SV Austria Salzburg

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For the club known as SV Austria Salzburg from 1933 to 2005, see FC Red Bull Salzburg.
Austria Salzburg
Full name Sportverein Austria Salzburg
Nickname(s) Violette (Violet-Whites), Austrianer (SV Austria supporters)
Founded 2005; 11 years ago (2005)
Ground My Phone Austria Stadion
Ground Capacity 1,600
Obmann/Chairman Walter Windischbauer
Head coach Jørn Andersen
League Austrian Football First League
2014–15 Austrian Regional League West, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page

SV Austria Salzburg is an Austrian association football club, based in the city of Salzburg. The club was formed by some supporters of the original SV (Austria) Salzburg after it was renamed FC Red Bull Salzburg by its new owners, who also changed the club's colours from its traditional violet and white to red and white. The club commenced participation in the seventh tier of Austria's national league system in 2006, then rose through four successive championships to the third tier, Regionalliga West, in 2010. In 2015, the club gained promotion to the Erste Liga, one tier below the Austrian Bundesliga.[1]


The original club was formed in 1933. It was subject to a takeover by the Red Bull company in 2005. They renamed the club FC Red Bull Salzburg, changed the team colours and claimed that it was a new team. This caused a group of supporters, known as the "Violet-Whites", to want to preserve the 72-year-old traditions of their club, which they felt had been ignored by Red Bull.

Following the example set by AFC Wimbledon, AFC Telford United and F.C. United of Manchester, on 7 October 2005, the Violet-Whites successfully registered the old club's original name "SV Austria Salzburg" and the old club emblem. For the second half of the 2005–06 season SV Austria fielded a unified team with the football section of the PSV Schwarz-Weiß Salzburg, which played in the 1. Salzburg Landesliga, the fourth tier of Austrian football, but at the end of the season the PSV members voted against continuing the link. Thus, the Violet-Whites formed a completely new team, which entered 2. Klasse Nord, the seventh tier of Austrian football, for the 2006–07 season.

The first match of the relaunched SV Austria Salzburg was played on 29 July 2006 against Lieferinger SV, another Salzburg football club. SV Austria Salzburg won 6–0, and went on to win the championship and promotion to 1. Klasse Nord. This was the first of four successive championships & promotions for SV Austria Salzburg. They won the 1. Klasse Nord in 2007–08, the 2. Salzburg Landesliga in 2008–09 and the 1. Landesliga in 2009–10. The latter secured the club's promotion to Austria's third tier of football, the Regionalliga West for the 2010–11 season. The club finished fifth in the 2010–2011 season, and eighth in the 2011–2012 season.

In the 2014–15 season, the club finally got promoted to the First League, the second tier of Austrian football, by winning the Regionalliga West, after a change in the rules that see an automatic promotion place for one of the Regionalligas being rotated each season.

The promotion to the First League forced the club into depth of €900,000 by November 2015, caused by an increased budged for the players as well as a security requirement to holding certain home games without spectators. The club indicated it was willing to sell up to 51 percent of its ownership of the team to an investor, as long as the its name, colours and crest would not be altered, but the Austrian Bundesliga announced that the sale of a majority of the team would be violating the league's rules.[2]

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 January, 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 Stefan Ebner
2 Austria MF Markus Wallner
4 Austria MF Raphael Reifeltshammer
5 Austria DF Felix Huspek
6 Austria MF Rene Zia
8 Austria MF Mehmet Bulut
9 Slovenia FW Uroš Palibrk
11 Austria MF Haris Bukva
12 Austria DF Aleksandar Simic
13 Germany MF Matthias Öttl
15 Austria DF Thomas Burghuber
16 Austria FW Christoph Bann
No. Position Player
17 Austria DF Elias Kircher
18 Austria FW Andreas Bammer
19 Austria MF Ernst Öbster
20 Austria DF Simon Sommer
21 Austria MF Nicholas Mayer
22 Austria GK Hidajet Hankic
23 Austria MF Sebastian Zirnitzer
24 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Halid Hasanovic
26 Austria MF Leonhard Kaufmann
27 Germany DF Max Müller
31 Austria FW Lukas Katnik
33 Germany GK Christian Schlosser

Club honours[edit]

  • Regionalliga West: Champions 2014, 2015
  • 1. Landesliga: Champions 2010
  • 2. Landesliga: Champions 2009
  • 1. Klasse Nord: Champions 2008
  • 2. Klasse Nord A: Champions 2007

League History[edit]

League Contested Level
Notes Average
2006–07 2. Klasse Nord A 7 26 24 1 1 109 8 +101 73 1st of 14 Promoted
2007–08 1. Klasse Nord 6 26 25 0 1 94 10 +84 75 1st of 14 Promoted
2008–09 2. Landesliga Nord 5 26 21 4 1 90 28 +62 67 1st of 14 Promoted
2009–10 1. Landesliga 4 26 19 3 4 68 24 +44 60 1st of 14 Promoted
2010–11 Regionalliga West 3 30 15 9 6 61 37 +24 54 5th of 16 1,290
2011–12 Regionalliga West 3 30 12 4 14 54 54 0 40 8th of 16 1,194
2012–13 Regionalliga West 3 30 21 5 4 77 21 +56 68 2nd of 16 1,291
2013–14 Regionalliga West 3 30 25 4 1 96 15 +81 79 1st of 16 Defeated in playoffs 1,298
2014–15 Regionalliga West 3 30 23 4 3 71 23 +48 73 1st of 16 Promoted 1,332
2015–16 First League 2


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SV Austria Salzburg feiert den Aufstieg in die Sky Go Erste Liga". Österreichische Fußball-Bundesliga (in German). 29 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Wird Austria Salzburg verkauft? (German), published: 5 November 2015, accessed: 7 November 2015

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