Gerhard Hanappi

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Gerhard Hanappi
Hanappi in 1953
Personal information
Full name Gerhard Hanappi
Date of birth (1929-02-16)16 February 1929
Place of birth Vienna, Austria
Date of death 23 August 1980(1980-08-23) (aged 51)
Place of death Vienna, Austria
Height 169 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1942–1947 SC Wacker Wien
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1950 SC Wacker Wien 72 (16)
1950–1965 Rapid Wien 333 (114)
Total 405 (130)
National team
1948–1962 Austria 93 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Austria national football team in 1958 with the following players – from left to right, standing; Walter Horak, Ernst Happel, Karl Koller, Alfred Körner, Paul Halla, Walter Schleger; crouched: Helmut Senekowitsch, Gerhard Hanappi, Rudolf Szanwald, Franz Swoboda and Johann Buzek.

Gerhard Hanappi (16 February 1929 – 23 August 1980) was an Austrian football midfielder. He is regarded as one of the greatest Austrian footballers.

Club career[change | change source]

Hanappi started his career as midfielder at SC Wacker Wien. He debuted in the highest league in 1947. Then he went to Rapid Vienna where he played from 1950 till 1965. In this time Rapid won Austrian Championship title 7 times. He was captain of Rapid forseven years. In 1999 he was choosen in Rapid's Team of the Century..

International career[change | change source]

He made his debut for Austria at only 19 years in November 1948 against Sweden With the Austrian team heplayed at 1954 World Cup in Switzerland and at the 1958 World Cup. From 1955 on he was also captain of the national team.

His last international match was a September 1962 match against Czechoslovakia. He earned 93 caps, scoring 12 goals.[2] It was the record until Anton Polster earned his 94th cap in June 1998.

Personal life[change | change source]

After his football career Hanappi worked as an architect. He planned the Weststadion in Vienna. After his death the stadium was renamed to Gerhard Hanappi Stadium. He died of cancer in 1980, aged only 51.

Honours[change | change source]

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International[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. In die Jahre gekommen, Legendäre Momente im Hanappi-Stadion,, 2014-06-06
  2. Appearances for Austrian National Team – RSSSF