Helge Payer

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Helge Payer
Helge Payer - SK Rapid Vienna (1) .jpg
Helge Payer in July 2009
birthday August 9, 1979
place of birth WelsAustria
size 184 cm
position goalkeeper
Years station
1985-1991 SK Eintracht Wels
1991-1997 SK Rapid Vienna
Years station Games (goals) 1
1997-2000 SK Rapid Wien amateurs
2000-2001 →  ASK Kottingbrunn  (loan)
2001–2012 SK Rapid Vienna 298 (0)
2012-2013 AEL Kalloni 3 (0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
Austria U-16 11 (0)
Austria U-17 6 (0)
Austria U-18 10 (0)
Austria U-21 13 (0)
2004 Austria FT 1 (0)
2003-2011 Austria 20 (0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2015-2016 Austria U-15
2015-2016 Austria U-19
2016 Austria U-16
2016-2019 SK Rapid Vienna (TW trainer)
1 Only league games are given.

Helge Payer (born August 9, 1979 in Wels , Upper Austria ) is a former Austrian football player . The goalkeeper ended his career in 2013 and has been a TV expert at ORF and the online sports platform DAZN ever since . From autumn 2016 to June 2019 he was a goalkeeper trainer at Rapid Vienna.

Player career

Club career

Payer started his career at the age of 6 at Eintracht Wels . Like his father, he stood between the posts in the first training session. In 1991 he moved to Vienna to join the SK Rapid youth team. There he played in various junior teams from U11 to U18 and received his first professional contract in 1997. Payer was first used by the Rapid Amateurs, with whom he won the Vienna City League in 1998 .

In the 2000/2001 season he was awarded to the ASK Kottingbrunn . He won the championship title with the team in the Regionalliga Ost and was brought back by Rapid at the end of the season to replace the Czech goalkeeper Ladislav Maier in the long term . But an injury to the Czech forced coach Lothar Matthäus Payer, who had just arrived in Vienna, to be thrown into the deep end. His first games in the Bundesliga were relatively flawless and the then 22-year-old was credited with talent on all sides. His first European Cup games were less fortunate. In the first leg he made two decisive mistakes against Paris Saint-Germain (at that time with Ronaldinho ) in the Prinzenparkstadion (result 4-0) and then he was the main culprit for the media for the elimination of the Rapidler in the UEFA Cup (second leg 2-2) . After that he showed consistently good performances and stayed in Rapid's goal until the end of the season.

Helge Payer conducts
Helge Payer warming up

In the next season (2002/03) a new coach came with Josef Hickersberger , who initially placed his trust in the recovered Ladi Maier. But during the winter break, Payer was able to secure his regular place in goal and was in goal for the entire second half of the season. At the end of the season he was voted Rapidler of the year by the fans. In 2003/04 he was a regular player from the start and only failed to make a full season because he injured himself in the 27th round and was therefore out the rest of the season.

In 2004/05, Payer started again as number one. Due to an injury with an unclear duration, Rapid had to find a replacement shortly before the transfer deadline and therefore signed Jürgen Macho . After Payer recovered from his injury, Hickersberger had the problem of having three strong goalkeepers, because Maier was also experiencing his umpteenth spring. Payer emerged as the winner from the following goalkeeper rage. Then Macho was sold to Kaiserslautern during the winter break . After the winter, Payer was again the undisputed number one and an important part of Rapid's championship title. In the end he was voted Rapidler of the Year for the second time after 2002/03. He was also voted goalkeeper of the season by the Kurier and the Bundesliga and was part of the team of the year for the newspapers Kurier and Sportwoche .

Rapid rewarded his achievements in October 2005 with the extension of his contract to 2010. He was Rapid's undisputed goalkeeper that season and was used in 32 of 36 games. After Steffen Hofmann left , he was elected the new captain. The 2006/07 season was a difficult phase not only for Rapid but also for Helge Payer until the winter break, with the low point on matchday 18, when they fell back to the bottom of the table. For many observers, Payer was not the right captain and he was blamed for a few mistakes, especially a serious one in stoppage time against Pasching, which resulted in the defeat of Rapids and the expulsion of coach Zellhofer . However, the season ended for Rapid under the new coach Pacult with fourth place and Helge Payer was able to improve again. It was not until the 2007/2008 season that he was able to continue his performances from the championship season and show his strengths, the game on the line and his reflexes in direct duels. In the 2007/08 season, Payer was able to parry four of five penalty kicks. Rapid won the Bundesliga championship and Helge Payer won his second championship title.

Due to a vein obstruction in the intestinal area, Payer had to take a break at the end of May 2008. The SK Rapid then signed Georg Koch as a replacement. On October 29, 2008, Helge Payer announced that from a health point of view nothing stands in the way of his comeback in spring 2009. On February 22, 2009, Payer celebrated his comeback in the goal of Rapid Vienna in the away game against Red Bull Salzburg. He was also in goal for the remaining games of the 2008/2009 season.

In April 2012, Payer announced that after more than two decades at SK Rapid Wien, he was looking for a new challenge abroad and that he would be withdrawing from training with immediate effect. On August 24, 2012, he hired the Greek second division club AEL Kalloni on the island of Lesbos. The engagement only lasted until February of the following year, after the amicable termination of his contract, he ended his career and became a TV expert at ORF , where he analyzed the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship, among other things .

National team career

Helge Payer was the goalkeeper of the respective youth national team since the U-16s. In 2001 he was called up for the first time in the Austrian U21 national team . In total, Payer was used 40 times in the various youth national teams. He made his debut in the senior national team on June 11, 2003 in the European Championship qualifier at the Tivoli Stadion Tirol in Innsbruck against Belarus under team boss Hans Krankl . From then on, Payer was regularly in goal for the national team. A year before the European championship , team boss Josef Hickersberger decided on Helge Payer as the third goalkeeper behind Siena legionnaire Alexander Manninger and his former teammate Jürgen Macho . Due to his vein occlusion in May 2008, however, Payer was then completely out of the European Championship. Payer played his last game for the Austrian national team in October 2009 in the World Cup qualification at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis against France . Although Payer was called up to the national team several times until 2011, he was no longer used.

Coaching career

After working as an expert at ORF for several years, Payer appeared as the goalkeeping coach of the Austrian U-15 national team under coach Rupert Marko in summer 2015 . Shortly afterwards he trained as one of the Austrian U-19 national team under Marko. Both engagements lasted until the following summer, before Rupert Marko was appointed to the Austrian U-16 national coach and Payer followed him as goalkeeping coach. While Marko continued to train there until the following summer, Helge Payer switched to his ex-club SK Rapid Wien in mid-November 2016, where he has since appeared as the goalkeeping coach of the professional team. At the beginning of June 2019 he left his job for family reasons.

In summer 2016, he deposited his player pass with the amateur club DSG Neulandschule SG 77 .


Web links

Commons : Helge Payer  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Payer: "Start in a new life" , sportnet.at, October 30, 2008
  2. Comeback at Rapid fix , helgepayer.com, October 29, 2008
  3. Helge Payer is looking for a new challenge ( Memento of the original from July 17, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , skrapid.at, April 13, 2012  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.skrapid.at
  4. Helge Payer moves to Greece ( Memento of the original from February 6, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , transfermarkt.at, September 6, 2012  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.transfermarkt.de
  5. http://www.laola1.at/de/fussball/bundesliga/news/helge-payer-wird-orf-experte/page/50846-32-48---7.html
  6. Payer ends coaching at Rapid. sport.orf.at, June 3, 2019, accessed on June 3, 2019 .
  7. Helge Payer stops working at SK Rapid. laola1.at, June 3, 2019, accessed on June 3, 2019 .