FK Austria Vienna – Victory Is Essential


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Austria international striker ROLAND LINZ, who leads the capital city club with 18 goals in all competitions this season, signals his game-winning strike opposite intra-city, arch-rival SK Rapid Vienna at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadion this past September. (APA/nachrichten.at)
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FK AUSTRIA VIENNA have already claimed the Bundesliga title on 20 occasions — the national record for Oesterreich — but a championiship this season would bring the first league triumph for die Veilchen in five seasons.

The Violets have made a highly-successful start to the second half of the Austrian season having won four matches and tied the other since the end of the Winterpause. Defense has been a key as FK Austria Vienna have conceded just two goals in those five contests. Overall, trainer KARL DAXBACHER’s troops are in the midst of a seven-game unbeaten string with five victories in that span.

As a matter of fact, the last time the Violets tasted defeat coincided with the 295th and previous installment of the Viennese Derby opposite eternal cross-town, arch-nemesis SK Rapid Vienna. The 1-0 loss at the Fritz Horr Stadion early this past December marked the first time in five years the Huetteldorfer had been able to defeat their great rival at home. Daxbacher and FK Austria can ill afford a repeat result in favor of SK Rapid in the intra-city clash this Sunday.

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(Robert Zolles/fk-austria.at)
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Of course, the players standing between the sticks always play a pivotal role in any given big-game situation…

The deputy goalkeeper for die Veilchen, 26-year-old ROBERT ALMER, made his season debut in the first Wiener Stadt Derby of this current campaign this past September after 20-year-old first choice HEINZ LINDNER was injured in training a few days prior to the intra-city contest. The lightly-experienced Almer recorded the shutout in FK Austria’s 1-0 victory over SK Rapid at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadion. Then, the backstop started the next nine games and only went back to the bench after being knocked out by injury, himself.

Lindner’s first start since his return to fitness came with the occasion of the last Viennese Derby, it shall be noted.

The arrival of Holland U-21 international NACER BARAZITE on a free transfer from English Premier League club FC Arsenal has been of major benefit to FK Austria Vienna; the 20-year-old midfielder, who had been out on loan at Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse Arnhem, has certainly helped to fuel the Violets’ resurgent attack and already bagged two goals on his first five appearances in the Austrian top flight.

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(Mathias Kniepeiss/Getty Images)
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FK AUSTRIA VIENNA
2010/11 Bundesliga
games/goals

GK — Lindner 15/0, Almer 10/0

DF — Suttner 18/2, * Dragovic 18/1, Ortlechner 17/2, Margreitter 15/1, Leovac 13/0, Koch 4/0, Hohender 3/0, Troyansky 2/0, Wallner 1/0, Dilaver 1/0

MF : Klein 24/2, Junuzovic 22/7, Baumgartlinger 21/1, Hlinka 19/2, Liendl 19/2, Salomon 7/0, Vorisek 7/0, Barazite 5/2, Gorgon 2/0

ST — Linz 24/13, Stankovic 20/4, Jun 19/1, Schumacher 11/0, Tadic 9/3, Tiffner 1/0

* Austria international defender ALEKSANDAR DRAGOVIC transferred to Swiss side FC Basel in February.
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(Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters)

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