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Pre-Season Preview: Austria Vienna

We take a closer look at Sunday's opponents.

Pre-Season Preview: Austria Vienna
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Name: Austria Vienna

When and where? Roberto Martinez’s first ever game as Everton manager will be in the Austrian capital at 5pm local time (4pm UK time). The match will take place at the Generali Arena, which holds a capacity of just over 13,000.

How can I watch it? You can watch the game live on evertontv. For more information or to order the game, click here.

Who’s their boss? Austria Vienna recently appointed Nenad Bjelica as their new manager following the departure of Peter Stöger to German outfit FC Koln. Bjelica is a former Croatian international who represented Real Betis, Las Palmas and Kaiserslautern during his playing career. Most recently, the 41-year-old was in charge of Wolfsberger AC, who finished fifth in last season's Austria Bundesliga and missed out on European qualification by just one point.

Nenad BjelicaNew manager: Former Croatian international Nenad Bjelica was appointed the boss of Austria Vienna earlier this summer.

Who’s their best player? Philippe Hosiner. A 24-year-old Austrian striker, Hosiner is a prolific scorer in his homeland and has also netted on the international stage. After joining the club at the start of last season, he finished top scorer in the league with 32 goals. He also scored twice for his country against the Faroe Islands in March.

Who’s their unsung hero? Markus Suttner. The Austrian international has become a major part of the team since graduating from the youth system back in 2007. Suttner won his first international cap in June 2012 and played a key role in Vienna winning the title last term with his strong defensive displays.

How did they get on last season? The Violets managed to break the stranglehold Red Bull Salzburg had enjoyed in recent years by winning their first Austrian title since 2006. Vienna finished five points ahead of Salzburg and will now take part in the Champions League.

Any Everton connections? There are no direct connections between the sides, although Everton striker Nikica Jelavic scored two goals against Austria Vienna while playing for their neighbours Rapid in 2009.

Philipp Hosiner Danger man: Philipp Hosiner scored 32 goals for Austria Vienna last season.

Have we played them before? Everton have never taken on Austria Vienna in a game but one of the Club’s most famous nights was when they beat Rapid 3-1 in the 1985 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

What does the expert say about them? 2012/13 was a season to remember at the Generali Arena as Austria Vienna won their first title in seven years.

The team were hailed for their attractive brand of football and our expert, Der Standard reporter Christian Heckl, feels an enthralling encounter could be in the offing. 

“It was a very good season for the club as they won the Austrian title,” said Heckl. “It was a different situation in 2006 as they were one of the favourites but this year Red Bull Salzburg were everyone’s tip.

“Vienna like to play football and pass the ball. They are not fighters, they are players. They are a very good team who are on a good level with no superstars. I expect a good game.”

roger ashtonGood luck and best wishes to Everton and our new management team and players this season

Sunday 14th July 11:25 Report Comment
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