Leopold Hofmann (soccer player)

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Leopold "Poldl" Hofmann (born October 31, 1905 in Vienna ; † January 9, 1976 ibid) was an Austrian football player in the position of a runner . Alternately with the Rapidler Josef Smistik he played as center half in the legendary wonder team . Leopold Hofmann was also able to win the Mitropacup with his parent club First Vienna FC .


Leopold Hofmann began his football career at Gersthofer SV , from where he moved to Vienna in early 1925. Just a few months later, on May 24, 1925, he played for the Austrian national team against Czechoslovakia for the first time as a 19-year-old. From 1927, more precisely after the 6-0 victory over "arch rivals" Hungary, Hugo Meisl called him into the team on a regular basis. The runner reached the zenith of his career at the beginning of the 1930s. As a wonder team player, he celebrated an 8: 1 against Switzerland and an 8: 2 against Hungary. At the same time, he was able to become champion twice with Vienna and just as often bring the cup to Hohe Warte . In addition, Leopold Hofmann was with the blue-yellow in the Mitropacupfinale 1931, the forerunner of the European Cup . Hofmann's team won the purely Austrian final against Vienna AC with two wins.

After the end of the era of the miracle team, Leopold Hofmann was noticeably less likely to join the national team. Although he was nominated for the 1934 World Cup in Italy, in which the Austrian team made it to the semi-finals, he himself did not play in a single game. His last match in the national team he completed on October 24, 1937 in Prague against Czechoslovakia (1: 2 defeat). Towards the end of his career he was able to celebrate a small success with the Vienna: After the botched cup final in 1936, the Döblinger team won the cup with Hofmann the following year. In 1939 the runner finally left Vienna and ended his playing career at his home club in Gersthof.

He then worked as a trainer at Vienna (junior and combat team). In 1954/55 the Vienna became Austrian champions for the last time under him.



Individual evidence

  1. Sportfunk, 30th year, No. 3, January 14, 1976