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Season review: Austria

Published: Monday 1 June 2009, 17.52CET
Not even guiding FC Salzburg to a second Austrian Bundesliga title in three seasons, and a fifth overall, was enough to keep coach Co Adriaanse in a job after another eventful campaign at the EM Stadion Wals-Siezenheim.
by Alois Urban
Season review: Austria
Co Adriaanse is leaving despite leading Salzburg to the title ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 1 June 2009, 17.52CET

Season review: Austria

Not even guiding FC Salzburg to a second Austrian Bundesliga title in three seasons, and a fifth overall, was enough to keep coach Co Adriaanse in a job after another eventful campaign at the EM Stadion Wals-Siezenheim.

Not even guiding FC Salzburg to a second Austrian Bundesliga title in three seasons, and a fifth overall, was enough to keep Co Adriaanse in a job after another eventful campaign at the EM Stadion Wals-Siezenheim.

Champions: FC Salzburg
Having won the 2007 title but lost out to SK Rapid Wien last year, Salzburg's prime goal was to win back the Austrian Bundesliga championship to lay the foundation for their European ambitions. After a slow start, with only 15 points from nine games, Salzburg hit their stride and took over at the top in the 14th round of matches, a lead they were never to relinquish. Much of their success was down to striker Marc Janko, although in April Salzburg announced that Huub Stevens would succeed Adriaanse this summer as the club look to make an impact in Europe next season.

Cup final: FK Austria Wien 3-1 FK Admira Wacker Mödling (aet)
Second division Mödling offered stout resistance in their first final since 1996, finally falling behind to Rubin Rafael Okotie's 59th-minute effort. Sascha Laschet's equaliser took the game into extra time, where two goals from Milenko Ačimovič gave Austria a fourth successive victory in the competition and a record 27th triumph in total.

European places
FC Salzburg – UEFA Champions League, second qualifying round
FK Austria Wien – UEFA Europa League, third qualifying round
SK Rapid Wien – UEFA Europa League, second qualifying round
SK Sturm Graz – UEFA Europa League, second qualifying round

One to watch: Erwin Hoffer (SK Rapid Wien)
Although overshadowed by Janko's sensational season, the 22-year-old Rapid striker enjoyed his breakthrough campaign at club level with 27 goals in 34 league matches to finish as the Bundesliga's second highest scorer. Seven of those came in two games against SCR Altach while there were also hat-tricks against Salzburg and SV Kapfenberg.

Surprise package: SV Ried
Having spent much of 2007/08 in and around the relegation zone, Ried raised the stakes considerably by winning 14 of their 18 league matches at home, drawing the others. The club earned 22 more points this season than last, missing out on fourth place on goal difference only.

Leading scorer: Marc Janko, FC Salzburg (39)

Number: 39
Janko's 39 goals in 34 league matches was the second best return in Austrian Bundesliga history, bettered only by the legendary Hans Krankl, who notched 41 for Rapid in 1977/78 – a 36-game campaign. Janko struck three hat-tricks and got all four goals in Salzburg's 4-3 win at Altach on 19 October.

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"These were probably the two most important goals I ever scored for Austria Wien."
Milenko Ačimovič, after the cup final victory.

Last updated: 20/07/09 12.38CET

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