Allgemeine News 07/25/2019, 10:23 AM
© Bildagentur Zolles KG © Bildagentur Zolles KG


Peter Stöger was presented as the new managing sporting director of Austria Wien on Thursday afternoon. The ‘Favoritner’ wants to build something long-term at Austria Wien. Ralf Muhr remains Sporting Director. The first statements on the return of the Austria Wien legend.

© Bildagentur Zolles KG Peter Stöger becomes managing Sporting Director

As coach, in 2013, Stöger led Austria Wien with a until then points record and so far, last championship title in the Bundesliga, thus laying the foundation for the first appearance in the UEFA Champions League. Also, in the penultimate championship title during the season 2005/06 he was significantly involved as coach and Sporting Director. Overall, the 53-year-old won the championship and the cup five times with the Austrian record title winner in three different functions.

After his last coaching engagement with Austria Wien Stöger made a name for himself in the German Bundesliga, first led the 1st FC Cologne back in the top division and then for the first time in 25 years in the European Cup. With four and a half seasons, Stöger is the longest serving coach in the history of the traditional German club.

Directly afterwards, Stöger took over the coaching position at Borussia Dortmund in December and led the European top club from eighth place in the German Bundesliga into the Champions League. From June 2018 until now, the Austria Wien legend took a planned break, now returns to his home Vienna and meets many familiar faces at Austria Wien.

President Frank Hensel: “I am very pleased that we were able to win over Peter Stöger for the position as managing Sporting Director. This is a very important and decisive step for the Austria Wien family to move in the right direction. The club has great potential. The athletic competence of Peter is undisputed. But I am also happy that we have won the man and Austria Wien fan Peter Stöger. Peter has a heart for Austria Wien, and has always fascinated me as a person.”

Managing Sporting Director Peter Stöger:

about his return to Wien-Favoriten: “I deliberately took a lot of time to make the right decision after the break that I took. I am fully convinced that the task of the Austria Wien’s Managing Sporting Director is the right decision for me and I am glad that we have found a solution. The talks with President Frank Hensel were very open from the beginning and characterized by respect. I will try to use the know-how that I have gained in recent years at Austria Wien.”

about his job as Managing Sporting Director: “My job is to help shape the club, which I know reasonably well, with my knowledge. I have now signed a two-year contract. Strategic work is waiting for me here, which should be somewhat longer-term as well. Paper is patient, first of all, contact with people and daily communication are the most important aspects of my work. The board position is a challenge. I have recently declined one or the other exciting thing, at the end of the day, the decision to do this here, more and more matured. We commit ourselves to do something that feels right.”

CEO Markus Kraetschmer:

about the return of Peter Stöger as Managing Sporting Director: “We have succeeded in getting Peter back. I am glad that after the successful years in Germany he found his way back to us. I remember very well when we mastered many hurdles together in 2005/06 in the ending era with MAGNA and Stronach. In 2012/13 we were able to enjoy a great year together. Peter was always one who also thought very strategically. I can still remember the conversations when Peter was able to take the step to Cologne. We have always been in contact over the years. We have started many processes with Ralf Muhr, this step is now a milestone, and I look forward to working with him. There is a lot of work waiting for us.”

about the restructuring that goes along with the hiring of a managing Sporting Director as a board member: “The level of responsibility in this area is so great that it needs two at the top. We have very good conditions at Austria Wien, but also a lot of room for improvement. The Austria Wien family is big, but it is important to bring them to our stadium as well. Both of us at the top want to inspire all Austrian Wien fans as a team. We want to grow and concentrate the forces. We have a plan and we know exactly what we want.”

Stöger’s successes as Austria Wien Coach/Sporting Director

Champion: 2005/06, 2012/13

Cup winner: 2004/05, 2005/06

Champions in the Regionalliga East with the ‘Austria Amateurs’ 2004/05

Stöger’s successes as an Austria Wien player

Champion: 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93

Cup winner: 1989/90, 1991/92, 1993/94

Pl. Mannschaft Spiele Pkt
1. FC Red Bull Salzburg 17 43
2. LASK 17 41
3. RZ Pellets WAC 17 30
4. SK Rapid Wien 17 29
5. SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz 17 27
6. TSV Prolactal Hartberg 17 27
7. FK Austria Wien 17 20
8. CASHPOINT SCR Altach 17 16
9. spusu SKN St. Pölten 17 15
10. FC Flyeralarm Admira 17 14
11. WSG Swarovski Tirol 17 12
12. SV Mattersburg 17 11
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