In 1997, there was a merger with the nearby Villacher SV to form FC Austria/VSV. The merger proved to be a success, as they won the local Regionalliga and through the playoffs, were promoted back into the 2.Liga.
After winning the promotion playoffs at the end of the 97-98 season, a tough fight led to a 6th place finish in the 10 team Bundesliga. Also, during the offseason, in July 1999, the club was renamed to FC Kärnten, to fufill the obligation as Carinthia's flagship club.
In 2001, the first major success for, as they gained promotion to the Austrian Bundesliga. They also defeated reigning champion FC Tirol Innsbruck 2-1 in overtime to win the Austrian Cup. For the new season, the club gained major sponsorship from Kärntner Elektrizitäts Aktiengesellschaft (KELAG), the local electricty board. The club was then renamed as FC Kelag Kärnten. Former Austrian star Walter Schachner took over as coach, and FCKKK ended up a respectable 5th in their first Bundesliga season. They also qualified for the UEFA Cup, as FC Tirol was in administration. The next season was less successful, but in 2003 they were once again in the Cup final (at Graz "Arnold-Schwarzenegger-Stadion"), but lost 0-3 to Austria Wien. However, since Austria was also champion, they once again qualified for UEFA.
Pop: 90,000 (2001)
Siebenhügelstraße 105, A-9020 Klagenfurt|
Phone: (0463) 22326 Fax: (0463) 223264
Violet and white, also red-white.
Wörthersee Stadion. Capacity: 12,000 (3,200 seats)
Easy to get. Just show up at the gates. For season tickets, the Top seats
are around 2500 Schillings, with standing room about half that. In
addition, this entitles the holder to standing room at all away games. For
individual matches, seats are up to OS 160, standing around OS 100.
There are a couple of fan clubs, AMIGOS, which has a constant
presence inclusing a large banner at the games. Barracudas is
another, smaller, grouping.
Puntigamer is one of the
||Grub and Pub ||
There are some decent places downtown, but I forget the names. If you
wander along the Lidmanskygasse, you're sure to find something.
|| The Net
This is fairly informative, and has video highlights (well usually lowlights) of recent matches. The "Amigos" Fan club maintains a page at www.fckaernten.at.lv
Sportclub Austria Klagenfurt
1995-96 (IV) Kaernten Liga 1st
1996-97 (III) Regionalliga Mitte ?
1997-98 (III) Regionalliga Mitte 1st Win promotion playoffs
1998-99 (II) 1.Division (2.Liga) 6th
1999-00 (II) 1.Division (2.Liga) 5th
2000-01 (II) 1.Division (2.Liga) 1st
FC Kelag Kärnten
2001-02 (I) Bundesliga 5th
2002-03 (I) Bundesliga 8th
2003-04 (I) Bundesliga 10th
2004-05 (II) 1.Division
(c) Abseits Guide to Germany