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#IroninAustria18 - A look at SV Wals-Grünau

21 July 2018

With two teams to play in Austria, we take a look at our second opponents SV Wals-Grünau.

The side are from the Salzburg municipality of Wals-Siezenheim and currently plays in the Regionalliga West, which is the third tier of Austrian football.

The Regionalliga is divided into three regional leagues of equal ranking. Two of the three Regionalliga champions rise to the first league, where there is a direct climber and a play-off between the two remaining champions for the second promotion place. 

Formed in May 1957, the side have won the division they are currently playing in, in 1994-95, 2012-13 and 2013-14. They also won the Master 2nd National League in 1989-90 and 2009-10, while being Champions of the Salzburg League in 1993-94 and 2011-12.

Earlier in their history they were named as the Ascent 1st Class winners in 1976-77 and the Rise 2nd National League winners in 1982-83.

2017-18...

The side finished in seventh position in the Regionalliga West division in Austria, with 12 victories out of 30. The side averaged an attendance of 275 over the course of the season, with 500 their highest home showing - 100 being their lowest.

  Team P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Anif 30 20  92  24  +68  67 
2 Grödig 30 17  10  73  27  +46  61 
3 Schwaz 30  14  11  49  33  +16  53 
4 Rheindorf Altach II 30  14  63  45  +18  49 
5 Kitzbühel 30  12  11  58  39  +19  47 
6 Dornbirn 30  10  13  40  42  -2  43 
7 SV Wals-Grünau 30  12  12  58  53  +5  42 
8 Wacker Innsbruck II 30  11  11  48  50  -2  41 
9 Hohenems 30  11  11  51  61  -10  41 
10 Kufstein 30  11  14  56  53  +3  38 
11 TSV St. Johann 30 9 9 12 48 55 -7 36
12 Seekirchen 30 10 6 14 46 54 -8 36
13 Wörgl 30 9 7 14 45 59 -14 34
14 Hard 30 5 14 11 37 62 -25 29
15 Pinzgau Saalfelden 30 7 3 20 35 74 -39 24
16 Alberschwende 30 2 7 21 28 96 -68 13

Their stadium...

The side play their home games at the Hans-Ludwig-Stadion, which can hold between 1,500 and 1,800 spectators, which includes approximately 250 seats.

Their manager...

Franz Aigner is currently in charge of the side. The 50-year-old, who turns 51 in September, holds UEFA B, UEFA A and UEFA Professional licenses.

As a player, the midfielder began as a youth team player at SK Bischofshofen before signing professionally for SK Sturm Graz in 1986. He made in excess of 200 appearances for SV Austria Salzburg between 1988 and 200, which included a loan spell elsewhere.

During that time, he represented the Austrian national team, collecting six caps, scoring one goal.

That was his most successful spell as a player, where he was a part of the team to win the Austrian Football Bundesliga in 1994, 1995 and 1997, winning the Austrian Supercup in the same three years. He was also a UEFA Cup finalist in 1994, along with an Austrian Football Bundesliga runner-up in 1993 and an Austrian Cup finalist in 2000.

As a coach, he first managed FC Red Bull Juniors Salzburg between 2003 and 2006 before joining TSV St. Johann for two years in 2007. He's since managed Union Gurten, SV Grödig II and a second spell at TSV St. Johann before joining his current employers in 2016.

One to watch...

Matthias Pichler finished the 2017-18 campaign as the side's top goalscorer with 21 goals in 28 league appearances - the third best tally in the division.

26 of those were starts, while he was an unused substitute for the team's other two league games in the campaign. He played a total of 2249 minutes in the season, which was almost 500 more than his other season for the club in 2013-14. In that campaign, he scored nine goals in 22 starts.

The 30-year-old, who turns 31 in August, is a bank employee by trade and rejoined the club in July 2016 from SV Kuchl.


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