Matthias Sindelar

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Matthias Sindelar
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Matthias Sindelar in the jersey of Austria's team
Personal information
Full name Matthias Sindelar
Date of birth (1903-02-10)10 February 1903
Place of birth Jihlava, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 23 January 1939(1939-01-23) (aged 35)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1921-1924
1924-1939
Hertha Wien
Wiener Amateur / Austria Wien
National team
1926-1937 Austria
Teams managed
1937-1938 Austria Wien
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Matthias Sindelar (10 February 190323 January 1939) is a former Austrian football player. His nicknames were "Mozart of football" and "Der Papierene-the Paperman" due to his slight figure. He has played for Austria national team. Sindelar was elected for Austria's "Team of the century".

Club career[change | change source]

Matthias Sindelar was of Czech origin. He and his family came to Vienna in 1905. They lived in Favoriten where Matthias started playing football with Hertha Vienna from 1918 to 1924. Then he went to FK Austria Wien (then Wiener Amateur-SV till 1926). For this club he played from 1924 till his death 1939.

International career[change | change source]

He was an important part of the Austrian team in the early 1930s. This team is called "Wunderteam" and had won lot of matches against leading European nations. The following is a list of Sindelar's international appearances and goals with the Austria national football team.

Cap # Date Location Type of
match
Result Opponent Minutes
played
Goals Notes
1. Sep 28, 1926 Prague Friendly 2-1  Czechoslovakia 90 1
2. Oct 10, 1926 Vienna Friendly 7-1   Switzerland 90 2
3. Nov 7, 1926 Vienna Friendly 3-1  Sweden 90 1
4. Mar 20, 1927 Vienna Friendly 1-2  Czechoslovakia 90 0
5. Apr 10, 1927 Vienna Friendly 6-0  Hungary 48 0 [1]
6. May 6, 1928 Vienna Friendly 3-0 Yugoslavia 90 0
7. Oct 28, 1928 Vienna Dr. Gerö Cup 2-0   Switzerland 90 0
8. Mar 23, 1930 Prague Friendly 2-2  Czechoslovakia 90 0
9. May 16, 1931 Vienna Friendly 5-0  Scotland 90 1
10. May 24, 1931 Berlin Friendly 6-0  Germany 90 0
11. Sep 14, 1931 Vienna Friendly 5-0  Germany 90 3
12. Oct 4, 1931 Budapest Dr. Gerö Cup 2-2  Hungary 90 0
13. Nov 29, 1931 Basel Dr. Gerö Cup 8-1   Switzerland 90 1
14. Mar 20, 1932 Vienna Dr. Gerö Cup 2-1  Italy 90 2
15. Apr 24, 1932 Vienna Friendly 8-2  Hungary 90 3 [2]
16. May 22, 1932 Prague Dr. Gerö Cup 1-1  Czechoslovakia 90 1
17. Jul 17, 1932 Stockholm Friendly 4-3  Sweden 90 1
18. Oct 2, 1932 Budapest Friendly 3-2  Hungary 90 0
19. Oct 23, 1932 Vienna Dr.GeröCup 3-1   Switzerland 90 0
20. Dec 7, 1932 London Friendly 3-4  England 90 1
21. Feb 12, 1933 Paris Friendly 4-0  France 90 1
22. April 9, 1933 Vienna Friendly 1-2  Czechoslovakia 90 0
23. Apr 30, 1933 Budapest Friendly 1-1  Hungary 90 0
24. Jun 11, 1933 Vienna Friendly 4-1  Belgium 90 1
25. Sep 17, 1933 Prague Friendly 3-3  Czechoslovakia 90 2
26. Oct 1, 1933 Vienna Friendly 2-2  Hungary 90 0
27. Nov 29, 1933 Glasgow Friendly 2-2  Scotland 90 0
28. Dec 10, 1933 Amsterdam Friendly 1-0  Netherlands 90 0
29. Apr 15, 1934 Vienna Friendly 5-2  Hungary 90 0
30. Apr 25, 1934 Vienna World Cup qualification 6-1  Bulgaria 90 1
31. May 27, 1934 Turin World Cup 3-2  France 120 1
32. May 31, 1934 Bologna World Cup 2-1  Hungary 90 0
33. Jun 3, 1934 Milan World Cup 0-1  Italy 90 0
34. Sep 23, 1934 Vienna Dr. Gerö Cup 2-2  Czechoslovakia 90 0
35. Oct 7, 1934 Budapest Dr.Gerö Cup 1-3  Hungary 90 0
36. Mar 24, 1935 Vienna Dr. Gerö Cup 0-2  Italy 90 0
37. May 6, 1936 Vienna Friendly 2-1  England 90 0
38. May 17, 1936 Rome Friendly 2-2  Italy 90 0
39. Sep 27, 1936 Budapest Dr. Gerö Cup 3-5  Hungary 90 2
40. Mar 21, 1937 Vienna Dr. Gerö Cup 2-0  Italy 73 0 [3]
41. May 9, 1937 Vienna Friendly 1-1  Scotland 90 0
42. May 23, 1937 Budapest Friendly 2-2  Hungary 90 0
43. Sep 19, 1937 Vienna Dr. Gerö Cup 4-3   Switzerland 90 1
Totals 3841 26 [4]

Honours[change | change source]

  • 1× Austrian football championship: 1926
  • 5× Austrian Cup: 1925, 1926, 1933, 1935, 1936
  • 2× Mitropa Cup: 1933, 1936
  • 1× Central European International Cup: 1932

International career statistics[change | change source]

[5]

Austria national team
YearAppsGoals
1926 3 4
1927 2 0
1928 2 0
1929 0 0
1930 1 0
1931 5 5
1932 7 8
1933 8 4
1934 7 2
1935 1 0
1936 3 2
1937 4 1
Total 43 26

Death[change | change source]

Memorial Annengasse3

Matthias Sindelar was found death in his home in Viennas Annengasse on 23 January 1939. The official reason was carbon monoxide poisoning. But soon after his death myths arose that he was murdered. He rejected to play for Germany, which occupied Austria, and therefore he was murdered. But the rumours were never verified.

References[change | change source]

  1. Entered game as substitute (42')
  2. Scored the first 3 of Austria's goals; second international hat-trick in eight months.
  3. Match suspended at the 73rd minute. Not considered official by the Italian Football Federation. Sources: http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/unb-italy-19.html (see note [5]); http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/ital-recintlp.html (see NB); http://www.austriasoccer.at/LSP/1930_39/1937/s1937_02.htm
  4. Some sources, including the RSSSF (Austria - Record International Players) list 27 goals in 43 matches. Other sources say he appeared in 44 matches.
  5. "Matthias Sindelar - International Goals". www.rsssf.com.

Other websites[change | change source]