FK Austria Vienna

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FK Austria Vienna
Austria Wien.svg
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Surname Football Club Austria Vienna
Seat Vienna - favorites
founding October 29, 1910
Colours Purple and white
Members 3383 (2017)
president Frank Hensel
ZVR number 809160843
Football company
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Surname FK Austria Wien AG
shareholder 100%: Association
Board Markus Kraetschmer (Chairman)
Peter Stöger (Sports)
First team
Head coach Peter Stoeger
Venue Generali Arena
Places 17,500
league Bundesliga
2019/20 7th place

The football club Austria ( lat. Austria ) Vienna is a football club from Vienna . The club plays in the Austrian Bundesliga . The club's second team, Young Violets, plays in the second division, the second highest level in Austria.

So far Austria has been Austrian champion 24 times and ÖFB Cup winner 27 times . Biggest international success was victory in the 1933 Mitropa Cup and 1936 , reaching the final of the European Cup Winners 'Cup in 1978 and the semifinals in the European Cup in 1979 and European Cup Winners' Cup 1983 . The last international success was qualifying for the UEFA Champions League in the 2013/14 season .

The "Veilchen", as Austria is called after its club colors, was founded on October 29, 1910 by former players of the Vienna Cricket and Football Club as the Vienna Amateur Sports Club (WAS) and are listed as amateurs in many lists relating to that time . On November 16, 1910, he was accepted into the ÖFV . Since the founding of the Austrian football championship on July 5, 1911, Austria has been in the top league without interruption, something that only local rivals SK Rapid Wien have achieved. The club took its current name on November 18, 1926 after the professionalization of gaming operations.

Originally from the Hietzingen district of Ober Sankt Veit , the club lost its home stadium in 1930 for financial reasons. After changing home several times, Vienna Austria has played its home games since 1973 in the Franz Horr Stadium (since 2010 “Generali Arena”) on Laaer Berg in the Favoriten district .

The abbreviation FAK comes from the letter arrangement in the Austria emblem based on the WAS emblem. As a 24-time Austrian champion, the club may have 2 stars in the club's coat of arms, as 1 star is awarded for every 10 championship titles. The professional football department has been outsourced to FK Austria Wien AG , of which the club is the sole shareholder.


Early years and the rise of the amateurs

The FK Austria Wien was launched as the “Viennese amateur sports club” on October 29, 1910 in a constituent general assembly chaired by Erwin Müller . Admission to the Austrian Football Association took place almost two weeks later, on November 16, 1910. A large number of the founding members were former players of the Vienna Cricket and Football Club , from which they had resigned due to serious personal differences with the club management. Until their club was accepted into the ÖFV, they wanted to play the games against Rapid and MTK Budapest for the Cricketers, both of which were won. As an ÖFV member, the Viennese amateur sports club did not receive approval from the Vienna Cricket and Football Club for the majority of its players and therefore decided to wait for the six-month blocking period and in the meantime to leave the ÖFV again in order to at least take on small non- To play association members for training purposes. Shortly before the end of the embargo, however, it was still possible to reconcile with the cricketers, so that on March 15, 1911 the re-entry into the ÖFV could be announced. The "amateurs", as the team was soon called, were already assigned to the first class on July 5, 1911 after a record of 11 wins in 17 association games .

Badge of the Viennese amateur sports club

In their first championship season 1911/12 , the amateurs were involved in the relegation battle, only on the last day of the league succeeded with a 4-0 against the WAC . The Vienna Cricket and Football Club, however, had to relegate to the second class, the first prestigious derby had ended 1: 1. At that time, the club's great support was captain Ludwig Hussak , who also wore the captain's bow in the national team . A first upswing came with the amateurs when it succeeded for the first time in 1912, the experienced coach Jimmy Hogan , who was working for the ÖFV at the time, also for the club. He was followed by the future team boss Hugo Meisl .

The fruits of this work were already evident in fourth place of the following season 1912/13 and the victory in the Easter Cup in 1913. The first major international games were also played in this season, at the Turin Grand Prix one occupied against Juventus , AC Torino and Étoile La Chaux de Fonds even took first place. In May 1914 the opening of a stadium of their own in Ober St. Veit could finally be announced, but the upswing of the club was dampened by the First World War .

The majority of the players were called up for military service, nine of them died and several were taken prisoner of war. Captain Ludwig Hussak was only able to return home from Siberia in 1920. The club fell back to eighth of ten places, but a rebuilding after the end of the war soon brought the violets back to the top. Hugo Meisl managed to sign the Hungarian national team brothers Jenő and Kálmán Konrád . This meant a sudden improvement in the amateur game, so that the violets reached for the championship title for the first time as early as 1919/20 . With a 2-2 draw on the last matchday against the Wiener Sport-Club , the club slipped to second place level with Rapid and the cup final was also lost to the district rivals (Hütteldorf was then part of the 13th district). But as early as 1921, the amateurs won the " Häferl " for the first time with a double strike within a minute against the sports club 2-1 . Further reinforcements in the team and investments in the infrastructure (in 1922 the Ober St. Veiter Stadium was opened for 25,000 spectators) consolidated the place among the leading clubs in Austria.

First titles, financial crash and the golden Mitropacup years

The wages for the work at the club were especially evident in the seasons 1923/24 to 1925/26 , in which the violets became champions twice and cup winners three times. The team around the German goalkeeper Theodor Lohrmann , Johann Tandler , Karl Geyer , Wilhelm Morocutti , Viktor Hierländer , Gustav Wieser and the Konrád brothers wrote themselves down in the club's history as the “title hamster”. The continuity was remarkable in that there was a fundamental change in 1924 with the switch to professionalism in the two highest Austrian leagues. This was taken into account somewhat late by the Viennese amateur sports club insofar as on November 18, 1926, at the general assembly in the Dom-Café, it was decided to change the now less appropriate club name to “Football Club Austria”. However, this was soon followed by the end of their careers and the departure of some players in the financially more lucrative American Soccer League , so that the defending champion Austria slipped under a new name to seventh place and eighth place in the two following seasons.

In addition to the sporting decline, there were also acute financial problems. Even club trophies had to be sold in order to meet debt obligations. The Ober St. Veiter Stadium fell into disrepair, eventually even lost in 1930 and was demolished when the club could no longer pay the rent. In the end, it is thanks to the board of the friends, Grasshopper Club Zurich , that Austria was retained, because they paid off the debts and granted the club an unlimited loan.

In these financially tense times, Austria relied on young talents who were to form the most famous Austria team in the club's history. Walter Nausch in defense, center half Johann Mock and star striker Matthias Sindelar played big in the wonderful team and shone above all thanks to their technical skills. The first title win of the new generation was the Cup victory in 1933 against the BAC through a somewhat glamorous game in which Austria was lucky with a missed penalty and finally won thanks to a long-range shot by Viktor Spechtl , which however became the starting point for one of the greatest successes in the club's history . The violets were qualified for the first time for the Mitropapokal , the forerunner competition of the European Cup, and promptly reached the final. In the quarterfinals, SK Slavia Prague was defeated 3-0 after a 1: 3 in the second leg. In the semi-finals, Austria eliminated Italy's champions Juventus Turin 3-0 and 1-1. In the final, the Viennese met an Italian team with Inter Milan , from San Siro after a 2-0 break, thanks to Viktor Spechtl, a good 1: 2 could be taken into the Prater Stadium, which was sold out with 60,000 spectators . The second leg of the final became one of the most famous appearances in the career of Matthias Sindelar, who scored both goals for Austria's 2-0 lead before Inter-Star Giuseppe Meazza seemed to force a play-off with the 1: 2 just before the end of the game . But just before the final whistle, Sindelar got the ball again and scored the winning goal for Austria with a 3-1 win and thus became the Mitropacup top scorer.

In the following years the team had difficulties to qualify through the league for the Mitropacup, in both 1935 and 1936 participation was only possible thanks to the victory in the ÖFB Cup. In 1935 they failed in the semifinals against Ferencváros , but already the round of 16 against Inter caused great excitement for President Michl Schwarz . After Austria had already led 5-0 in Milan, they had to concede two goals, otherwise financial losses at the home game threatened. In 1936, after a weak start against the Grasshopper Club Zurich, home strength was the key to success. AGC Bologna had to bow 4-0 in Vienna, Slavia 3-0 and Újpest 5-2. After only a 0-0 draw against last year's winner Sparta , the second leg in front of over 60,000 spectators in the Strahov Stadium appeared to be an impossible task. The team succeeded in the surprising 1-0 away win, Camillo Jerusalem headed the winning goal after a Riegler cross. After two Mitropacup wins within four years and with up to seven players on the national team's starting line-up, the team seemed overdue for the Austrian championship title. In 1936/37 Austria was able to convince against the big teams, in contrast, there were dropouts against relegation candidates. A 1: 2 against FavAC meant that the club only ended up in second place, level on points with master Admira . In the subsequent Mitropacup Austria came back to the semi-finals and was defeated by Ferencváros . It was to be the last major international appearance for a long time.

Time of National Socialism and rebuilding

On March 13, 1938, at Hitler's instigation, Austria was annexed to the German Reich , which almost meant the end of Austria. The club was under the presidency of Michl Schwarz , who was of Jewish faith , and, in addition to founder Erwin Müller, had numerous other Jews on the board, who were persecuted by the National Socialists for this reason alone . Only four days later it was announced: “Austria, which is under non-Aryan leadership, has been suspended and the club's assets have been secured. The secretariat is closed. All movable and immovable property in the stadium was also confiscated. ”A large part of the Austria leadership fled to Switzerland and France. Numerous players who did not want to accept the new balance of power followed them. Finally the club was able to continue to exist under the new name "SC Ostmark".

The renaming was reversed in July 1938, and the club was able to compete again as FK Austria in the 1938/39 season. The club's assets quickly dwindled under the new leadership appointed by the NSRL , and so with the golden Mitropapokal Austria's most valuable possession came to the then leading club FC Schalke 04 . Gold Cup games were agreed in Gelsenkirchen and Vienna, with Austria officials stealing the trophy and having it buried in the latter in order to prevent loss. However, these developments also have to be countered by opportunistic attitudes of individual members: Hans Mock soon used to wear the SA ribbon instead of the captain's ribbon at games. Despite his age, he was called to the national soccer team and even appointed captain by Reich coach Sepp Herberger , while other Austria players initially resisted being called up.

In the years 1938 to 1945 Austria could not record any great success and occupied placings between 4th and 9th place. Engagements of internationally experienced players such as Wudi Müller , Karl Sesta , Karl Andritz and Karl Adamek were able to prevent a further decline, young players were able to compete however, due to the constant transfers to the front, only unfold after the end of the war. In addition, this period was overshadowed by several reports of death, in particular by the death of Matthias Sindelar on January 23, 1939. National player Karl Gall died in a mine during the Russian campaign in 1943, national player Franz Riegler was killed in a bomb attack in 1944. This period was concluded with a 0: 6 against the WAC on April 2, 1945 in the broken championship 1944/45 .

After the Second World War , Michl Schwarz immediately returned to Austria and, with the support of numerous old Austrians, managed to rebuild successfully. The team was initially looked after by Karl Geyer for a short time before Wudi Müller was to take office for almost a decade. With Adamek, Jerusalem, Stroh and Andritz, the club was able to fall back on several experienced Mitropacup winners, in addition there were young Austrians like Dolfi Huber and Fritz Kominek and, last but not least, the greats Ernst Stojaspal , Ernst Melchior and Ernst Ocffekt came to the club through a clever transfer policy . Austria was quickly able to compete internationally again. The success of the development work was initially particularly evident in the championship, where the club only awarded the title in 1946 as championship leaders with two defeats at the end of the season.

But in 1948/49 Rapid could be put in its place; a historic title, as it was the first under the name “Austria” to be won with a 5-3 win in the new “ Wiener Derby ” in front of almost 60,000 spectators in the Prater Stadium. The duel with Rapid, which has now become increasingly fanned in the media, and at times a three-way battle with Wacker , could also be decided in favor of violet in the championship in the 1950 and 1953 seasons. In 1949/50 the trick was to even out a 1: 4 deficit in the "rapid quarter of an hour". There were also victories in the ÖFB Cup in 1948 and 1949, as well as numerous international successes. Soon considered one of the strongest European teams, the club has achieved several notable results in international tournaments. On May 7, 1951, Austria met Tottenham Hotspur in London , which had just won the English championship. An Ocffekt goal brought the violets a much acclaimed 1-0 victory.

On June 30, 1951, it came to the club's World Cup for the Copa Rio at the opening game in Maracanã to a clash with Nacional Montevideo . The world championship club, which had five players from the victorious World Cup team of 1950 in its ranks, was defeated 4-0. Austria reached the semi-finals later in the tournament, as did in 1952 as the best representative of Europe. On September 9, 1953, Germany's champions 1. FC Kaiserslautern even beat Austria 9: 2 at the Vienna stadium. But not only at the club, but also in the national team and in world selections, the leading Austria players attracted international attention, so that, especially after Austria's third place at the 1954 World Cup, they were successively defeated by much more financially strong clubs in the French Division 1 and the Italian ones Serie A were poached.

Beginning of the Joschi Walter era

The departure of the leading players severely affected Austria's playing strength: "From then on, the game was played at a different level". A direct relapse in the championship was only noticeable to a limited extent, because other clubs had similar problems, but major international games became less common. There was a small crisis, disagreements on financial matters even led to a players strike in 1955. Another major blow was an embarrassing championship defeat against Kremser SC , after which the Austria identification figure Walter Nausch suffered a heart attack, of which he died. Many expensive transfers within the league and also from Hungary did not meet expectations, and in the end the club lost three players who were hired by the clubs there on a tour of Australia in 1958 - without any transfer, which ultimately led to Australia's exclusion from FIFA. In the same year 1957/58 there was also a severe setback in the league with eighth place. From 1956, Norbert Lopper held the position of club secretary, an activity comparable to that of a sports director by today's standards, which he was to carry out until 1983.

In 1959 Joschi Walter , initially officially as Vice President, took over the fortunes of the club and managed it with brief interruptions until his death in 1992. The manager relied above all on a successful economic basis for the club and led the club on the model of a company. His reforms soon took hold not only in the economic area, but also in the sporting one. The squad was downsized and mainly young players were added to the fighting team. The youth department, which was then supervised by Leopold Stroh and Tscharry Vogl , produced numerous future national players; the new generation of Austria around Horst Hirnschrodt , Ernst Fiala and Horst Nemec secured their first title with a 4-2 victory in the Cup against Rapid in 1960 and subsequently rose to become the undisputed number one in Austrian football.

In 1960/61 the club became Austrian champions again after eight years, with a new nine-point record advantage. Six players in the championship team had become Austrian junior champions with Austria two years earlier. The dominance was continued in the following years, the championships in 1962 and 1963 completed the title hat trick, although in these years it was possible to celebrate several rounds before the end of the game. The cup was won two more times, Horst Nemec completed the violet collection of titles of this era as three-time top scorer.

Internationally, the club was able to easily eliminate IFK Helsinki and CCA Bucharest in the national championship during this time , but in both cases they were unlucky in the further draw. The performances in the home games in the 1-1 draw against Benfica Lisbon - winners 1961 and 1962 - as well as Stade Reims , the finalists of 1959 with a 3-2, showed the international potential of the team, but remained due to high defeats in the away second legs breadless. Joschi Walter, meanwhile, was appointed Austrian team boss, while Austria fell back to seventh place in 1965 and had to bow to little SC Marchegg in the cup . However, the return to the national top was soon achieved, and the returned Joschi Walter hired Ernst Ocffekt as the new coach in 1965 . Talents like Josef Hickersberger , Helmut Köglberger , Thomas Parits , Alfred Riedl and Robert Sara found their way into the team, in 1966 the club was again in third place and in 1967 again cup winners.

In 1968/69 Rapid could be dethroned as champions, after six points behind, the Veilchen were eight points ahead. The club was able to carry this momentum with it into the next year, in which the defense of the championship succeeded with a similarly clear seven points advantage and thanks to the cup win the double was celebrated. In the direct duel Rapid was defeated 6-0, Hickersberger scored a hat trick. Still, the club failed to live up to expectations when they were eliminated in the second round by Atlético Madrid after defeating Spartak Sofia .

A merger with Admira should produce an internationally competitive big club; the plan failed after fan protests, the board resigned and the main sponsor, the Schwechater brewery , also withdrew. So it happened that the club, as defending champion, set a new negative record with tenth place. This was followed by rapid ups and downs at Austria. Hickersberger and Parits went to the German Bundesliga, Riedl moved to Belgium. In return, Julio César Morales , who had just won the World Cup with Nacional Montevideo and had been in the semi-finals of the World Cup two years earlier, and Alberto Martínez were able to win over for the club because of financial difficulties in Uruguay. First of all, Austria managed to qualify as runner-up for the UEFA Cup again, in which, however, Beroe Stara Sagora "wiped out" 0: 7. In the championship, too, he fell back to tenth place. Only the provisional syndicate with the second division WAC as Austria / WAC, which lasted from 1973 to 1977 , brought the necessary foundation again, because this enabled the elementary insurance, which had previously supported the WAC, to be won as a sponsor for the syndicate.

The great European Cup years

Austria failed in the European Cup final in 1978 in the Prinzenparkstadion in Paris

The upswing of the 1970s was shaped by the breakthrough of the young talents Herbert Prohaska , Erich Obermayer , Felix Gasselich , Ernst Baumeister and the newcomer Hans Pirkner . After winning the Cup in 1974, the SSW Innsbruck , which had dominated the championship until then, was surprisingly put in its place in 1975/76 . When the club fell back significantly behind Innsbruck the following year, but was able to win the cup, the course was finally set again. A long-term sponsorship contract was concluded with Austria Tabakwerke , which secured the economic basis of the association. Parits, who could be brought back to the club, completed the "Hundred Years Storm" with Pirkner and Morales.

Hard to beat in the championship, six laps before the end of the championship they were new champions. Special attention was paid to the European Cup winners, where after successful duels against Cardiff City and Lokomotíva Košice in the quarter-finals they met Hajduk Split . After a 1-1 draw in Vienna, Hubert Baumgartner held the 1-1 draw in Yugoslavia and saved a penalty, among other things. In the following penalty shootout, he did not allow a single penalty kick, so that Austria met Dynamo Moscow in the semi-finals . The second leg in Vienna followed with a 1: 2 in the Prater Stadium, in which more than 72,000 spectators squeezed. Pirkner and Morales gave Austria the lead, but Andrei Jakubik forced another penalty shoot-out. After Baumgartner had held against Aleksandr Bubnow and converted Martínez, the violets were in the European Cup final in Paris. In the Prinzenparkstadion , however, the team fell behind against RSC Anderlecht early on and was then countered. Two goals in the last minute before the half-time break brought the preliminary decision, in the end the club lost 4-0.

In 1979 Austria seamlessly continued its services nationally and internationally. With the new acquisition of Walter Schachner from the second division, they won the championship with a 14-point lead on their own, and the Styrian immediately secured the top scorer's crown. In the European Cup of national champions there was a weak start against KS Vllaznia Shkodra with a 2-0 draw in Albania, but after the 4-1 in the second leg in Vienna the following opponent Lillestrøm SK could also be mastered without any problems. The first yardstick in the quarter-finals was DDR champions Dynamo Dresden , who were defeated with a total score of 3: 2 after a defensive battle. Austria was thus in the semi-finals of the European Cup of National Champions and was facing the possibility of making it into the European Cup final for the second time in a row.

But against Malmö FF , after a 0-0 win in the Prater, there was a close 0-1 in wintry Sweden. Several players were poached afterwards, the most prominent move was Herbert Prohaska to Inter Milan , and so one tries to hire a replacement. Goalkeeper Friedl Koncilia - Baumgartner now played in the Primera División - was brought back to Austria as a new addition from Anderlecht, but Gerhard Steinkogler also came from Werder Bremen. In the championship Austria remained the clear number one for the time being, also won the title in 1980 and 1981, but there was already an exchange of blows with Sturm last season . In the following two seasons they had to admit defeat to Rapid as runner-up and there were also no major international appearances after their elimination against FC Aberdeen and a year later after a controversial penalty against Dynamo Kiev in the round of 16.

At Austria, new players had meanwhile played their way into the regular formation. Josef Degeorgi , Alfred Drabits and Toni Polster were the names of the new pillars that, together with the European Cup veterans, were able to re-establish themselves among the strongest teams. As early as 1983, when the championship was still missed with the same number of points, the violets played their way into the limelight with victories over several large European clubs. First Panathinaikos Athens was defeated, in the following round of 16 Galatasaray was eliminated. If Austria were still 0-2 behind in Istanbul, they turned the game around and won 4-2, with Felix Gasselich gaining the goal of the year - a few months later he was already in the dress of Ajax Amsterdam - and Koncilia still held a penalty. The next opponent was Maradona's FC Barcelona . After Steinkogler had scored the decisive goal after a 0-0 first leg at Camp Nou , this seemingly insurmountable hurdle was over and the coach there Udo Lattek was dismissed. In the European Cup semi-finals, the opponent was Real Madrid , the two-time lead in Vienna was not enough; after a 2-2 draw, the dream of the final in Gothenburg broke with a 2-0 draw at the Santiago Bernabéu .

The last decade of national dominance

The great international successes continued in 1984. A 5: 0 and 10: 0 against Aris Bonneweg meant a high scoring start, against France's Stade Laval came the first test. With a 2-0 win they went to Laval, where they quickly fell 0-3, but in the end they clearly reached the round of 16 with a 3-3 win. There, Austria was faced with Inter Milan , which, as expected, took the lead in Vienna. The Hungarian newcomer Tibor Nyilasi succeeded in turning Austria into a 2-1 win in the final phase with a brace within five minutes. When István Magyar scored the 1-0 quarter of an hour before the end in front of 80,000 spectators in San Siro , the sensation was perfect; Serious riots followed in Milan, in which an Austria fan was stabbed and was in a coma for several days.

In the quarter-finals, the opponent was Tottenham Hotspur , who won 2-2 in the first leg, but ultimately had to admit defeat 2-0. The championship turned into a head-to-head race with Rapid, a hard-fought 3-0 win against Sturm in Graz made the difference. Erich Obermayer scored the redeeming 1-0 after 70 minutes, Nyilasi took the top scorer's crown. In 1984/85 Austria was again the only leader in Austria - nine points ahead and only one defeat spoke for itself. In the European Cup of national champions there were two wins against the GDR series champion Dynamo Berlin at the beginning, followed by the duel with FRG champions FC Bayern Munich . Austria sold dearly, but lost with a total score of 5: 7, which even more than 20,000 Austria fans who traveled with them in the Munich Olympic Stadium could not change anything.

The 1985/86 season was dominated by a duel with Rapid. Austria was able to maintain a narrow lead in the championship and defend it with a 1-0 win at LASK on the last match day . In the cup there was a dramatic final in the Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadion , from which Austria emerged as the winner 6: 4 after extra time. Internationally, the club worked out another meeting with Bayern Munich with two clear 3-0 wins against Avenir Beggen , but once again Austria did not get beyond a draw at home and lost 3-1 overall. In the following season, in which Andreas Ogris was part of the regular squad for the first time , Austria played on the last day of the match with one point ahead of Rapid in Sturm, but only managed to score 2: 2. From the point of view of Austria fans and many journalists, a regular goal was denied and a striker foul by the opponent was punished with a penalty whistle against Austria.

At the same time Rapid won against the sports club and benefited from a swallow penalty, so that the name of the "stolen championship" established itself. The game was also the last appearance of Toni Polster, who was top scorer for the third time in a row and left the club for Italy. In the following years Austria fell back a little, because with the newly founded FC Swarovski , a much more financially strong club stepped onto the stage, which established itself as the clear number one, but the qualification for the UEFA Cup was always second or third.

In 1988 there was the famous encounter with Žalgiris in the UEFA Cup . Losing 2-0 in the first leg, the second leg in Vienna developed into an exchange of blows, in which Austria managed the victorious 5-2. But against Heart of Midlothian a 0: 1 followed. The violets also made a big appearance in 1989 when they met Ajax Amsterdam . The first leg was won 1-0, the second leg in Amsterdam went into extra time with the same result. Here the violets were able to gain , so that Hannes Pleva made the decision 1: 1. Serious riots followed, in which goalkeeper Franz Wohlfahrt was struck down with an iron bar, which was punished with a two-year UEFA Cup ban for Ajax - the so-called state incident .

Against SV Werder Bremen you could not repeat this performance and the club was eliminated with 2: 5. In time for the 1990/91 season , Austria got reinforcements with the transfer of Arminas Narbekovas and Valdas Ivanauskas from the collapsing Soviet Union, and the two Lithuanians became important components of the team. For the first time, the Prohaska-Elf was able to challenge the financially stronger Swarovski Tirol and in the end a little happy - Swarovski made three mistakes in a row in the last rounds - to top the table before the last matchday, but with an away game at Admira / Wacker a difficult one Task waited. After a 2-0 draw, Christian Prosenik managed to equalize, which was decisive for the championship .

In 1991/92 Swarovski surprisingly announced the dissolution of the club, but with Salzburger Austria a new rival for the title appeared on the scene. Before the last matchday they were two points behind, but the direct duel in the Prater Stadium in front of over 40,000 spectators was still pending. In a hard-fought game, Andreas Ogris and Anton Pfeffer scored the goals to 2: 1 and thus to the new title, which became a double thanks to the cup win. Master maker Herbert Prohaska then took over the national team. His successor Hermann Stessl was initially less fortunate. After losing to bottom of the table SK Vorwärts Steyr , his dismissal was pronounced, but he was allowed to stay until the end of the season. What followed was one of the most famous comeback races in club history. Austria had to win all games in the last six games to be able to become champions. Indeed, the violets did it; This series included the away win at their direct rivals in Salzburg - Narbekovas and Ivanauskas scored twice in a 3-1 win - as well as the decisive game against Rapid on the last day of the match. Ivanauskaus brought his team to the front with a side pull, which was later voted Goal of the Year, and in the end, thanks to a 4-0 derby win, the third championship in a row could be celebrated. In the past two seasons Austria also made their first appearances in the newly named UEFA Champions League , with both reaching the round of 16 and only the away goals rule deciding in a 3: 3 against Club Bruges in 1992 .

The sell-out of the stars and a new beginning under Frank Stronach

In the middle of the nineties came the creeping sporting decline of the club, in connection with which the “sell-out of the stars” became a popular phrase. In 1994 the club finished second; SV Austria Salzburg was out of reach at the latest since a 0: 6. Internationally, after a clear rise against Branik Maribor, they have two good games against FC Chelsea , who, thanks to the away goals rule, progressed with a total score of 1: 1. At Austria, however, the trend was clearly downwards. Most of the players were poached, Ivanauskaus and Wohlfahrt made the leap into the German Bundesliga, others found employment with direct league rivals - only Hasenhüttl, Kogler and Prosenik moved directly to SV Austria Salzburg.

As a result, Wiener Austria gradually fell behind. Several coaches failed. The consistently young team finished fifth in 1996 , supported by Thomas Flögel and Toni Pfeffer . After that, the sobering results were sixth and the next two years only seventh out of ten teams. In 1999 the financial basis could be improved significantly, because with Magna under Frank Stronach a new main sponsor could be brought; and so it was possible, with reinforcements - the first step was the commitment of Michael Wagner - to bring Austria back to the UEFA Cup. There they had a strong start in 2002 when they were fourth against Shakhtar Donetsk with a 5-1 win before they failed at FC Porto .

This was followed by a further expansion of Magna's involvement. Between 2002 and 2005, among others, Vladimír Janočko , Filip Šebo , Sigurd Rushfeldt , Joseph Anthony Didulica , Jocelyn Blanchard , Libor Sionko and Štěpán Vachoušek were hired as legionaries. For this purpose, a training facility for young talent was set up based on the model of top European clubs. Despite these investments, there were repeated internal unrest under Frank Stronach, both among players and among the management staff.

In the 2002/03 season , the long-awaited success came with the first championship title in ten years and the cup victory. Master trainer Christoph Daum went to Fenerbahçe Istanbul , another German was brought in as his successor, Joachim Löw . Internationally, the club suffered a severe defeat in the UEFA Cup against Borussia Dortmund . The club was successful again in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup season. The qualification for the reformed group stage succeeded in two games against Legia Warszawa . There the club got the necessary points and reached the knockout phase, in which Athletic Bilbao and Real Saragossa could be defeated. Only in the quarter-finals did they fail at FC Parma (1: 1, 0: 0) due to the away goals rule. Despite this success, coach Lars Søndergaard was given leave of absence because the results in the domestic championship were mixed and Austria only finished third in the end.

After the cup was won in 2005, the club prevailed against the new, financially stronger FC Red Bull Salzburg in the 2005/06 season and became Austrian champions for the 23rd time and cup winners again. On November 21, 2005, however, Frank Stronach had announced that he would gradually withdraw from the association. Then there was a change in the team. Many top performers who had been signed in the previous seasons were given to other clubs in order not to burden the budget. As a result, the club could not build on its sporting success.

The 2006/07 season began with many defeats in the championship and the elimination in the Champions League qualification against Benfica Lisbon . Then there was another knockout duel against Legia Warszawa . Although the Viennese prevailed and were able to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Cup, there they were eliminated with four defeats from four games. The opponents in the group stage were Espanyol Barcelona , Ajax Amsterdam , SV Zulte Waregem and Sparta Prague .

After the 4-1 home defeat against SV Zulte-Waregem in the UEFA Cup, Thomas Parits was introduced as the new general manager. Shortly afterwards, coach Frenk Schinkels and sports director Peter Stöger were on leave. Georg Zellhofer was hired as the new coach , who should lead the club out of the relegation zone. The first half of the season Austria finished bottom of the table. During the winter break, the seriousness of the situation was recognized and the squad was reinforced with Ronald Gercaliu and Joachim Standfest and relied on Austrian players again. On May 1, 2007, the ÖFB Cup was won by a 2-1 victory over SV Mattersburg; it was the 26th cup title. This success secured a starting place for the 2007/08 UEFA Cup season and, after a weak championship season, came to a conciliatory end. The management contract with Magna has now been terminated, but the company remained as the main sponsor. In the 2007/08 UEFA Cup, the violets were able to reach the group stage again, as you could eliminate FK Jablonec 97 in qualifying and Vålerenga IF in the first main round.

Waiting for the "big" title

The winning team in the 2009 ÖFB Cup Final in Mattersburg

FK Austria Wien AG has existed since July 1, 2008; the club name was changed back to FK Austria Wien after Magna left. In qualifying for the 2008/09 UEFA Cup, Tobol Qostanai and WIT Georgia Tiflis were defeated, the last hurdle before the group stage was Lech Posen . Austria retired despite a 2-1 win with a missed penalty in Vienna in the second leg after a goal in the 121st minute with a total score of 5: 4. The first half of the 2008/09 championship ended with 42 points in fourth place, tied with SK Rapid, who placed second. On May 24th, they won the ÖFB Cup for the fourth time in a row with a 3-1 win over Admira, which was a novelty in Austrian football history. In addition, with this success they achieved an international starting position for the eighth time in a row. Third place in the championship was achieved with a 4-1 win over SK Austria Kärnten on the last match day, as the direct competitor SK Sturm Graz had to admit defeat to fifth-placed SV Ried .

Austria entered the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League in the 2009/10 season and won over FK Vojvodina Novi Sad (1: 1/4: 2) and Metalurg Donezk (2: 2/3: 2 nV ) qualify for the group stage. There, in addition to Austria, Werder Bremen , Athletic Bilbao and Nacional Funchal were drawn into Group L. Austria retired without a win with only two draws and significant defeats as the bottom of the group. In 2009/10 the club was one point behind Red Bull Salzburg runner-up. In 2010/11, after a strong season but weaknesses, they finished third in April. In the ÖFB Cup , they were eliminated in the quarter-finals against SC Austria Lustenau after a disgraceful 4-0 home defeat.

After all, the club was able to qualify for the Europa League in the 2011/12 season after victories against three preliminary round opponents, but retired there as third in the group before Malmö, but behind Charkiw and Alkmaar. The replacement of coach Karl Daxbacher by Ivica Vastić did not show the desired success. The traditional Viennese club took a disappointing fourth place in the Bundesliga, 14 points behind champions FC Red Bull Salzburg , and failed to qualify for the European Cup for the first time since the 2000/2001 season. The contract of coach Vastic was not renewed, preferred coach Franco Foda canceled and signed a contract with the German second division club 1. FC Kaiserslautern . Shortly afterwards, Peter Stöger returned as the new coach.

Record season and the revitalized Austria

Although the 2012/13 season had already begun, the top talent Philipp Hosiner , who had already scored five goals for his old club Admira Wacker Mödling this season, was signed on the last day of the transfer. With a total of 32 goals, he played a key role in Austria's 24th championship title in 2012/13. Austria was superior autumn champions and also started the second half of the season with good performances. After a short dry spell, pursuers Red Bull Salzburg came within four points. Nevertheless, on the penultimate matchday with a 4-0 win against SV Mattersburg after seven years, the championship plate came back to favorites , the 82 points at the end of the season meant a new record that Red Bull Salzburg surpassed in the 2017/18 season .

Shortly after the start of the ÖFB Samsung Cup final 12/13 between FK Austria Wien and FC Pasching

In the 12/13 cup final , the club lost 1-0 to regional league club FC Pasching . Around 16,500 spectators saw one of the biggest sensations in Austrian football. Austria's good season drew the attention of major German football clubs in particular to master coach Peter Stöger, and Werder Bremen , among others, expressed interest. After lengthy and difficult negotiations between Austria and 1. FC Köln , the two clubs agreed on June 12, 2013 on Stöger's move to Cologne, a transfer fee of 700,000 euros was rumored; in addition, Austria should receive the income from a friendly game. Nenad Bjelica was hired as his successor.

A 2-0 away win over Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg of the 2013/14 Champions League play-off round was enough for Austria to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time despite a 3-2 defeat in front of their home crowd . In Group G a total of five points could be achieved through one win, two draws and three defeats; but this was only enough for the last place in the table. In the 4-1 home win against Zenit St. Petersburg on December 11, 2013, they achieved the highest victory of an Austrian team in the Champions League. In the domestic championship, Austria was less successful. On February 16, 2014, coach Nenad Bjelica and assistant coach Rene Poms were given leave of absence because the violets were only in a disappointing fifth place with a meager 31 points from 23 games. He was followed on the same day by Herbert Gager , the coach of the amateurs. In the final accounts, Austria took 4th place in the 2013/14 season, so the violets were not represented in any international competition in the 2014/15 season.

In order to reach the European Cup qualification again in the following season, Gerald Baumgartner was hired as the new head coach. Baumgartner's engagement lasted until March 22, 2015, when he was replaced by amateur trainer Andreas Ogris due to unsuccessfulness. But even with the interim coach Ogris, Austria fell short of expectations. In the summer of 2015, the German Thorsten Fink was hired as head coach. After his dismissal in February 2018, his compatriot Thomas Letsch took over the office.

Club structure

FK Austria Wien is an association according to the Association Act 2000 and in 2008 had over 2,000 members. In addition to the extraordinary members, there are 250 full members who have voting rights at the general meeting, which normally takes place at the beginning of each year. The president of the association has been union chairman Wolfgang Katzian since 2007 . Already in the time after the First World War, attempts were made to put the club's management together from people from the economy for better leadership in professional football. This path has been consistently followed since 1959 under Joschi Walter, who left the office of president open without exception to the respective main sponsor or patron. This was then filled in by Mautner Markhof (Schwechater), Böhm (Schöps) and several representatives from Austria Tabakwerke . In 2006, while Magna was still the main sponsor, preparations were made to outsource the professional operations of FK Austria Wien to a corporation.

Following the resolution of the 2007 Annual General Meeting, FK Austria Wien AG was founded on January 28, 2008 and commenced operations on July 1, 2008. The company is 100% owned by the FK Austria Wien association. The club manager Markus Kraetschmer (business department) and general manager Thomas Parits (sports department) were elected to the board of directors of the AG . The seats on the supervisory board are filled by the representatives of the largest club sponsors and club representatives. In the course of this, there was a change in the heaviness of sponsors from a dominant main sponsor to several major sponsors. In 2008/09, Verbund acted as the main sponsor and Nike , Siemens , Generali Versicherung , Brau Union , Rewe International , Harreither , JJW Hotels & Resorts , Peugeot , , the Kurier and Marriott as major sponsors.

Overview of the Austria Presidents:

  • 1910–1913: Erwin Müller
  • 1913–1915: Karl Wertheim
  • 1915–1919: Rudolf Wiedermann
  • 1920–1922: Karl Wertheim
  • 1922–1924: Curt Hahn
  • 1924–1925: Siegfried Hochermann
  • 1926–1930: Curt Hahn
  • 1932–1938: Michl Schwarz
  • 1938–1945: Bruno Eckerl

Player and coach

Known players

Century player

A club icon of Austria is Matthias Sindelar, who was brought to the Veilchen by ASV Hertha Wien in 1924 , where he played until his death in 1939. Famous for his technique and ball control as well as his playfulness, the center forward soon became one of the most popular Austrian athletes; he was part of the miracle team and played a key role in Austria's big Mitropacup appearances. Sindelar was honored as the Austrian footballer of the century and the main grandstand of the Franz Horr Stadium was named after him. The highest official award that the club has to award can only be given to players who were also the team's captain. So far five Austria players have been honored as honorary captains:

  • Ludwig Hussak : Ludwig Hussak was the first to receive this honor, who joined the amateurs at the time as a founding member in 1910. The center half was the first captain, first goal scorer in an association match and first national player of the violets. The fact that “Luigi” was the captain of the Austrian team for many years shows his importance for the amateur team, which was still partly fighting relegation. Later he was entrusted by the ÖFB, until shortly before his death, with the supervision of the Viennese selection and Austrian youth teams.
  • Walter Nausch : The "Sir" played, after he had previously been with the amateurs for a short time, from 1929 until his escape in 1938 with Austria. The side half was a member of the miracle team and an important player in Austria's Mitropacup times. In 1938 he had to emigrate to Switzerland with his Jewish wife; he returned to Austria after the end of the war and, as team manager, led the national team to 3rd place at the 1954 World Cup . Then Nausch still held the coaching position with the violets before he succumbed to the consequences of a heart attack in 1957, which had overtaken him on the occasion of a championship defeat against Krems.
  • Ernst Fiala : "Dralle" came into the offspring of Austria in 1953 and played for the club without interruption until 1975, a total of 22 years. Because of his loyalty to the club, he was voted the most popular Austrian several times, winning the championship five times and the ÖFB Cup six times. He was considered an enfant terrible at the club and appeared as a striker or playmaker.
  • Herbert Prohaska : “Schneckerl” came to Austria in 1972 and, apart from his time at Inter Milan and AS Roma, played for the club until 1989. He was one of the most important pillars in Austria's great European Cup successes. After finishing his playing career, he became a coach at the Veilchen, where he soon won his number eight and nine championship titles with Austria before he was appointed team manager and made it to the 1998 World Cup.
  • Robert Sara : The "storming outside cover" came to the violets in 1964. In almost 21 seasons for Austria, the violet monument played 562 championship games with 31 goals, 72 cup games with 12 goals and 63 European Cup appearances. He was 9 times champion and 6 times cup winner. In 1978 he reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup with Austria. He was also the captain of the legendary Córdoba team. On the 100th anniversary of Austria (2011), he was made honorary captain.

Austria eleven of the century

For the 90th anniversary of FK Austria Wien in 2001, an election for the “Austria Elf of the Century” was carried out:

Friedl Koncilia
Robert Sara , Karl Stotz , Erich Obermayer
Walter Nausch , Herbert Prohaska , Ernst Ocffekt , Ernst Stojaspal
Horst Nemec , Matthias Sindelar , Toni Polster
Record player Robert Sara, now assistant coach of the amateur team

Robert Sara has the most missions in Austria's history. 581 games in the Austrian championship, 561 of which he played for Austria, are also a record for Austria. With nine championships won, he set another record. The best purple shooter is Ernst Stojaspal, who scored 218 goals in 183 league games with his powerful left foot in his nine years with the Violets. This results in a fable average of 1.2 goals per game; after moving to Racing Strasbourg , he was able to net 74 times in Ligue 1.

Record player

Games Nat. player
561 AustriaAustria Robert Sara
543 AustriaAustria Erich Obermayer
457 AustriaAustria Herbert Prohaska

Record goal scorers

Gates Nat. player
218 AustriaAustria Ernst Stojaspal
158 AustriaAustria Matthias Sindelar
151 AustriaAustria Adolf Huber

National player

Wiener Austria has already produced well over 100 Austrian national players. Toni Pfeffer has played the most international matches as a team member of the Veilchen with 63 appearances.


Peter Stöger, 2008

Wiener Austria has had over 60 different coaches in its history. The longest of them served “Wudi” Müller, who stayed with the Veilchen for almost a decade from 1945 to 1954 and returned again from 1964 to 1972, at times as assistant coach at Ernst Ocffekt's side. He and Hermann Stessl are also the only ones able to celebrate three championships as head coaches with the club. In the past few decades, the company gained a reputation for being capricious with its supervisors, as some coaches were dismissed as leaders or champions. The best-known case is Hermann Stessl, from whom one parted on May 26, 1979 - after he had become champion in his previous two coaching years and had reached the finals and the semifinals in the European Cup - due to "signs of wear and tear".

One example from the more recent past is Walter Schachner, who was able to sit at the top of the table in his only four-month term of office and was nevertheless replaced by Christoph Daum. Joachim Löw was also dismissed as leader of the table at Austria and then moved to the coaching staff of the German national team. Many Austria coaches were also recruited partly by financially stronger foreign teams and partly by the ÖFB for the national team. The latter include Edi Frühwirth (1964), Karl Stotz (1978), Erich Hof (1982) and Herbert Prohaska (1992). In December 2011, the former coach of the amateurs, Ivica Vastić , took over the fighting team. Vastić's contract was not renewed at the end of the season by mutual agreement.

On May 30, 2012, Peter Stöger was presented as the new coach, whose two-year contract officially began on June 11, 2012. After winning the 2012/13 championship title, Stöger left Austria for a transfer fee of 700,000 euros for 1. FC Köln . Nenad Bjelica was introduced as the successor in June 2013 .

Coach history

As of August 16, 2020

Bundesliga team

Coaching team

As of August 7, 2020

function Surname Date of birth nationality with the club
Last club
Trainer Peter Stoeger 04/11/1966 AustriaAustria 07/2020 Sports director
Assistant coach Jochen Fallmann 02/19/1979 AustriaAustria 08/2020 Trainer SKU Amstetten
Assistant coach Gerhard Fellner 04/24/1970 AustriaAustria 08/2020 Coach SC Wiener Neustadt
Goalkeeping coach Alexander Bade 08/25/1970 GermanyGermany 08/2020 Sports coordinator

Current squad

As of August 26, 2020

Surname Date of birth nationality with the club
Last club
01 Patrick Pentz 01/02/1997 AustriaAustria 07/2015 FK Austria Vienna II
21st Ammar Helac 06/13/1998 AustriaAustria 08/2020 FC Blau-Weiß Linz
99 Mirko Kos 04/12/1997 AustriaAustria 07/2017 FK Austria Vienna II
03 Maudo Jarjué 09/30/1997 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau 07/2019 FK Səbail
08th Stephan Zwierschitz 09/17/1990 AustriaAustria 07/2019 FC Admira Wacker Mödling
15th Michael Madl 03/21/1988 AustriaAustria 01/2018 Fulham FC
18th Christian Schoissengeyr October 18, 1994 AustriaAustria 07/2018 SK Sturm Graz
28 Christoph Martschinko 02/13/1994 AustriaAustria 07/2015 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
29 Markus Suttner 04/16/1987 AustriaAustria 08/2020 Fortuna Dusseldorf
46 Johannes Handl 05/07/1998 AustriaAustria 07/2019 FC Wacker Innsbruck
05 Vesel Demaku 02/05/2000 AustriaAustria 07/2017 AKA Salzburg
06th Niels Hahn 05/24/2001 AustriaAustria 07/2018 FK Austria Vienna II
07th Maximilian Sax 11/22/1992 AustriaAustria 07/2018 FC Admira Wacker Mödling
09 Patrick Wimmer 05/30/2001 AustriaAustria 12/2019 FK Austria Vienna II
10 Alexander Grünwald 05/01/1989 AustriaAustria 07/2011 SC Wiener Neustadt
27 Thomas Ebner 02/22/1992 AustriaAustria 07/2018 FC Admira Wacker Mödling
39 Manprit Sarkaria 08/26/1996 AustriaAustria 10/2017 FK Austria Vienna II
11 Benedikt Pichler 07/20/1997 AustriaAustria 07/2019 SK Austria Klagenfurt
14th Christoph Monschein 10/22/1992 AustriaAustria 07/2017 FC Admira Wacker Mödling
20th Bright Edomwonyi 07/24/1994 NigeriaNigeria 07/2018 Çaykur Rizespor
26th Alon Turgeman 06/09/1991 IsraelIsrael 07/2018 Maccabi Haifa
36 Dominik Fitz 06/16/1999 AustriaAustria 01/2018 FK Austria Vienna II


As of August 26, 2020

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II. Crew

The second team of Austria has been playing in the second division since the 2018/19 season .

Promotion of young talent

Measures to promote youth

National player Rubin Okotie at the U-20 World Cup 2007 in Canada

After the Second World War, the youth teams of Vienna Austria were rebuilt by the former player and then law student Fritz Werner . The club took the big step towards professional youth care in 1948 under the leadership of the former player and sponsor Leopold Stroh . A full-time team of professional trainers with Tscharry Vogl and Willy Kopetko was installed for youth training with correspondingly large financial support. The desired successes quickly emerged: Internationally, the Blue Stars tournament (now the FIFA Youth Cup) was won twice; At the national level, after the youth championship was founded in 1951, they immediately won the juniors in 1951, 1952 and 1953 and the youth in 1952 and 1953. Austria won the largest national youth tournament, Hugo Meisl Cup, with victories in 1953, 1953 and 1955 decide. After the turbulent years that followed after the 1954 World Cup, this successful youth team was ultimately continued under Joschi Walter in connection with the integration of the players into the combat team: six players who became junior champions in 1959 with coach Karl Schlechta , then also played under Schlechta Professionals who became champions in each of the following three years.

Nowadays, youth football in Austria is based on federal youth centers and youth academies, which are subject to more stringent criteria, and which are supervised either by clubs or by regional associations. In October 2000, in cooperation with the then sponsor Magna, the " Frank Stronach Young Football Academy " was opened in Hollabrunn north of Vienna. The three performance teams U-15, U-17 and U-19 were able to establish themselves as the most successful in Austria in the following eight years. In 2004 Austria was the only club so far to win all three titles. After the end of the collaboration with Magna in 2009, the construction of a new academy for young talents on Laaer Berg was realized for the 2009/10 season with support of 6.6 million euros from the City of Vienna. 500 meters east of the Franz Horr Stadium, three playing fields, including an artificial turf field, a sports hall and the corresponding infrastructure with cabins and fitness rooms, were built on the former ESV sports facility. 1,500 meters south of the stadium, the Wendtsettgasse partner school was created as a school & sports campus for 2,000 pupils with different school types and infrastructure for other sports.

After completing the academy, the players can gain match practice with the "amateur team", the FK Austria Wien II team. With the exception of three possible places for veterans, junior players are used here. This amateur team emerged from a cooperation with Prater SV that was promoted in the mid-1990s. They played in the Regionalliga Ost until 2005 , during which time young players were entrusted to other cooperation clubs in the first division, in particular SC Untersiebenbrunn , before they got promoted themselves. The "amateurs" were able to establish themselves quickly and become autumn champions in 2006/07 , whereupon coach Karl Daxbacher was lured away from LASK Linz . But his successor Thomas Janeschitz was also able to climb to the top of the table with the 2007/08 team . With Bartoloměj Kuru , Markus Suttner , Michael Madl , Tomas Šimkovič and Rubin Okotie , the amateur team provided five players for the Austrian team at the 2007 Junior World Championship in Canada, which made it to the semi-finals. Since the amateur teams of the big clubs have meanwhile been banned from the First League, the Austria Amateurs are currently playing in the Regionalliga-Ost again.

Youth title since 1989

Overview of the youth titles since the introduction of today's youth championships in 1989:

  • Austrian champion U19: 1993, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Austrian champion U17: 1992, 1994, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008
  • Austrian champion U15: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007


Upper St. Veit and years of traveling

FK Austria Wien (Vienna)
1 Hohe Warte (59)
2 WSC (44)
3 Weststadion (7)
4 Red Star (15)
5 WAC (6)
6 Praterstadion (362)
7 Ober St. Veit (117)
8 Schönbrunn (81)
9 Franz Horr Stadion ( 482)
10 Simmeringer Had (9)
11 Südstadt (16)
3.5 km;  11
3.5 km ; 11
Home stadiums of Austria (number of league games). ( As of August 24, 2009 )

“The wandering of Austria is a symbol of the club”, it says in the book for the 75th anniversary of the club. In fact, this has developed into a special trademark of the club over the years, because up to now home games in the championship have been played in 19 different stadiums, but they have often been abandoned in the meantime and sometimes returned decades later. Austria played not only in Vienna, but in Lower Austria: for example in Maria Enzersdorf , Schwechat and Wiener Neustadt . The first home stadium was in the Vienna Prater with the WAC-Platz , at the time the Austrian national stadium, where Austria signed up as a subtenant in time for the start of the championship in 1911.

The Prater was a familiar area for the players, as the stadium of the Vienna Cricket and Football Club was also located here. During the first few seasons at the WAC, the club's management set to work on commissioning their own stadium. A suitable place for this had been found in Ober St. Veit in the west of the city, where they would soon feel at home. The opening was contested on May 17, 1914 with a 3-1 win against the Wiener Sport-Club , at that time the Ober St. Veiter Stadium offered space for up to 12,000 visitors. During the First World War, however, it fell into disrepair due to a lack of attention and after the end of the war it seemed unsuitable for the ongoing audience boom. Ultimately, the decision was made in April 1921 to expand the stadium generously, which was completed on February 12, 1922 with an opening ceremony. In addition, a covered grandstand with 6,000 seats as well as three standing grandstands for 20,000 spectators, 12 VIP boxes and other modern facilities such as a player tunnel to the cabins of their intended use were handed over.

However, the high popularity of amateurs and football in Austria meant that almost 30,000 seats were not enough for top games. More than 20,000 visitors waited in vain for admission to the game against Rapid on March 1, 1925, in the stadium the security forces tried to push the admitted spectators back at least as far as the outlines, which resulted in a longer break in the game. The general financial problems of Austria meant that the Ober St. Veiter Stadium could not be adequately maintained and ultimately in December 1931 the rent could no longer be paid. Soon the stadium gave way to residential buildings.

In the following years Austria evaded the three largest stadiums, the Prater Stadium , the Hohe Warte and the Schönbrunn Stadium , of which the former slowly established itself as the new purple home ground. After the end of the war, the Prater Stadium was initially intended for larger games, but after the reopening of the Hohe Warte in 1951 it was increasingly used again, from 1960 it was again Schönbrunn, where most of the games took place at times. This division is watered down by numerous supplementary stages , for example Voglweidplatz , WAC-Platz and Simmeringer Had in particular . This mixture is enriched by "exotic" places such as the Helfort-Platz , the Wiener Neustädter Stadion or the Rannersdorfer Stadion , where a handful of matches were also played.

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View from the south stand of the Generali Arena

It should be noted, however, that the Prater Stadium was regularly used in the most successful sporting times due to the increased number of spectators, but in difficult years such as 1958/59 there were only two appearances there. In 1967 there was a change in Austria's stadium policy, a permanent home stadium should be found. In this search, which was to take 15 years, seven stages were "tested". Initially, the Veilchen played in Schönbrunn in 1967/68, the two following years in the Prater Stadium. In 1970/71 it was the turn of the Bundesstadion Südstadt , but in 1971/72 it was again called the Prater Stadium, before switching to the Sport-Clubplatz in the last games of the season , where the 1972/73 season was also spent.

In 1973, the club moved to the WFV stadium , which had not been used for top division games for decades , where SK Slovan Vienna had previously played its games. This was made possible by WFV President Franz Horr , after whom it was named after his death in 1974. From 1975 to 1977, however, the Sport-Club-Platz was again the first choice, after which the Veilchen and Rapid became tenants in the new West Stadium . After it had to be closed for several months due to severe construction defects, it was returned to the Franz Horr Stadium. Due to the sporting successes at the latest in 1978, the Prater Stadium was again the number one main venue until 1981. The 1981/82 season was played entirely on the Hohe Warte - stadium number seven since 1967.

In 1982, in the Franz-Horr-Station, a second roofed grandstand was completed with the north stand, and what was then the most powerful floodlight system in Austria went into operation. The stadium was then approved for international games, and FK Austria decided to finally play its home games here, while the office remained in the Prater Stadium. This was still used for important championship games and European Cup matches due to the high capacity, while it was closed and then under renovation for years, but the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium was also used again. In the Franz Horr Stadium, which is used for the majority of the championship games, a covered standing room was built with the west stand in 1986. The historic south stand from 1925 gave way to a modern new building in 1999, which was given the name "Matthias Sindelar-Stand". In this context, the office was relocated from the Prater Stadium and a 40-year lease agreement was signed with the City of Vienna. In 2008, a new east stand with two tiers was built and the west stand and the north stand were converted for around nine million euros. In 2010 the Franz Horr Stadium was renamed Generali Arena. From 2016 to 2018 the stadium was renovated and rebuilt. The new stadium has a capacity of 17,656 (15,014 internationally) seats. The opening took place on July 13, 2018 with a game against Borussia Dortmund (0: 1).

Fan culture

According to a study by the German market research institute Sport + Markt , Austria has the second most fans in Austria after Rapid with around 370,000 followers. The club has around 2000 members and around 30 official fan clubs.

Ultra movement

With the fan clubs Viola Fanatics 2001 , Section Inferno Vienna , Kai 2000, Flagrantia Vienna and the now banned group Immortal Vienna , the FAK has some of the oldest and largest ultra groups in Austria that support their club from the east stand. The singing chants in the stands are dictated by a lead singer. The waving of flags, the use of pyrotechnics and choreographies are part of the basic repertoire of the curve. The popular banners with the words ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards) and people locked out in the stadiums dominated by Ultras have been banned at FAK home games since 2013.

The east stand, home of the Austria fans.


There is a strong rivalry between Austria and city rivals Rapid Wien . The games between the two teams are known nationally and internationally as Vienna Derbies . The rivalry between the clubs can be traced back to Austria's bourgeois past and Rapids' working-class tradition.

There are also minor hostilities with other major clubs in Austria, such as Sturm Graz and Red Bull Salzburg .

Fan friendships

There is a friendship between the Viola Fanatics and the ultras and hooligans of Slovan Bratislava. There are further contacts to the ultras of FC Zbrojovka Brno, Real Madrid (Ultra Sur) and PSG (Kop of Boulogne). A few contacts still exist with Rot Weiss Essen fans.

Songs of Austria

The official team anthem of Austria is only one thing in mind and was recorded by the Austria team and the Masta and published in 2010. After every Austria goal in the Generali Arena , the goal anthem Kernkraft 400 is played by Zombie Nation . Popular chants on the east stand are Austria Wien-We want to see you win , guys from Favoriten (sung alternately between the east stand and the rest of the stadium), The violet myth and in championship seasons also Que Sera, Sera, the champion this year is again the Austria (to the melody of Que Sera, Sera ).

Austria fans in Salzburg
Austria fans in Ebreichsdorf

Violence and hooliganism

In the 1970s and 1980s, a group known as the "confectioners" was known for violent acts.

In the recent past, violence at Austria games has increased again. Even in the Magna era, some fan groups were suspicious of the new board and Frank Stronach and protested quite often. On August 24, 2008 spectators from the Austria block threw a firecracker at a derby in the direction of Georg Koch , the Rapid goalkeeper at the time. He suffered a hearing trauma and had to end his career in 2009. As a result, Austria had to pay a fine of 10,000 euros.

The FAK also had to pay after Austria fans stormed the field at a Europa League game against Bilbao, causing the game to be interrupted. The east stand had already attracted attention: the fans of the Basque opponent were racially insulted and the former Spanish dictator and Basque oppressor Francisco Franco were paid homage. In 2011 some 100 Rapid fans stormed the field at a derby. Some objects, Bengal and firecrackers flew from the away block. A week after the Rapidfans derby storm, a poster hanging on the east stand read that Austria fans were demanding the release of a Spanish mass murderer.

In 2013 there was a dispute between the board and some fans because the hooligan group Immortal Wien , which was considered fascist and violent, was stripped of its fan club status. The leading fan clubs protested and stopped the optical and acoustic support. However, since this did not meet the expectations of most of the Austria fans, as the team was about to win the championship title, the east stand sang again for the first time in a month at a home game against Wolfsberger AC . Because of Immortal Vienna , the violet fan scene was often associated with right-wing extremism and violence in the media, especially after part of the east stand, including the main group Viola Fanatics , showed solidarity with UST .

On October 27, 2013, 40 right-wing extremists belonging to the Austria Ultra group Immortal Vienna , which had been excluded from the association, stormed a Turkish cultural center and nine people were arrested.

The association has taken rigorous action against violence and racism in recent years. The guiding principle of the Austria fan project is no politics, no pyrotechnics and no violence .

Cheering Austria fans after winning the ÖFB Cup in 2009

Prominent followers

Club successes



European Cup see: FK Austria Wien / European Cup Statistics

Other titles


  • Viennese amateur sports club: Ten years of the Viennese amateur sports club 1911 - 1921 , self-published, Vienna 1921.
  • Franz Blaha: Sindelar , Blaha-Verlag, Vienna 1946.
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  • Ernst Ocffekt: World tour. From Ballschani to captain of the continent team , Oberösterreicher Landesverlag, Linz 1956.
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