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Seven out of eight days football – what to do on Thursday?


Leicester’s FA Cup semi-final match is on the TV tomorrow so that answers the ‘what to do on a Sunday afternoon?’ question. However, before that there is the small matter of First Vienna U11 Girls Teams debut league match in the morning.

But to get the next eight days started on the right note I’ll be heading off to Weiner Neustadt this afternoon to join other Viola fans in cheering on Austria Wien to another three points.

It was only a few weeks ago that I was writing about the frustrations of the winter break in Austrian football. Now with the season in full swing the coming week provides a chance to fully get back into the full torment, pain and occasional highs of being a football fan. If you follow me on twitter or Facebook and don’t like football you may wish to look away until a week on Sunday:

17th March Wiener Neustadt v Austria Wien (Going to game)

18th March SG Inter AGO v First Vienna U11 Girls (Going to game – hoping the girls can get a win in their first ever competitive league match but will be happy if they enjoy the game)

18th March Chelsea v Leicester City (Down the pub to watch on TV – rare chance to watch the team live and we could be heading for the FA Cup semi-finals)

19th March First Vienna U11 Girls squad – training session (Taking H to training)

20th March Mattersburg v Austria Wien (Going to game – not sure but I think Mattersburg are still officially the tallest team in Europe)

21st March First Vienna U11 Girls squad – training session (Taking H to training)

22nd March No football! (But coffeehouse time whilst H goes to Showtime – Vienna English Theatre Youth Group)

23rd March First Vienna FC v St. Pölten (Going to game – senior team desperately need a win as they sit 2nd from bottom in the Austria Erste Liga)

24th March Austria Wien v Sturm Graz (Going to game – if results have gone our way we could be back on top of the Austrian Premier Liga)

In between games and training sessions I’ll be fitting in some time for work, a coffeehouse or two, walking in Vienna’s beautiful countryside (the woods, nature reserves, parks & public spaces fill 50% of the state/city of Vienna), as well as occasionally sleeping 🙂

With the coming weeks schedule I’m reminded of the quote:

“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” Bill Shankly

It’s a favourite quote of mine but I thought I’d add it to the end of this post just to keep all the ‘my second team is Liverpool’ fans happy – there seem to be a lot of them occupying my timelines on Twitter and Facebook 🙂

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…and the Manager is….


Today Austria Wien has out done Leicester City.

In October the Foxes sacked their manager with the team in 13th place in the league but only 3 points off a play-off spot. Some, myself included, thought this was an overreaction and despite appointing a very good replacement the team have continued to struggle for the form needed to get Leicester back to the ‘promised land’ of the English Premiership. Now comes the news, at the beginning of the winter break, that with Austria just 2 points off first position but in 4th place, we have sacked the manager.

Both clubs began the season with high expectations but have not been able to show the consistency that their respective fans and boards had anticipated. Leicester appointed Nigel Pearson as their new manager, a good choice, but the teams problems have yet to be resolved. Austria have appointed Ivica Vastić who will need to use the winter break to make an immediate impact upon the players as we face two potentially title determining  games when the league resumes on the 11th February 2012.

Link to Ivica Vastić profile on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivica_Vasti%C4%87

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The great Leicester City team of 1962-3 – Austria, snow & the missed chances


Fascinating article for those interested in Leicester City FC or for those who enjoy a trip back to a more egalitarian English top flight football league. I hadn’t realised that the inspiration behind the style of early sixties Leicester football was the great Austria and Hungary teams of the 1950’s. Enjoy:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2011/oct/06/forgotten-story-leicester-city-ice-kings

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Leicester and Thailand’s big ambitions


For those who haven’t already seen it, an interesting report from BBC Sport  about the development of football in Thailand and of course Leicester City FC.

 

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Derby weekend


21st (part 3) August 2011

Excellent. 0:3 won in Vienna derby leaves me thinking we can win the league, Probably only Salzburg could match us.

21st (part 2) August 2011

Well I was wrong, We won 0:3. Austria have the potential to win the league.

21st August 2011

Well Leicester threw away a two goal lead in strange circumstance – final score 2:2.

Now off to watch Vienna derby hoping for better from Austria Wien.

20th August 2011

Well it’s derby weekend for me. Leicester City will shortly kick-off their match against Nottingham Forrest and interestingly this season both clubs are managed by ex-England managers. Hopefully a Leicester win, in the 99th derby, will be the start of a good run of form which will see the Foxes challenging for the league title and promotion to the Premiership.

Then tomorrow I’ll be join friends to watch Austria Wien secure the first derby win of the season against local rivals Rapid. The game is being staged at the national stadium as part of the punishment and security arrangements against Rapid after the last derby match of last season was abandoned due to the pitch invasion by about 200 Rapid fans.

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Good start


Congratulations to First Vienna who continued their good start to the season with a 1:0 home win last night, unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to go down and watch the match. Vienna are now second in the league with 7 points after three games:

http://www.laola1.tv/de/at/fussball/aut-erste-liga/die-highlights-vienna-tsv-hartberg/video/264-1683-56908.html

On a frustrating note Austria Wien began their season on Sunday with a 2:0 away defeat to Salzburg. Luckily opening games are rarely an indication of how the season will unfold.

Frustration abounds as prior longstanding commitment mean that I’m unable to get down to Klagenfurt today to see Leicester City’s friendly against Bursaspor. Nor will I be able to make their match against Valencia on Saturday.

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Counting down


The clock on the First Vienna website is counting down and at 6.30pm today (Monday 11th July) the team will kick off their Erste Liga season with an away trip to SCR Altach. This will be followed swiftly by Vienna’s first home game this coming Friday again FC Lustenau.

Austria’s Premier league season then starts the following weekend and Austria Wien will start their season on the 17th July with an away trip to Red Bull Salzburg. Alas I won’t be making the trip toSalzburg but will be heading to the Austria club bar to watch the game live on TV. The following week will see a Euro league qualification match and the first home game for the Violets against Reid.

So with early season games coming thick and fast the Austrian season will be well underway before Leicester City and the rest of the English Championship have even kicked a competitive ball. Leicester will be in Austria for two friendly games against Bursaspor and Valencia respectively the week beginning the 18th July and, after a home friendly against Real Madrid,on the 30th July, will start their season with an away fixture down the M69 at Coventry.

My ever so biased opinion is that Austria could win the league this season, but will definitely finish in the top three again (and ahead of Rapid). Vienna will again find life difficult (they survived last season by winning the relegation play-off) but will finish higher than last season. Over in England Sven Goran Eriksson’s rebuilding of the Leicester squad will see the foxes achieve promotion to the English Premiership.

Oh pre-season optimism, you just can’t beat it!

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