First Vienna FC
|Full name||First Vienna Football Club 1894|
|Founded||22 August 1894|
|Ground||Hohe Warte Stadium|
|League||Austrian Regionalliga East|
|2020-21||1st promoted (Wiener Stadtliga)|
First Vienna F.C. 1894 is a football club that plays in Austria. The club, which was founded in 1894, is the oldest one in Austria and played an important part in Austria's football history. To an Austrian, the club is usually just called Vienna.
History[change | change source]
The club started with English and Austrian gardeners of Nathaniel Anselm von Rothschild who were playing on his grounds. To avoid damages, Rothschild gave them a ground and yellow-blue skirts. The yellow and blue colour is still used today.The team played its first match on 15 November 1894 against the Vienna Cricket and Football club, and lost 4-0. The great years of Vienna were the 1920´s and 1930´s. From 1938 to 1945, when Austria was occupied by Nazi Germany, Vienna was part of the Gauliga Ostmark and won the German Cup in 1943. In the 1940´s and 1950´s, Vienna was mainly in the middle area of the table. In the 1980´s, the club played in the first league sometimes, and sometimes in the second. In 1992 they were sent down.
The 2013/14 season was a disaster for Vienna, finishing last. The club's license for the 2014/15 season in professional football was also denied. From the 2014/15 season, Vienna had to play in the Regionalliga Ost again.
2017 Vienna was declared bankrupt due to the insolvency of the main sponsor Care-Energy. Altough they won the Regionalliga Ost in the same year promotion was denied. Vienna was transferred to the fifth division by court order. In the 2018/19 season, Vienna played in the 2. Landesliga Wien, the fifth level of the Austrian league system. 2018-19 Vienna finished top with 78 points from 30 games and was promoted to the fourth division, the Wiener Stadtliga. In the league they were on the top position when the league was stopped due to COVID 19 outbreak. In the 2020-21 season they finished top and were promoted to Regionalliga East (3rd level). In the 2021-22 season they won the Regionalliga Ost and came back to professional football. They were promoted to Second league.
Stadium[change | change source]
The home-ground of the Vienna is the Hohe Warte Stadium. Built in 1924, it is one of the oldest still in use. In the 1920´s and 1930´s it was where matches of the Austrian national team were played. 85,000 people visited the match against Italy in 1923. The ground is in Viennas Döbling district and is constructed on the side of a hill, which makes a natural amphitheatre.
Current squad[change | change source]
- As of 6 February 2022
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Honours[change | change source]
- Austrian champions (3): 1931, 1933,1955
- Gauliga Ostmark(3):1942, 1943, 1944
- Austrian Cup winner (3): 1929, 1930, 1937
- Challenge Cup winner (2): 1899, 1900
- German Cup winner: 1943
- Mitropa Cup winner: 1931
- Liberation Cup winner: 1946