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Austria or Salzburg – In the Premiership title race who do the remaining fixtures favour?


With five games left to play in the Austrian Premiership Austria have a 6 points lead over Salzburg, who will be our opponents in the final game of the season.

The tables below show where each side has lost points in the thirty-one matches played. If as I believe (hope and pray) Austria win the title it will in part be thanks to the performances of our local rivals Rapid against Salzburg.

Looking at the remaining five games, of Salzburg’s remaining opponents four of the teams have taken points from them this season – Admira, Wiener Neustadt, Ried, and Austria. In comparison Austria have to face only two teams against whom they have dropped points, Wiener Neustadt and Salzburg.

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Austria’s lost points

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Salzburg’s lost points

Sturm Graz W:D:D   Rapid W:W:D
Salzburg W:D:D   Ried W:D
WAC D:W   Admira D:D
Wiener Neustadt D   Austria D:D
Rapid D   Neustadt D
      Sturm D
      WAC D

A six point lead and a better record against our remaining opponents, this should be Austria’s title. However, things might be tricky if we need a point on the last day of the season away to Salzburg.

 

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The record breaking Austria Wien march on


Wednesday night saw Austria Wien secured another win, on this occasion SV Ried 1:3 Austria. This set a new Premiership league record for consecutive away wins. Back in December Austria went into the winter break as ‘Winter Kings’ with a new point’s record. Looking at the performances of the team since the start of the Spring season – three wins against Rapid (1:2), Admira (4:0), and Ried – it looks as though a few more records will be broken before the final game of the season.

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It’s a good time to be a member of the ‘Veilchen’ as we Austria fans are known. Austria are unbeaten in the league since 22nd September 2012, are currently 15 points ahead of Salzburg (though they have games in hand) and 17 points ahead of third played Rapid.

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The pleasure for the fans is not just the performances of the team (and style that has gone with them) but the complete turnaround  in the fortunes of the club. A year ago the team had just lost some key players in the transfer window and changed manager – the fans were just about to go through a Spring season in which the team fell apart.

Credit for the current record breaking season has to go to the Manager, Peter Stöger  (appointed in the summer) and his coaching team  who have taken a virtually unchanged squad and lifted them back to a performance level and a style of play that seemed lost this time last year.

For those of us with experience of English television, of the past, there is the suspicion that the brains behind Austria’s renaissance may have had a rather different ‘international’ role in his passed:

The brains behind Austria’s renaissance - Peter Stöger

The brains behind Austria’s renaissance – Peter Stöger

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Brains from Thunderbirds ‘International Rescue’

One significant decision by Peter Stöger was to add a new striker to the squad. Philipp Hosiner has been a great addition providing further striking options. A prolific scorer, he is also the type of striker whose presence, leading the line, creates opportunities for other in the team to find the back of the net. There is already talk that we may lose him in the summer transfer window to the likes of Ajax but I hope that European qualification will help the club to hang on to a superb striker for at least another season. Philipp has the potential to be a successful striker in one of the top leagues. If he does go (in a couple of seasons) I’d love to see him partnered with Chris Wood, giving the then Premiership Leicester City one hell of a strike force.

The ‘Veilchen’ are enjoying the season so far and we may have much more to celebrate when it’s over. Teams in small leagues such as the Austrian Premiership have to live with the reality that they will continuously lose their best talent to the bigger leagues. This makes building year in year out success that much more challenging. However, Austria have in Peter Stöger an excellent Manager, we have a number of young players knocking at the first team door and a well run club. This could be the start of a great era for the Veilchen’ – first in Vienna and first in Austria 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter Kings at the end of a great first half of football


This afternoon Austria Wien will play their last game before the winter break. Whatever the result FAK are already ‘Winter Kings’ and with a win against Sturm Graz the team will be 7 points clear of Salzburg in second and 10 points ahead of Rapid Wien back in third place.

It’s been a remarkable turnaround in the team’s fortunes when compared to events in the second half of the 2011-12 season. Under the management of Peter Stöger virtually the same team has become record breaking league leaders. I believe we have the highest ever number of points secured at the winter break, the team’s defensive record is superb having conceded the fewest goals in the league (15), and our attack has scored 45 goals only 2 behind Salzburg (who have played one game more at the time of writing).

One significant addition to the team is striker Philipp Hosiner, who is not only a pleasure to watch but according to the Uefa coefficient is currently amongst the top strikers in Europe, alongside the likes of Lionel Messi.

It’s been a whole team effort but a few players, in addition to Philipp Hosiner, have stood out. The promotion of Fabian Koch to a regular starting place in the back line has been one of the manager’s standout decisions. In the other full back position, Marcus Suttner has deserved the accolade – first chanted by one of my fellow #planetviola friends – ‘Marcus Suttner football god’. Our defensive strength in no small part has been secured by the defensive midfield role superbly played Austria Wien’s very own Australian, James Holland. Finally, but by no means least, the solid defensive play and team leadership of our Captain Manuel Ortlechner cannot go without mention.

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It’s been a great first half. I’m looking forward to the kick-off of the Spring season on the 16th February and another superb set of performances by Austria. As luck would have it we start the second half of the season with the Vienna derby – a chance to put a bigger gap between Austria and our local rivals Rapid. The season will end with an away trip to Salzburg – currently the only team who look capable of challenging us for the title.

 

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