FC Kelag Kärnten / Austria-VSV

Founded in 1920 as Kaufmännischer Sportverein, SK Austria is the flagship of the Kärnten province. In 1927, it took on the name of SportClub Austria Klagenfurt, and has more or less managed to maintain that name despite several mergers. In the mid 1980's, the club saw it's most successful period, playing in the Austrian Bundesliga and even making it to the Intertoto-Cup (the forerunner of the UI-Cup). However, by the end of the decade, it was back into the 2nd division, and then soon followed by a drop into the Landesliga.

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.

City Klagenfurt (Kärnten/AUSTRIA). Pop: 90,000 (2001)
Address Siebenhügelstraße 105, A-9020 Klagenfurt
Phone: (0463) 22326 Fax: (0463) 223264
Colors Violet and white, also red-white.
Stadium Wörthersee Stadion. Capacity: 12,000 (3,200 seats)
Tickets 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.
Supporters 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.
Beer Puntigamer is one of the club sponsors.
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 Official website: www.fckaernten.com
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

		FC Kärnten

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

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