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Josef Smistik

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Josef Smistik
Personal information
Date of birth (1905-11-28)28 November 1905
Place of birth Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 28 November 1985(1985-11-28) (aged 80)
Position(s) Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
1921–1926 ESV Stadlau
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1926–1937 Rapid Wien 201 (20)
1938–1940 ESV Stadlau
1940–1941 FAC
1941–1945 Kremser SC
National team
1928–1936 Austria 39 (2)
Teams managed
1952–1956 FC Schaffhausen
1958–1959 Austria Wien
1964–1965 FC Schaffhausen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Josef Smistik (28 November 1905 – 28 November 1985) was an Austrian football player and manager. He played mainly for SK Rapid Wien. He was captain of the Austrian Wunderteam.

He started at ESV Stadlau. In 1926 he moved to SK Rapid Wien. In his first season, Pepi Smistik was able to win the ÖFB Cup and reach the final of the Mitropapokal, the forerunner of the European Cup. 1937 the Rapid captain also left his club, and went back back to his youth club FC Stadlau. After that he played for Kremser SC as a player-coach.

Manager and time after football

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After the Second World War he was only coach. He managed the Swiss club FC Schaffhausen (1952-1955)[1] in the top division. In the 1958/59 season he looked after Wiener Austria as section manager. Towards the end of his life he suffered from Parkinson's disease. On his 80th birthday he died after a stroke in the Lainz hospital. Smistik was buried in the Stadlauer Friedhof.


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  1. "Switzerland - Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs". Archived from the original on 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2014-11-14.

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