SK Vorwärts Steyr

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SK Vorwärts Steyr
SK Vorwärts Steyr logo
Full name Sportklub Vorwärts Steyr
Founded 1919
(re-founded 2001)
Ground Vorwärts Stadium
Ground Capacity 9900
Manager Gerald Scheiblehner
League Regional League (Middle)
2012 14th

SK Vorwärts Steyr is an Austrian association football club based in Steyr. It was founded in 1919. They play at the Vorwärts Stadium. Currently the club has about 300 members. The club is one of the oldest football clubs in Upper Austria. In 1999 the club went bankrupt and reformed in lower leagues later in 2001. In 2011 Vorwarts was promoted to the Regional League (Middle) which is part of third division of Austrian league football.

History[edit]

The club was founded as Steyrer Fußballklub Vorwärts with the club colours of red and white, the official founding ceremony was held at the Casino Steyr on 14 April 1919. The first match of Vorwärts Steyr was on 15 June 1919 in Linz against Linzer ASK (result 2–2). Already in its first year, the club won the Upper Austrian League; a national league did not exist at that time. In 1949 after dominating the state leagues, they managed to get to the Austrian Cup final which was held in Vienna against Austria Vienna which they lost 2–5, however reaching the final is still considered a major success even to this day. In the 1960s and 1970s, the club spent all its time in the Regionalliga Mitte or the Upper Austrian League. This twenty-year dry spell ended in 1979, when they returned to the Second Division. From 1982 Vorwärts established themselves in the second division until in 1988, after 37 years, when they gained promotion to the highest Austrian league, the Bundesliga where the club remained until 1996. The early-1990s saw the club reach its best ever league position in the 1990/91 and 1991/92 seasons, seventh place in the table. In 1995 they played in the Intertoto Cup and won the group stage remaining unbeaten (2–1 away win against Eintracht Frankfurt) and missed out on the UEFA Cup qualifiers only after an away defeat to Racing Strasbourg. By 1995 the club was deeply in debt with about 15 million shillings owed, so they required a bailout in the form of a guarantee from the town of Steyr. The bitter 0–2 defeat against LASK Linz on 29 May 1999 sealed the relegation from the top flight. Finally, the club had their license permanently withdrawn on 11 January 2000, ceasing operations and forfeiting the remaining matches. With an application for compulsory settlement, bankruptcy proceedings were opened. The club restarted from the lowest amateur division in August 2001. Since then the club has steadily risen through the amateur leagues and has returned to the 3rd tier of Austrian football.

Season Division (Tier) Position W L D +/- Pts.
2001/02 2. Klasse Ost (VIII) 002 15 05 02 +53 050
2002/03 2. Klasse Ost (VIII) 001 16 04 02 +47 052
2003/04 1. Klasse Ost (VII) 006 08 05 09 0+3 029
2004/05 1. Klasse Ost (VII) 001 21 04 01 +66 067
2005/06 Bezirksliga Ost (VI) 001 17 06 03 +46 057
2006/07 2. Landesliga Ost (V) 002 17 04 05 +34 055
2007/08 2. Landesliga Ost (V) 002 14 08 04 +25 050
2008/09 2. Landesliga Ost (V) 001 16 06 04 +25 054
2009/10 OÖ Liga (IV) 005 12 06 08 +16 042
2010/11 OÖ Liga (IV) 001 15 10 01 +35 055
2011/12 Regionalliga Mitte (III) 014 06 09 15 −22 027
2012/13 OÖ Liga (IV) 001 17 02 06 +17 053
2013/14 Regionalliga Mitte 012 11 04 15 -10 037
2014/15 Regionalliga Mitte 002 18 05 07 +16 059
2015/16 Regionalliga Mitte 012 09 07 14 -13 034
Green: Promotion | Red: Relegation

Honours[edit]

Before the bankruptcy[edit]

  • 1 Austrian Cup Finalist: 1949
  • 13 Upper Austrian Champions
  • 2 Upper Austrian Cup Winners
  • 12 Bundesliga seasons: 1950–1951, 1988–1996, 1999

Since the reformation[edit]

  • 2. Liga Ost OÖ Winners: 2003
  • 1. Liga Ost OÖ Winners: 2005
  • Bezirksliga Ost OÖ Winners: 2006
  • OÖ Landespokalsieger Winners: 2009
  • Upper Austrian Cup Winners: 2010, 2013
  • Fourth Division Champions: 2011, 2013

Fans[edit]

The club has seen a sharp decline in attendances since the bankruptcy however the team is still often accompanied by many fans even at away games; in big games the away following frequently exceeds more than 1000 'red-whites'. The largest fan club, Südchaos-Steyr, was founded in 2009 and is considered to be an ultras group, and they usually occupy the South stand of the stadium. They publish a fanzine called Bengalen, Bier und Bosna.

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 July 2016. 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 Reinhard Großalber
3 Austria DF Alexander Danninger
4 Austria DF Fabian Kohl
8 Austria DF Fabian Bichler
10 Turkey FW Yusuf Efendioglu
15 Austria DF Alexander Staudecker
18 Croatia MF Nediljko Kovacevic
19 Croatia FW Josip Martinovic
23 Austria MF Thomas Himmelfreundpointner
24 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Mirsad Sulejmanovic
30 Austria GK Bernhard Staudinger
31 Austria DF Michael Halbartschlager
No. Position Player
Croatia GK Josip Bakovic
Austria DF Nicolas Wimmer
Austria DF Philipp Bader
Austria DF Christoph Bader
Austria MF Stefan Gotthartsleitner
Austria MF Johannes Bichler
Serbia MF Branislav Gavrilovic
Austria MF Felix Hebesberger
Austria MF Michael Reisinger
Croatia FW Tomislav Zuljevic
Czech Republic FW Radek Gulajev
TBD Albania MF Mergim Rama

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