars. The first two seasons finished in 9th place.  The budget was limited, the team was not well recorded. Nevertheless, the 1999/2000 season started brilliantly. In the UI Cup, Rudar Velenje was beaten in NK. One lap later, the team lost only due to the away goals rule against Stade Rennes. The next opponent Juventus Turin would wait.

On July 21, 1999, the first Vorarlberg derby took place in the Bundesliga, while SW Bregenz was the guest of the Reichshofstadion. There was no free space in the stadium. Winning 3-0. Later, the police estimated that 15,000 spectators were in the stadium. Subsequently, it set 12 defeats in 15 games. Still without a win through the entirety of Spring, the team found themselves relegated to the Second Division.

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FAC Vienna

The Floridsdorfer AC was launched in August 1904 by a group of adolescents and a few adults and has since played its first games. Josef Freund is the first president of the club’s history. The operational daily business was first Franz Schwarz part before Secretary Thomas Daubek took over the field of activity. Already a few years ago, the founders dedicated themselves enthusiastically to football with the club under the name of “Spielvereinigung” on the Iserfeld at Mühlschüttel in Floridsdorf.

The first game was then held on 09.07.1905 against the Vienna team “Liverpool”. The renaming in Floridsdorfer Athletics Club then took place in November 1905. Under the new name, the Floridsdorfer athletes on 18.11.1905 equal in the first game against Orion bring a brilliant 7: 0 victory. In June 1906, the 1st Floridsdorfer AC was accepted as the 20th Viennese club in the Austrian Football Association.

After the merger in the 2007/08 season, the rise in the first league in second just missed. In the season 2008/09, the club finished ninth. In 2014, the FAC became champion of the Regionalliga Ost and played in the relegation against SV Austria Salzburg, the champion of the Regionalliga West, for promotion to the First Division, and surprisingly prevailed 3-0 away, after they themselves in the home game with 2: 2 had separated. Thus, the FAC returned under coach Hans Kleer after 47 years back to the second-class professional league in Austria.

The 2014/15 season was mixed and the club was the entire season at the back of the table. In April 2015, the FAC finally separated from coach Kleer, who was replaced by Peter Pacult. This managed just the league, but had to go in September 2015 after a catastrophic start to the season in the 2015/16 season with 10 defeats in the first 10 games of the season and the Cup-off against country side FC Lankowitz. He was interim replaced by Thomas Flögel. He was followed by Felix Gasselich, who, however, could bring about no turnaround. Until the winter break, the FAC scored only 5 points out of 19 season games. In January 2016, the association and Gasselich therefore ended their cooperation by mutual agreement. At the end of the season, the FAC finished second only with 17 points from 36 games and thus stood firm as a fixed relegated. However, as the league rival SV Austria Salzburg relegated due to financial problems in the Regionalliga and also the relegated from the Bundesliga (SV Grödig) applied for a license for professional operation, the FAC remained in the 2016/17 season of the First League.

For the season 2017/18 took over Thomas Eidler, as the new head coach, the team of FAC Vienna. Despite a weak start to the season, the team overwintered with a five-point lead on the bottom of the table Blau Weiss Linz. Shortly after the start of the spring season Thomas Eidler announced his resignation to take over a position at ÖFB. Mario Handl, coach of FAC amateurs and assistant coach of the fighting team took over in a row until the end of the season. The highlight of a good second half was the 2-0 away win at Wacker Innsbruck on the final day. It was the first victory of a FAC team at the Tyrolean Tivoli in the club’s history, which gave the FAC ninth place at the end of the season. Due to the league reform, however, a descent in the 2017/18 season would not have been possible anyway. Even before the end of the season, the FAC presented the new head coach for the 2018/19 season with Oliver Oberhammer. Since then, Mario Handl has been working as co-coach of the fighting team and head coach of the amateur team.

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FC BW Linz

The FC Blue White Linz were founded in the summer of 1997 as the result of a merger between two local football clubs. The first – SV Austria Tabak – was on the brink of folding after the company that owned the club – Austria Tabak GmbH – became privatised. The other – FC Linz – also on the way towards closure with being unable to compete with there city rival LASK Linz. A new club with a total of 114 year history was formed officially on 1st August 1997. As a connecting element, the club colours are integrated in the name of the new club: FC Blue White Linz.

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FC Juniors OÖ

FC Juniors OÖ – until July 2017 FC Pasching – was newly founded after the move of ASKÖ Pasching, who last appeared as FC Superfund, to Carinthia and the renaming of SK Austria Kärnten in 2007 as FC Superfund Pasching. The club started as a syndicate with SV Wallern in the 2007-08 season in the fifth tier of Austrian Football.

At the end of the 2010/11 season, Superfund stepped out as the main sponsor and could not be adequately replaced. Due to this, the club was forced to cut the budget for the next season massively. Almost the entire professional squad was replaced by a new one, which consisted of mainly amateur players. At the end of the season Pasching ending in last place. In early 2012, an affiliation with Red Bull Salzburg was agreed. The first result of this collaboration was the acquisition of Gerald Baumgartner; the former coach of Salzburg II. The club managed an 8-0 victory in the last game of the season.

In the 2012/13 season Pasching was back at the top of the table. The team won the Autumn Championship 4 points clear of LASK Linz. However, this advantage was lost in the spring and Pasching ended up finishing the season two points behind Linzern in second place. Towards the start of 2014 Red Bull parted ways as sponsors. As a result, the entered into another affiliation with LASK which allowed for join youth and training facilities.

In July 2017, FC Pasching was renamed FC Juniors OÖ. The FC Juniors OÖ was play as an independent club in the Erste Liga but will continue their affiliation with LASK.

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Kapfenberger SV

The club was founded on 4th September 1919 as Kapfenberger Sports Club. In 1922, Kapfenberger SC play in the 1st Class Styria and celebrated its first major success by winning the Styrian Regional Cup and in 1925 the Upper Styrian League although unfortunately losing the final for the all-Styrian Championship against SK Sturm Graz.

The club have played in the Erste Liga since the 2002-03 season after 15 years out in the wilderness. In the 2004-05 season, the club narrowly missed out on promotion to the Bundesliga finishing as runner up behind SC Ried on the Promotion Playoffs. However, over the coming seasons their fortunes took a turn for the worse, regularly finishing in or close to the Relegation Zone. Only the simultaneous withdrawal of the licenses of Grazer Ak and Admira led ultimately to Kapfenberger surviving the league.

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Since 2012, Liefering has been a feeder club for Austrian Football Bundesliga side FC Red Bull Salzburg. In December 2011 Red Bull Salzburg signed an agreement with FC Pasching (Regionalliga Mitte) and USK Anif (Regionalliga West). The coach of the Juniors, Gerald Baumgartner, left Salzburg and became new coach of FC Pasching. Also players went to Pasching and Anif. After the 2011/12 season the new coach Peter Hyballa left the club and became new head coach of SK Sturm Graz. Lieferings ongoing presence in the Erste Liga continues to create unrest, with average an attendance of sub 500, many people believe the club isn’t good for the league. However the club promotes youth and has been a key factor in FC Red Bull Salzburg’s 2016/17 UEFA Youth League side, who would ultimately go on to win the tournament.

From the 2012/13 season the club, formerly known as USK Anif, changed its name to FC Liefering. Liefering are sometimes called Red Bull Liefering as they adapted the jerseys and team colors from Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig. In the 2012/13 season they won the Regionalliga West and after two relegation matches they were promoted to the First league. They are the farm team of FC Red Bull Salzburg. Because they play under the licence of USK Anif, Liefering are eligible for promotion to Bundesliga. In their first year, they finished 3rd, in the 2014/15 season they finished 2nd.

In June 2015 coach Peter Zeidler left the team and became coach of FC Red Bull Salzburg. He was succeeded by Thomas Letsch, who also followed Zeidler to Salzburg for two matches after Zeidler was fired there. As feeder club the team became very young. In the next two seasons the average age of the team was under twenty years. Players like Samuel Tetteh or Gideon Mensah came to Salzburg from Ghana, other talented players came from the Red Bull Football Academy like Hannes Wolf or Luca Meisl.

In the 2016/17 season FC Red Bull Salzburg (U19) won the UEFA Youth League. Most of the players came from Liefering.

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SK Austria Klagenfurt

Founded in 1920 as Käufmännerischer Sportverein Klagenfurt , Austria experienced a story full of ups and downs. 1923 was the merger with the amateur SK Klagenfurt. From then called the club KASK Klagenfurt and played in the top division of Carinthia. 1927 appeared for the first time the name Austria: After a merger with the former SK Klagenfurt was called from then on Sport Club Austria Klagenfurt . Then followed the turbulent years of the war, as the club temporarily even SG Austria Rapid Klagenfurt called (due to a cooperation with the then SK Rapid Klagenfurt, which had become necessary due to lack of players).

The emergence of the club marked the end of all efforts to establish an all-Carinthian team to play in the Austrian Football Bundesliga, pushed by the state’s government under Jörg Haider. Austria Klagenfurt was already founded in 2007 ahead of the formation of the SK Austria Kärnten football club, but began playing not before SK Austria was dissolved in 2010 and it had merged with SC St. Stefan. SK Austria Klagenfurt plays its home matches at the Hypo Group Arena. The club adopts the tradition of the former SK Austria Klagenfurt founded in 1920, renamed FC Kärnten in 1999, which was dissolved in 2009.

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SK Vorwärts Steyr

The club was founded as Steyrer Fußballklub Vorwärts with the club colours of red and white, the official founding ceremony was held at the Casino Steyr on 14 April 1919. The first match of Vorwärts Steyr was on 15 June 1919 in Linz against Linzer ASK (result 2–2). Already in its first year, the club won the Upper Austrian League; a national league did not exist at that time. In 1949 after dominating the state leagues, they managed to get to the Austrian Cup final which was held in Vienna against Austria Vienna which they lost 2–5, however reaching the final is still considered a major success even to this day. In the 1960s and 1970s, the club spent all its time in the Regionalliga Mitte or the Upper Austrian League. This twenty-year dry spell ended in 1979, when they returned to the Second Division. From 1982 Vorwärts established themselves in the second division until in 1988, after 37 years, when they gained promotion to the highest Austrian league, the Bundesliga where the club remained until 1996. The early-1990s saw the club reach its best ever league position in the 1990/91 and 1991/92 seasons, seventh place in the table. In 1995 they played in the Intertoto Cup and won the group stage remaining unbeaten (2–1 away win against Eintracht Frankfurt) and missed out on the UEFA Cup qualifiers only after an away defeat to Racing Strasbourg. By 1995 the club was deeply in debt with about 15 million shillings owed, so they required a bailout in the form of a guarantee from the town of Steyr. The bitter 0–2 defeat against LASK Linz on 29 May 1999 sealed the relegation from the top flight. Finally, the club had their license permanently withdrawn on 11 January 2000, ceasing operations and forfeiting the remaining matches. With an application for compulsory settlement, bankruptcy proceedings were opened. The club restarted from the lowest amateur division in August 2001. Since then the club has steadily risen through the amateur leagues and in 2018 returned to the 2nd tier of Austrian football.

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SKU Amstetten

Founded in 1997, Sportklub Union Amstetten are a semi-professional Austrian club currently playing in the Erste Liga. SKU Amstetten booked their place in the Erste Liga by winning promotion from the Regionalliga Ost last season.

The club play their home games at the Stadion Amstetten and possess adequate training facilities and average youth facilities. The club’s training ground is Stadion Amstetten. The SKU Amstetten youth team play at Umdasch Stadion. The club has average junior coaching and a fairly basic youth recruitment network. The Club retains a fierce rivalry with Sportclub Union Ardagger.

Although SKU Amstetten are enduring a seven year barren spell, having not won a competition since 2011, the club still have a history of which they can be proud of. SKU Amstetten won the Austrian 4th tier in 2008 and 2011 and were runners-up two times.

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SV Horn

On October 21, 1922, “at Dirsch” (today’s Hotel Post), the following gentlemen arrived at the founding meeting of SV Horn: Ing. Schober, Lehmann Rudolf. Waiter Heinrich, waiter Hans. Gaischek. Wawronek. Great, Mader Hermann. Lakner, Jarmer Gottfried and Amon Franz Otto. At the general meeting held on December 4, 1922 “at Graf”, Rudolf Zotter was elected chairman and Otto Wimmer the deputy vice-chairman. The club colors “blue-white” – the Horner city colors – were determined at a general meeting on June 21, 1923. The sports club Horn changed its name to “Rapid Horn” in 1927. Just two years after SV Horn, another football club, the ASK Horn, was founded in 1924. These two clubs united in 1947 with the name SV Horn.

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SV Lafnitz

The club, which belongs to the Styria Football Association, was founded in 1964 and played predominantly in the subclasses of Styria. With the takeover of the Obmannstelle by Bernhard Loidl, who previously supported the club with his company Licht Loidl as a sponsor, in 2009, the club achieved great sporting success. He missed the club new structures that had a positive effect on the athletic performance. At two-year intervals, championship titles were celebrated, with which, by 2013, the rise from the sixth performance level to the third performance level, the Regionalliga Mitte, was achieved. In parallel, in the years 2011 and 2012, the old, dilapidated sports field was transformed into a new, smart football arena with a new clubhouse and new grandstand. Although the municipality has only 1,400 inhabitants, the capacity is about 2000 spectators. While an average of around 800 spectators visited the home matches in the national league, there are currently around 1000 visitors in the regional league, most of whom come from neighboring Burgenland. Even in away games about 100 fans accompany the team.

The players of the team come for the most part from the region, which is a special bond with the spectators. There are some former players from neighboring second division TSV Hartberg at SV Lafnitz active. Two players made the leap into professional football via Lafnitz: the Croatian Domagoj Bešlić, who returned to Lafnitz in January 2018, moved to second division Austria Klagenfurt in 2015; Albert Vallci joined the second-class SV Horn in 2016.

Christian Waldl, who is in possession of the UEFA A license, came in the summer of 2012 from the USV Hartberg Umgebung and he succeeded right away to lead the team to the title in the Landesliga Steiermark. In September 2015, they parted company with Waldl. Waldl’s successor was former austrian international Ferdinand Feldhofer. In the first season under Feldhofer the sixth place ranking was reached. The second season finished the Oststeirer two points behind the champion TSV Hartberg on the second place ranking. In the season 2017–18 it was finally time: After the SV Lafnitz held uninterrupted since the 13th round of the league standings, could be fixed on 26 Matchday with a 3-0 victory over the amateurs of the Wolfsberger AC promotion. The ascent was definitively sealed by the admission award; The association received the approval in the first instance. In addition, the team was around coach Feldhofer on 28 Match day with a 3-1 victory over pursuers FC Gleisdorf 09 prematurely fix the championship title in the Regionalliga Mitte.

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SV Ried

The team plays its home matches at Keine Sorgen Arena, a stadium with a capacity of 7,680. The club currently plays in the second division or Erste Liga after being relegated from Bundesliga in the 2016/17 season. For sponsorship reasons, the name of the club is currently SV Guntamatic Ried.

The club formed on 5 May 1912 as Sportvereinigung Ried, and played in the regional leagues of Upper Austria until 1991, when they ascended to the national leagues for the first time. SV Ried first achieved promotion to the highest level of Austrian football in 1995.

SV Ried gained their first major honour in 1998 when they won the Austrian Cup, beating Sturm Graz 3–1 in the final. In 2003, Ried were relegated, ending an eight-year spell in the top division. Two seasons later, Ried regained Bundesliga status, becoming champions of the Erste Liga on 23 May 2005 following a 3–2 victory over Kapfenberg. In the following season (2005–06) Ried achieved their highest league finish so far, fourth, in the Bundesliga. The year after they managed to improve once more finishing second and becoming vice-champion. After the first third of the season, the team seemed to battle against relegation and was stuck in the last place for five gameweeks. The club management however kept trusting in Helmut Kraft’s coaching abilities, which would turn out to be the right decision after all. Twelve matches without a loss in the second third of the season and five wins out of the last five matches from gameweek 32–36 guaranteed the club’s highest season finish on place 2 and a spot in the 1st round of the UEFA-Cup qualification.

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Wiener Neustadt

FC Magna Wiener Neustadt obtained the right to play in the First League due to the collapse of SC Schwanenstadt caused by financial problems. SC Schwanenstadt’s playing licence was taken over by Magna, who took their place in the First League. On 19 May, Austrian-Canadian businessman Frank Stronach, the founder of Magna International, was elected president of the club.

The club played its first ever league game on 12 July 2008 against relegated side FC Wacker Innsbruck and lost 0–3. The remaining season was a lot more successful, culminating in the Austrian First League championship and promotion to the Austrian Bundesliga.

In late 2008 1. Wiener Neustädter SC decided to merge with FC Magna. In order to acknowledge the past of 1. SC, FC Magna was renamed SC Magna Wiener Neustadt, effective from 1 July 2009. In 2010 Magna decided to cooperate with SK Sturm Graz.

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WSG Wattens

The club was formed in 1930 and has been known as SC Wattens (1930–53), SV Wattens (1953–71), and WSG Wattens (1984–present). Its most successful period was in 1968–71, when it competed in the Austrian Bundesliga. Between 1971 and 1984 it merged with FC Wacker Innsbruck to form SSW Innsbruck (the merged team went on to win the Bundesliga five times and reached the quarter finals of the 1977-78 European Cup). In this period the club retained its identity with distinct youth teams. From 1984, WSG Wattens have played in the Austrian Regional League West and the second tier First League.

WSG Wattens play their home matches in Gernot Langes Stadion, Wattens. The stadium’s capacity is 5500. The team’s average home attendance for the 2010–11 season was 289. The stadium is also occasionally used for international matches, such as a 2010 friendly between Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. In 2013 the stadium was renamed in Gernot Langes stadium in honour of the 70th birthday of the longtime president Gernot Langes.

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