Round 1

Round Review: Round 1

Player of the Round:

Olarenwaju ‘Larry’ Kayode

Kayode (left) battles against Wolfsberg's Joachim Standfest during his side's 2:0 victory. (Picture courtesy of FK Austria Wien)

Kayode (right) battles against Wolfsberg’s Joachim Standfest during Austria’s 2:0 victory. (Picture courtesy of FK Austria Wien)

Kayode, who joined the Violets this summer from Maccabi Netanya for around €800,000, was a breathe of fresh air to watch this weekend. Austria Wien fans, who had spent much of last season despairing over lacklustre displays, were treated to a performance full of energy and passion. Although the 22-year old Nigerian failed to capitalise on various chances and score himself against Wolfsberg, it was his pace that earned Thorsten Fink’s side a first half penalty. Kayode is definitely set to be one to watch this season!

Goal of the Round:

Dominik Starkl, on his league debut for Admira, finishes past Michael Esser after a brilliant show of technique. (Video courtesy of Sky Sport Austria)

Picture of the Round:

Oliver Kragl & his teamates, plead in vain after Rapid's Philipp Schobesberger was brought down through on goal. It's not the first red card Ried have received against Rapid Wien... (Picture courtesy of GEPA)

Ried players plead in vain as referee Harkam reaches for his red card after Oliver Kragl brought down Philipp Schobesberger as the last man. It’s not the first red card Ried have received against Rapid Wien in recent seasons… (Picture courtesy of GEPA)

Story of the Round:

Mattersburg stole the headlines in the first round of the 15/16 season after a sensational 2:1 victory over reigning champions RB Salzburg. Ivica Vastic’s side were 1:0 up within 16 seconds of the game starting thanks to Markus Pink and secured the 3 points after Alexander Ibser’s last-gasp goal. The newly promoted side constantly tested Salzburg with their pace on the counter and their defensive durability. Pink, Karim Onisiwo and Patrick Farkas arguably impressed the most.

Full Results:

SV Mattersburg 2:1 RB Salzburg
SV Grödig 2:1 SC Rheindorf Altach
SK Rapid Wien 3:0 SV Ried
SK Sturm Graz 1:1 FC Admira Wacker
Wolfsberger AC 0:2 FK Austria Wien

Final Word:

SK Rapid Wien were in a generous mood this weekend as they announced that they were inviting 160 refugees to their league game against SV Ried. Christoph Peschek, Rapid’s Sporting Director said “In our history as a Worker’s Association, we want to be there for the most vulnerable.” More can be found here: (https://www.facebook.com/DiakonieFluechtlingsdienstAT?fref=photo).

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Round 33, Round 34

Round Review: Round 33 & 34

Player of the week:

Thomas Fröschl

Thomas Fröschl celebrates one of his three goals against Rheindorf Altach in midweek (picture courtesy of  Presse photo Scharinger)

Thomas Fröschl celebrates one of his three goals against Rheindorf Altach in midweek (picture courtesy of Presse photo Scharinger)

Fröschl, now 26 of age, scored Ried’s quickest hattrick in Bundesliga history- 16 minutes. Ried went on to demolish Altach 4:1, giving them four points of breathing space over Austria Wien in 6th place. The striker, who has solely been used as a substitute throughout the season, has now scored 8 goals in only 882 minutes of action this season, joining the likes of Robert Berić (111 minutes per goal) becoming one of the league’s most efficient goal-getters in front of goal. However, with the likes of Clemens Walch returning from injury and Julius Perstaller often sharing minutes with Fröschl, he may continue to struggle for game time in a Ried shirt.

Goal of the week:

Picture of the week:

Rapid Wien unveil their new home kit (picture courtesy of laola1.at)

Rapid Wien unveil their new home kit (picture courtesy of laola1.at)

Controversy of the week:

After the fall-out of Martin Hinteregger’s red card that Manuel Schüttengruber incorrectly awarded the Austrian international, the League Senate decided to reverse the decision. It was the first time since the 2001/02 season a red card had been rescinded, but the decision was met with heavy criticism, with Red Bull sceptics claiming the League needed to be consistent as other questionable decisions had not been reversed in the past. As far as Schüttengruber goes, he was hounded by Adi Hütter, with the Red Bull manager suggesting he should find a new profession, whilst public criticism forced the referee to delete his social media profiles. The referee was subsequently given the rest of the season off.

Full results:

Round 33:

SC Rheindorf Altach 2:2 RB Salzburg
FC Admira Wacker 0:0 SC Wiener Neustadt
SV Grödig 3:2 SV Ried
Wolfsberger AC 1:0 SK Sturm Graz
SK Rapid Wien 4:1 FK Austrian Wien

Round 34:

SV Ried 4:1 SC Rheindorf Altach
FK Austrian Wien 0:1 FC Admira Wacker
SK Sturm Graz 0:0 RB Salzburg
SC Wiener Neustadt 2:0 Wolfsberger AC
SV Grödig P-P SK Rapid Wien (postponed due to heavy rainfall).

Final word:

Philipp Schobesberger continues to impress and the winger who won the goal of the month for April, achieved a record no one would have guessed at the beginning of the season. After opening the scoring in the 313th Wien Derby, Schobesberger equalled Hans Krankl’s record of scoring in 7 consecutive league games. However, the 21-year old will have to wait until this weekend to try and break the record due to Rapid Wien’s game against Grödig being called off due to heavy rain on Wednesday.

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Round 31

Round Review: Round 31

Player of the Round:

Philipp Schobesberger

Philipp Schobesberger continued his fine against Sturm Graz (picture courtesy of Rapid Wien)

Philipp Schobesberger continued his fine against Sturm Graz (picture courtesy of Rapid Wien)

Philipp Schobesberger has become one of the breakthrough stars of the season. The Rapid Wien winger has now recorded 6 goals and 6 assists in the league, despite only starting 10 games all season. The 21-year old has been the perfect replacement for Louis Schaub, who suffered a broken metatarsal injury in late March and is helping the club push for a Top 2 finish.

Schobesberger is recognised for his pace and trickery in and around the box- often leaving defenders dumbfounded. However, despite being voted as the Bundesliga Player of the month for April, his relative inexperience has at times come through, with his main focus of criticism being his willingness to dive in the box. Nevertheless, as the video below will testify, he clearly has all the tools to become a top winger in Austria.

Goal of the Round:

Picture of the Round:

Jonathan Soriano celebrates his 29th league goal in only his 28th appearance of the season alongside Marcel Sabitzer (left) (picture courtesy of Laola1.at)

Jonathan Soriano celebrates his 29th league goal in only his 28th appearance of the season, alongside Marcel Sabitzer (left) (picture courtesy of Laola1.at)

Controversy of the Round:

During the week, clubs in Austria received their licences for the 2015/16 season. But for Admira, their application was denied; a common theme in recent years. According to the Bundesliga Senate, Admira needed to have a head coach with the relevant qualifications for next season, with current manager Oliver Lederer, only in temporary charge after the departure of Walter Knaller, lacking these qualifications. Admira’s General Manager, Alexander Friedl publicly claimed the reasoning behind the denial of a licence was “laughable”.
Admira have subsequently appointed Ernst Baumeister as their new head coach for next season. Baumeister has already spent time as Admira manager between 2005 and 2008 and should solve Admira’s licence issue as he has the required UEFA Pro Licence.

Ernst Baumeister back in his playing days.

Ernst Baumeister back in his playing days for Austria Memphis.

Full Results:

Wolfsberger AC 2:0 SC Rheindorf Altach
FK Austria Wien 2:1 SC Wiener Neustadt
FC Admira Wacker 1:0 SV Ried
SV Grödig 0:3 RB Salzburg
SK Sturm Graz 2:2 SK Rapid Wien.

Final Word:

After their 2:1 victory at home to Wiener Neustadt, Austria Vienna’s mascot, Super Leo hit the headliness all over the World. The mascot had been celebrating his birthday and after the match, he had clearly had one too many and had to be escorted off the pitch.

Enjoy: 

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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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