When the Europa League knockout stage draw befell many individuals had been compelled to do a double take every time Wolfsberger AC had been talked about.
So let’s get this out of the best way early: no, Wolfsberger aren’t the German Bundesliga facet Wolfsburg, they’re an Austrian Bundesliga facet.
(*5*)The draw for the final 32 noticed Wolfsberger drawn towards Tottenham Hotspur, with a visit to Spurs’ new stadium on the playing cards. The Europa League fairytale can both go one in all two methods, qualification to the subsequent spherical at Spurs’ expense, or the possibility of getting their European desires being crushed by Jose Mourinho.
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— Wolfsberger AC (@WolfsbergerAC) December 14, 2020
The Austrian outfit not too long ago certified Group Okay having completed second forward of Feyenoord and CSKA Moscow, and completed 4 factors being group winners Dinamo Zagreb.
Here’s a couple of issues you need to find out about Wolfsberger AC…
Wolfsberger had been properly supported when stadiums had been full. | Paolo Bruno/Getty Images
Wolfsberger Athletik Club’s full identify is, properly, a little bit of a mouthful, so followers have nicknamed their crew ‘WAC’ – which is brief and candy, and we price it.
A sponsorship deal signed through the 2014/15 season noticed the crew rebranded as RZ Pellets Wolfsburger AC. Trying saying that after a couple of Austrian beers! You can see from the image above how they’ve even integrated the sponsor into their emblem.
Imagine the outrage if a sponsor purchased the naming rights to a crew in England. We all keep in mind the way it went down when Mike Ashley renamed St. James’ Park, think about if he had’ve renamed the entire membership Newcastle Sports Direct United…
Wolfsberger has now turn out to be a well-liked crew in Austria. | Markus Tobisch/Getty Images
In 2007, Wolfsberger entered right into a weird settlement with native crew SK St. Andra. They pooled togethers assets on issues like administration, economic system, vitamin, soccer and labored cohesively to assist additional their sporting pursuits.
This is a dwelling instance of “if you can’t beat them join them”, and that is precisely what Wolfsberger did. Promotion to the Austrian Bundesliga was secured on the finish of the 2011/12 season, with the partnership ending quickly after.
Wolfsberger followers are in a position to watch Bundesliga soccer and take within the Austrian countryside from their very own seat. | Christian Drobny/Getty Images
After being promoted they achieved a good fifth place end within the 2012/13 season in a league with ten groups. WAC endured quite a few sticky patches all through the season and gained solely one in all their final 9 matches.
Despite this poor run, they had been in a position to beat the drop, and have been within the prime flight ever since.
Is it too huge a process to beat Spurs within the subsequent spherical? | Pool/Getty Images
Wolfsberger first ever Europa League marketing campaign was truly final season, after they secured a exceptional third place end within the league in 2018/19.
They completed backside of their group, successful simply gained recreation…however in equity they had been in a bloody laborious group – with Borussia Monchengladbach, Basaksehir and AS Roma. They gained their opening recreation earlier than three losses and two attracts.