FK Austria Wien

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Fußballklub Austria Wien is an Austrian association football club from the capital city of Vienna. They are considered the most successful club in Austria after their eternal rival Rapid Vienna, having won the highest Austrian Bundesliga 23 times, the Austrian Cup 27 times and the Austrian Supercup 6 times. They also reached the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup final in 1978. In 2005–06, Austria Wien last won the Austrian Bundesliga, coming runners up in 2009/2010 and third in 2010/2011. In English, they are commonly referred to as Austria Vienna.


Foundation to World War II

Austria Wien were founded in Vienna on 12 March 1911 as the Wiener Amateur Sportvereinigung by players and officials of the Vienna Cricket- and Football- Club, taking violet and white as the new club's colours. The team claimed its first championship title in 1924. Amateure changed their name to Austria in 1926 as the former amateurs had become professionals.

The 1930s, one of Austria’s most successful eras brought two Mitropa Cup titles, a predecessor of today’s UEFA Champions League (1933, 1936). During this time world class players like Matthias Sindelar wore the violet jersey.

After the Anschluss and throughout the period of Nazi domination of the country (1938–1945) most of the club’s officials and some players with Jewish heritage, had to flee or were murdered by the Nazi regime. Star player Sindelar died under unresolved circumstances on 23 January 1939 of carbon monoxide poisoning...
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