Round 36

Round Review: Round 36

Player of the Round:

Louis Schaub

Louis Schaub was back to his best for Rapid Wien against Wolfsberg as he helped set up a 5:0 away win for his side (picture courtesy of Sky Sport Austria)

Louis Schaub was back to his best for Rapid Wien against Wolfsberg as he helped set up a 5:0 away win for his side (picture courtesy of Sky Sport Austria)

After a metatarsal injury and Philipp Schobesberger in imperious form, Louis Schaub could have been forgiven for trying to put this season behind him. Instead, the attack-minded midfielder scored twice to help thump Wolfsberg 5:0 away from home.

Goal of the Round:

With Admira knowing that a victory would be good enough to keep them in the Bundesliga, Toni Vastic’s composed finished ended what had been a frustrating season for the striker, on a high note. The 22-year old came off the bench to squeeze the ball past Cican Stankovic when through on goal.

Picture of the Round:

Sturm fans celebrate their side qualifying for the Europa League ahead of the final game of the season (picture courtesy of Laola1.at)

Sturm fans celebrate their side qualifying for the Europa League ahead of the final game of the season (picture courtesy of Laola1.at)

Controversy of the Round:

The manager merry-go-round was in full swing early into the week as relegated Neustadt’s manager, Helgi Kolvidsson, was promptly poached by SV Ried, who had been deserted by Oliver Glasner the previous week. Kolvidsson had been linked with St. Pauli in Germany, but after a gutsy tenure ended in vain with the blue and whites, many had hoped he would continue in Austria. Meanwhile, despite standing by his manager throughout the season, Christian Haas finally pulled the plug on Michael Baur’s reign with Grödig after only one season, as the side slipped a disappointing to 8th place finish. Haas was quick to appoint a successor for his side, who have been left depleted after the departures of key players Cican Stankovic, Marvin Potzmann, Ione Cabrera, Stefan Nutz, Tomi Correa and Philipp Huspek. Former Rapid Wien player and manager Peter Schöttel, who had most recently been used by Sky Sport Austria as a Bundesliga expert, was handed a 2-year contract with the club, as he looks to take them back to the heady heights of European football that Adi Hütter had brought the side in his one and only season in the top flight with them.

Ex-Ried coach Oliver Glasner locks hands with his successor Helgi Kolviddson during Ried's trip to Neustadt earlier in the season (picture courtesy of GEPA pictures/ Mario Kneis)

Ex-Ried coach Oliver Glasner locks hands with his successor Helgi Kolviddson during Ried’s trip to Neustadt earlier in the season (picture courtesy of GEPA pictures/ Mario Kneis)

Full Results:

SV Grödig 0:1 FC Admira Wacker
FK Austria Wien 1:1 RB Salzburg
SK Sturm Graz 0:0 SV Ried
Wolfsberg AC 0:5 Rapid Wien
SC Wiener Neustadt 0:1 SC Rheindorf Altach.

Final Word:

The 14/15 Austria Bundesliga finally came to a close with the top 5 sides qualifying for Europe after RB Salzburg were able to beat Austria Wien 2:0 in extra-time, in the Samsung Cup final in midweek. Salzburg and Rapid Wien qualified into the Champions League, while Altach, Sturm and Wolfsberg will all be representing Austria in the Europa League qualifiers. It was a fantastic season with twists and drama, and it was an absolute pleasure to follow.

The final Bundesliga 14/15 table

The final Bundesliga 14/15 table

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Round 25

Round Review: Round 25:

Player of the Round:

Philipp Schobesberger

Philipp Schobesberger celebrates after scoring his first Bundesliga goal against Wiener Neustadt (picture courtesy of GEPA pictures)

Philipp Schobesberger celebrates after scoring his first Bundesliga goal against Wiener Neustadt (picture courtesy of GEPA pictures).

Schobesberger (21) was in imperious form against an energy-sapped Grödig side at the Ernst-Happel Stadion in round 25. The winger was instrumental throughout, giving Marvin Potzmann in particular, a game to forget. Rapid’s second goal of the game came in the 10th minute thanks to a powerful shot from distance by Schobesberger that was too hot for Cican Stankovic to handle, allowing Louis Schaub to tap-in from a yard out. With less than a minute gone in the second half, it was a driving run by Schobesberger that opened up the Grödig defence allowing Schaub to set-up Florian Kainz to finish past substitute goalkeeper Pirmin Strasser for the team’s third goal. Schobesberger was able to get himself on the score-sheet shortly after as he out-muscled Potzmann and went round Strasser to pass the ball into an empty net. It was a brilliant performance in what has been a breakout year for the young Austrian in his debut season with the Green and Whites.

Goal of the Round:

With the game tied at 0:0, Markus Suttner well-known for his set-piece prowess, stepped up to curl in a beautiful free-kick from distance, leaving Manuel Kuttin motionless in the Admira net. The goal was in vain however, after a late fumble from Heinz Lindner allowed Markus Katzer to equalise for the league’s bottom-placed side.

Picture of the Round:

Tadej Trdina celebrates his goal against Neustadt in his mask he was forced to wear after breaking his nose the previous week (picture courtesy of GEPA pictures)

Tadej Trdina celebrates his goal against Neustadt in his mask he was forced to wear after breaking his nose the previous week (picture courtesy of GEPA pictures)

Controversy of the Round:

Not for the first time this season, the Rapid Vienna fans landed their team with another fine following violations of the League Senate’s decision to prohibit flags and banners in the stadium. However, fans ignored the Senate and once again countless flags and banners were on show in the home fan sector in their game against Altach. The ban of 15,000 euro has been contested by Rapid who claim that posters and banners do not fall under Section 17 of the provision and that the judgement was “totally unjustified”. It was the latest in a series of quarrels between the League Senate and Rapid Vienna and it is highly unlikely to be the last.

Rapid Vienna fans in their home game against Rheindorf Altach (picture courtesy of GEPA pictures/ M. Hörmandinger).

Rapid Vienna fans in their home game against Rheindorf Altach (picture courtesy of GEPA pictures/ M. Hörmandinger).

Full Results:

FC Admira Wacker 1:1 FK Austria Wien
SC Rheindorf Altach 2:1 SV Ried
SK Rapid 4:0 SV Grödig
Wolfsberger AC 2:0 SC Wiener Neustadt
RB Salzburg 2:1 SK Sturm Graz
Re-arranged game: SV Grödig 2:0 Wolfsberger AC

Final Word:

Austrian teams still in Europe (0); English teams still in Europe (0)- sensational.

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