FC Wacker Innsbruck (2002)

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FC Wacker Innsbruck
FC Wacker Innsbruck (2002) logo.png
Full nameFußballclub Wacker Innsbruck
Founded21 June 2002; 17 years ago (2002-06-21)
GroundTivoli-Neu, Innsbruck
Capacity16,008
ChairmanGerhard Stocker
ManagerThomas Grumser
LeagueFirst League
2018–19Austrian Bundesliga, 12th (relegated)
Current season

FC Wacker Innsbruck is an Austrian association football club from Innsbruck. The club was formed in June 2002 as FC Wacker Tirol, and plays their home games at Tivoli-Neu. The club regard themselves as the spiritual continuation of the team FC Tirol Innsbruck, which went bankrupt in 2002 as well as the original FC Wacker Innsbruck which had been founded in 1913. In honour of this heritage, FC Wacker Tirol was renamed FC Wacker Innsbruck in 2007. However, legally it is a distinct and separate club, and is not entitled to claim the honours won by its predecessors.

History[edit]

Historical chart of FC Wacker Innsbruck league performance (incl. predecessor clubs)

The ascent of Wacker Tirol into the Bundesliga took only two years from formation, with promotion to the top division achieved in 2004. This was possible because the club made an alliance with 3rd league club Wattens and thus avoided starting in the bottom league. After finishing first in Regionalliga West (2002–03), Wacker advanced to Red Zac Erste Liga, and only a season later (2003–04) was promoted to Bundesliga.

FC Wacker Tirol finished 6th out of 10 in their first Bundesliga season (2004/05) and 7th in their second (2005/06). In 2006–07 the Tyroleans avoided relegation only because Grazer AK went into administration and was docked 28 points as a result. One year the club, now named FC Wacker Innsbruck, finished last and was relegated to the Austrian Football First League (second tier).

After finishing runner-up in the 2008–09 season, FC Wacker Innsbruck won promotion back to the Austrian Bundesliga in 2010 in a tight run. About 5000 Tyrolean supporters had travelled to the final away game on 28 May 2010 in Pasching against Red Bull Juniors, which FC Wacker Innsbruck won 2–0.

As in 2004–05, FC Wacker Innsbruck finished their first Bundesliga season (2010/11) again 6th and then 7th in 2011–12 when they had been close to the Europa League spots for much of the season. After a disastrous start into the 2012–13 season (ten losses in eleven matches) it seemed unlikely that the club could avoid relegation. In a dramatic season finale against relegation which involved four teams, FC Wacker Innsbruck on 26 May 2013 managed to turn a 0–2 against Wolfsberger AC into a 3–2 victory within 10 minutes and, thanks to this miracle of Wolfsberg stayed in the league. With one-year delay FC Wacker Innsbruck finishing last in 2013/14, 8 points behind FC Admira Wacker Mödling which even had been docked 5 points due to financial problems.

In 2014/15 Wacker Innsbruck played in the First League but failed to gain promotion. Consequently, FC Wacker Innsbruck start the 2015/16 season on the First League. FC Wacker Innsbruck start the 2018/19 season on the First League.

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 August 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Austria GK Lukas Wedl
2 Austria DF Felix Köchl
4 Turkey DF Sefik Abali
5 Austria MF Felix Bacher
6 Austria MF Robert Martic
7 Turkey FW Ertuğrul Yıldırım
8 Mali MF Karim Conté
9 Austria FW Elvin Ibrisimovic
10 Austria FW Alexander Gründler
11 Austria MF Markus Wallner
13 Austria GK Alexander Eckmayr
14 Austria DF Lukas Hupfauf
16 Austria DF Alexander Joppich
No. Position Player
17 Austria MF Raphael Gallé
18 Austria DF Stefan Meusburger
19 Austria DF Thomas Kofler
20 Turkey MF Murat Satin
21 Croatia MF Sandro Gavric
24 Japan MF Atsushi Zaizen
26 Austria DF Fabian Leitner
27 Afghanistan FW Rahman Jawadi
28 Austria MF Clemens Hubmann
30 Nigeria FW Sunday Faleye
43 Austria GK Dominik Kofler
50 Austria DF Manuel Maranda
79 Austria DF Philipp Viertler

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

Staff[edit]

  • Manager: Thomas Grumser
  • Assistant coach: Thomas Perstaller
  • Assistant coach: Daniel Wilson
  • Conditioning coach: Elias Braunhofer
  • Conditioning coach: Dario Müller
  • Goalkeeper coach: Dominik Bichler

Seasons[edit]

Season League Place W D L GF GA Pts Notes
2002–03 Fußball-Regionalliga (III) 1 26 2 2 101 17 80[1] Alliance with WSG Wattens
2003–04 Erste Liga (II) 1 22 6 8 65 44 72
2004–05 Bundesliga (I) 6 11 11 14 48 48 44
2005–06 Bundesliga 7 10 12 14 44 55 42
2006–07 Bundesliga 9 8 10 18 40 64 34 avoided relegation only because of bankrupt GAK
2007–08 Bundesliga 10 6 11 19 32 63 29
2008–09 Erste Liga (II) 2 18 8 7 65 44 62
2009–10 Erste Liga 1 21 6 6 67 26 69
2010–11 Bundesliga (I) 6 13 11 12 43 42 50
2011–12 Bundesliga 7 10 15 11 36 45 45
2012–13 Bundesliga 8 11 3 22 41 75 36
2013–14 Bundesliga 10 5 14 17 42 70 29
2014–15 Erste Liga 6 11 10 15 32 43 43
2015–16 Erste Liga 3 17 8 11 61 47 59
Green marks a season followed by promotion, red a season followed by relegation.

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "bet-austria.com ... Tabelle". www.bet-austria.com.

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