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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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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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