Karl Sesta

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Karl Sesta , actually Karl Sesztak , (born March 18, 1906 in Vienna - Simmering , Austria-Hungary , † July 12, 1974 in Hainburg an der Donau ) was an Austrian football player in the position of defender. The member of the legendary wonder team was also called "the Blade" by his followers.


The trained farrier Sesta began his football career in 1919 in Simmering at Vorwärts XI . He then played for the clubs SC Simmering , Teplitzer FK (1927), WAC (from 1928), where he won his first title in 1931 by winning the Austrian Cup. Finally, in 1934, he moved to Austria Wien in Ober St. Veit. At the beginning of his career he was used as a center forward, but then became one of the first modern defenders , famous for his leg scissors and his quick, often surprising advance into the attack with successful shots on goal. The greatest success with the violets was winning the Mitropa Cup in 1936, the forerunner of today's European Cup. Sesta was also able to win the Cup two more times in 1935 and 1936, but he was denied a championship title.

For the Austrian national team, the Simmeringer first played against Czechoslovakia (1: 1) in Prague in 1932 and soon became an important part of the wonder team. His exchange of words with George, 1st Duke of Kent during an international match for the Austrian national team in England dates from this time . On its finding that football must be a wonderful profession, Sesta answered literally, "but you have not a bad Hackn (Viennese dialect for work) , Majesty." He denied 44 caps for Austria and also participated in the 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy , where the red-white-red team made it to the semifinals.

After the connection of Austria to the German Reich, he played in 1941 and 1942 three internationals for the rich German selection. On June 15, 1941, he made his debut in the German national team against Croatia at the age of 35, making him the oldest player to have played his first international match for "Germany". After the Second World War, he played Austria's first two games on August 19 and 20, 1945 against Hungary. After the end of his playing career, the Simmeringer was still active as a coach at home and abroad (including at the Wiener Sport-Club , Wiener AC , SK Vorwärts Steyr , Austria Salzburg and BC Augsburg ).

Away from football

Sesta was also successful as an amateur wrestler and won the Austrian championship title. An anecdote tells that the defender defeated the local hero in the wrestling during the break of a guest appearance by Austria Wien in Greece .

As a trained singer, he also appeared in the Leicht variety in Vienna's Prater and was awarded a gold record for Viennese songs in London in 1932 .

According to recent research, his unruly resistance during the Nazi era must be supplemented by aspects of profit (Aryanization of a hammerbread branch).



See also

Individual evidence

  1. Deceased football personalities in the Viennese cemeteries (PDF; 570 kB)
  2. Viennese for the fat one
  3. ↑ International games from April 1934 - May 1952 (international games No. 163-236) ( Memento from July 13, 2012 on WebCite ) (PDF; 1.3 MB)
  4. Ballesterer fm
  5. The FK Austria under National Socialism 1938–1945