Rudolf Raftl began his professional career at Hertha Vienna in the 1928/29 season . After that he switched to the reigning champion and Mitropacupieger SK Rapid Wien . He completed a total of 174 championship games for the Hütteldorfer . In 1934 and 1938 he was the team champion. After Austria was annexed to the German Reich , two more championship titles followed in 1940 and 1941, this time in the Ostmark . Rapid Wien also played successfully for the German Cup and the German championship. In 1938 Rudolf Raftl won the German Cup with the Green-Whites, in 1941 he was in the goal of the 4: 3 victory in the championship final against FC Schalke 04 in the goal of the Rapidler. After the end of the Second World War , the goalkeeper played two seasons for First Vienna FC 1894 in the years 1946 to 1948. Then he was player- coach at Heiligenstädter SV , before he took over the coaching position at SK Herzogenburg in 1949 .
Rudolf Raftl played six international matches for the national team of Austria and finished fourth in the 1934 World Cup in Italy . He made his debut in 1933. After Austria was able to qualify for the World Cup in 1938 , you had to forego participation after the connection, as the Austrian national team was dissolved. Instead, he played for the German Reich. He played both games at the 1938 World Cup in France and was in the goal of Germany's national team six times by 1940 .
On October 26, 1938, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of The Football Association, a game of the England national team against a continental selection put together by FIFA and supervised by world champion coach Vittorio Pozzo took place in London. For this purpose, Raftl was nominated as a substitute goalkeeper for the Italian Aldo Olivieri and was ultimately not used at the Highbury in the mainland selection dominated by players from the reigning world champions Italy . In a preparatory match a few days earlier, in which a Dutch national team was defeated with a 2-1 victory, he was substituted on at the second half (the replaced Olivieri then moved to the goal of the Dutch selection to gain more match practice) and stood alongside Andreas Kupfer and Albin Kitzinger as one of three German players on the field.
- Austrian champion : 1935 , 1938 , 1940 , 1941 (Rapid Vienna)
- German champion 1941 (Rapid Vienna)
- Tschammer Cup winner 1938
- 6 international matches for Austria (1933–1937) with participation in the 1934 World Cup
- 6 international matches for the German Reich (1938–1940) with participation in the 1938 World Cup (see Germany at the 1938 World Cup in France )
- englandfootballonline.com: "England 3 Rest of Europe 0" (accessed on September 9, 2016)
- englandfootballonline.com: "England 3 Rest of Europe 0 - The Continental Squad for the match against England" (accessed on September 9, 2016)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Austrian soccer goalie|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 7, 1911|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Vienna , Austria-Hungary|
|DATE OF DEATH||5th September 1994|