Grödig

Founded In
1948
Location
Grödig, Austria

Grödig

About Grödig

Sportverein Grödig was first established in Grödig, Salzburg in March 1948. Having spent most of their history in the lower divisions of the Austrian football league pyramid, the team have gathered widespread attention within the country in recent times, as they have climbed through the divisions to finally in the top tier, the Austrian Bundesliga.

During the club's early years, Grödig competed in the various regional leagues in Austrian football. The club first gathered mainstream attention in the country in the early part of the 21st century, as they put together a run of three league titles in four years, winning the Klasse Nord in 2003, the Landesliga Nord in 2005 and the Landesliga in 2006. 

Further press attention was gathered as the team appointed former Austrian international, Eduard Glieder, as head coach in the summer of 2006. He was replaced by the club's former player and another former star for the national team, Heimo Pfeifenberger, a year later. In 2008, the team were crowned champions of the Regionalliga West, gained promotion, but were relegated again a year later. In 2010, Grödig once again finished first in the Regionalliga West and gained promotion. Then, finally, in 2012-13, the team achieved its greatest success, as they finished top of the Erste Liga and gained promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time.

Some of the most notable players to have played for the club include Diego Viana, Ernst Öbster and Heimo Pfeifenberger. International striker, Sanel Kuljić, was also a product of the Grödig youth academy. 

The team's home games are played at the Unterberg Arena, which first opened in 1989. In 2008, as the club's aspirations of appearing in the Bundesliga became closer to a reality, the stadium underwent a renovation and expansion process, in order to bring it in line with Bundesliga regulations. It is now able to seat 4,128 spectators.

Austria
Bundesliga