Sturm Graz Football Shirt Available for Fans of Austrian Soccer!
The fall is a celebratory time for soccer fans and for more reasons than one. Not only does the fall bring the start of league play in divisions all around the globe, from the Spanish La Liga to the French Ligue 1, this fall will also see some exciting international competition in the form of qualifying rounds for the 2016 European Championship. At Soccer Box, we’re celebrating the excitement with a bevy of new jerseys for teams that we’ve never sold jerseys for in the past! One of those this year is the Sturm Graz football shirt.
The Sturm Graz home jersey 2014 – 2015 is a white and black horizontal striped shirt made by well-known football kit manufacturer, Lotto. The shirt is now available for purchase, in adult sizes, from the Soccer Box online store.
In addition to the Sturm Graz crest, which is stitched on the lefthand breast of the shirt, this Sturm Graz jersey includes full color logo of Sturm Graz kit sponsor, Puntigamer. Puntigamer is a traditional Austrian beer that anyone who has ever been to a Sturm Graz match at UPC-Arena has likely tasted and enjoyed. The logo overlays the center of the Sturm Graz football shirt in such a way that makes it look like a giant beer bottle label. It’s the perfect piece of merchandise for the sports fan who also enjoys his or her beer.
Sturm Graz History
Sturm Graz is not as well-known as many European soccer clubs, and that’s largely because the league the team belongs to – the Austrian Budeliga (not to be confused with the German Bundesliga) – does not have as many followers as many other leagues in the soccer world.
However, that’s not to say that Sturm Graz doesn’t have a long tradition for excellence. The club was founded in 1909 and is actually celebrating its 115th anniversary this season! In that time, Sturm Graz has been the Austrian football champion on three occasions, most recently in 2011.
The 2010 – 2011 season was a terrific one for Sturm Graz and one that fans hope that this year’s team, with the Sturm Graz home jersey, will be able to duplicate (or at least imitate). With 19 wins, 9 draws, and 8 losses, Sturm Graz finished the season at the top of the Austrian Bundesliga table, earning the title of “Austrian football champion” for only the third time.
The first two championship victories for Sturm Graz came much closer together, in the back-to-back seasons of 1997 – 1998 and 1998 – 1999. The 1997 – 1998 year saw one of Sturm Graz’s strongest performances ever with 24 wins, 9 draws, and only 3 losses. It was a stunning performance from a club that had rarely contended for an Austrian championship soccer title.
Sturm Graz replicated the feat the next year, sporting a somewhat weaker record (this time the team won 23, drew 4, and lost 9) but nonetheless edging out the competition. Since one of the teams vying for the title that year was Sturm Graz’s harshest rival, Grazer AK (with a record of 20-5-11), the win in 1998 – 1999 undoubtedly tasted particularly sweet for the players, fans, and managers of the Sturm Graz club.
New Season, New Chances
It’s been more than a decade since those two consecutive Austrian Bundesliga wins marked Sturm Graz as one of the strongest teams in the nation. Since then, both Grazer AK and Sturm Graz have won the title once.
In 2007, though, Grazer AK went bankrupt and had to form a new corporate structure, which also meant ejection from the Bundesliga. Grazer AK has been playing in the third division of Austrian football ever since.
Sturm Graz, meanwhile, with its white and black Sturm Graz home jersey 2014 – 2015, is seeking its first title in four years. Whether this is the year that such an outcome will take place is difficult to say. Sturm Graz finished in fifth place on last year’s table but has started this season out well with wins against Wiener Neustadt and last season’s Austrian champions, Salzburg.
Could this season be the year that Sturm Graz reaches to the top of the Austrian Bundesliga for the fourth time? Support the team to such an outcome with a new Sturm Graz football shirt from Soccer Box! Use the coupon code “BLOG5” to get a 5% discount toward your order.