2015–16 Austrian Football Bundesliga

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Austrian Bundesliga
Season 2015–16
Champions Red Bull Salzburg
Relegated Grödig
Champions League Red Bull Salzburg
Europa League Rapid Wien
Austria Wien
Admira Wacker Mödling
Matches played 180
Goals scored 477 (2.65 per match)
Top goalscorer Jonathan Soriano (21)
Biggest home win Salzburg 8–0 Admira
(17 October 2015)
Biggest away win Mattersburg 0-9 Austria
(23 April 2016)
Highest scoring Mattersburg 0-9 Austria
(23 April 2016)
Longest winning run Austria (5 games)
Rapid (5 games)
Longest unbeaten run Red Bull (14 games)
Longest winless run Grödig (11 games)
Longest losing run Altach (4 games)
Grödig (4 games)
All statistics correct as of 18 May 2016.
Red Bull Salzburg, Champion 2015/16

The 2015–16 Austrian Football Bundesliga was the 104th season of top-tier football in Austria. Red Bull Salzburg were the defending champions.

Division[edit]

The Bundesliga is the highest division in Austrian football. Which took place in the 2015/16 season for the 42nd time and determined the 104. Austrian soccer champion. The main sponsor was, as for the two previous years, the sports betting company Tipico, which is the reason why the official league name is Tipico Bundesliga.[1]

Salzburg and Vienna each had two teams, Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Styria and Vorarlberg each had one. Tyrol was the only state without a team in Austria's highest league. In the 2014/15 season, the SC Wiener Neustadt went down into the First League, while the SV Mattersburg moved up.

The TV provider Sky Germany AG had the rights to show all Bundesliga games in full-length which were broadcast on the Sky sport Austria pay television channel. The channel broadcast all games as conference calls and individually. In addition, the ORF had the rights to broadcast a game of their choice, which was as a single match labeled the "top match of the round" – which usually took place Sundays, when the midweek rounds were on Wednesdays. This was not possible though in the last two rounds where all games had to be broadcast simultaneously. In addition, the ORF was allowed to show a 45-minute summary of the remaining four games of each round.

Mode[edit]

In the 2015/16 season were ten clubs in 36 rounds against each other, as in previous years. Each team played twice at home and twice away against every other team.

Because the European Cup results of the Austrian team in the 2014/2015 season, they fell at the end of the season back to 16th place of the UEFA coefficient. Therefore, the Bundesliga and the ÖFB Cup played only one starting position for the Champions League and two in the Europa League in the 2015/16 season. The champions of the Bundesliga is entitled to participate in the qualification for the UEFA Champions League and rises to the second qualifying round: The cup winners, runners-up and third place in the Bundesliga games, play in the qualification for the UEFA Europa League and depending on the results, get in the third, second or first round in the competition. The initial rounds can shift due to the selection of players in favor of the Austrian National Team, from the defending champion of the Champions League or Europa League. After the Cup victory went to FC Red Bull Salzburg, who qualified for the Champions League, the fourth international position fell to the fourth place team in the Bundesliga. Coincidentally, this was also the Cup finalist, FC Admira Wacker Mödling.[2] The last placed team in the top division, the Bundesliga, SV Grödig, should have relegated to the First League, but withdrew from the professional sector at the end of the season.[3]

Teams[edit]

SV Mattersburg, the 2014–15 First League champion, returned to the top level two years after their relegation.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of teams in the 2015–16 Austrian Football Bundesliga

Team

Location

Venue

Capacity

Admira Wacker Mödling Maria Enzersdorf BSFZ-Arena 10,800
Austria Wien Vienna Generali Arena 12,639
Grödig Grödig DAS.GOLDBERG Stadion 4,036
Rapid Wien Vienna Ernst-Happel-Stadion 50,000
Red Bull Salzburg Wals-Siezenheim Red Bull Arena 30,188
Rheindorf Altach Altach Cashpoint Arena 8,500
SV Ried Ried im Innkreis Keine Sorgen Arena 7,334
Sturm Graz Graz UPC-Arena 15,323
SV Mattersburg Mattersburg Pappelstadion 17,100
Wolfsberger AC Wolfsberg Lavanttal-Arena 7,300

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Chairman Manager Manufacturer Sponsors
Admira Wacker Austria Philip Thonhauser Austria Ernst Baumeister Nike Flyeralarm
SCR Altach Austria Johannes Engl Austria Damir Canadi Jako Cashpoint
Austria Wien Austria Wolfgang Katzian Germany Thorsten Fink Nike Verbund
SV Grödig Austria Anton Haas Austria Peter Schöttel Nike Interwetten
Rapid Wien Austria Michael Krammer Austria Zoran Barisic adidas Wien Energie
SV Ried Austria Johann Willminger Austria Paul Gludovatz hummel Josko
RB Salzburg Austria Rudolf Theierl Spain Óscar García Nike Red Bull
Sturm Graz Austria Christian Jauk Germany Franco Foda Lotto Puntigamer
SV Mattersburg Austria Martin Pucher Austria Ivica Vastić Umbro Bauwelt Koch
Wolfsberger AC Austria Dietmar Riegler Austria Heimo Pfeifenberger Jako RZ Pellets

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Red Bull Salzburg (C) 36 21 11 4 71 33 +38 74 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round[a]
2 Rapid Wien 36 20 5 11 66 42 +24 65 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round
3 Austria Wien 36 17 8 11 65 48 +17 59 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
4 Admira Wacker Mödling 36 13 11 12 45 51 −6 50 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
5 Sturm Graz 36 12 12 12 40 40 0 48
6 Wolfsberger AC 36 11 10 15 33 36 −3 43
7 Ried 36 11 9 16 36 52 −16 42
8 Rheindorf Altach 36 11 7 18 39 49 −10 40
9 Mattersburg 36 10 9 17 40 70 −30 39
10 Grödig (R) 36 9 8 19 42 56 −14 35 Withdrawal to the regional leagues[b]
Source: Austrian Football Bundesliga, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Less matches awarded against; 3) Goal difference; 4) Goals scored; 5) Matches won; 6) Away matches won; 7) Head-to-head points; 8) Head-to-head goal difference; 9) Head-to-head goals scored.[5]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since the winners of the 2015–16 Austrian Cup, Red Bull Salzburg, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the Austrian Cup winners (Europa League third qualifying round) was passed to the second-placed team, the spot awarded to the second-placed team was passed to the third-placed team, and the spot awarded to the third-placed team was passed to the fourth-placed team.
  2. ^ Grödig would have been relegated to the Austrian Football First League, but withdrew their application for First League licence.[4]

Results[edit]

First half of season[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ADM AWI ALT GRÖ RWI RBS RIE STU MAT WOL
Admira Wacker Mödling 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–2 3–1 0–1 2–1 1–0
Austria Wien 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–5 1–1 1–1 2–1 5–1 1–0
Rheindorf Altach 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–3 0–1 3–1 2–1
Grödig 2–3 2–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 4–1 3–0 1–1 1–0
Rapid Wien 2–0 1–2 3–1 3–0 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–4 2–1
Red Bull Salzburg 8–0 2–2 2–0 4–2 1–2 2–1 3–1 4–2 1–1
Ried 1–1 4–2 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–4 1–0 0–1 0–0
Sturm Graz 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–3 3–2 0–0 2–0
Mattersburg 0–4 1–2 2–1 0–2 1–6 2–1 4–1 2–0 1–0
Wolfsberger AC 4–0 0–2 0–2 3–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1

Source: Austrian Football Bundesliga
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ADM AWI ALT GRÖ RWI RBS RIE STU MAT WOL
Admira Wacker Mödling 0–3 2–1 1–1 1–3 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–2
Austria Wien 3–1 1–2 0–2 0–3 0–2 3–1 3–0 2–2 0–0
Rheindorf Altach 1–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–3 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–1
Grödig 2–2 0–1 0–3 2–0 1–2 2–2 1–3 0–1 0–1
Rapid Wien 0–4 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 3–0
Red Bull Salzburg 1–0 4–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–0
Ried 1–0 0–5 0–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0
Sturm Graz 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0
Mattersburg 0–3 0–9 0–0 2–3 0–2 0–0 3–3 1–0 1–1
Wolfsberger AC 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0

Source: Austrian Football Bundesliga
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]