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ballesterer football magazine
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description Austrian football magazine
Area of ​​Expertise Soccer
language German
publishing company ballesterer Zeitschriftenverlag GmbH ( Austria )
Headquarters Vienna
First edition 2000
Frequency of publication 10 times a year
Sold edition 20,000 copies
(Media data 2020)
Editors-in-chief Jakob Rosenberg and Nicole Selmer
editor ballesterer - club for the offensive expansion of the football horizon
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ISSN (print)

The ballesterer is an Austrian football magazine . It was founded in Vienna in spring 2000 and is still self- published to this day . Ballesterer Zeitschriftenverlag GmbH has been the media owner since 2011. The ballesterer has been published ten times a year since 2008, and currently has a circulation of 20,000. It is sold nationwide in Austrian newsagents, in German train station bookshops and at selected sales outlets in Switzerland .

The magazine


The ballesterer is a club- independent magazine for football and fan culture . In contrast to traditional sports reporting, the focus is not on results and table positions. Rather, it is about fans, players and the cultural, economic and scientific environment of football. The ballesterer also takes a critical look at the commercialization of modern football. The Ultra-culture and the pushing back of fans and fan culture from the stadiums is a recurring theme. The editorial policy also includes an aggressive stance against discrimination , such as sexism , racism or homophobia . The standard calls the ballesterer a "magazine for the marginal aspects of popular sport".


One of the hallmarks of the ballesterer is its focus. In contrast to a usual cover story , a topic is dealt with on mostly 16 pages and thus includes by far the longest essays , reports and interviews in the magazine. The range of topics ranges from personalities ( Ernst Happel , Roberto Baggio or Martin Hinteregger ) to social politics ( economic crisis , climate change , integration ) to focal points about fan scenes and their concerns (for example, the sometimes problematic handling of the police ).

Regular magazine content also includes comments , reviews , photo series, puzzles and ground hopping reports. With the latter, the focus is not on the game, but on the stadium visit and the subjective experience. Certain celebrities also experienced the heading “Emergency Ambulance” by the doctor and author Wolfgang Pennwieser, who humorously explains medical problems from the football field.


Meaning of the term

"Ballesterer", emphasized on the second syllable, is an Austrian expression for footballers. It should have its origins in Vienna in the interwar period and thus in an early high phase of Austrian football . As early as 1926 , the Sport-Tagblatt wrote of “ball esterers” and “football esterers”. In the - already conformist - Kronen Zeitung is in February 1939 in retrospect to read: "There was a time in which one of the football players who then usually" were called Balle Exploder ", spoke with words of compassion. (...) The sport of football has [but] retained its attraction ” .

Up to and including issue 85 in autumn 2013, the brand name and logo still had the addition fm . It was a modification of Trademark ™ for football magazine.

Foundation and development

The longtime editor-in-chief Reinhard Krennhuber produced the first edition of the ballesterer in March 2000 together with Klaus Federmair, Robert Hummer and Florin Mittermayr . The idea of ​​a special interest medium arose from a journalism seminar work by Krennhuber. The model was the English soccer magazine When Saturday Comes . Edition one of the ballesterer was sold as a black and white laser copy in an edition of 300 for a price of 25 schillings . After a creative break, the magazine was published regularly every three months from September 2001. Greater awareness and increasing circulation impacted both the design and the appearance. Since number 17 (May 2005) the ballesterer has been printed entirely in color. From December of the same year to October 2008, the magazine appeared every two months, and since then has been published ten times a year.

The volume varied over the years and increased from 32 in the first edition to 50, then soon to pages. From October 2002 to November 2013, the ballesterer was usually 68 pages. Long special editions were only published on the occasion of the European Football Championship in Austria and Switzerland in 2008 and for the tenth anniversary in March 2010. A bigger leap was achieved with the relaunch in November 2013. Since then and to this day, the ballesterer has a volume of 84 pages.


For a long time the ballesterer acted as a club . With issue 46 (2009) the economic activities were outsourced to a GmbH , the association ballesterer acts as publisher. In addition to the editorial (incl. Layout - and photo -Verantwortlichen and Permanent employees about 30 people) has the footballing more excellent over a wide pool of authors who publish irregularly in the magazine. Right from the start, the magazine has been a joint project that is essentially based on free and unpaid work. Co-founder Reinhard Krennhuber took stock of the 2010 anniversary issue: “Over 300 people contributed texts, photos, graphics and much more to our magazine - for a long time without being paid for them. Even if these people are very different, they have one thing in common: They are football fans and love the intelligent, critical and funny approach that the ballesterer stands for. ” Krennhuber has now retired from the editorial office, but is a member of the board of the ballesterer club , who acts as editor. Since 2012 the editor-in-chief has consisted of Jakob Rosenberg and Nicole Selmer. The design collective LWZ, Manuel Radde and Benjamin Kuëss have been responsible for the graphic design since issue 86.


Early recognition

The magazine achieved early journalistic success in 2003. On the initiative of ballesterer author David Forster, a memorial plaque for the victims of National Socialism was unveiled in Vienna's Ernst Happel Stadium . The basis for this was research into an article in the Football Under the Swastika series . This addressed the internment of concentration camp prisoners during the Nazi era in what was then the Prater Stadium. In 2004, the Jewish culture magazine Nu and the ballesterer started a debate about the “ Aryanization ” of a coffee house by the Austrian soccer hero Matthias Sindelar . In the same year, the German Alliance of Active Football Fans (BAFF) awarded the ballesterer as the first non-German medium the “German Fanzine Cup”. In May 2005, it was named “Magazine of the Month” by the German soccer magazine 11 Freunde . In January 2005, over 50 fanzine editors from German-speaking countries voted the ballesterer as the “best general fan newspaper”.

The ballesterer as a specialist magazine

On the occasion of the research for the 36th edition, which dealt with the crisis in Italian football, the ballesterer editors Reinhard Krennhuber and Jakob Rosenberg were interviewed by both the newspaper Der Standard and the Italian state television RAI . Before the Serie A game between AS Roma and SSC Napoli, you had taken part in a Napoli Ultras trip to Rome, which resulted in property damage in trains and stations. As a result, another discussion broke out in Italy about violent fans. Journalist Kai Tippmann, who lives in Italy, said of this scoop : "A small editorial team of a 20,000-edition sheet had just pulled the underpants off the multi-million dollar editorial offices" . Time and again, the authors and editors of the ballesterer are guests in television programs on the subject of football, for example on ORF and ATV . On the initiative of the ballesterer, the books "Grün-Weiß unterm Hakenkreuz" and "Fußball unterm Hakenkreuz in der 'Ostmark'" were created.

Journalistic merits

In the twenty years since it was founded, various authors of the ballesterer have been nominated for prizes and have received awards. Stefan Kraft and Reinhard Krennhuber won the 2012 Journalist Awards from Sports Media Austria in the Print category, as did Nicole Selmer in 2014. In the same year Mathias Slezak received an award in the Young Talent category. He had participated in the season preparation of the Floridsdorfer AC for his article . Clemens Zavarsky also won the print category of the SMA Awards in 2018 and Moritz Ablinger in 2020. Mareike Boysen received the recognition award for print at the Prälat-Leopold-Ungar-Journalist- Award of Caritas in 2017 for a story about cage footballers. Selmer, Jakob Rosenberg and Benjamin Schacherl received the Prof. Claus Gatterer Prize in 2019 for a report on football players who immigrated to Vienna .


The ballesterer is often accused by critics of being too close to the organized fan scenes and of not approaching phenomena such as hooliganism with sufficient distance. For the creators, who regularly visit the fan stands, it is essential to reproduce the voices of everyone involved.


The ballesterer organizes the discussion series "Club 2x11" together with the Vienna libraries , which are home to the first Austrian football library, and the anti-racism initiative Fairplay . Several times a year, it brings active people and experts together for panel discussions on football topics. The magazine co-hosted public viewings at Vienna's WUK and the Pratersauna at major events such as world and European championships . In cooperation with the Austrian radio station FM4 and the Viennese indie label LasVegas Records , the ballesterer also took part in the sampler Lieber sein ein Loser , a compilation of Swiss and Austrian musicians for the European Championship 2008 , which was included in the booklet in a shortened form as a CD , but ultimately none brought economic success. Today the ballesterer is the media partner of, the blog,, the German Academy for Football Culture , the initiatives “Fairplay” and “Kicken ohne Grenzen”, the traveling exhibition “Fantastic Females”, and the football tournament Ute-Bock Cup.

Comparable magazines

The approach of approaching football culturally apart from match results and match reports is and was also used in Europe by the football magazines Der tödliche Pass , 11 Freunde , Transparent and Rund (Germany), Twelve (Switzerland), When Saturday Comes ( England ), So Foot ( France ), Hard gras ( Netherlands ) and Null Acht (Austria) followed.


Web links

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