Austrian Football Bundesliga

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Austrian Football Bundesliga
Austrian Football Bundesliga Logo.png
Founded1974
Country Austria
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to Austrian Football Second League
Domestic cup(s) Austrian Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current champions Red Bull Salzburg (15th title)
(2020–21)
Most championships Rapid Wien (32 titles)
Top goalscorer Hans Krankl (270)
TV partners ORF
Sky Sport Austria
Website www.bundesliga.at
Current: 2021–22 Austrian Bundesliga

The Austrian Football Bundesliga (German : Österreichische Fußball-Bundesliga [ˈøːstɐʁaɪçɪʃə ˈfuːsbal ˈbʊndəsˌliːɡa] , "Austrian Football Federal League") is the top level of the Austrian football league system. The competition decides the Austrian national football champions, as well the country's entrants for the various European cups run by UEFA. Since Austria stayed in sixteenth place in the UEFA association coefficient rankings at the end of the 2015–16 season, [1] the league gained its first spot for the UEFA Champions League for the 2016-2017 season.

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The Austrian Bundesliga, which began in the 1974–75 season, has been a separate registered association since 1 December 1991. It has been won the most by the two Viennese giants Austria Wien, who were national champions 24 times, and Rapid Wien, who won the national title 32 times. The current champions are Red Bull Salzburg. Phillip Thonhauser is president of the Austrian Bundesliga. The Austrian Football Bundesliga is currently known as Admiral Bundesliga for sponsorship reasons.

History

1900–1938

Football has been played in Austria since around 1890. Around the turn of the twentieth century two attempts were made to start a national championship. From 1900 onwards, a cup competition was played in Vienna, the Neues Wiener Tagblatt Pokal. This cup was actually played in league format. [2] The efforts to create a football league succeeded in 1911, with the introduction of the first Austrian football championship. The competition for this championship, the 1. Klasse (First Class), was created and organized by the Niederösterreichischer Fußball-Verband (the Lower Austrian Football Federation), and the participants played for the title of Niederösterreichische Landesmeister (Lower Austrian National Champion). From 1924, the league was considered professional and changed its name to I. Liga (First League). [3] In 1929, an all-Austrian amateur championship was first played, won by Grazer AK. Clubs from the professional league in Vienna were not part of this competition. [4] Teams from the other states of Austria were first allowed to join the highest division with the introduction of the Nationalliga (National League) in the season of 1937–38. [5]

In 1941 Rapid Wien won the German championship final against Schalke 04 4-3 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-2004-1001-503, Berlin, Zuschauer beim Fussball-Endspiel.jpg
In 1941 Rapid Wien won the German championship final against Schalke 04 4–3

1938–1945

Austria's annexation by Germany in 1938 brought the Austrian Nationalliga to an early end. Numerous teams were disbanded and some players fled out of the country. The Austrian Nationalliga was integrated into the system of the NSRL, the Sports office of the Third Reich as the Gau XVII section under Gaufachwart Hans Janisch. Despised by Nazis as unworthy of a true German, professionalism in sports was outlawed in May 1938. "Innovations" like the Hitler salute were introduced as compulsory before and after every game. Teams, like Hakoah Wien were banned and others, like Austria Wien were first closed and then renamed. Finally, the operation of the junior teams was handed over to the local Hitlerjugend units. [6] The new highest league in what had been Austria, the Gauliga Ostmark, was an amateur league and covered the whole of the former country except Tyrol and Vorarlberg, which were added to the Bavarian league system. [7] The league champions now qualified for the German football championship, which Rapid Wien won in 1941. From 1941, the league was renamed Gauliga Donau-Alpenland to further eradicate the memory of Austria as an independent country. Following Nazi Germany's defeat in World War II and the disbandment of the NSRL, Austria's teams were excluded again from the German league.

1945–1974

The league returned to a Vienna-only format in 1945, briefly named 1. Klasse once more before changing to just Liga in 1946. Only upon the introduction of the all-Austrian Staatsliga A in 1949 did teams from the whole federal territory finally play for the Austrian Championship. However, the road to organising the Staatsliga proved difficult. A conflict between the representatives of the amateur and the professional aspects of the sport led to the separation of the Viennese league from the football federation, and to the establishment of its own competition on 30 June 1949. At the statutory Presidential Election Council of the Austrian Football Association only a few days later a surprising turn took place – upon the request of Lower Austria, the introduction of the Staatsliga was finally and unanimously confirmed. The organization was in the hands of the Fußballstaatsliga Österreich, created for this purpose. [8] A Staatsliga B, the second division of national league football, was formed in 1950. This league, however, was disbanded again in 1959, whereby the Staatsliga A dropped the A from its name, the need for differentiating having been gone. [9] In 1965, however, the Austrian Football Association again took over the organization of the top division, with the (second) introduction of the Nationalliga. [10] On 21 April 1974, against the vote of the Vorarlberg association, the introduction of the Bundesliga was decided. The Nationalliga remained as the second division, for now. [11]

Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadion, Rapid Wien Hanappi-Stadion.Panorama.JPG
Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadion, Rapid Wien
UPC-Arena, Sturm Graz UPC-Arena Panorama.jpg
UPC-Arena, Sturm Graz
Generali Arena, Austria Wien Franz-Horr-Stadion-Panorama.jpg
Generali Arena, Austria Wien
Red Bull Arena, FC Salzburg Euro 2008 em-stadion wals-siezenheim 10.jpg
Red Bull Arena, FC Salzburg

1974 to current

In the 1974–75 season the Bundesliga was introduced which, still led by the Austrian Football Association, aligned both of the highest divisions in Austria. In 1976, the Nationalliga was renamed to Bundesliga – Second Division while the Bundesliga was now called Bundesliga – First Division. [12] From 1974 to 1982 the league operated with ten clubs with each club playing the other four times during the season. From 1982 to 1985 it played with sixteen clubs with each club playing the others twice. The league's modus was changed in 1985 to a twelve team league which played a home -and away round in autumn. The top eight clubs then advanced to the championship round (Officially: Oberes Play-off) who again played each other twice. The bottom four of the autumn round played the top four of the First League to determine the four teams to play in the Bundesliga in the following season. This modus was used for the next eight seasons until 1993 when the league returned to the ten team format it originally operated in. [13] 26 years after dissolution of the independent Staatsliga on 17 November 1991, the Austrian Football Bundesliga was reconstituted as a federation and admitted on 1 December 1991 to the Austrian Football Association as its 10th member. Beginning with the 2018-19 season the league expanded from its current 10 teams to 12 teams. [14]

Since 1991 the Bundesliga has carried its own responsibility as a separate association, and organises the championships of the two highest divisions in Austria. Both are named after their sponsors; since 2014 the Bundesliga is named after sports-betting company, Tipico. [15] The second division, called the "Erste Liga" or "First League," is sponsored by Sky Go. In addition the Bundesliga is responsible for the Toto Jugendliga, leagues for under 15/17/19 Teams of professional Clubs and academies. The Bundesliga also represents professional football in Austria, in co-operation with the football clubs themselves. The Bundesliga is legally a non-profit organisation. The twenty teams of the Tipico Bundesliga and the Sky Go Erste Liga constitute the members of the Bundesliga. The Bundesliga is represented by an acting executive committee, which supports a supervisory board. Each association of the two professional leagues is represented in presidential conferences; these have advisory function in all affairs concerning the Bundesliga.

Scopes of responsibility of the senates

The 'senates' are organising committees which consist of honorary and committee-members independent of the clubs. The first senate is responsible for suspensions and for the running of championship games. The second senate functions as an arbitration board for financial disagreements, the third senate is responsible for all financial concerns and the fourth senate is the panel of referees for the Bundesliga. The evaluation of a club's economic competency which is required in order to obtain a playing license for the two professional leagues takes place at the fifth senate, the Bundesliga license committee.

Objectives

The Austrian Bundesliga carries the obligation for a positive development of football as a sport at the élite level, as well as for the advancement of the next generation of players in co-operation with the teams at the junior levels of the sport. To accomplish this, the Bundesliga requires economic audits of the teams, the introduction of laws particular to professional football, TV marketing, centralised sponsorship and collective marketing for all teams.

Bundesliga

In the Bundesliga, ten teams play a "double championship", with each team playing every other twice at home and twice away during a championship year, which is divided into an autumn and a spring season. The season typically lasts from July to June of the following year. At the end of the season, the team finishing in last place in the table is relegated to the Sky Go Erste Liga, the champion of which is promoted to the Bundesliga.

Member clubs for the 2021–22 season

The Bundesliga champion and the second placed team qualify for the UEFA Champions League, the Austrian Cup winner enters the playoff round of the UEFA Europa League while the team in 4th position, as well as the winner of the Europa Conference League play-offs enter the UEFA Europa Conference League. In the event that the Bundesliga champion is also the Austrian Cup winner, the third-placed team enters the UEFA Europa League.

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Location of teams in the 2021–22 Austrian Football Bundesliga

Team

Location

Venue

Capacity

Admira Wacker Mödling Maria Enzersdorf BSFZ-Arena 7,000
SK Austria Klagenfurt Klagenfurt Wörthersee Stadion 32,000
Austria Wien Vienna Generali Arena 17,500
LASK Linz Waldstadion Pasching 6,009
Rapid Wien Vienna Allianz Stadion 28,000
Red Bull Salzburg Wals-Siezenheim Red Bull Arena 30,188
Rheindorf Altach Altach Stadion Schnabelholz 8,500
St. Pölten Sankt Pölten NV Arena 8,000
Sturm Graz Graz Merkur-Arena 16,364
SV Ried Ried im Innkreis Keine Sorgen Arena 7,680
TSV Hartberg Hartberg Stadion Hartberg  [ de ]4,635
Wolfsberger AC Wolfsberg Lavanttal-Arena 7,300
WSG Tirol Innsbruck Tivoli Stadion Tirol 16,008

List of champions

Performance

Performance by club

ClubWinnersRunners-upWinning Seasons
Rapid Wien
32
26
1912, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1948, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1963–64, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1995–96, 2004–05, 2007–08
Austria Wien
24
19
1923–24, 1925–26, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1952–53, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2012–13
Red Bull Salzburg Double-dagger-14-plain.png
15
7
1993–94, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
Wacker Innsbruck (5) (4)
Swarovski Tirol (2) (1)
Tirol Innsbruck (3) (–) Dagger-14-plain.png
10
5
1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02
SK Admira Wien (8) (5)
SC Wacker Wien (1) (7)
Admira Wacker Wien (–) (1) *
9
13
1926–27, 1927–28, 1931–32, 1933–34, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1938–39, 1946–47, 1965–66
First Vienna
6
6
1930–31, 1932–33, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1943–44, 1954–55
Wiener SK
3
7
1921–22, 1957–58, 1958–59
Sturm Graz
3
5
1997–98, 1998–99, 2010–11
Floridsdorfer AC
1
3
1917–18
Wiener AF
1
2
1913–14
LASK
1
2
1964–65
VÖEST Linz
1
2
1973–74
Grazer AK
1
2
2003–04
Wiener AC
1
1
1914–15
Hakoah Vienna
1
1
1924–25
SpC Rudolfshügel
1
Brigittenauer AC
1
FC Wien
1
SV Ried
1

Notes:

Performance by city

CityClubsWinnersRunners-up
Rapid Wien (32) (26), Austria Wien (24) (18), First Vienna (6) (6), Wiener SK (3) (7), Floridsdorfer AC (1) (3), Wiener AF (1) (2), Wiener AC (1) (1), Hakoah Vienna (1) (1), SpC Rudolfshügel (–) (1), Brigittenauer AC (–) (1), FC Wien (–) (1)
69
67
Red Bull Salzburg (15) (7) Double-dagger-14-plain.png
15
7
Wacker Innsbruck (5) (4), Swarovski Tirol (2) (1), Tirol Innsbruck (3) (–) Dagger-14-plain.png
10
5
SK Admira Wien (8) (5), SC Wacker Wien (1) (7), Admira Wacker Wien (–) (1) *
9
13
Sturm Graz (3) (5), Grazer AK (1) (2)
4
7
VÖEST Linz (1) (2), LASK Linz (1) (2)
2
4
SV Ried (–) (1)
1

Top scorers in Bundesliga

SeasonPlayerGoalsClub
1974–75 Flag of Austria.svg Helmut Köglberger
22
1975–76 Flag of Austria.svg Johann Pirkner
21
1976–77 Flag of Austria.svg Hans Krankl
32
1977–78 Flag of Austria.svg Hans Krankl
41
1978–79 Flag of Austria.svg Walter Schachner
24
1979–80 Flag of Austria.svg Walter Schachner
34
1980–81 Flag of Austria.svg Gernot Jurtin
20
1981–82 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Božo Bakota
24
1982–83 Flag of Austria.svg Hans Krankl
23
1983–84 Flag of Hungary.svg Tibor Nyilasi
26
1984–85 Flag of Austria.svg Toni Polster
24
1985–86 Flag of Austria.svg Toni Polster
33
1986–87 Flag of Austria.svg Toni Polster
39
1987–88 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Zoran Stojadinović
27
1988–89 Flag of Austria.svg Peter Pacult
26
1989–90 Flag of Austria.svg Gerhard Rodax
35
1990–91 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Václav Daněk
29
1991–92 Flag of Austria.svg Christoph Westerthaler
17
1992–93 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Václav Daněk
24
1993–94 Flag of Croatia.svg Nikola Jurčević
Flag of Austria.svg Heimo Pfeifenberger
14
1994–95 Flag of Senegal.svg Souleyman Sané
20
1995–96 Flag of Austria.svg Ivica Vastić
22
1996–97 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg René Wagner
21
1997–98 Flag of Norway.svg Geir Frigård
23
SeasonPlayerGoalsClub
1998–99 Flag of Austria.svg Eduard Glieder
22
1999–2000 Flag of Austria.svg Ivica Vastić
32
2000–01 Flag of Poland.svg Radosław Gilewicz
22
2001–02 Flag of Austria.svg Ronald Brunmayr
27
2002–03 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Axel Lawarée
21
2003–04 Flag of Austria.svg Roland Kollmann
27
2004–05 Flag of Austria.svg Christian Mayrleb
21
2005–06 Flag of Austria.svg Sanel Kuljić
Flag of Austria.svg Roland Linz
15
2006–07 Flag of Germany.svg Alexander Zickler
22
2007–08 Flag of Germany.svg Alexander Zickler
16
2008–09 Flag of Austria.svg Marc Janko
39
2009–10 Flag of Germany.svg Steffen Hofmann
20
2010–11 Flag of Austria.svg Roland Linz
Flag of Austria.svg Roman Kienast
21
2011–12 Flag of Austria.svg Jakob Jantscher
Flag of Austria.svg Stefan Maierhofer
14
2012–13 Flag of Austria.svg Philipp Hosiner
32
2013–14 Flag of Spain.svg Jonathan Soriano
31
2014–15 Flag of Spain.svg Jonathan Soriano
31
2015–16 Flag of Spain.svg Jonathan Soriano
21
2016–17 Flag of Nigeria.svg Olarenwaju Kayode
17
2017–18 Flag of Israel.svg Mu'nas Dabbur
22
2018–19 Flag of Israel.svg Mu'nas Dabbur
20
2019–20 Flag of Israel.svg Shon Weissman
30
2020–21 Flag of Zambia.svg Patson Daka
27

All-time top scorers

As of matches played 14 April 2017. [16]
RankNameClubYearsGoalsAppsRatio
1 Flag of Austria.svg Hans Krankl Rapid Wien, Wiener SK & First Vienna 1970–892703610.75
2 Flag of Austria.svg Ivica Vastić Sturm Graz, Austria Wien, FC Admira Wacker, LASK, VSE St. Pölten & First Vienna 1991–091874410.42
3 Flag of Austria.svg Peter Pacult Rapid Wien, FC Wacker Innsbruck, Austria Wien, Wiener SK & Blau-Weiß Linz 1980–961863960.47
4 Flag of Austria.svg Christian Mayrleb FC Wacker Innsbruck, Austria Wien, FC Admira Wacker, LASK, Austria Salzburg & SV Pasching 1992–061864940.38
5 Flag of Austria.svg Alfred Drabitz  [ de ] Austria Wien, Wiener SK & First Vienna 1978–911553650.42
6 Flag of Austria.svg Mario Haas Sturm Graz 1992–121454510.32
7 Flag of Austria.svg Christoph Westerthaler FC Wacker Innsbruck, LASK & SK Vorwärts Steyr 1983–971313780.35
8 Flag of Austria.svg Christian Keglevits Rapid Wien, LASK, Austria Salzburg & Wiener SK 1979–931294050.32
9 Flag of Austria.svg Walter Knaller FC Admira Wacker & Blau-Weiß Linz 1980–921273330.38
10 Flag of Austria.svg Toni Polster Austria Wien & FC Salzburg 1982–001221580.77
11 Flag of Spain.svg Jonathan Soriano FC Salzburg 2012–171201440.83
  • Bold denotes players still playing in Bundesliga.

Statistics

UEFA coefficients

The following data indicates Austrian coefficient rankings between European football leagues. [17]

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