SKN St. Pölten

Sportklub Niederösterreich St. Pölten is an Austrian association football club from Sankt Pölten, capital of the Austrian state of Lower Austria. St. Pölten play in the Austrian Bundesliga, which is the top tier of the Austrian football league system.[1]

SKN St. Pölten
Club crest
Full nameSportklub Niederösterreich St. Pölten
FoundedJune 2000; 20 years ago (2000-06)
GroundNV Arena
Capacity8,000
ChairmanHelmut Schwarzl
ManagerRobert Ibertsberger
LeagueAustrian Bundesliga
2019–20Austrian Bundesliga, 9th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

 
Historical chart of league performance of SKN St. Pölten and their predecessor

SKN St. Pölten were formed after the dissolution of their unofficial predecessor FCN St. Pölten (formerly VSE St. Pölten) in June 2000. The new club took over all FCN St. Pölten infrastructure, including the stadium and the Bundesliga junior center. Although the normal rules state that new clubs must start in the lowest possible division, due to the acquisition of the Academy system, SKN St. Pölten were allowed to participate in the 2nd League West, the fifth level of Austrian football.

In their first season in existence (the 2000–01 season), the team won the 2nd League championship, and were therefore promoted to the fourth tier. In the 2001–02 season, SKN St. Pölten won their second successive title and hence were promoted into the Regional League East. In the same year, they also appeared in the final of the Lower Austria Cup, but were beaten by Theresienfeld.

In the 2002–03 season, the team finished twelfth, but improved the following year to finish in fourth. In the 2004–05 season the club attained sixth place in the league and had a run in the ÖFB Cup which included victories over SV Wörgl (3–0), SW Bregenz (2–1) and a sensational 5–1 victory against Austria Salzburg in the third round. In the quarter-finals, St. Pölten, were soundly beaten by Austria Wien 6–0.

St. Pölten finally achieved their third promotion in the 2007–08 season, going 24 games unbeaten during one period of the season. They have since remained in the Austrian Football First League, finishing four times in 5th (2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12 and 2014–15) and three times in 4th (2009–2010, 2012–13, 2013–14).

During the 2013–14 season the club reached the final of the Austrian Cup for the first time in their history. In the final, St. Pölten played Red Bull Salzburg but failed to repeat their stunning third round victory from 2002–03, losing 4–2. However, they qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League as Red Bull Salzburg had already qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League by virtue of winning the Austrian Football Bundesliga. In the second qualifying round they played Botev Plovdiv of Bulgaria, winning 3–2 on aggregate after losing the first leg 2–1. In the third qualifying round they played PSV Eindhoven, losing 2–4 on aggregate, thus ending their first foray into a continental competition.

St. Pölten achieved promotion into the Austrian Bundesliga by winning the First League in 2015–16.

HonoursEdit

Austrian Cup

Austrian Football First League

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Botev Plovdiv 2–0 1–2 3–2
3Q   PSV Eindhoven 2–3 0–1 2–4
Notes
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round

Current squadEdit

As of 7 October 2020

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 Christoph Riegler
3 DF   BRA Luan
4 DF   AUT Michael Steinwender
5 DF   AUT Manuel Maranda
6 MF   SVK Peter Pokorný (on loan from Red Bull Salzburg)
7 FW   AUT Nicolas Meister (on loan from Juniors OÖ)
8 MF   IRN Reza Asadi
9 FW   AUT Alexander Schmidt (on loan from LASK)
10 MF   AUT Daniel Luxbacher
11 MF   SLE George Davies
12 FW   AUT Marcel Tanzmayr
13 GK   AUT Armin Gremsl
14 DF   AUT Michael Blauensteiner
16 DF   HUN Martin Majnovics
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF   AUT Ahmet Muhamedbegovic
18 MF   AUT Emilian Metu
19 FW   ISR Dor Hugi
20 MF   AUT Daniel Schütz
21 DF   GER Kofi Schulz
22 MF   AUT Christoph Halper
26 MF   AUT Lukas Tursch
27 GK   AUT Pirmin Strasser
29 DF   AUT Daniel Drescher
30 MF   USA Taylor Booth (on loan from Bayern Munich II)
38 MF   AUT Christoph Messerer
39 MF   AUT Robert Ljubičić
80 MF   USA Brandon Servania (on loan from FC Dallas)
99 FW   GHA Samuel Tetteh (on loan from Red Bull Salzburg)

Out on loanEdit

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 Lukas Wackerle (at Union Innsbruck until 30 June 2020)

Youth workEdit

SKN St. Pölten currently has ten youth teams between for children from the age of 7 to 15, with a total of 150 children and youths. In addition to the junior teams, the club have a second team (SKN II), who play their games in the Mid Western League, with the squad mostly consisting of squad players under the age of 18.

SponsorsEdit

Under the sponsorship of the furniture store Leiner, the club was known as Leiner SKN St. Pölten until 2005. With the introduction of staff24 GmbH, the club changed its name in 2006 to SKN staff24 St. Pölten.

Manager historyEdit

As of 24 June 2020[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ SKN St Pölten – News, Squad, Results & Fixtures – Soccerway
  2. ^ "SKN St. Pölten » Manager history". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 27 May 2016.

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