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Wolfsberger AC is an Austrian association football club from Wolfsberg, Carinthia. The club competed twenty seasons on the second level of the Austrian football pyramid. Between the 2007–08 and 2011–12 seasons, Wolfsberger AC entered a cooperation with SK St. Andrä, competing under the name WAC/St. Andrä during that period. The team is currently called RZ Pellets WAC for sponsorship reasons.

Wolfsberger AC
Club crest
Full nameRiegler & Zechmeister Pellets Wolfsberger Athletik Club
Nickname(s)GAM FC
Founded1931; 88 years ago (1931)
GroundLavanttal-Arena, Wolfsberg
Capacity7,300
ChairmanDietmar Riegler
ManagerRobert Ibertsberger (caretaker)
LeagueAustrian Bundesliga
2018–19Austrian Bundesliga, 3rd

After having played the majority of its existence in the lower leagues, Wolfsberger AC finished their 2011–12 season as champions of the 2011–12 Austrian Football First League and earned promotion to the Austrian Bundesliga for the first time in the club's history, in which they finished 5th at the end of the 2012–13 Austrian Football Bundesliga. Wolfsberger AC finished third in the 2018–19 Austrian Football Bundesliga which qualifies them to the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League group stage.

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HistoryEdit

Wolfsberger AC was founded by Adolf Ptazcowsky, Karl Weber, Hermann Maierhofer, Franz Hafner and Michael Schlacher in 1931. They are not in any way affiliated with the Bundesliga team VfL Wolfsburg. After spending the first thirty-seven years of its existence on lower tiers of the Austrian league pyramid, the club eventually achieved promotion to the Austrian Regional League, which was on the second tier of the pyramid at that time, in 1968. WAC stayed at this level, with one exception during the 1977–78 season, for the next seventeen years, establishing themselves as a middle table side.

At the end of the 1984–85 season, Wolfsberger AC eventually dropped back to the third level. The club returned for two further second-level appearances during the 1988–89 and 1990–91 seasons, but was immediately relegated each time. In 1994, the club was a founding member of the reactivated Regional League as the third tier of the pyramid. After being in the promotion race for the first few years in the new league, strength of the club gradually declined and eventually led to relegation at the end of the 2001–02 season.

 
Historical chart of Worfsberger AC league performance

In 2007, WAC and local neighbours SK St. Andrä decided to enter a cooperation. While both clubs remained as separate entities, they closely worked together at almost all aspects: "Central areas of both clubs like administration, management, economy, marketing, gastronomy, as well as the athletic section as the core (both the senior and junior teams) will be centrally administered from the newly created offices of WAC|ST.ANDRÄ at Wolfsberg."[citation needed] Since SK St. Andrä were playing at the Regional League, the corporation began at this level, from which it was promoted to the First League in 2010. At the end of the 2011–12 season, the cooperation secured promotion to the Bundesliga with one round of matches to go. Soon afterwards, the cooperation was dissolved; Wolfsberger AC thus competed as an independent club on the highest level of Austrian football for the first time in their history.

After their first year in the highest class they came in 5th. After the season manager Nenad Bjelica left the club and became manager of FK Austria Wien, the champion of the 2012–13 season. Slobodan Grubor replaced him but after weak performances in the new season he was replaced by Dietmar Kühbauer.

Wolfsberger AC qualified to the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League for first time in their history, after finishing third in the 2018–19 Austrian Football Bundesliga.[1]

HonoursEdit

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Shakhtyor Soligorsk 2–0 1–0 3–0
3Q   Borussia Dortmund 0–1 0–5 0–6
2019–20 UEFA Europa League Group stage  
 
 

Current squadEdit

As of 16 July, 2019

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Christian Dobnik
4   DF Manfred Gollner
5   DF Stefan Peric
7   DF Lukas Schmitz
8   MF Marcel Ritzmaier
9   FW Shon Weissman
10   MF Michael Liendl
11   MF Romano Schmid (loan from Werder)
13   FW Alexander Schmidt (loan from Liefering)
14   DF Stefan Gölles
15   DF Nemanja Rnić
16   MF Mario Leitgeb
17   MF Joshua Steiger
No. Position Player
19   MF Sven Sprangler
20   MF Bajram Syla
21   FW Anderson Niangbo (loan from Liefering)
23   MF Lukas Schöfl
24   MF Christopher Wernitznig
25   DF Fabian Tauchhammer
26   DF Michael Sollbauer
27   DF Michael Novak
29   GK Manuel Kuttin
30   FW Amar Hodzić
31   GK Alexander Kofler
32   GK Marko Soldo
34   MF Marc Andre Schmerböck

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nach historischem Erfolg: WAC sucht Coach und Stadion". SPOX (in German). 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ m.b.H., STANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft. "WAC setzt Trainer Kühbauer vor die Tür". Retrieved 4 September 2016.

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