FC Kärnten was an Austrian association football club based in Klagenfurt, Carinthia. It was founded in 1920 under the name of KSK Klagenfurt.

FC Kärnten
Full nameFC Kelag Kärnten
GroundSportzentrum Fischl, Klagenfurt
LeagueAustrian Regional League Central
2007–08Red Zac 1st League, 10th


FC Kärnten played successfully in the Kärntner Liga and in 1960 were promoted to the Austrian Regional League Central where they won the 1961–62 championship. Then a member of the Austrian Football Bundesliga (Liga A), Austria Klagenfurt intermittently stayed in first league until their final relegation in 1989. In the 1992–93 season, the club found itself back in the Kärntner Liga.

Though FC Kärnten again gained the promotion to the Regional League Central in 1996, it seemed that the Carinthian Clubs would have to work together in order to send a team to the Bundesliga. This led to cooperation between SK Austria and Villacher SV, who also played in the Regional League, and were based in the nearby town of Villach. In 1997, the clubs changed their name to FC Austria/VSV and were promoted to the First League. In 1999, the clubs formally merged under the name FC Kärnten.

After the hiring of manager Walter Schachner in 2001, the team won the Austrian Cup, the Supercup and became champions of the First League, resulting in promotion to the Bundesliga the following season. The club, under the honorary presidency of Governor Jörg Haider, once again reached the finals of the Austrian Cup and the Supercup in 2003, which they both lost to FK Austria Wien. FC Kärnten played in the Bundesliga for three years until relegation in 2004.

Their decline continued, exacerbated by the resignation of Jörg Haider in 2006 and the foundation of rival club SK Austria Kärnten in June 2007, who assumed the Bundesliga licence of the defunct ASKÖ Pasching. The team had to cede their stadium, the present-day Hypo-Arena, to Austria Kärnten and retire to the small Fischl ground. At the end of the 2007–08 season, FC Kärnten slipped into the Regional League, prompting several players to leave the club. In November 2008, the club went into administration, and the club ceased operations on 21 January 2009. The team's tradition is continued by the SV Austria Klagenfurt football club founded in 2007.





European cup historyEdit

  • Q = Qualification
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2001/02 UEFA Cup 1   PAOK Thessaloniki 0–0 0–4 0–4
2002/03 UEFA Cup Q1   HK Liepājas Metalurgs 4–2 2–0 6–2
1   Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–4 1–0 1–4
2003/04 UEFA Cup Q1   Grindavik 2–1 1–1 3–2
1   Feyenoord 0–1 1–2 1–3


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