|Date of birth||24 December 1895|
|Place of birth||Ottakring, Austria|
|Date of death||20 May 1962(aged 66)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Josef Uridil (nicknamed Pepi, der Tank) (24 December 1895 – 20 May 1962), was an Austrian footballer and coach.
Career[change | change source]
Pepi Uridil was born on Christmas Eve 1895 in the Vienna district of Ottakring. He began to play football aged eight in the streets of his neighbourhood with his brother Franz. Pepi Uridil played for numerous clubs in his youth, such as Sportklub Orion, Tasmania, Rekord and then Blue Star Vienne, before leaving for the great club of SK Rapid Wien.
During the First World War, he got the nickname "Tank". Pepi Uridil played for a number of seasons with Rapid, and in 1919, his team won in the final 3-0 against Wiener Sport-Club. He was one of the main players in the Championship victory in 1921 against Wiener AC.
International career[change | change source]
At the end of the First World War he became an Austrian international for the first time. He played for the Austria national football team between 1919 and 1926 and scored eight goals in eight games.
Coaching career[change | change source]
After his retirement from football, Pepi Uridil became a manager of Bratislava club. He then moved to Ripensia Timişoara and the Romania national football team for the 1934 World Cup in Italy. His team were beaten in the first round by eventual finalists, Czechoslovakia.
He later coached Austrian side SC Helfort, then Beogradski SK in Yugoslavia in 1935. He then moved to Switzerland to coach FC Biel from 1936 to 1937, and FC Lucerne until 1938. He then trained German side Schwarz-Weiß Essen between 1938 and 1941, and VfL Altenbögge between 1941 and 1943.
After the Second World War, he returned to coaching Schwarz-Weiß Essen from 1949 to 1951. He went on to train his former club, Rapid Vienna, for one season from 1953 to 1954. In this year they beat the London club Arsenal 6-1 on 25 May 1953.
Personal life[change | change source]
Uridil was also an businessman. He created his own brand of beer, Uridil, and a brand of sugar, Kracheln. The famous Viennese writer Hermann Leopoldi wrote a musical piece named Heute spielt der Uridil ("Today, Uridil is playing") in 1922. Pepi Uridil played a number of film roles, such as Pflicht und Ehre ("Necessity and Honour") in 1924.
Honours[change | change source]
- Austrian Football Bundesliga (5): 1916, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923
- Austrian Cup (2): 1919, 1920
- Austrian Football Bundesliga top scorer (3): 1919, 1920 (non-official), 1921
References[change | change source]
- "Nieuwe trainer voor Z.F.C." (in Dutch). Het Vaderland. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
- "Z.F.C. verandert van trainer" (in Dutch). Sportkroniek. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
- "Uridil traint Blauw-Wit" (in Dutch). Sportkroniek. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
- "Blauw-Wit krijgt een nieuwen trainer" (in Dutch). Sportkroniek. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
- "RapidArchiv - Josef Uridil".
- (in English) Appearances and goals for Austrian internationals at rsssf.com
- Garin, Erik (20 June 2007). "Switzerland - Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 27 June 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2010.