SK Rapid Wien

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Rapid Wien
Full name Sportklub Rapid Wien
Founded 1899
Ground Gerhard Hanappi Stadium
(capacity: 18,400)
Chairman Rudolf Edlinger
Manager Peter Schöttel
League Austrian Bundesliga
2010/11 Austrian Bundesliga, 5th

S.K. Rapid Wien is a well-known Austrian football club. Rapid Wien was founded in 1898 and is one of the top Clubs in Austria. The Club is playing in Vienna. Rapid is Austria's most successful side with 32 championships to its credit, as well as a German title captured when the country was part of Germany.

History[change | edit source]

The 1. Arbeiter FC in 1898

The club was founded in 1898 as First Workers' Football Club of Vienna but was renamed in S(port) K(lub) Rapid Wien on 8 January 1899. The first coulors were red and white, which are still in use today in away matches.

During the years before World War II Rapid was one of the most successful clubs in Europe. During the years before the Second World War Rapid won the Vienesse Championship 16 times. In these years there was no austrianwide Championship because professional football was only played in Vienna. 1930 Rapid won the Mitropacup versus Sparta Praha (2:0; 3:2)(La Coupe de l'Europe Centrale), one of the first international competitions in Europe.[1] In these years also the rivalry with the other great club of Vienna, FK Austria, started and is still existing. Rapid was the club of the working class while supporters of FK Austria were more middle class.

Supporters of SK Rapid during an awaymatch in Salzburg

Rapid is said to be the club with the highest numbers of fans. Almost since the beginning of the clubs history the fans announc the last 15 minutes with claping of their hands, the socalled "Rapidviertelstunde". Often Rapid won a match in this last minutes of a match with the support of the fans.

Hanappi-Stadium, named after the architect and former player of Rapid Gerhard Hanappi- homeground of SK Rapid

SK Rapid was only two times champion in the decade since 2000. The greates success was the victory over the Premier League club Aston Villa in the last qualifing round for the UEFA Euroleague 2009 and 2010. They played in the group stage two times but could not reach the next round.

Current squad[change | edit source]

As of 12 July, 2011
No. Position Player
3 Austria DF Jürgen Patocka
4 Austria DF Thomas Schrammel
6 Austria DF Mario Sonnleitner
7 Austria MF Stefan Kulovits
8 Finland MF Markus Heikkinen
9 Albania FW Hamdi Salihi
11 Germany MF Steffen Hofmann (captain)
14 Austria DF Markus Katzer
15 Austria FW Atdhe Nuhiu
16 Austria MF Boris Prokopič
17 Austria DF Christian Thonhofer
No. Position Player
20 Austria FW René Gartler
21 Austria MF Christoph Saurer
22 Norway DF Ragnvald Soma
23 Austria MF Thomas Prager (on loan fromFC Luzern)
24 Austria GK Helge Payer
27 Austria DF Harald Pichler
28 Austria FW Christopher Trimmel
30 Austria FW Guido Burgstaller
31 Austria GK Lukas Königshofer
33 Austria FW Deni Alar
36 Austria DF Michael Schimpelsberger

Famous players[change | edit source]

Honours[change | edit source]

  • Viennese Championship (16): 1912, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1948 [8]
  • Austrian Cup (14): 1919, 1920, 1927, 1946, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1995


Gallery[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. IFFHS Mitropacup 1930
  2. later playing in the American Footbal League
  3. later architect, he designed the homeground of Rapid which is named after him
  4. later coach of the dutch national footballteam
  5. best scorer of Europe, later playing for CF Barcelona
  6. introduced the International Football Cup (now UEFA Intertoto Cup)
  7. later manager of Croatia (2004-2006) and Montenegro (2010- )
  8. Before the Second World war professional football was only played in Vienna.