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Rapid Wien
Full nameSportklub Rapid Wien
GroundAllianz Stadion
ChairmanMartin Bruckner
ManagerFerdinand Feldhofer
LeagueAustrian Bundesliga

S.K. Rapid Wien is an Austrian football club. Rapid Wien was founded in 1898 and is one of the major clubs in Austria. The club plays in Vienna. Rapid is Austria's most successful team with 32 championships wins. Rapid also won a German title in 1941 when the country was part of Germany.

History[change | change 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. The teams uses these colours in away matches today.

During the years before World War II, Rapid was one of the most successful clubs in Europe. Before the Second World War, Rapid won the Viennese championship 16 times. In these years there was no nationwide championship because professional football teams only played in Vienna. In 1930 Rapid won the Mitropacup against Sparta Praha (2:0; 3:2) (La Coupe de l'Europe Centrale), one of the first international competitions in Europe.[1] Around this time, the rivalry with the other great club of Vienna, FK Austria, started and continues today. Rapid was the club of the working class, while supporters of FK Austria were more middle class. After the annexation of Austria through Nazi-Germany in 1938 Rapid played in the Gauliga Ostmark. Rapid won the Tschammerpokal (Cup) in 1938 with a 3–1 victory over FSV Frankfurt. 1941 they won the Championship versus Schalke 04 (4-3).

Supporters of SK Rapid during an awaymatch in Salzburg

Almost since the beginning of the club's history, the fans announce the last 15 minutes with clapping of their hands, the "Rapidviertelstunde".

Hanappi-Stadium, named after the architect and former player of Rapid Gerhard Hanappi- former homeground of SK Rapid
Allianz Stadion new homeground of SK Rapid build 2014-16 on the ground of the Hanappistadion

SK Rapid only won the Austrian championship twice since 2000. The greatest success in recent years was the victory over the Premier League club Aston Villa in the last qualifying round for the UEFA Europa League 2009 and 2010. They played in the group stage twice, but they did not reach the next round. Rapid last reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League in 2005–06. They finished last in their group and lost all their matches. [2]

Current squad[change | change source]

As of 28 December 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
5 MF Austria Austria Roman Kerschbaum
6 DF Austria Austria Kevin Wimmer
7 MF Germany Germany Nicolas Kühn
8 MF Austria Austria Christoph Knasmüllner
9 FW Austria Austria Guido Burgstaller
13 MF Austria Austria Thorsten Schick
14 MF Serbia Serbia Aleksa Pejić
16 MF Slovenia Slovenia Dejan Petrovič
17 DF Austria Austria Christopher Dibon
18 FW Austria Austria Oliver Strunz
19 DF Austria Austria Michael Sollbauer
20 DF Austria Austria Maximilian Hofmann
21 GK Austria Austria Bernhard Unger
22 DF Slovakia Slovakia Martin Koscelník
23 MF Austria Austria Jonas Auer
24 MF Austria Austria Patrick Greil
25 GK Austria Austria Paul Gartler
26 DF Austria Austria Martin Moormann
No. Pos. Nation Player
27 FW Austria Austria Marco Grüll
28 MF Austria Austria Moritz Oswald
29 FW Austria Austria Ante Bajic
30 DF Austria Austria Leo Greiml
31 DF Austria Austria Maximilian Ullmann
33 DF Austria Austria Marko Dijakovic
34 MF Austria Austria Nicolas Sattlberger
35 FW Austria Austria Nicolas Binder
36 DF Austria Austria Aristot Tambwe-Kasengele
37 DF Austria Austria Pascal Fallmann
38 FW Netherlands Netherlands Ferdy Druijf
39 FW Austria Austria René Kriwak
41 FW Austria Austria Bernhard Zimmermann
42 FW Austria Austria Lion Schuster
43 DF Austria Austria Leopold Querfeld
45 GK Austria Austria Niclas Hedl
77 FW Austria Austria Dragoljub Savić

Out on loan[change | change source]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Austria Austria Paul Gobara (at SV Horn until 30 June 2022)

Coaching history (21st century)[change | change source]


Start End Coach
4/1998 5/2000 Austria Heribert Weber
5/2000 8/2001 Austria Ernst Dokupil
8/2001 9/2001 Austria Peter Persidis
9/2001 5/2002 Germany Lothar Matthäus
7/2002 12/2005 Austria Josef Hickersberger
1/2006 8/2006 Austria Georg Zellhofer
8/2006 9/2009 Slovakia Roman Pivarník
9/2006 4/2011 Austria Peter Pacult
4/2011 6/2011 Austria Zoran Barisic
7/2011 4/2013 Austria Peter Schöttel
4/2013 6/2016 Austria Zoran Barisic
7/2016 11/2016 Germany Mike Büskens
11/2016 11/2016 Austria Thomas Hickersberger
11/2016 4/2017 Austria Damir Canadi
4/2017 9/2018 Austria Goran Djuricin
10/2018 11/2020 Austria Dietmar Kühbauer
11/2020 11/2020 Austria Manfred Nastl
11/2020 11/2021 Austria Dietmar Kühbauer
11/2021 11/2021 Austria Thomas Hickersberger
11/2021 10/22 Austria Ferdinand Feldhofer
10/22 Austria Zoran Barisic

Famous players[change | change source]

Honours[change | change source]

  • Viennese Championship (16): 1912, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1948 [10]
  • Austrian Cup (14): 1919, 1920, 1927, 1946, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1995

Gallery[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. IFFHS Mitropacup 1930
  2. UEFA:Championsleague 2005/06
  3. [1] Retrieved 8 February 2022 (in German)
  4. later playing in the American Footbal League
  5. later architect, he designed the homeground of Rapid which is named after him
  6. later coach of the dutch national footballteam
  7. best scorer of Europe, later playing for CF Barcelona
  8. introduced the International Football Cup (now UEFA Intertoto Cup)
  9. later manager of Croatia (2004-2006) and Montenegro (2010- )
  10. Before the Second World war professional football was only played in Vienna.