FC Wacker Innsbruck (2002)

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FC Wacker Innsbruck
FC Wacker Innsbruck (2002) logo.png
Full nameFußballclub Wacker Innsbruck
Founded21 June 2002; 18 years ago (2002-06-21)
GroundTivoli-Neu, Innsbruck
Capacity16,008
ChairmanGerhard Stocker
ManagerDaniel Bierofka
League2. Liga
2019–202. Liga, 6th
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 later (2008) the club, now named FC Wacker Innsbruck, finished last and was relegated to the Austrian Football Second League.

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 3 January 2021[1]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Austria AUT Lukas Wedl
2 DF Austria AUT Felix Köchl
3 DF Austria AUT Markus Wostry
4 DF Austria AUT Sefik Abali
5 DF Austria AUT Darijo Grujcic
6 MF Austria AUT Robert Martic
7 FW Austria AUT Florian Jamnig
8 MF Guinea GUI Karim Conté
9 MF Turkey TUR Okan Aydın
10 FW Austria AUT Alexander Gründler
11 MF Austria AUT Markus Wallner
13 GK Austria AUT Alexander Eckmayr
14 DF Austria AUT Lukas Hupfauf
16 DF Austria AUT Alexander Joppich
17 MF Austria AUT Raphael Gallé
18 DF Austria AUT Stefan Meusburger
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF Austria AUT Thomas Kofler
20 MF Germany GER Fabio Viteritti
21 MF Austria AUT Denizcan Cosgun
22 DF Austria AUT Florian Kopp
23 MF Austria AUT Rami Tekir
24 MF Japan JPN Atsushi Zaizen
26 DF Germany GER Merchas Doski
27 FW Austria AUT Felix Mandl
28 MF Austria AUT Clemens Hubmann
29 MF Austria AUT Tizian-Valentino Scharmer
31 MF Germany GER Marco Holz
35 MF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Anel Hadžić
37 FW Austria AUT Lukas Fridrikas
77 MF Brazil BRA João Luiz
80 GK Austria AUT Marco Knaller
99 FW Brazil BRA Ronivaldo

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[2] 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. ^ https://www.fc-wacker-innsbruck.at/teams-2/kader.html
  2. ^ "bet-austria.com ... Tabelle". www.bet-austria.com.

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