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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.
|Full name||Riegler & Zechmeister Pellets Wolfsberger Athletik Club|
|Manager||Robert Ibertsberger (caretaker)|
|2018–19||Austrian 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.
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.
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." 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.
|2015–16||UEFA Europa League||2Q||Shakhtyor Soligorsk||2–0||1–0||3–0|
|2019–20||UEFA Europa League||Group stage|
- As of 16 July, 2019
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- Helmut Kirisits (7 April 1989 – 4 Nov 1990), (7 June 1991 – 30 June 1991), (13 Oct 1992 – 17 Oct 1995)
- Hans-Peter Buchleitner (1 July 1995 – 30 June 1997)
- Peter Hrstic (1 July 2007 – 26 Oct 2008)
- Hans-Peter Buchleitner (27 Oct 2008 – 9 May 2010)
- Nenad Bjelica (10 May 2010 – 17 June 2013)
- Slobodan Grubor (17 June 2013 – 1 Sept 2013)
- Dietmar Kühbauer (2 Sept 2013 – 25 Nov 2015)
- Heimo Pfeifenberger (25 Nov 2015 –)
- "Nach historischem Erfolg: WAC sucht Coach und Stadion". SPOX (in German). 27 May 2019.
- m.b.H., STANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft. "WAC setzt Trainer Kühbauer vor die Tür". Retrieved 4 September 2016.