Football: Austrian Bundesliga 2016/2017 season preview

Another double for Salzburg

Salzburg have sealed their third consecutive Austrian title last season and tenth championship overall. It was Salzburg's seventh title in ten seasons since the club was taken over by energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull in 2005. They also completed the domestic double for the third time in a row with a 5-0 cup final win against Admira. Salzburg enter the Champions League in the third qualifying round this season.

  • Champions and Cup winners: Salzburg (Champions League QR2)
  • Runners-up: Rapid (UEFA Europa League QR3)
  • Third place: Austria Vienna (UEFA Europa League QR2)
  • Fourth place: Admira (UEFA Europa League QR1)
  • Relegated: Grodig
  • Promoted: St. Polten

Grodig were relegated at the end of last season, while St. Polten returned to the Austrian top flight 22 years after their relegation.

Austria V.2441473
Sturm Graz354545
St. Polten------

The table shows the overall number of titles for each club in Austrian Bundesliga since 1911/12 and their league standings in the last five seasons.

Mike Buskens takes over at Rapid

Mike Buskens is the new coach of Rapid. The 48-year old German replaces Zoran Barisic, whose contract was terminated by mutual agreement in June after three years at the helm. Buskens takes over first team duties on a one-year contract with an option to extend. He enjoyed a successful playing career, most notably with Schalke where he a member of the team which won the 1997 UEFA Cup. After retiring Buskens took charge of Schalke's reserve side and also had two stints as interim manager in Gelsenkirchen. He was more recently the boss at Bundesliga side Greuther Furth.

This page contains additional information about the 2016/2017 Austrian Bundesliga season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euro Football > Austria page.

Benbennek named new Ried coach

German coach Christian Benbennek has signed a two-year contract with Ried. He joined Wolfsburg as a youth coach in 1999, and spent ten years with the club, managing the reserve team from 2005 to 2007. In 2009 he moved to Eintracht Braunschweig, where he also served as reserve team manager for two years. His most recent job was at Alemannia Aachen in the German Regionalliga West (4th division).

1Salzburg743821-11-4 (36)
2Rapid652420-5-11 (36)
3Austria Vienna591717-8-11 (36)
4Admira50-613-11-12 (36)
5Sturm48012-12-12 (36)
6Wolfsberg43-311-10-15 (36)
7Ried42-1611-9-16 (36)
8Altach40-1011-7-18 (36)
9Mattersburg39-3010-9-17 (36)
10Grodig35-149-8-19 (36)

Austrian Bundesliga standings for the 2015/2016 season.

Rapid Vienna3.75Altach501
Austria Vienna9Mattersburg501
Sturm Graz29Ried501
Admira Wacker251St. Polten501

Preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2016/17 Austrian Bundesliga.

Austrian Cup finals in last five seasons

2016   Salzburg - Admira   5:0
2015   Salzburg - Austria Vienna   2:0   (aet)
2014   Salzburg - St. Polten   4:2
2013   Pasching - Austria Vienna   1:0
2012   Salzburg - Ried   3:0

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)

Admira Wacker Modling

Goalkeeper Jorg Siebenhandl (0.8); Defense: Stephan Zwierschitz (0.6), Markus Wostry (0.6), Thomas Ebner (0.5); Midfield: Srdjan Spiridonovic (0.7), Dominik Starkl (0.6), Markus Lackner (0.5), Christoph Knasmullner (0.5), Eldis Bajrami (0.4); Forward: Toni Vastic (0.3), Maximilian Sax (0.3).


Goalkeeper Andreas Lukse (0.9); Defense: ; Cesar Ortiz (0.6), Lukas Jager (0.6), Jan Zwischenbrugger (0.5), Benedikt Zech (0.5); Midfield: Philipp Netzer (0.5), Martin Harrer (0.4), Patrick Salomon (0.4), Lucas Galvao (0.4); Forward: Dimitri Oberlin (1), Louis Ngwat-Mahop (0.4).

Austria Vienna

Goalkeeper Robert Almer (1); Defense: ; Christoph Martschinko (1.5), Jens Stryger Larsen (0.9), Richard Windbichler (0.8), Lukas Rotpuller (0.8); Midfield: Raphael Holzhauser (2), Alexander Grunwald (1.3), Lucas Venuto (1.3), Roi Kehat (1); Forward: Olarenwaju Kayode (2), Marko Kvasina (0.4).


Goalkeeper Markus Kuster (0.7); Defense: ; Thorsten Mahrer (0.4), Michael Novak (0.4), Nedeljko Malic (0.3), Lukas Rath (0.3); Midfield: Patrick Farkas (0.9), Jano (0.5), Michael Perlak (0.4), Thorsten Rocher (0.4); Forward: Markus Pink (0.5), Patrick Burger (0.3).


Goalkeeper Richard Strebinger (0.8); Defense: ; Mario Sonnleitner (1), Christopher Dibon (1), Maximilian Hofmann (0.9), Thomas Schrammel (0.9); Midfield: Louis Schaub (3), Ivan Mocinic (2.5), Philipp Schobesberger (2), Stefan Schwab (1.5); Forward: Joelinton (1.3), Matej Jelic (0.6).

Red Bull Salzburg

Goalkeeper Cican Stankovic (1); Defense: ; Martin Hinteregger (6), Duje Caleta-Car (2), Stefan Stangl (1.5); Midfield: Takumi Minamino (3), Valon Berisha (2.5), Valentino Lazaro (2), Marc Rzatkowski (1.5); Forward: Jonatan Soriano (7.5), Munas Dabbur (7), Yordy Reyna (1.5).


Goalkeeper Thomas Gebauer (0.5); Defense: ; Thomas Reifeltshammer (0.5), Ronny Marcos (0.5), Florian Hart (0.4), Alberto Prada (0.4); Midfield: Gernot Trauner (0.7), Marcel Ziegl (0.7), Dieter Elsneg (0.7), Clemens Walch (0.6); Forward: Thomas Froschl (0.4), Fabian Schubert (0.1).

St. Polten

Goalkeeper Christoph Riegler (0.3); Defense: ; Kai Heerings (0.4), David Stec (0.4), Marcel Holzmann (0.3); Midfield: Daniel Schutz (0.4), Lukas Thurauer (0.4), Michael Ambichl (0.4), Florian Mader (0.4), Manuel Hartl (0.4); Forward: Daniel Segovia (0.4), Kevin Luckassen (0.2).

Sturm Graz

Goalkeeper Christian Gratzei (0.2); Defense: ; Christian Schulz (1), Lukas Spendlhofer (1), Charalampos Lykogiannis (0.8), Fabian Koch (0.5); Midfield: Sascha Horvath (0.8), Simon Piesinger (0.8), Andreas Gruber (0.6), Marko Stankovic (0.6); Forward: Bright Edomwonyi (0.5), Deni Alar (0.5).


Goalkeeper Alexander Kofler (0.5); Defense: ; Nemanja Rnic (0.5), Michael Sollbauer (0.5), Christian Klem (0.5), Stephan Palla (0.4); Midfield: Daniel Offenbacher (0.5), Christopher Wernitznig (0.5), Jacobo Ynclan (0.5), Peter Tschernegg (0.4); Forward: Philipp Prosenik (0.5), Mihret Topcagic (0.4).

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