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Season review: Austria

Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 11.46CET
FK Austria Wien claimed their first title since 2006 as they beat last season's double winners FC Salzburg into second place, before becoming the victims of a giant killing in the cup final.
by Axel Ruppert
Season review: Austria
Austria Wien celebrated their 24th Bundesliga title ©GEPA
Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 11.46CET

Season review: Austria

FK Austria Wien claimed their first title since 2006 as they beat last season's double winners FC Salzburg into second place, before becoming the victims of a giant killing in the cup final.

A first Bundesliga title since 2006 was FK Austria Wien's reward as the Violets edged out FC Salzburg to take the championship. Yet they missed out on a domestic double due to a cup-final giant killing at the hands of third-division SV Pasching, who had accounted for Salzburg in the last four.

Champions: FK Austria Wien
From matchday 13 onwards, Peter Stöger's men topped the table, ending the campaign five points clear of champions Salzburg. Of particular note were Austria Wien's balanced and intelligent performances against local rivals SK Rapid Wien, who finished third, 25 points off the pace. Only a last-minute equaliser from Rapid to make it 2-2 in the final derby of the season stopped Austria Wien achieving a Grand Slam of four victories in one term against their derby foes.

Cup final: FK Austria Wien 0-1 SV Pasching
Things did not go the league champions' way in the cup final, however, as for the first time in the history of the competition a team from the third division lifted the trophy. Daniel Sobkova scored the only goal at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion to make history and complete a remarkable cup run which also featured famous triumphs against Rapid and Salzburg.

European places*
FK Austria Wien – UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
FC Salzburg – UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
SK Rapid Wien – UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
SK Sturm Graz – UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
FC Pasching – UEFA Europa League play-offs

*Subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Player of the year: Philipp Hosiner (FK Austria Wien)
The forward's numbers speak for themselves. In 36 games the 24-year-old struck 32 goals and provided ten assists, supplying the firepower to take his side to the title. On matchday seven, the young striker arrived from FC Admira Wacker Mödling. With three hat-tricks and seven doubles for his new club, he proved an outstanding signing.

One to watch: Valon Berisha (FC Salzburg)
The versatile midfielder, 20, made a real impact, scoring six times and providing 13 assists in 30 appearances. Equally as adept at offering cover in front of the defence or providing the ammunition for the forwards, the Norwegian international is set to be a key member of Roger Schmidt's squad as they attempt to wrestle back the league next season.

Surprise package: Wolfsberger AC
The unfancied promoted outfit stayed in the hunt for a European spot until the last, but Nenad Bjelica's team eventually fell a point short, surrendering fourth spot to SK Sturm Graz. Showing unity throughout, they helped themselves to a string of impressive results, including three wins and a draw in their four meetings with third-placed Rapid.

Leading scorer: Philipp Hosiner, FK Austria Wien (32)

Relegated: SV Mattersburg

Promoted: SV Grödig

Number: 82
Points amassed by Austria Wien, a record which surpassed the 81 achieved by Sturm in 1997/98.

"I am so pleased for my team, but I do feel sorry for Mattersburg. There is a certain melancholy about it."
FC Admira Wacker coach Dietmar Kühbauer said, before bursting into tears, after his side's 1-0 win against former club SV Mattersburg on the final day, which saved his team from relegation but condemned his old employers.

Last updated: 07/06/13 13.07CET

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