Flyeralarm Admira has been represented in the Austrian Bundesliga again since the 2011/12 season. The nine-time Austrian champion (most recently in the 1965/66 season) from the market town of Maria Enzersdorf is clearly in the shadow of the two big neighbors from the capital, Rapid and Austria Vienna, but has been able to assert itself thanks to an outstanding youth work in the Austrian football upper house ,
The “Südstadt” is one of the best youth centers in all of Austria and the sports management is not shy about throwing these young talents into the cold water. Young talents always get a chance to present themselves on the big stage and to earn the first spurs in professional football. In times of globalization, Admira does not put second-rate legionnaires in front of the Austrian youngsters, rather the young players are trained and developed.
For many professionals, the Admira was the ideal springboard for a successful career – Leipzig legionnaire Marcel Sabitzer or the long-time Austrian international Marc Janko are just two successful examples who were able to enjoy their training in the southern part of the city.
St. Polten :
Alexander Schmidt’s team already has a competitive game in their legs. This went the full distance, because the yellow-blue were represented last Friday in the quarterfinals of the ÖFB Cup.
With a home game against a second division club, St. Pölten should not be upset about a lack of luck. However, the role of favorites could not be confirmed. There were several twists and turns in a highly dramatic cup fight.
In the 91st minute, the opening goal scored 3-2, but the win was handed over in the sixth minute of stoppage time. After the favorite took the lead again in extra time, the guests scored another last minute equalizer in minute 120.
Only Christoph Messerer failed in the penalty shoot-out. A bitter end, especially given the draw of the preliminary round. Now there is a second division duel between Austria Lustenau and Wacker Innsbruck.
Now the focus is on the championship. After damage limitation was the goal in autumn due to the transfer ban, the Lower Austrians were active in this transfer window and signed several new players. However, top scorer Husein Balic left the club. Youngster Nicolas Meister is said to close his gap. Otherwise, mostly defensive players like Stefan Stangl, Christoph Klarer or Michael Schimpelsberger have been committed.
With no fewer than 44 goals (!), Goals-rich games are guaranteed at SKN St. Pölten. In the Lower Austria derby on Sunday afternoon between St. Pölten and the Flyeralarm Admira, the forecast of over 2.5 is definitely lucrative. A tip on the home side seems rather risky, because overall, the Schmidt-Elf celebrated only one home win in the Austrian Bundesliga in autumn 2019.
Is the story from the previous year repeating for the Elf from Südstadt? Autumn 2018 was catastrophic, in spring 2019 the team was the positive surprise par excellence. Autumn was catastrophic again this season, but after the change of coach to Klaus Schmidt there was a clear upward trend. The Admira managed to deliver the red lantern and over the turn of the year the Flyeralarm Admira ranked tenth in the table.
The remaining four games in the basic round are of great importance for Admira. After all, there are three direct relegation hits. In addition to the derby against SKN Sankt Pölten, there are also games against promoted WSG Tirol and Schmidt’s ex-club Cashpoint SCR Altach.
With a good finish in the basic round, the eleven from the southern part of the city could earn a very comfortable cushion in the fight for remaining in the league.
In the winter transfer window, Mario Pavelic’s last minute return was a transfer coup. The right-back came back from HNK Rijeka to his home country and is definitely a reinforcement. Markus Pink from Sturm Graz could be hired for the offensive. The 28-year-old attacker is said to increase competition.
Klaus Schmidt has clear ideas about how his spring will work. He demands ten to twelve goals from his striker. With the pink obligation, Admira now has new tactical opportunities. A storm of two with Bakis and Pink will surely give Admira a lot of joy in the relegation battle.
Only the results in the preparation leave a little to be desired. Nevertheless, in the Lower Austria derby between St. Pölten and the Flyeralarm Admira we see the tip on the guests as much more likely than on the home side. In terms of personnel, the Admira only has to do without the German legionnaire Kolja Pusch (suspension) and central defender Bjarne Thoelke (injured).