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Austria has the largest delegation of legionnaires in the German Bundesliga, ahead of world champions France. Adi Hütter holds up the red-white-red coach’s flag at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Innsbruck – The red-white-red field in the German Bundesliga is approaching the 30-mark. In the previous season, 25 Austrian footballers were in the squads of the first division clubs before the league kick-off, but the number has now risen to a new record of 28. Austria thus has the largest contingent of legionnaires ahead of France (23).

The Austrian Armada in the German House of Lords has grown considerably this summer – even though this was only partially the case on the transfer market. Only LASK goalkeeper Pavao Pervan from the domestic Bundesliga went to VfL Wolfsburg as number two.

Within Germany, former U21 team player Philipp Mwene from second division relegator Kaiserslautern was drawn to Mainz 05 by Hanover centre-back Kevin Wimmer from England. The ÖFB-Internationale was lent by Stoke City for a season, Hannover also has a purchase option. Philipp Lienhart has remained, who has been hired by Real Madrid from SC Freiburg.

The Austrian contingent became bigger with the promotion of 1. FC Nuremberg and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Georg Margreitter and Lukas Jäger are under contract with the Nürnbergers, Fortuna took Kevin Stöger from Bochum. The Upper Austrian, who was trained at VfB Stuttgart, will be almost 25 years old when his first minutes in the first league come.

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  • Austrian Bundesliga: 2011–12
  • Austrian Cup: 2011–12

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  • Austrian Bundesliga: 2010–11, 2012–13

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The biggest Austrian delegation will be FC Augsburg with Martin Hinteregger, Kevin Danso, Michael Gregoritsch and Georg Teigl. They are followed by runners-up Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Werder Bremen, each with three ÖFB legionnaires. In the coming days, it will be seen to what extent there will still be additions and retirements in the clubs. The German transfer window closes on 31 August at 18.00 o’clock. 10Bet is a relatively old gambling site that offers both a casino and a sportsbook.

The number of Austrians in the neighbouring country is rising continuously. In 2008/09 there were only six Austrian professionals earning their money in the first German league. Martin Harnik (now Bremen) and Ramazan Özcan (Leverkusen) are still with them this year. In 2010/11, 16 Austrian professionals were already in action. Last year, Austria took first place in the league-wide legionnaire statistics for the first time.

The coaching squad has decimated. Ralph Hasenhüttl is history at Leipzig, Peter Stöger is currently without an employer after the end of his engagement in Dortmund. However, the duo continues to enjoy a good reputation in Germany. The only Austrian in the position of head coach is Adi Hütter, who had a more than mixed start with Eintracht Frankfurt.