FK Austria Wien

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.

Austria Wien
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
Current season


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

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
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
Winners: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2003, 2004
  • Wiener Cup (2)
Winners: 1948, 1949

European competitions

Champions: 1933, 1936
  • Jeunesse et des Etudiants de Jeux Sportif (1)
Champions: 1959
Runners-up: 1978

Intercontinental competitions

Semi-finals (2): 1951, 1952

European record

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

Current squad

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

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  GAM Maudo Jarjué (on loan at IF Elfsborg until 31 December 2021)
FW  NGA Bright Edomwonyi (on loan at Atromitos until 30 June 2021)

Coaching history

As of 1 December 2018[12]

See also