FK Austria Wien

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Austria Wien
FK Austria Wien logo.svg
Full nameFußballklub Austria Wien AG
Nickname(s)Die Veilchen (The Violets)
Founded15 March 1911; 110 years ago (1911-03-15)
GroundFranz Horr Stadium
ChairmanFrank Hensel
Head coachManfred Schmid
LeagueAustrian Bundesliga
2020–21Austrian Bundesliga, 8th
WebsiteClub website
Away colours
Current season

Fußballklub Austria Wien AG (German pronunciation: [ˈaʊ̯stri̯aː ˈviːn]; known in English as Austria Vienna, and usually shortened to Austria in German-speaking countries), is an Austrian association football club from the capital city of Vienna. It has won the most national titles of any Austrian club from the top flight, with 24 Austrian Bundesliga titles and 27 cup titles. Alongside SK Rapid Wien, Austria is one of only two teams that have never been relegated from the Austrian top flight. With 27 victories in the Austrian Cup and six in the Austrian Supercup, Austria Wien is also the most successful club in each of those tournaments. The club reached the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final in 1978, and the semi-finals of the European Cup the season after. The club plays at the Franz Horr Stadium, known as the Generali Arena since a 2010 naming rights deal with an Italian insurance company.


Historical chart of Austria Wien league performance

Foundation to World War II[]

FK Austria Wien has its roots in Wiener Cricketer, established on 20 October 1910 in Vienna. The club was renamed Wiener Amateur-SV in December of that year and adopted the name Fußballklub Austria Wien on 28 November 1926.

The team claimed its first championship title in 1924. Wiener Amateur changed its name to Austria Wien in 1926 as the amateurs became professionals. The club won its second league title that year.

The 1930s, one of Austria Wien's most successful eras, brought two titles (1933 and 1936) in the Mitropa Cup, a tournament for champions in Central Europe. The star of that side was forward Matthias Sindelar, who was voted in 1998 as the greatest Austrian footballer.[1]

The club's success was interrupted by the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938, with Austria taunted as "Judenklub".[2] While Jewish players and staff at the club were killed or fled the country, Sindelar died under unresolved circumstances on 23 January 1939 of carbon monoxide poisoning in his apartment. He had refused to play for the combined Germany–Austria national team, citing injury (bad knees) and retirement from international matches. The club was part of the top-flight regional Gauliga Ostmark in German competition from 1938–45, but never finished higher than fourth. They participated in the Tschammerpokal (the predecessor to the modern-day DFB-Pokal) in 1938 and 1941. Nazi sports authorities directed that the team change its name to Sportclub Ostmark Wien in an attempt to Germanize it on 12 April 1938, but the club re-adopted its historical identity almost immediately on 14 July 1938.

Post-World War II[]

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

From 1973–74 season, Wiener AC formed a joint team with FK Austria Wien, which was called FK Austria WAC Wien until 1976–77, when Austria Wien opted to revert to their own club's traditional name. The results of the joint team are part of the Austria Wien football history.

The 1970s saw the beginning of another successful era, despite no league title between 1970 and 1976 as an aging squad was rebuilt. Eight league titles in the 11 seasons from 1975–76 to 1985–86 reasserted its dominance. After winning the 1977 Austrian Cup national Cup, Austria Wien reached the 1978 European Cup Winners' Cup final, which they lost 4–0 to Belgian club Anderlecht. The following season, the club reached the semi-finals of the European Cup, losing 1–0 on aggregate to Swedish team Malmö FF.[3] In 1982–83, Austria Wien reached the semi-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup, losing 5–3 on aggregate to Real Madrid.[4]

Players at Austria Wien in this era included Herbert "Schneckerl" Prohaska, Felix Gasselich, Thomas Parits, Walter Schachner, Gerhard Steinkogler, Toni Polster, Peter Stöger, Ivica Vastić and Tibor Nyilasi.

Recent history[]

Team photo for the 2010–2011 season

At the start of the 1990s, Austria Wien enjoyed its most recent period of sustained success: three-straight Bundesliga titles from 1991 to 1993; three Austrian Cup titles in 1990, 1992 and 1994; and four Austrian Supercup titles in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994. However, the club declined in the late 1990s due to financial problems which forced key players to be sold.

Austria Wien was taken over by Austro–Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach's Magna auto-parts consortium in 1999. Following deals with the Memphis cigarette company, the club was renamed FK Austria Memphis Magna. Stronach's investment in players, with a budget three times larger than the average in the league, saw a first Bundesliga title for ten years in 2002–03. Despite this, head coach Walter Schachner was fired. Although his replacement Christoph Daum could not retain the league title, he won the Austrian Cup.

In 2004, Memphis was dropped from the club's name. Austria Wien reached the UEFA Cup quarter-final in 2004–05, where they were eliminated by Parma. On 21 November 2005, Frank Stonach withdrew from the club. Consequently, several players (including top scorer Roland Linz, Vladimír Janočko, Joey Didulica, Libor Sionko, Filip Šebo and Sigurd Rushfeldt) were sold to other teams the following summer. The 2005–06 season nonetheless concluded with a Bundesliga and Cup double.

The loss of key players and a much lower budget for the 2006–07 season saw the club suffer. Despite losing 4–1 on aggregate to Benfica in the preliminary round of the UEFA Champions League, the team managed to qualify (against Legia Warsaw winning 2–1 on aggregate) for the group phase of the UEFA Cup. Former player and coach Thomas Parits became general manager. After the side lost three days later 4–0 away to Red Bull Salzburg, Partis terminated coaches Peter Stöger and Frank Schinkels. Georg Zellhofer replaced them. The season saw a sixth-place finish in the Bundesliga despite being in last place at Christmas. However, the club also won the Cup that year. The side improved the following season, finishing in third in the league.

Austria Wien players on the pitch against Red Bull Salzburg, December 2013

The summer of 2008 brought notable changes. Twelve players left the club, including Sanel Kuljić and Yüksel Sariyar, who joined Frank Stronach's newly founded team FC Magna in Austria's second division. The Betriebsführervertrag ("operating contract") with Stronach's Magna company expired, letting the club reorganize. On 1 July 2008, the original name FK Austria Wien was reinstated, without a sponsor's name included for the first time in 30 years. The club also bought Chinese international Sun Xiang, the first Chinese player to play in the Bundesliga. In the 2012–13 season, Austria Wien won its 24th league title, ahead of holders Red Bull Salzburg, but lost the Austrian Cup final 1–0 to third-tier club FC Pasching.[5]

In August 2013, Austria Wien qualified for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time after defeating Dinamo Zagreb in the play-offs round.[6] They were drawn against Porto, Atlético Madrid and Zenit Saint Petersburg, all of which have won European trophies in the 21st century. Austria finished last in the group after a loss to Porto at home (0–1), a draw against Zenit in Saint Petersburg (0–0), two losses against Atlético and an away draw against Porto, which eventually put the Portuguese side to the third place in the group. A consolation came when Austria defeated Zenit 4–1 at Ernst-Happel-Stadion.


Franz Horr Stadium

Austria Wien plays its home games at the Franz Horr Stadium, which has had a capacity of 17,000[7] since 2008, when a new two-tiered East Stand opened and renovations were made to the West Stand. The stadium was renamed the Generali Arena in a naming-rights deal with Italian insurer Generali announced at the end of 2010.[8]

The stadium was originally built in 1925 for Slovan Vienna, a Czech immigrants' club, and was largely destroyed by the Allies in World War II. Austria Wien moved into the ground in 1973, playing its first match there on 26 August. The stadium was subsequently named for Franz Horr, chairman of the Viennese FA, following his death. The stadium was expanded with new or renovated stands in 1982, 1986, 1998 and, most recently, 2008.[9]

Wien Derby[]

A 2010 Wien derby match between Austria Vienna and Rapid Vienna.

Austria Wien contests the Wien derby with Rapid Wien. The two clubs are two of the most supported and successful in the country, and are the only Austrian clubs to have never been relegated. They are two of the most culturally and socially significant clubs, both historically representing wider divisions in Viennese society. Both teams originate from Hietzing, the 13th district in the west of the city, but have since moved into different districts. Austria Wien is seen as a middle-class club, and before World War II, as part of the coffeehouse culture associated with the capital's intelligentsia.[10] Rapid traditionally holds the support of the city's working class. The two clubs first met in a league championship match on 8 September 1911, a 4–1 victory for Rapid.[11] The fixture is the most-played derby in European football after the Old Firm match in Glasgow and the Edinburgh Derby in Edinburgh, both in Scotland.


Domestic competitions[]

  • Austrian Bundesliga (24)
Champions: 1923–24, 1925–26, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1952–53, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2012–13
  • Austrian Cup (27)
Champions: 1920–21, 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1966–67, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1993–94, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09
  • Austrian Supercup (6)
Winners: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2003, 2004
  • (2)
Winners: 1948, 1949

European competitions[]

  • Mitropa Cup (2)
Champions: 1933, 1936
  • (1)
Runners-up: 1978

Intercontinental competitions[]

Semi-finals (2): 1951, 1952

European record[]

hideSeason Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1960–61 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Quarter-finals England Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 0–5
1961–62 UEFA Champions League 1R Romania Steaua București 2–0 0–0
2R Portugal Benfica 1–1 1–5
1962–63 UEFA Champions League 1R Finland HIFK 5–3 2–0
2R France Stade Reims 3–2 0–5
1963–64 UEFA Champions League 1R Poland Górnik Zabrze 1–0, 1–2 0–1
1967–68 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Romania Steaua București 0–2 1–2
1969–70 UEFA Champions League 1R Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 1–2 1–3
1970–71 UEFA Champions League Qualification Bulgaria Levski Sofia 3–0 1–3
1R Spain Atlético Madrid 1–2 0–2
1971–72 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualification Denmark B 1909 2–0 2–4
1R Albania Dinamo Tirana 1–0 1–1
2R Italy Torino 0–0 0–1
1972–73 UEFA Cup 1R Bulgaria Beroe Stara Zagora 1–3 0–7
1974–75 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Belgium Waregem 4–1 1–2
2R Spain Real Madrid 2–2 0–3
1976–77 UEFA Champions League 1R Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–0 0–3
1977–78 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Wales Cardiff City 1–0 0–0
2R Czechoslovak Socialist Republic MFK Košice 0–0 1–1
Quarter-finals Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split 1–1 1–1 (p 3-0)
Semi-finals Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow 2–1 (p 5-4) 1–2
Final Belgium Anderlecht 0–4
1978–79 UEFA Champions League 1R Albania Vllaznia Shköder 4–1 0–2
2R Norway Lillestrøm 4–1 0–0
Quarter-finals East Germany Dynamo Dresden 3–1 0–1
Semi-finals Sweden Malmö FF 0–0 0–1
1979–80 UEFA Champions League 1R Denmark Vejle 1–1 2–3
1980–81 UEFA Champions League 1R Scotland Aberdeen 0–0 0–1
1981–82 UEFA Champions League 1R Albania Partizani 3–1 0–1
2R Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 0–1 1–1
1982–83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Greece Panathinaikos 2–0 1–2
2R Turkey Galatasaray 0–1 4–2
Quarter-finals Spain Barcelona 0–0 1–1
Semi-finals Spain Real Madrid 2–2 1–3
1983–84 UEFA Cup 1R Luxembourg Aris Bonnevoie 10–0 5–0
2R France Stade Lavallois 2–0 3–3
3R Italy Internazionale 2–1 1–1
Quarter-finals England Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 0–2
1984–85 UEFA Champions League 1R Malta Valletta 4–0 4–0
2R East Germany Dynamo Berlin 2–1 3–3
Quarter-finals England Liverpool 1–1 1–4
1985–86 UEFA Champions League 1R East Germany Dynamo Berlin 2–1 2–0
2R Germany Bayern Munich 3–3 2–4
1986–87 UEFA Champions League 1R Luxembourg Avenir Beggen 3–0 3–0
2R Germany Bayern Munich 1–1 0–2
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Bayer Leverkusen 0–0 1–5
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1R Soviet Union Žalgiris 5–2 0–2
2R Scotland Hearts 0–1 0–0
1989–90 UEFA Cup 1R Netherlands Ajax 1–0 3–0
2R Germany Werder Bremen 2–0 0–5
1990–91 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Germany Eintracht Schwerin 0–0 2–0
2R Italy Juventus 0–4 0–4
1991–92 UEFA Champions League 1R England Arsenal 1–0 1–6
1992–93 UEFA Champions League 1R Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 3–1 2–3
2R Belgium Club Brugge 3–1 0–2
1993–94 UEFA Champions League 1R Norway Rosenborg 4–1 1–3
2R Spain Barcelona 1–2 0–3
1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Slovenia Maribor 3–0 1–1
2R England Chelsea 1–1 0–0
1995–96 UEFA Cup Qualification Azerbaijan Kapaz Ganja 5–1 4–0
1R Belarus Dinamo Minsk 1–2 0–1
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 3, 1st game Slovenia Maribor 0–3
Group 3, 2nd game Iceland Keflavík 6–0
Group 3, 3rd game Denmark Copenhagen 1–2
Group 3, 4th game Sweden Örebro 2–3
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 9, 1st game Slovakia MŠK Žilina 1–3
Group 9, 2nd game Romania Rapid București 1–1
Group 9, 3rd game France Lyon 0–2
Group 9, 4th game Poland Odra Wodzisław 1–5
1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Poland Ruch Chorzów 0–1 2–2
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup 3R Belgium Sint-Truiden 1–2 2–0
4R France Rennes 2–2 0–2
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R Cyprus Nea Salamina Famagusta 3–0 0–1
3R Romania Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț 3–0 2–2
4R Italy Udinese 0–1 0–2
2002–03 UEFA Cup 1R Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 5–1 0–1
2R Portugal Porto 0–1 0–2
2003–04 UEFA Champions League 3QR France Marseille 0–1 0–0
2003–04 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Borussia Dortmund 1–2 0–1
2004–05 UEFA Cup 2QR Ukraine Illichivets Mariupol 3–0 0–0
1R Poland Legia Warsaw 1–0 3–1
Group C Spain Real Zaragoza 1–0
Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0–1
Belgium Club Brugge 1–1
Netherlands Utrecht 2–1
3R Spain Athletic Bilbao 0–0 2–1
4R Spain Real Zaragoza 1–1 2–2
Quarter-finals Italy Parma 1–1 0–0
2005–06 UEFA Cup 2QR Slovakia MŠK Žilina 2–2 2–1
1R Norway Viking 2–1 0–1
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 3QR Portugal Benfica 1–1 0–3
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1R Poland Legia Warsaw 1–0 1–1
Group F Belgium Zulte-Waregem 1–4
Netherlands Ajax 0–3
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–1
Spain Espanyol 0–1
2007–08 UEFA Cup 2QR Czech Republic Jablonec 4–3 1–1
1R Norway Vålerenga 2–0 2–2
Group H France Bordeaux 1–2
Sweden Helsingborgs IF 0–3
Greece Panionios 0–1
Turkey Galatasaray 0–0
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1QR Kazakhstan Tobol 2–0 0–1
2QR Georgia (country) WIT Georgia 2–0 not played
1R Poland Lech Poznań 2–1 2–4 (AET)
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 3QR Serbia Vojvodina 1–1 4–2
Play-off Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk 2–2 3–2 (AET)
Group L Spain Athletic Bilbao 0–3 0–3
Portugal Nacional 1–1 1–5
Germany Werder Bremen 2–2 0–2
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 2QR Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 2–2 1–0
3QR Poland Ruch Chorzów 3–1 3–0
Play-off Greece Aris 1–1 0–1
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2QR Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja 2–0 3–0
3QR Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana 3–2 1–1
Play-off Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș 3–1 0–1
Group G Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 1–2 1–4
Netherlands AZ 2–2 2–2
Sweden Malmö FF 2–0 2–1
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 3QR Iceland FH 1–0 0–0
Play-off Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 2–3 2–0
Group G Portugal Porto 0–1 1–1
Spain Atlético Madrid 0–3 0–4
Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 4–1 0–0
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 2QR Albania Kukësi 1–0 4–1
3QR Slovakia Spartak Trnava 0–1 1–0 (5–4p)
Play-off Norway Rosenborg 2–1 2–1
Group E Romania Astra Giurgiu 1–2 3–2
Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 0–0 2–3
Italy Roma 2–4 3–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 3QR Cyprus AEL Limassol 0–0 2–1
Play-off Croatia Osijek 0–1 2–1
Group D Italy Milan 1–5 1–5
Greece AEK Athens 0–0 2–2
Croatia Rijeka 1–3 4–1
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 3QR Cyprus Apollon Limassol 1–2 1–3
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 2QR Iceland Breiðablik 1–1 1–2

Current squad[]

As of 26 August, 2021[12]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Austria AUT Patrick Pentz
3 DF North Macedonia MKD Filip Antovski
5 MF Germany GER Eric Martel (on loan from RB Leipzig)
6 MF Austria AUT Niels Hahn
7 FW Australia AUS Tristian Hammond
8 MF Austria AUT Vesel Demaku
10 MF Austria AUT Alexander Grünwald
11 FW Austria AUT Benedikt Pichler
15 DF Austria AUT Leonardo Ivkic
16 MF Austria AUT Can Keles
17 FW Germany GER Anouar El Moukhantir
18 FW England ENG Noah Ohio (on loan from RB Leipzig)
20 DF Germany GER Lukas Mühl (on loan from Nürnberg)
21 GK Austria AUT Ammar Helac
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 MF Austria AUT Matthias Braunöder
24 DF Austria AUT Christian Schoissengeyr
25 FW Austria AUT Muharem Huskovic
29 DF Austria AUT Markus Suttner
30 MF Austria AUT Manfred Fischer
36 FW Austria AUT Dominik Fitz
39 MF Austria AUT Georg Teigl
46 DF Austria AUT Johannes Handl
66 DF Luxembourg LUX Marvin Martins
70 DF Austria AUT Esad Bejic
77 MF Austria AUT Aleksandar Jukic
92 FW Austria AUT Marco Djuricin
99 GK Austria AUT Mirko Kos

Out on loan[]

As of 22 March 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF The Gambia GAM Maudo Jarjué (on loan at IF Elfsborg until 31 December 2021)
FW Nigeria NGA Bright Edomwonyi (on loan at Atromitos until 30 June 2021)

Coaching history[]

As of 1 December 2018[13]

See also[]


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  2. ^ "Fußball unterm Hakenkreuz" [Football under the Swastika]. (in German). 10 March 2008. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  3. ^ Archived 4 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Archived 12 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine
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  6. ^ "Monaco set for group stage draw". 28 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Home | Generali Gruppe Österreich".
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  9. ^ "Generali Arena - Austria Wien - Vienna - The Stadium Guide".
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  11. ^ Archived 10 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Kader". FK Austria Wien.
  13. ^ "Alle Trainer, Präsidenten, Betreuer" (in German). Retrieved 11 April 2015.

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