SK Rapid Wien

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Rapid Wien
Full nameSportklub Rapid Wien
Founded1899
GroundAllianz Stadion
Capacity28,345
ChairmanMartin Bruckner
ManagerFerdinand Feldhofer
LeagueAustrian Bundesliga
2020-21Austrian Bundesliga, 2nd

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.

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.

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
1 GK Austria Austria Richard Strebinger
4 DF Austria Austria Emanuel Aiwu
5 MF Austria Austria Robert Ljubičić
6 DF Austria Austria Kevin Wimmer
7 FW Austria Austria Philipp Schobesberger
8 MF Austria Austria Christoph Knasmüllner
9 FW Greece Greece Taxiarchis Fountas
10 FW Austria Austria Thierno Ballo (on loan from Chelsea)
13 MF Austria Austria Thorsten Schick
14 MF Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Srđan Grahovac
16 MF Slovenia Slovenia Dejan Petrovič
17 DF Austria Austria Christopher Dibon
18 FW Austria Austria Oliver Strunz
20 DF Austria Austria Maximilian Hofmann
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK Austria Austria Bernhard Unger
22 DF Montenegro Montenegro Filip Stojković
23 MF Austria Austria Jonas Auer
25 GK Austria Austria Paul Gartler
27 FW Austria Austria Marco Grüll
29 FW Austria Austria Ercan Kara
30 DF Austria Austria Leo Greiml
31 DF Austria Austria Maximilian Ullmann
32 FW Japan Japan Koya Kitagawa
36 FW Austria Austria Kelvin Arase
37 DF Austria Austria Lukas Sulzbacher
42 FW Austria Austria Lion Schuster
47 MF Austria Austria Dalibor Velimirovic

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 Yusuf Demir (at Barcelona until 30 June 2022)
FW Austria Austria Paul Gobara (at SV Horn until 30 June 2022)

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 [8]
  • 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. later playing in the American Footbal League
  3. later architect, he designed the homeground of Rapid which is named after him
  4. later coach of the dutch national footballteam
  5. best scorer of Europe, later playing for CF Barcelona
  6. introduced the International Football Cup (now UEFA Intertoto Cup)
  7. later manager of Croatia (2004-2006) and Montenegro (2010- )
  8. Before the Second World war professional football was only played in Vienna.