Bundesliga 03/12/2019, 04:42 PM
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THIS IS HOW THE CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP AND THE FIGHT FOR THE EUROPEAN CUP WORK

Austria Wien will play in the championship group starting March 31st. In ten rounds against the other five teams from the top six of the Bundesliga it is all about the European Cup spots. On Sunday (5pm) the away game against Sturm Graz still awaits. We summarized the most important information about the championship group.

© Bildagentur Zolles KG This is how the championship group and the fight for the European Cup work
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© Bildagentur Zolles KG

The draw for the championship group will take place after the 22nd round and is expected to be announced by the Bundesliga on Wednesday, March 20th. From then on, all ten remaining game dates for this season are set.

The games of the championship group will be played on Sundays, two matches starting at 2:30pm and one at 5pm, except for the last round. In the 27th round, Austria Wien will play on Wednesday in an ‘English week’, April 24th, 7pm. The 32nd and final round will be on Saturday, May 25th for all teams - to make the following play-off for the last EC spot (see below) fair for everyone.

The attractive spring subscription, with which you are able to secure the best seats in the most modern stadium in Austria,  also all your journeys to and from the games with ‘Wiener Linien’ are free and you have access to the home games of the ‘Young Violets’, is available until March 20th - after that exclusively for the east stand.

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European Cup constellations

As Austria Wien finished eleventh in the UEFA five-year classification at the end of last season, the following European Cup starting positions will be available for the 2019/20 season.

If the UEFA Champions League winner also qualifies for the UCL through his league, the Austrian champion will enter the Champions League group stage. The Austrian Cup winner enters the UEFA Europa League group stage.

The Austrian runner-up will join the UEFA Champions League in Q3 if the UEFA Europa League winner qualifies for the UEFA Champions League through his league. In this case, the runner-up, even if eliminated in the UCL qualification (in Q3 or in the play-off) would be at least represented in the UEL group phase. If the UEL winner does not qualify for UCL through his league, the Austrian runner-up will be joining Q2 in the UEFA Champions League.

If the Cup winner (final on May 1st in the Generali-Arena) is simultaneously among the top two in the league, the place for the UEFA Europa League group stage will pass on to the third place in the Bundesliga.

In this case, the league’s fourth will join the UEFA Europa League in Q3. The league fifth plays in two games against the winner from the duel between seventh and eight (one and two from the qualifying group) for the last European Cup ticket (Q2 UEL). The EC play-off matches will be played directly after the final championship round on May 28th, May 30th and June 2nd.

The UEFA Europa League final will be on May 29th, the UEFA Champions League final on June 1st.

Standings
Pos. Team Games Points
1. FC Red Bull Salzburg 22 27
2. LASK 22 23
3. SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz 22 15
4. RZ Pellets WAC 22 15
5. FK Austria Wien 22 15
6. spusu SKN St. Pölten 22 15
Pos. Team Games Points
1. SV Mattersburg 22 14
2. SK Rapid Wien 22 13
3. TSV Prolactal Hartberg 22 13
4. FC Flyeralarm Admira 22 10
5. CASHPOINT SCR Altach 22 9
6. FC Wacker Innsbruck 22 8
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