FK Austria Vienna (Austria)


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(Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images) — FK Austria Wien striker SCHUMACHER (10) signals to the crowd at the Franz Horr Stadion after scoring against German club Werder Bremen in UEFA Europa League action last Octobeer.

Thiago Maier dos Santos, who goes by the name of the former West German international goalkeeper, is a Brazillian of German descent who has been under contract to Italian side Udinese Calcio since signing from Atletico Paranaense in 2006. The 23-year-old Schumacher has made exactly one Serie A appearance since then for Udinese, spending the past three seasons on loan with FCO Dijon in France in addition to SK Austria Kaernten and FK Austria Wien.
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The historic team from the capital of Austria, FK AUSTRIA WIEN will mark their 100th anniversary later this coming March during the 2010-11 football season.

The 23-time champion of Oesterreich, who claimed their first title way back in 1924, have also won the Austrian Cup on an additional 27 occasions. FK Austria Wien last won the Bundesliga in 2006 but did claim the domestic cup two seasons ago. The team were clipped for the league championship by a single point last season.

Promising 23-year-old Austria international striker RUBIN OKOTE has left for German Bundesliga club 1.FC Nuremberg on a free transfer. Okote, who missed most of last season on account of injury, had been FK Austria Wien’s top goal-scorer with 14 during the 2008-09 schedule. In all, Okote amassed 21 goals in 57 league games in his career for The Violets.

The league top-scorer from last term does return in ten-goal midfielder and captain MILENKO ACIMOVIC. The highly-experienced Slovenia international, who scored one goal in three matches at the 2002 World Cup contested in South Korea and Japan and has such noteworthy clubs as Red Star Belgrade as well as Tottenham Hotspur on the resume, signed for FK Austria Wien from Al-Ittihad of Saudi Arabia in February of 2007. The 33-year-old Acimovic has accounted for 24 goals in 60 Bundesliga matches the past two seasons for the Austrian capital club.

The high-profile signing is Austrian international striker MARKO STANKOVIC, who is back from Italy and Serie B side US Triestana.

ROLAND LINZ is a man FK Austria Wien will look to for goals this season. The 28-year-old international striker returned to the Austrian Bundesliga last January after three and a half years abroad playing in Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey. Linz, who scored 26 goals in 81 league games in two previous tours of duty with FK Austria Wien between 2001 and 2006, netted six goals in 15 matches for the capital club upon leaving Turkish club Gazianteospor after the New Year.

The heir apparent to aging Hungarian international SZABOLCS SAFAR guarding the FK Austria Wien net is the now 19-year-old HEINZ LINDNER, who played as many league matches, sixteen, as did Safar last season.

Another 19-year-old talent is central defender ALEKSANDAR DRAGOVIC, who has already appeared for the senior Austria national side.

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FK AUSTRIA WIEN : off-season transactions
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Players Arriving
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fw – Marko STANKOVIC ————- Austria int’l — fr US Triestina (Italy)
mf – Peter HLINKA ——————— Slovakia int’l — fr SK Sturm Graz
mf – Patrick SALOMON ————— Austria — fr FC Lustenau 07
df – Fernando TROYANSKY ——- Argentina — SK Austria Kaernten
df – Georg MARGREITTER ——— Austria — LASK Linz

Players Departing
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fw – Rubin OKOTE ————— Austria int’l — to 1.FC Nuremberg (Ger)
fw – Mamadou DIABANG —– Senegal int’l — to Vfl Osnabrueck (Ger.2)
fw – Eldar TOPIC —————— Austria — FC First Vienna
mf – Emin SULIMANI ———- Austria — LASK Linz
df – Jacek BAK ——————— Poland int’l — retired
df – Joachim STANDFEST — Austria — Sturm Graz
df – Michael MADL ————– Austria — FC Magna

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FK AUSTRIA WIEN squad
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35 – GK – Szabolcs SAFAR ——————— (HUNGARY – 14 caps)
26 – GK – Robert ALMER
20 – GK – Heinz LINDNER

32 – DF – Fernando TROYANSKY ———- (Argentina)
30 – DF – Manuel ORTLECHNER ———- (AUSTRIA – 6 caps, 0 goals)
23 – DF – Markus SUTTNER
21 – DF – Georg MARGREITTER
21 – DF – Manuel WALLNER
21 – DF – Marin LEOVAC
19 – DF – Aleksandar DRAGOVIC ———- (AUSTRIA – 9 caps, 0 goals)

33 – MF – Milenko ACIMOVIC ————— (SLOVENIA – 74 caps, 13 goals)
31 – MF – Peter HLINKA ———————– (SLOVAKIA – 28 caps, 1 goal)
31 – MF – Petr VORISEK ———————– (CZECH REP – 4 caps, 0 goals)
24 – MF – Michael LIENDL
23 – MF – Florian KLEIN
22 – MF – Julien BAUMGARTLINGER — (AUSTRIA – 5 caps, 0 goals)
22 – MF – Zlatko JUNUZOVIC ————— (AUSTRIA – 5 caps, 0 goals)
22 – MF – Patrick SALOMON
21 – MF – Alexander GORGON

28 – FW – Roland LINZ ————————– (AUSTRIA – 35 caps, 7 goals)
27 – FW – Tomas JUN ————————— (CZECH REP – 10 caps, 2 goals)
24 – FW – Marko STANKOVIC ————- (AUSTRIA – 1 cap, 0 goals)
23 – FW – SCHUMACHER ———————-(Brazil)
19 – FW – Andreas TIFFNER

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