Fußballklub Austria Wien AG (German pronunciation: [ˈaʊstri̯aː ˈviːn]), known in English as Austria Vienna, and usually shortened to Austria in German-speaking countries, is an Austrian professional association football club from the capital city of Vienna. It has won the most trophies of any Austrian club from the top flight, with 24 Austrian Bundesliga titles and 27 cup titles, although its rival SK Rapid Wien holds the record for most national championships with 32. Alongside Rapid, 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; 113 years ago (1911-03-15)
GroundGenerali Arena
ChairmanKurt Gollowitzer
Head coachMichael Wimmer
LeagueAustrian Bundesliga
2023–24Austrian Bundesliga, 8th of 12
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 to 1945, 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 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 the 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. From 1977 onwards, Austria Tabakwerke took over the sponsorship and Austria was competed under the new name Austria-Memphis.[3]

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 eleven seasons from 1975–76 to 1985–86 reasserted its dominance. After winning the 1977 Austrian 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.[4] In 1982–83, Austria Wien reached the semi-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup, losing 5–3 on aggregate to Real Madrid.[5]

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.[6]

In August 2013, Austria Wien qualified to the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time after defeating Dinamo Zagreb in the play-offs round.[7] 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[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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
Winners: 1948, 1949

European competitions

Champions: 1933, 1936
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 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 1–2
2022–23 UEFA Europa League Play-off   Fenerbahçe 0–2 1–4
UEFA Europa Conference League Group C   Villarreal 0–1 0–5
  Hapoel Be'er Sheva 0–0 0–4
  Lech Poznań 1–1 1–4
2023–24 UEFA Europa Conference League 2QR   Borac Banja Luka 1–0 2–1
3QR   Legia Warsaw 3–5 2–1
2024–25 UEFA Conference League 2QR   Ilves

Current squad

As of 24 May 2024[13]

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   GER Christian Früchtl
2 DF   AUT Luca Pazourek
3 DF   BRA Lucas Galvão
4 DF   AUT Ziad El Sheiwi
6 DF   AUT Aleksandar Dragović
8 MF   AUS James Holland
9 FW   AUT Muharem Husković
10 FW   KOS Fisnik Asllani (on loan from Hoffenheim)
11 FW   AUT Manuel Polster
13 GK   AUT Lukas Wedl
17 FW   AUT Andreas Gruber
19 DF   AUT Marvin Potzmann
21 DF   FRA Hakim Guenouche
22 MF   AUT Florian Wustinger
No. Pos. Nation Player
24 DF   CRO Tin Plavotić
26 MF   AUT Reinhold Ranftl
27 FW   AUT Romeo Vučić
29 FW   AUT Marko Raguž
30 MF   AUT Manfred Fischer
33 FW   AUT Alexander Schmidt
36 FW   AUT Dominik Fitz
37 MF   AUT Moritz Wels
40 DF   AUT Matteo Meisl
41 DF   GER Frans Krätzig (on loan from Bayern Munich)
46 DF   AUT Johannes Handl
66 DF   LUX Marvin Martins
99 GK   AUT Mirko Kos

Out on loan


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   AUT Sandali Conde (at Stripfing until 30 June 2024)
GK   AUT Samuel Şahin-Radlinger (at Almere City until 30 June 2024)
DF   AUT Leonardo Ivkić (at Stripfing until 30 June 2024)
DF   AUT Florian Kopp (at Stripfing until 30 June 2024)
DF   AUT Tobias Polz (at Stripfing until 30 June 2024)
DF   AUT Dejan Radonjic (at Stripfing until 30 June 2024)
MF   AUT Denis Dizdarević (at Stripfing until 30 June 2024)
MF   AUT Matthias Braunöder (at Como until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   AUT Dario Kreiker (at Stripfing until 30 June 2024)
MF   TUR Enis Safin (at Stripfing until 30 June 2024)
MF   AUT Sanel Saljic (at Stripfing until 30 June 2024)
MF   AUT Timo Schmelzer (at Stripfing until 30 June 2024)
FW   AUT Daniel Au Yeong (at Stripfing until 30 June 2024)
FW   AUT Lukas Haubenwaller (at Neusiedl am See until 30 June 2024)
FW   AUT Can Keleş (at Fatih Karagümrük until 30 June 2024)

Club officials

Position Staff
President   Kurt Gollowitzer
Board Member   Sebastian Prödl
Sporting Director   Manuel Ortlechner
Manager   Michael Wimmer
Assistant Manager   Ahmet Koc
Goalkeeper Coach   Udo Siebenhandl
Fitness Coach   Christoph Glatzer
Athletic Coach   Paiam Yazdanpanah
Head of Scouting/Video Analyst   Lorenz Kutscha-Lissberg
Chief Scout   Gerhard Hitzel
Scout   Siegfried Aigner
  Andreas Ogris
  Maximilian Koppensteiner
Director of youth department   René Glatzer
Sports Scientist   Christian Puchinger
Team Doctor   Dr. Gabriel Halat
  Dr. Roman Ostermann
  Dr. Marcus Hofbauer
  Dr. Gudrun Sadik
Physiotherapist   Roberto Baumgartner
  Richard Horinka
Sportstherapist   Christian Hold
  Markus Stoyer
Team Manager   Christoph Lehenbauer

Coaching history

As of 1 December 2018[14]

See also



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