Walter Zeman

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Walter Zeman
Personal information
Full name Walter Zeman
Date of birth (1927-05-01)May 1, 1927
Place of birth Vienna, Austria
Date of death August 8, 1991(1991-08-08) (aged 64)
Place of death Vienna, Austria
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
SV Wienerberg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942-1944 FC Wien
1945- 1961 SK Rapid Wien 235 (0)
1961-1962 SAK 1914
National team
Austria 41 (0)
Representing  Austria
FIFA World Cup
Third place 1954 Switzerland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Walter Zeman (1 May 1927 - 8 August 1991) was an Austrian footballer. Heplayed as goalkeeper mainly for SK Rapid Wien and for the Austrian national football team in the 1950s.

Zeman began his youth career at local club SV Wienerberger, but he soon moved on to FC Wien. In 1945 Zeman joined Rapid. In this year he also played his first match for the Austrian national football team. With Rapid, Zeman won eight Austrian league championships, one Austrian Cup and the 1951 Zentropa Cup. At the end of his career n the 1961-62 season he played for SAK 1914 in Salzburg.

Zeman played at the 1954 FIFA World Cup where the team finished 3rd. He played 41 matches for Austria. He earned the nicknames Tiger of Budapest and the Panther of Glasgow, for his international performances. He was named Austria's Sportsman of the Year in 1950, and was included in the FIFA World XI in 1953.[1]

After the end of his active career he became coach with the rapid youth and was in 1968 under Rudolf Vytlačil assistant coach of the first team, which reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup of Champions this season and threw Real Madrid out of the competition.

Honours[change | change source]

Individual[change | change source]

  • 1 × FIFA-worldteam 1953
  • 1 × Austrian Sportsman of the year 1950 [2]
  • 3 × Austrian footballer of the year 1951, 1952, 1953
  • In April 2010 the Walter-Zeman-Gasse in Wien-Donaustadt (22nd district) was named after him.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Saving grace: Europe's favourite goalkeepers". 30 January 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
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  3. Geschichtewiki Wien (German)

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