SK Rapid Vienna

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SK Rapid Vienna
Club crest
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Surname Rapid Vienna Sports Club
Seat Vienna - Hütteldorf
founding July 22, 1897
(as the first Viennese workers' football club )
January 8, 1899
(as the "Rapid" sports club )
Colours Green and white
Members 15,522 (June 30, 2020)
president Martin Bruckner
ZVR number 843293761
Football company
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Surname SK Rapid GmbH
Shareholder 100%: Association
Managing directors Christoph Peschek
Zoran Barišić
First team
Head coach Dietmar Kühbauer
Venue Allianz Stadium
Places 28,345
league Bundesliga
2020/21 2nd place
Rapid emblem with a diameter of around 20 meters on the face of the so-called "tube" of the Allianz Stadium

The Rapid Sports Club , or SCR for short (1899–1978 Sports Club "Rapid" ), is an Austrian football club . He plays in the Bundesliga and is based in the Allianz Stadium in the Viennese district of Hütteldorf . The club wears the colors green and white.

The Rapid Sports Club was founded in 1897 as “1. Wiener Arbeiter-Fußball-Club ”(Vienna Workers' Football Club). The club took over the name Rapid on January 8, 1899; the original blue-red colors were replaced by today's colors six years later. The club has won 32 Austrian championship titles so far , making them the record champions. He was also able to celebrate major international successes by winning the Mitropa Cup in 1930 and 1951 and by reaching the finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985 and 1996. In 1938 and 1941 , at the time of National Socialism , Rapid was also German cup winner and German football champion . The club has always played first class since the first Austrian championship season in 1911/12 . The professional football department was spun off to SK Rapid GmbH on July 1, 2016 due to a maintenance decree from the Ministry of Finance , of which the club is the sole shareholder.

As a 32-time Austrian champion, the club is allowed to carry three stars in the club's coat of arms; One star is awarded for ten championship titles.

The handball section made a name for itself with four Austrian championships.


1897–1912: Austria's first football champion

The club was founded in the summer of 1897 under the name "First Vienna Workers' Football Club" and is one of the oldest football clubs in the country. The football club was first mentioned on May 5, 1898 in the "Neue Wiener Abendblatt":

" Which has the first Viennese worker Football Club itself the task, the so popularized in Vienna Soccer Sport also among the working class sport friendly ( sic ) to introduce colleagues, hereby invites all serious sports-minded workers one, the club, which already has a number of good and trained players to join. "

The game was played on part of the former parade field of the Imperial and Royal Army on the Schmelz south of the Radetzky barracks built in 1895 . The founding teams consisted mainly of young recruits , the first captain of the Arbeiter-FC was J. Kailich. The club colors were set with blue and red.

The team of the First Vienna Workers' Football Club in 1898

The first (known) friendly game of the Arbeiter-FC ended 1: 1 against Meidlinger FC Vorwärts. The first games of the Arbeiter-FC usually ended with a clear victory for the opponent. So they finished last in the participation in the Kaiser-Franz-Joseph-Jubilee-Tournament of 1898 . Against the Vienna AC they even lost two weeks later with 0:20 goals. The only documented victory in 19 games with a goal difference of 13: 107 was achieved by Arbeiter-FC 4: 1 against Vindobona Vienna , an early predecessor of SK Admira Vienna . One and a half years after the founding of the association, there was a crisis meeting on January 8th, 1899. On that day, the association's management decided to change the association's name. Based on the model of Rapide 93 from Berlin-Niederschönhausen , the name was changed to "Sportklub Rapid". The 8th January 1899 thus became the official founding date. Nevertheless, the players of the new SK Rapid Wien continued to leave the field mostly as losers.

In 1900 the football union was founded, which held the first Austrian championships; Rapid initially played in the second grade. In 1901 Rapid played their first game outside of today's borders of Austria. Against the Prague FK Austria they reached a 1-1 draw in Bohemia . The team received 108 Austrian crowns for this , for which they even accepted a third-class train journey. Only in retrospect it turned out that Rapid was only chosen as an opponent because no other Viennese club wanted to compete for such a low compensation. In 1903 Rapid moved to Vienna. On March 15, 1903, the new Rapidplatz in Rudolfsheim was opened with a defeat against Graphia . The place was crooked and had a height difference of over two meters from one gate to the other. Rapid, however, soon understood how to use this fact for themselves and increasingly celebrated victories. In 1903, with a victory over the German Sports Association in the playoff, he was promoted to first class, from which Rapid has not been relegated so far. Two years later, in 1905, it was decided to also change the club's colors to green and white. These colors have remained with the association to this day. The team's first jerseys in the new colors were striped lengthways. After the successful team gained more and more fans, the first clubhouse and grandstand were opened in 1907. The outstanding rapid player of this time was Josef Schediwy , who decisively shaped the technical game of the green-whites at the time.

Dionys Schönecker statue in front of the stadium

With a lavish celebration of the ten-year anniversary and the aforementioned renovation, the association got into debt, which led to the city of Vienna terminating the lease agreement with the association in 1910 and leveling the crooked Rapidplatz. The team lost their home ground and plunged into a crisis. The board and several players left the club. The typesetter Dionys Schönecker (1888–1938) took over the team and from then on led them from victory to victory. The construction of a new home - the Pfarrwiese - began in Hütteldorf . Completion took place in 1911. The stadium initially had a capacity of 4,000 spectators and was to remain the home of the Green-Whites for the next 70 years. In the same year that the stadium was opened, the first Austrian championship was held. With 15 wins in 20 games, they surprisingly became the first Austrian football champion. From this point on, the team was always the sole Austrian record champion in football. The following year they won the title without a single defeat, which was again achieved in the 1934/35 season.

1912–1930: Series champion and Mitropacup winner

Dionys Schönecker's team remained the strongest Austrian soccer team. In the first twelve championship years, the Hütteldorfer were Austrian champions a total of eight times. The team around their captain Richard Kuthan was also able to win the first two Austrian cup competitions in 1919 and 1920. The steadily growing fan base of the successful club introduced the famous rapid quarter hour at this time .

Because of the increasing number of fans, it was decided at the beginning of the 1920s to expand the stadium. With the addition of a grandstand, the capacity was increased to 20,000 spectators. The opening of the new stadium took place on October 2, 1921 with a championship game against Floridsdorfer AC . Rapid won the sold-out game 6: 4. International friendlies, however, were mostly moved to Hohe Warte , where around 40,000 spectators came at that time. After the eighth league title in 1923, however, the club plunged into a minor crisis. Rapid's fighting team was aging, with almost all players ending their careers at the same time. As a late aftermath of the First World War , young players were only sparsely available. It took the club a few years to recover from this generation change.

In 1927 the Mitropa Cup , the forerunner of the European Cup , was introduced. The Austrian champions and the Austrian cup winners were eligible to participate. Rapid failed with their new coach Edi Bauer again in the championship. At the end of the season they had scored the most goals, but were only in third place in the table. Qualification therefore had to take place via the cup. In the final, they finally faced Wiener Austria on the Hohe Warte . In front of 17,000 spectators, the important victory was achieved 3-0. Rapid Vienna then even made it into the Mitropacup finals with victories over Hajduk Split and Slavia Prague . Here, however, the Hütteldorfer suffered a painful 6-2 defeat in Prague against Sparta Prague . The 2-1 win in the second leg in Vienna was no longer enough for the first international title.

As a finalist, however, you were firmly qualified for the next Mitropa Cup in 1928. Rapid Wien reached the final again, even if the way there turned out to be much more difficult than a year before. This time the green-whites met the Hungarian club Ferencvárosi Torna Club , against which they again suffered a high 7-1 away defeat in the first leg. Again the second leg could be won in Vienna, this time 5-3, but the title went to Hungary . In the third attempt in 1929 they were eliminated in the semifinals against the eventual winner Újpest Budapest . The championship win this season was little consolation.

The 1929/30 season was one of the most successful in Rapid's club history. The Hütteldorfer were able to become Austrian champions for the 10th time. In the Cup they also celebrated the highest victory in the club's history with 17: 0 against SK Neubau, but they were eliminated later. As a master you could try your hand at the Mitropapokal for the fourth time. The promotion to the final was easy this time. Two big wins (6: 1 and 5: 1) in Vienna against CFC Genoa and Ferencvárosi Torna Club paved the way. In the final, you faced Sparta Prague , which you still had painful memories of from the first Mitropacup final . In Prague you could surprisingly achieve a 2-0 away win. In Vienna they lost 2: 3 - Rapid won the Mitropacup in 1930 thanks to the better goal difference. Over 40,000 spectators followed the game in Döbling . The formerly small workers' club was the first Austrian soccer team to win a major international title. The reputation as a top European team was also underpinned by numerous victories in friendly matches. For example, Rapid was able to outclass Ajax Amsterdam - Dutch champions in the same season - 16-2 on June 22, 1930 .

1930–1945: The eventful 1930s and times of National Socialism

Final game of the German championship 1941 against FC Schalke 04

At the beginning of the 1930s, other Viennese clubs initially dominated Austrian and European club football. The Vienna became champions in 1931 and even won the Mitropacup . Rapid had to be content with third place. From St. Pölten they finally brought in Franz Binder , soon known as “Bimbo”, a new young striker who was supposed to score over 1,000 goals for the club. The successes in the championship were still a long time coming. Rapid was runner-up twice, made it to the cup final, but failed to win a title. In the Mitropacup, too, Rapid was usually eliminated in the first or second round.

After the domination of Vienna came the time of Admira . In the championship and in the cup - including two defeats in the final with 1: 4 and 0: 8 - Rapid had no chance. But other Viennese clubs - such as Wiener Austria around Matthias Sindelar , which triumphed in the Mitropacup in 1933 and 1936 - were tough competitors. During this time, very different achievements were made. In 1935 Rapid became champions again for the first time since 1930. This succeeded without losing a single time and with a new goal record. Two years later, however, they had to accept more defeats than wins in the championship for the first time in the club's history. However, the end of these eventful years could be celebrated with the - for the time being last - Austrian championship title in 1938.

With the " Anschluss " to the German Reich in March 1938, the Gauliga Ostmark was established. The winner of this league was entitled to take part in the first “Greater German” championship, and the clubs from the East Markets played for the German Cup, the Tschammer Cup . In the Gauliga, Rapid Admira Vienna had to admit defeat, which later reached the final of the German championship. In the first cup competition Rapid was able to qualify for the final, where they met FSV Frankfurt on January 8, 1939 in the Berlin Olympic Stadium . The Frankfurt were early 1: 0 lead go and held it until the 80th minute. In the Rapid quarter of an hour Rapid secured the cup victory with goals from Georg Schors , Johann Hofstätter and Franz Binder with a 3-1 victory.

In the season 1939/40 Rapid won the Gauliga for the first time and was allowed to participate in the German championship. Here they were defeated by Dresdner SC in the semifinals with 1: 2 after extra time, but then won the "small final" and came third. In the cup they also failed in the semifinals. In the following season, the Hütteldorfer were able to win the Gauliga again. In the German championship, the green-whites won their group again and thus qualified for the semifinals. In Beuthen they met Dresden again. This time the Viennese were able to prevail 2-1 - Binder scored both goals. In the final of the German championship on June 22, 1941, the day of the German attack on the Soviet Union , they met FC Schalke 04 in front of 100,000 spectators in the Berlin Olympic Stadium . Schalke, the most successful team at the time, led 3-0 after 60 minutes. Within ten minutes Rapid was able to turn the game for Victoria with a goal from Georg Schors and a hat trick from Franz Binder and thus win 3: 4. This victory is one of the most famous and remarkable successes of Rapid Wien. Rapid is the only German champion who is not based in what is now the Federal Republic of Germany .

The following years were determined by the events of the war. Many players were drafted into the Wehrmacht , the games were repeatedly interrupted by air raids . However, the game was only stopped a few days before the end of the war.

1945–1955: Post-war Austria

The Austrian football league was revived just a few months after the end of the Second World War . Captain Franz Binder was able to lead his team to the 15th Austrian championship title as well as the 4th cup win and thus the 3rd double. In the cup final against Vienna , he scored both goals in a 2-1 win. The interest in football was extremely high at the time - a total of over 800,000 spectators wanted to see Rapid this season. At no other time in the history of Austrian football have such high numbers of visitors been recorded in normal championship games. In the 1949/50 season, the average attendance at home games reached 26,077, a league record that is still valid today. In the first championship after the war, Austria Wien , which scored only one point less than the Hütteldorfer, was the greatest competitor of the green-whites.

In 1947 you had to be satisfied with the runner-up title just behind SC Wacker and could not celebrate any successes in the cup either. In the following season there was another duel between Wacker and Rapid. In the last game of the season, the green-whites could have secured the 16th championship title with a draw against Austria. The "Veilchen", however, led 2-1 until shortly before the final whistle. Only a converted penalty, shortly before the end, decided the championship in favor of Rapid.

In 1949 the Rapidler celebrated their 50th birthday. To mark the anniversary, several trips abroad with friendly matches in Sicily , Egypt and in June and July in Brazil were undertaken. At the first game in Rio against CR Vasco da Gama , then very prominent and winner of the first South American Championship last year , “Bimbo” Binder said goodbye as a player after a 5-0 defeat. The first win on this trip was only in the sixth game, but against the national champions of São Paulo , São Paulo FC 4-2. There were also victories against Athletico Paranaense , who was still unbeaten that year and outclassed 7: 2, and 5: 3 against the insignificant América FC from Joinville . After a total of eleven games in which a 2-2 draw against SC Corinthians Paulista was on the plus side, Rapid traveled home and tried to take over some Brazilian games. In the championship, however, it was only enough to finish second, two points behind Austria. Exactly the same table was found a year later.

The 1950/51 season was another highlight in the club's green and white history. The Rapid team, reinforced by the addition of Gerhard Hanappi , could clearly dominate the championship. Among other things, they celebrated an 11: 2 against Linz ASK , beat SK Sturm Graz 12: 1 and defeated Vienna 9: 0. In the Viennese Derby, in front of a total of 53,000 spectators in the Prater Stadium , they beat the then reigning champions Austria in a very effective match 7: 5. Finally, the team was sovereign champions for the 17th time. Overall, the Hütteldorfer made a goal record that is still valid today with 133 goals in just 24 championship games, which corresponds to an average of 5.54 goals per game.

In 1951 there was also the revival of the Mitropacup, which was held in 1951 under the name Zentropacup, because it concentrated in its first re-edition on Central Europe. The Rapidler were able to qualify for the final with a 5-0 win against Lazio Rome , where they met the Austrian runner- up with Wacker . The Meidlinger controlled the game, Rapid had to equalize twice to 1: 1 and 2: 2. The decisive winning goal to 3-2 for Rapid was achieved in the 90th minute of the game by Ernst Happel , who became a central figure in the team in the 1950s. With the victory in the Zentropacup Rapid celebrated its last major international title win.

After the Green-Whites had already become Austrian champions in 1951, they also triumphed in 1952, just ahead of Vienna Austria . A year later, only third place in the championship was achieved, with a 6-1 in a friendly against Arsenal London in Bruges, then English champions, on May 24, 1953, it was still able to underpin its status as a top European team. In 1954 they celebrated the 19th Austrian championship title and relegated Austria to second place. Rapid had the best attack in the league at the time and scored the most hits in 1955, but had to be content with third place due to failures in the defense.

1955–1961: European Cup successes and scandals

Signatures of the championship team of SK Rapid Vienna from 1960:
W. Zeman (Tiger, Panther), E. Happel (Aschyl, Wödmasta), G. Hanappi (Gschropp), R. Dienst , R. Körner (Körner I, Gselchter), D Pflug , J. Höltl , J. Bertalan , W. Zaglitsch , R. Flögel (Rudi), F. Binder (Bimbo), W. Skocik (Schani), W. Glechner (Bubi), P. Halla (Schlepperl).
Dedication of the book Rapid! The triumphal march of Helmut Lang's
Hütteldorfer master eleven on April 3, 1960

In 1955, the European Champions Cup was held for the first time , in which the top European clubs competed against each other. Rapid was invited, although the team was only third in the championship, started successfully in the new international competition and even landed a 6-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven on September 21 . In the quarter-finals, the Hütteldorfer had to admit defeat to AC Milan after a draw in the first leg . At the national level, Rapid took the 20th title ahead of Wacker . In the first round of the 1956/57 European Cup, Rapid met Real Madrid , the best team in Europe at the time, which won all five European Cup competitions from 1956 to 1960. In 1956, the Hütteldorfer proved to be almost a stumbling block: After the Viennese had survived the first leg in Spain 2: 4, the Rapidler were already 3: 0 in the second leg in Vienna thanks to a hat-trick by Libero Ernst Happel . However, the Spaniards were still able to achieve the 1: 3, so that a third play-off game had to be played. At that time there was no away goals rule, otherwise Rapid would have been promoted. The playoff took place in front of 90,000 Spanish fans in Madrid . It should have taken place in Vienna, but Rapid had sold the game. Rapid lost 0-2 without a chance. In the championship, the Hütteldorfer were able to defend the championship title, they have already won the 21st title with one point ahead of Vienna .

In the 1958 European Cup season they faced AC Milan . After a 1: 4 in Milan a debacle threatened. But in Vienna Rapid was able to take a 1-0 lead after just a few minutes. The Italians were able to equalize early, but after 78 minutes the first leg result was equalized. AC Milan scored again to make it 2: 4. Shortly before the end of the game, however , Gerhard Hanappi scored the 5: 2, so that, as in the previous year, there was a third playoff. This time the game took place on neutral ground in Zurich . Rapid had to play with ten men from the 13th minute onwards because Lenzinger was injured - substitutions were not allowed at the time. The team ultimately had to admit defeat 2: 4, although Happel had managed to equalize. Rapid lost the championship in the final rounds: In the last game of the season, the Hütteldorfer only achieved a 2-2 draw against the Wiener Sport-Club , which thereby became Austrian champions.

In the following season (1959) Rapid again only reached second place in the championship behind the sports club and was also subject to the Vienna AC in the final of the reintroduced Austrian Cup . In 1960 the Viennese sports club was clearly relegated to second place, won the 22nd title and thus returned to the European Cup. Rapid was able to play through Beşiktaş Istanbul (4: 1), SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt (4: 3) and IFK Malmö (4: 0) to the semi-finals. There you met the Portuguese champions Benfica Lisbon . The away game was lost 3-0, but the Rapidler tried to turn the duel in Vienna. The team and the spectators felt cheated by the referee. After several fouls and an unpunished handball in the Portuguese penalty area, a fight broke out between the players when the score was 1: 1. The game was abandoned, the field was stormed by the spectators. Benfica Lisbon rose to the final, Rapids' successful times in the European Cup came to an end for the time being. In the championship, the team disappointed with a sixth place, the only success in 1961, in addition to participation in the semi-finals in the European Cup, was the 3-1 cup win in the final against Vienna.

1961–1982: 13 years without a championship title

After winning the Cup in 1961, the Rapid fans had to wait until 1964 for the next title win. In the first round of the 1962/63 season, 74,000 spectators came to the game Wiener Sport-Club against Rapid in the neutral Prater Stadium , a record that is still valid today for Austrian championship games. In the championship you could clearly set yourself apart from Austria. In the championship they failed in the round of 16 against the Glasgow Rangers . In the following two years, the Hütteldorfer always narrowly failed as runner-up, in 1966 also in the final of the cup against double winner Admira . The green-whites were still able to take part in the Cup winners' Cup, where they only had to admit defeat to FC Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals in extra time . In 1967 and 1968 they won the championship title again (followed by a 13 year long dry spell), in 1968 and 1969 the Cup. This brought the team back to many international appearances. In the 1969 championship cup, after they had prevailed against Rosenborg Trondheim , they even threw the then six-time record winner Real Madrid out of the competition. The first leg in Vienna ended 1-0 through the young Günter Kaltenbrunner , after he had been substituted a minute earlier. The second leg in Madrid ended 1: 2, the decisive away goal for the Hütteldorfer scored Jørn Bjerregaard . After that there was little to gain against Manchester United . It was also unfavorable for Rapid to have to play on February 26th and March 5th, 1969, because in the championship in Austria - after the winter break - only on the weekend 1./2. March the first second round had been played (Rapid on March 2 with a 2-0 home win against Austria Salzburg). The Viennese also came to Old Trafford with a not exactly optimistic 3-0 defeat at a very weak RSC Anderlecht and they only had strength for one half and it was thanks to their goalkeeper Gerald Fuchsbichler and stopper Walter Glechner that they were under great Directed by Bobby Charlton acting Busby Babes "only" won 3-0. Walter Gebhardt and Rudi Flögel also competed for the second leg after injuries and Bjerregaard after flu.

In the 1972 cup competition, the Green-Whites shot Austria 6-2 out of the competition in the semifinals and defeated the Wiener Sport-Club in the final . In 1973 it was only enough to be runner-up, as in 1977 and 1978. In 1976, the cup was won again for this. Hans Krankl brought new momentum to the offensive game of the green-whites during this time . In 1978 he scored 41 championship goals for Vienna and was awarded the Golden Shoe as Europe's top scorer. After the World Cup, the striker was initially lost to FC Barcelona before the now Spanish top scorer and European Cup winner in 1981 finally returned to the Rapid team. The transfer time in 1978 was not entirely happy for Rapid (despite the income for Krankl), because local rivals Austria had both been faster with regard to two envisaged additions ( Walter Schachner and Fritz Borgan ). Heribert Weber could still be acquired at the last moment , and Günther Happich , Lars Francker and Wolfgang Kienast joined them . Further commitments for Yugoslav players were announced, but not made.

In the spring of 1981 the old Rapid Stadium, the Pfarrwiese, was demolished. Rapid moved into the " Weststadion " planned by the former Rapidler and later architect Gerhard Hanappi as early as 1977 . In the new home, after 14 years, it should succeed again with the goal of winning the championship. In 1982 the plate was finally in Hütteldorf for the 26th time. Rapid secured the title with a clear 5-0 win over Wacker Innsbruck in the last round of the long-distance duel with Austria in front of the record crowd of 25,000 spectators that is still valid today. At Rapid, people still speak of the “greatest championship celebration that ever took place”.

1982–1996: European Cup finals 1985 and 1996

In 1982 Otto Barić came to Hütteldorf as a coach and promptly won the double. A year later, the green-whites triumphed in the cup and took second place in the championship. As a result, you took part in the European Cup Winners' Cup, where you met Beşiktaş Istanbul in the first round . The Hütteldorfer clearly prevailed, Antonín Panenka scored three times in the 4-1 win in Vienna alone . The next opponent was Celtic Glasgow , who had to travel home with a 3-1 defeat. The second leg was lost 3-0 on November 7, but had to be repeated on neutral ground after spectator riots broke out in the first game in Glasgow (among other things, Rudolf Weinhofer was hit in the head by a bottle). However, it was a long way before the replay was guaranteed, because the first instance in Zurich sentenced only Rapidler Reinhard Kienast to four games and coach Barić to three games on November 16, 1984, and Rapid imposed a fine of 15,000 Swiss francs and also Celtic with a similar amount (130,000 Schillings), but allowed the 3-0 victory for the Scots. Rapid raised an objection, which was granted (again in Zurich) on November 23; However, the Senate doubled the penalty against the Viennese to 30,000 Swiss francs for the reason that “the behavior of the Rapid team in the second half of the game was to be regarded as severely undisciplined”. The repeat match had to take place on December 12th (possibly also the day before) at a location 150 km as the crow flies from Glasgow and to be determined by the Scottish Association. Meanwhile, Celtic trainer David Hay spoke in interviews with the British tabloids of a “shameful verdict”. With a goal by Peter Pacult Hütteldorfer were 1: 0 against Glasgow at Old Trafford Stadium of Manchester win. This match on December 12th, led by the Italian referee Luigi Agnolin , was not without incident, because a Celtic fan (his name was given to John Tobin, who was only released from prison last Friday) entered the 64 Minute on the field, rushed to goalkeeper Herbert Feurer , tore him down and kicked him. The conviction was extremely quick, and on December 13th an English court sentenced him to three months in prison. Goalkeeper Feuer was able to continue playing. Incidentally, Rapid had to compete without Hans Krankl, who suffered a broken cheekbone in a head collision with defender Georg Zellhofer in the championship game on November 24 at VÖEST Linz (2-2) .

In the quarter-finals there was a remarkable duel with Dynamo Dresden . Rapid lost 3-0 in Dresden , but the team made up for the deficit in Vienna. Peter Pacult scored the 1-0 after just four minutes. After it was already 2-0 after a quarter of an hour, more and more fans streamed into the stadium, which was initially almost empty, and saw a 5-0 victory. The green-whites also won the semi-final against Dynamo Moscow with a total score of 4: 2 and were thus in a European Cup final for the first time. However, the result was sobering - FC Everton beat Rapid 3-1 in Rotterdam , with Hans Krankl scoring the only goal so far for an Austrian club in the European Cup final.

Even if Rapid was denied the big international title, the Hütteldorfer won numerous domestic titles under Otto Barić. In 1985 the Cup was won for the third time. 1987 achieved the sixth double in the club's history. The 29th championship title in 1988 marked the end of this successful period.

At the beginning of the 1990s, Rapid plunged into a sporting and financial crisis. In 1991 Rapid AG was founded. However, the Rapid share turned out to be a disaster and was soon abolished. Under coach Hans Krankl , of all things , Rapid did not get out of midfield in the championship. Grün-Weiß reached the final of the Cup in 1990, 1991 and 1993, but the titleholders of those years were Austria Wien (1990, 1: 3 a.s.), SV Stockerau (1991, 1: 2) and Wacker Innsbruck (1993, 1: 3). The qualification for the European Cup was denied several times. Reaching the third round of the UEFA Cup in 1989/90 and a 2-1 home win over eventual UEFA Cup winners Inter Milan a year later are rare signs of life for the Rapidgeist at this time. One of the negative "highlights" of this phase is the historic 5-0 defeat in the championship against VSE St. Pölten . The development of the public favorites Jan Åge Fjørtoft and Andreas Herzog , who together caused a sensation on the pitch during this period, was remarkable . The potential of these players did not go unnoticed, and so both continued their careers abroad.

Rapid reached the height of its financial crisis in 1993 and 1994 when it was close to bankruptcy . The debts of the association and Rapid AG amounted to around 103 million schillings , but thanks to Bank Austria's entry as a new sponsor in 1993, the restructuring of Rapid was made possible through a settlement through insolvency proceedings. Compensation was filed on April 5, 1994, and Rapid had to pay 40 percent of its debt within two years. The renovation of Rapids was finally completed successfully on June 30, 1996, as Rapids main sponsor Bank Austria financed the settlement with a bank guarantee of 17 million schillings. Bank Austria originally planned to continue the club as a semi-professional club or, what would have been even worse for the fans, to merge with Austria. But after massive protests and some accounts canceled by the Rapid fans, Bank Austria decided to finance the compensation and then to provide the club with sponsorship money that was sufficient for a normal budget.

In the 1994/95 season the sporting success came with the new coach Ernst Dokupil . Despite the financial problems and the media hype, the club became competitive and again played a decisive role in the fight for the title. During this phase, Dokupil knew how to integrate both young talents and experienced players into the team. Despite the most victories and the most goals scored, it was only enough for third place in the championship behind Austria Salzburg and Sturm Graz . With a 1-0 final victory against DSV Leoben , the national cup competition was won, which ensured participation in the European Cup Winners' Cup.

In the 1995/96 season, the club was able to significantly strengthen the squad through a clever transfer policy. Although top scorer Marcus Pürk was handed over to Real Sociedad , the capital was used to acquire Peter Stöger , Carsten Jancker , Christian Stumpf and Trifon Iwanow . Rapid played a strong season both nationally and internationally. Internationally, the Hütteldorfer were able to prevail in the first round against Petrolul Ploieşti . Rapid Sporting Lisbon faced in the round of 16 . Rapid lost the first leg in Portugal 2-0. The second leg took place in the Ernst Happel Stadium. After 25 minutes, Dietmar Kühbauer gave the Green-Whites a 1-0 lead. It was only in stoppage time that Christian Stumpf scored the 2-0 and forced extra time, in which Carsten Jancker and Stumpf again made it 4-0. Sporting retired in Vienna almost in the same way as two years earlier in Salzburg. In the quarterfinals Dynamo Moscow was defeated 1-0 in Moscow and 3-0 in Vienna. In the semifinals, Feyenoord Rotterdam was beaten 3-0 by goals from Stumpf and Jancker, the first leg ended 1-1. Due to the success, Rapid was again in a European Cup final, which was lost in Brussels against Paris Saint-Germain by a free kick deflected by Bruno N'Gotty 0-1 by Peter Schöttel .

In the last round of the championship, 48,000 spectators in the sold-out Ernst Happel Stadium saw the decisive 2-0 win against direct rivals Sturm Graz. After eight years without a championship, Rapid won the 30th championship title. Although the historic chance to win an international title had been missed, reaching the finals and winning the championship was celebrated. After these successes, most of the players in the transfer market were coveted. High achievers such as Michael Konsel , Dietmar Kühbauer , Michael Hatz , Stephan Marasek and Carsten Jancker could not be kept in the club and left it between 1996 and 1997.

In the 1996/97 season they became active on the transfer market, but only Krzysztof Ratajczyk and René Wagner were convincing and long-term performers. At first you could build on the successes. A 2-0 win in Vienna and 4-2 in Kiev defeated Dynamo Kiev in the UEFA Champions League qualification. As the second Austrian club after Salzburg, the Hütteldorfer moved into the main round of the UEFA Champions League. Manchester United , Juventus Turin and Fenerbahçe Istanbul , however, proved too strong for the Viennese. Nevertheless, a 1: 1 win over Juventus Turin was achieved at home. The club played for the championship title for a long time, but in the end Rapid took second place behind Salzburg.

1996–2006: 31st league title and participation in the UEFA Champions League

While Salzburg's third title in the 1996/97 season was still a surprise, Sturm Graz and FC Tirol clearly dominated the coming years. While the city rivals FK Austria Wien had no chance at the time, Rapid achieved the runner-up title four times in five competitions between 1997 and 2001. Dokupil worked after the runner-up in 1997 as sports director, his successor as trainer was Heribert Weber . In the 1997/98 UEFA Cup season, the round of 16 was reached after victories over Boby Brno , Hapoel Petah Tikva and TSV 1860 Munich , which was lost to Lazio . In the following two championship years, Sturm Graz was able to celebrate two championship titles en suite. During this phase, Rapid was among the top three of the championship. These placements were sufficient to be represented internationally, but for a long time there was no notable success. In the 1998/99 season they were eliminated in the first round of the UEFA Cup against Girondins Bordeaux . A year later there was a heavy defeat against Galatasaray Istanbul in the context of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League . The opportunity to advance in the UEFA Cup was also not used. Honorary captain Heribert Weber was replaced as coach due to unsuccessfulness. Dokupil trained the green-whites again, but even under his leadership, the team only reached the runner-up title in 2001. The signing of Dejan Savićević , who was signed between 1999 and 2001, was remarkable . Because of many injuries, he was only able to show his potential on the field for a short time. Between 2000 and 2002 Gaston Taument was also signed, but he could not meet the high expectations.

During the 2001/02 season, Lothar Matthäus was surprisingly committed as a coach. That was his first coaching position and he formed a team with many young players like Andreas Ivanschitz . The attempt failed, the traditional club reached eighth place in the table, the worst position since the introduction of the Austrian championship, including a 1: 6 debacle in Salzburg. Only with the 5-1 victory over Partizan Belgrade there was a big appearance in the UEFA Cup, but in the second round they were knocked out against Paris Saint-Germain without a sound. Even the return of Andreas Herzog could not stop the club's decline for the time being.

Josef Hickersberger replaced Matthäus as head coach in the 2002/03 season. In 2003 junior manager Peter Schöttel became sports director. In May 2005, SK Rapid fixed the 31st championship title in the club's history three rounds before the end of the championship. This is remarkable in that the line-up of the team has not changed significantly since coach Josef Hickersberger took office in 2002 (eighth place). Only Steffen Hofmann turned out to be a strong new acquisition. The squad was subsequently supplemented with experienced players such as Peter Hlinka , Axel Lawarée and Marek Kincl . Many players like Andreas Ivanschitz and Helge Payer were also in the squad under Lothar Matthäus. However, Rapid lost the final of the ÖFB Cup in 2005 to Austria Wien with 1: 3. On August 23, 2005 Rapid won the decisive match for the Champions League qualification against Lok Moscow away 1-0 and - after the 1-1 in the first leg in Vienna - made it back into the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 1996 . There they stayed, however, against FC Bayern Munich , Juventus Turin and FC Bruges without winning a point.

The team played a good first half of the season in 2005/06 and was considered the championship favorite, but they were already showing consistently weaker performances.

When Hickersberger left the team on January 1st, 2006 for the national team, Georg Zellhofer was appointed the new head coach due to his development work in Pasching. Under his leadership, the team could not celebrate any notable successes in the second half of the season, at times Rapid failed to win in six consecutive match days. The sale of the two playmakers Steffen Hofmann and Andreas Ivanschitz, who left the club during the winter break, played a major role in the failure. At the end of the season, the team also missed participation in the 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup (UI Cup) as fifth in the table and thus the last chance to participate in international competitions.

2006–2011: Relegation battle, championship title and successes in Europe

Choreography in Vienna's Ernst Happel Stadium during the friendly match against Liverpool FC
Choreography of the east stand

The downward trend initially continued in the 2006/07 season . Steffen Hofmann was brought back in the summer of 2006, but was injured in his first game and was out for several months. On August 27, 2006, the hapless Georg Zellhofer was finally on leave and Peter Pacult was appointed his successor on September 5. Nevertheless, Rapid got seriously back into the relegation battle for the first time since 1944 and finished the first half of the championship as bottom of the table. Sports director Peter Schöttel resigned, his successor was Alfred Hörtnagl . In the second half of the season, SK Rapid won 11 of 18 games, quickly caught up with the upper midfield in the spring and fought for a direct international starting position until the last match day. With a fourth place in the championship, the club qualified for the second round of the UI Cup .

In the 2007/08 season there was a rebuilding of the team . The former pillars Hlinka, Valachovic and Kincl left the association. Pacult decided to focus primarily on the youth. With Mario Tokić and Jürgen Patocka , experienced players were committed to the defense , who would later prove to be supports. In the UI Cup , they prevailed in two games against ŠK Slovan Bratislava (3: 1/0: 1), whereby Rapid qualified as a club in the top eight directly for the third round. Here you came across the Russian club Rubin Kazan . In the first leg, Kazan received two red cards when the score was 1: 1 . Rapid turned the game from 0-1 to 3-1. A 0-0 draw in the second leg in Kazan was enough to move up from the UI Cup to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup . Rapid met Dinamo Tbilisi , the Georgian record champions. The first leg ended 3-0 away, in the second leg Rapid won 5-0 and advanced to the first round. The first leg in Brussels against the reigning Belgian champions RSC Anderlecht ended with a 1-1 draw. However, after a 0-1 home defeat, Rapid was eliminated from the competition. In the championship, after a moderate first half of the season, the team was able to gradually play its way to the front of the table thanks to a strong spring championship, and finally, from the 31st round, took the lead with a 7-0 away win against Red Bull Salzburg . One round before the end of the championship, the 32nd championship title was fixed by a 3-0 home win against Altach. Rapid ended the season as the best away and second-best home team, six points ahead of runner-up Red Bull Salzburg.

In the 2008/09 season , Ümit Korkmaz and Mario Bazina, two regular players from the attack line left the club. The squad was supplemented with some players and some loaned players were brought back. With Georg Koch , Rapid recorded the most prominent new signing, he is said to represent the injured goalkeeper Helge Payer as number one. On July 30, 2008, Rapid lost 3-0 away to the Cypriot champions Anorthosis Famagusta in the framework of the UEFA Champions League qualification . Despite a 3-1 home win in the second leg, Rapid was eliminated from the competition on August 6, 2008. On August 24, 2008 Georg Koch suffered an auditory trauma and a circulatory collapse at the 286th Vienna Derby from a firecracker from the guest sector . As a result of this incident, Georg Koch ended his career in March 2009. The game ended 3-0 for Rapid. Rapid finished the autumn championship in third place, four points behind leaders Red Bull Salzburg. Two rounds before the end of the championship, on May 17, 2009, Salzburg became champions and Rapid Vice-Champions thanks to a 3-0 defeat by the Viennese in Ried . At the end of the season, as after the autumn championship, the gap was four points.

On July 28, 2009 Erwin Hoffer moved to SSC Napoli . According to media reports, SK Rapid received a transfer fee of around five million euros. It was the beginning of many other transfers of Austrian players who later even outbid this transfer. As part of the sale, President Edlinger and Head of Sport Hörtnagl acknowledged Rapid as a training club. On August 31, 2009, Stefan Maierhofer left Vienna and moved to the English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers for a rumored transfer fee of two million euros . In return, the Albanian Hamdi Salihi was signed by SV Ried on the same day , who scored his first goal in his first Bundesliga game for the Green-Whites against Red Bull Salzburg .

In the draw for the upcoming Europa League season, the Vienna club in Nyon was drawn as opponents in the second qualifying round, the Albanian club KS Vllaznia Shkodra . Rapid won the first leg 5-0 (1-0), as did the second leg in Albania (3-0). The Cypriot cup winner APOP Kinyras Peyias was waiting for the third qualifying round . The first leg in Vienna ended 2-1 (1-0). In the second leg, Rapid had to go into overtime after a 1: 2 after regular time, where Christopher Trimmel scored the decisive goal to make it 2: 2. In the play-off round for the group stage of the Europa League, Rapid played against the English Premier League club Aston Villa . Rapid won the first leg 1-0 at home, after Nikica Jelavić scored the fastest goal in European Cup history in Rapids after just 16 seconds. It was the first competitive win against an English club in club history. The second leg at Villa Park was lost 2-1, but thanks to the away goals rule Rapid rose to the group stage of the Europa League. This also represents the first expulsion of an English team by an Austrian in a knockout competition in the long history of football. In the draw for the group stage , Rapid was drawn as opponents from Hamburger SV , Celtic Glasgow and Hapoel Tel Aviv . The home games were played in the 50,000-seat Ernst Happel Stadium , which was sold out at all three home games. Rapid won their first game at home against Hamburger SV 3-0. Two weeks later they reached a 1-1 draw against Celtic in Glasgow. In the next away game in Tel Aviv, the green-whites lost to Hapoel with 1: 5, which meant they dropped from first to third group position. The Hütteldorfer lost the second leg in Vienna with 0: 3. In December they lost the penultimate group game away against HSV in front of at least 8000 green and white supporters who had traveled with them 0-2, which also meant their early exit from the Europa League. In the meaningless last game they parted in the Happel Stadium 3: 3 after 3-0 lead against Celtic Glasgow. Rapid ended the season in third place behind the champions Salzburg and Austria Vienna. In the following transfer window they tried for a long time to extend the expiring contract of midfield motor Branko Boskovic , but without success. The midfielder left Rapid and moved to the MLS for DC United . As a replacement for the Montenegrin, Christoph Saurer was signed , who was initially very controversial with the fans due to his past with city rivals Austria.

By third place in the previous season, the green-whites qualified again for the Europa League, in which they met in the second qualifying round on FK Sūduva Marijampolė from Lithuania. Rapid won their first away game 2-0; the SCR won the home game 4-2. In the third qualifying round the PFC Beroe Stara Sagora from Bulgaria was waiting . The first leg in Sofia ended 1-1; Rapid won the second leg 3-0. Meanwhile, Rapid made the worst start since the 1992/93 season in the Bundesliga with two defeats in the first two games against newly promoted FC Wacker Innsbruck and FC MAGNA Wiener Neustadt (goal difference 1: 6). Furthermore, the draw for the 1st round of the ÖFB Cup took place , in which Rapid met their own amateurs and easily defeated them 5-2. Sports director Alfred Hörtnagl and trainer Peter Pacult were not very happy about this, whereupon ÖFB general director Alfred Ludwig announced that he could imagine excluding the junior selections of professional clubs from the ÖFB Cup in the future. In the draw for the play-off round of the EL, the green-whites were drawn, as in the previous year, Aston Villa. Meanwhile there were negotiations about a move from Nikica Jelavic to Glasgow Rangers . Rapid, however, refused to let the striker move against Villa before the EL games. Jelavic surprisingly refused to play on the day of the Europa League first leg against the club from Birmingham, as otherwise he would not have been eligible to play for the Scottish club in the current Champions League season. The Croatian was then suspended from the club and his move to the Rangers was officially announced a little later. The third successful striker after Hoffer and Maierhofer left the club within 13 months. According to the media, the fee should be around 4.9 million euros. Rapid rose against Aston Villa after a 1-1 home game and a 3-2 win in Birmingham, which also meant the Green-Whites' first win in an away game against an English club, in the group stage of the Europa League. In this Rapid met FC Porto , Beşiktaş Istanbul and CSKA Sofia . As in the previous year, the home games were played in the Ernst Happel Stadium. Due to the rise of Rapid and the complicated regulations of the UEFA, Nikica Jelavic could not be used for his new club in the Champions League. The signing of Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink was announced shortly after the Europa League group stage draw . The striker came from Hull City on a free transfer . One day before the first Europa League group game against FC Porto - which Rapid lost 3-0 away at the Estádio do Dragão - the club announced that all 47,200 three-way subscriptions for the three home games are sold out and therefore no tickets get more into retail sales. Rapid lost the first home game of the EL despite leading 2-1 against Beşiktaş, but Rapid won the away game against CSKA Sofia 2-0. On the fourth match day, the green and whites surprisingly lost the home game against the Bulgarian record champions in front of a sold out house with 1: 2. The third and last home game against FC Porto lost Rapid 1: 3, whereby the SCR was eliminated and thus the last away game in Istanbul (0: 2) had no influence on the promotion. Rapid finished the group stage tied with Sofia in third place. In the group stage of the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League , SK Rapid had an average attendance of 48,200 in all three games, which was the highest number of all teams participating in the group stage. At the end of the autumn season of the Bundesliga (1st to 19th round) the green-whites were in fifth place in the table - seven points behind the surprise team of the previous season: SV Ried .

The SK Rapid Wien team for the 2010/11 season

At the beginning of 2011, too, the season went anything but as desired for Rapid. Many points were left behind and a media discussion sparked again - in which Rapids' transfer policy in particular was criticized - around the posts of coach Peter Pacult and sports director Alfred Hörtnagl . This culminated with Hörtnagl's resignation on April 2nd. Just five days after the sports director's resignation, coach Pacult was once again the focus of media attention: He was accused of contacts to the German fourth division club RB Leipzig , which is sponsored by Red Bull , and the intention to take over the coaching post there. According to media reports, there should have been a meeting with Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz and other people on April 7th . However, this meeting was commented on by both Pacult himself and Rapid spokesman Sharif Shoukry as completely harmless. On April 11th, however, Rapidboss Rudolf Edlinger announced the immediate termination of the contract with the trainer. Edlinger named the "massive loss of confidence" as the main reason for the dismissal. In addition to Pacult, a large part of the supervisory staff was also dismissed and replaced on an interim basis until the end of the season: the coach was now Zoran Barišić , who was once "sorted out" by Peter Pacult , while Robert Haas and Thomas Bogendorfer were co-trainers and goalkeepers. On May 4th, RB Leipzig announced the commitment of Pacult. Shortly before the end of the season, Rapid announced that the long-time player and former sports director of the Hütteldorfer - Peter Schöttel - would take over as coach in the coming season . Rapid ended the season in 5th place in the table, 13 points behind master Sturm Graz and eight on the European Cup places . Furthermore, the green-whites were eliminated in the semifinals of the ÖFB Cup against SV Ried - for the first time since the 2005/06 season, the Hütteldorfer were not represented internationally in the following season. In the 35th round of the Vienna derby against Austria, several hundred Rapid fans stormed the field after 26 minutes when the score was 0: 2. The game was canceled and verified 3-0 for the favorites. In addition, the club had to pay a fine of 50,000 euros and play a home game (another conditional) in front of empty stands. In mid-June, at a press conference at which the new home shirt was unveiled, the club's management announced a ten-point program that included the club’s measures after the latest riots. Among other things, this program stipulated the personalization of season tickets for the east and west stands and the voluntary relocation of all future home derbies to the Ernst Happel Stadium. In protest against this catalog of measures and as a reaction to some statements made by the club, the United We Stand fan association was formed , which from then on refrained from supporting the team - both acoustically and visually - at SK Rapid Wien games. So far, there have been some discussions between fans and the club. Finally, an agreement was reached before the home game against SV Mattersburg on September 10, 2011, whereupon support (albeit in a reduced form) was resumed.

Since 2011: up and down

The 2011/12 season started anything but as desired for the Green-Whites under their new coach Peter Schöttel. For the first time since 2003, the team remained without a goal in four consecutive games. Nevertheless, due to the better goal difference, SK Rapid ended the 2011/12 autumn season as leaders of the table, tied with SV Ried . At the end of the 2011/12 season, they finished second behind Red Bull Salzburg. In 2012/13 SK Rapid Wien qualified for the group stage of the Europa League after FK Vojvodina Novi Sad had been eliminated in the third qualifying round and PAOK Saloniki in the play-off. The opponents in the group stage were Bayer 04 Leverkusen , Metalist Charkiw and Rosenborg Trondheim .

After the disappointing second half of the 2012/13 season with nine games without a win and the elimination from the cup against the regional league team and eventual cup winner FC Pasching , the club's management parted with Peter Schöttel. Zoran Barišić, until then coach of the Rapid Amateurs, was his successor. Due to a small crisis of the direct competitor for 3rd place, Sturm Graz, SK Rapid finished the season, which was accompanied by protests by fans against the club's board, in third place and achieved a participation in the qualification for the Europa League, in who was drawn as an opponent in the third qualifying round of Asteras Tripoli . After the Greeks had been defeated 1: 1 (first leg, away) and 3: 1 (second leg, at home), they faced the Georgian club FC Dila Gori in the play-off and defeated them with a total score of 4: 0 (1: 0 at home, 3-0 away). In the group stage they remained unbeaten in all three home games. While FC Thun was defeated 2-1, they separated from the other two group opponents Dynamo Kiev and KRC Genk in the Ernst-Happel-Stadion with 2-2. The away game in Thun was lost, in Genk they drew 1: 1. In the last game of the group stage, away at Dynamo Kiev, SK Rapid had the chance to advance to the sixteenth-finals of the Europa League with a win. After a 1-0 lead, however, they lost the game 1: 3 and eliminated.

However, in order for SK Rapid to be able to play for the championship title again, numerous transfers had to be made due to the disappointing spring. After Christopher Dibon was loaned out by league rival Red Bull Salzburg for a year, head coach Zoran Barišić and sports director Helmut Schulte, who has been in office since January 2013, announced in June 2013 that SK Rapid could not make any further transfers due to financial difficulties. Nevertheless, the Austrian goalkeeper Samuel Radlinger was loaned for two years by the German Bundesliga club Hannover 96 and the defensive player Thanos Petsos was signed by Greuther Fürth .

Since President Rudolf Edlinger resigned from office in November 2013, SK Rapid started looking for a successor. As a result, before the start of the 2013/14 season, more and more financial details came to light over time: After the first candidate for the post, Dietmar Hoscher, had received the required insight into the documents, he canceled SK Rapid as president, because - according to their own statements - the extent of the questions to be dealt with is too great. In addition, a decision in the case of renovation or new construction of the aging Hanappi Stadium should not be made under the leadership of Rudolf Edlinger, although a decision was made on the future of the stadium at the end of 2012. After a six-member electoral committee had voted against a candidacy by Erich Kirisits in the presidential election, which was to take place on November 18, 2013 at the Annual General Meeting, Michael Krammer stood in the election and was elected as the new Rapid President with 92 percent approval of the voters.

In November 2013, sports director Helmut Schulte left the club after a year and became the new sports director at Fortuna Düsseldorf . His successor Andreas Müller , the former manager of Schalke 04 and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim , was presented on December 19, 2013. Internationally, the Vienna club was not very successful in the 2014/15 season; they did not qualify for the Europa League group stage : The 3: 3 against the Finnish champions HJK Helsinki in the home game in the fourth round of the EL qualification was not enough after the 1: 2 away defeat. Second place was achieved in the Bundesliga. This enabled participation in qualifying for the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League . Rapid rose in the third qualifying round and prevailed with a 2-2 in the first leg in Vienna and a 3-2 win in Amsterdam against Ajax Amsterdam . In the play-off against Shakhtar Donetsk , however, they were eliminated with a 0: 1 in Vienna and a 2: 2 in Lviv and moved to the Europa League . There you got Villarreal , Dinamo Minsk and FC Viktoria Plzeň drawn against. After all of the first games had been won (2: 1 Villarreal at home, 1: 0 Minsk away, 3: 2 Pilsen at home and 2: 1 Pilsen away), promotion to the sixteenth-finals was already fixed after four of six group games. After a 0-1 defeat in Villarreal and a 2-1 win in Vienna against Minsk, Rapid were group winners with 15 points. For the sixteenth finals, the Valencia CF was drawn, against which SK Rapid was eliminated with two defeats (0: 6, 0: 4). At the end of the autumn championship, Rapid finished third, four points behind leaders Austria. At the end of the championship they finished second, nine points behind champions RB Salzburg, but six points ahead of third-placed FK Austria. This enabled SK Rapid to enter the third qualifying round of the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League . In June 2016, SK Rapid and Zoran Barišić separated amicably. A day later, Mike Büskens was announced as the new coach. In the 2016/17 season, the green-whites qualified for the Europa League after their successes against Torpedo Schodsina (0-0 away, 3-0 at home) and against FK AS Trenčín (4-0 away, 0-2 at home) Group stage . On November 7, 2016, Andreas Müller and Mike Büskens were released after only two wins in the last ten Bundesliga games. On November 11, 2016, Damir Canadi was introduced as the new SK Rapid coach. On December 10, 2016, the club signed Fredy Bickel as the new managing director of Sport . After nine Bundesliga games without a win, Damir Canadi was given a leave of absence with immediate effect on April 9, 2017 and was replaced by his assistant coaches Goran Djuricin and Martin Bernhard until the end of the season. In May 2017 it was decided that Djuricin would remain head coach in the 2017/18 season. At the end of the season there was 5th place, which meant that qualification for the European Cup was missed for the first time since 2011. Qualification for the international competition was also missed through the ÖFB Cup , as the final was lost to RB Salzburg 1: 2.

After Goran Djuricin's release in September, he was followed by Dietmar Kühbauer as head coach on October 2, 2018 . Kühbauer received a contract until summer 2021. They reached 7th place and lost out for a European Cup ticket in the playoffs against Sturm Graz ; In the ÖFB Cup, Rapid played through to the final and failed there at RB Salzburg with 0: 2. In the following 2019/20 season , head coach Dietmar Kühbauer took second place, which meant that they could secure a ticket for qualifying for the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League . In the second round of the ÖFB Cup, the eventual winner FC Red Bull Salzburg failed.

Squares and stadiums

The sports field Rudolfsheim (1903-1910) was the first real place of the SK Rapid
Model of the former Rapid-Platz on the Pfarrwiese
The parish meadow under construction from 1912 to 1920
View of the south stand of the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium

The club played its first home games on the Schmelz (parade field) . In 1903 the club played its home games on the Rudolfsheim sports field. The place was about two meters downhill.

The Pfarrwiese was the first real stadium for the club. It was built in 1911 with a capacity of 4,000 spectators. The venue was no longer in Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus , but in Hütteldorf in the 14th district of Vienna, from which the team name Hütteldorfer goes back. Between 1912 and 1978 the stadium was rebuilt and expanded several times and at times offered space for over 25,000 spectators. The Pfarrwiese was notorious for the great atmosphere and was only about 800 m west of today's stadium. In 1981 the stadium was demolished.

The Gerhard Hanappi Stadium was the home stadium of the Green-Whites from 1977 to 2014 . Initially, the stadium was named "Weststadion" because it was located in the far west of Vienna. When the legendary Rapid footballer and architect of the stadium Gerhard Hanappi died in 1980, the venue was named after him. The Hanappi Stadium was designed for a capacity of 20,000 spectators, but in fact the limit was just below that. After further reconstruction and renovation work in the course of the 2000s, the capacity was 19,000 spectators, whereby for safety reasons no more than 17,500 spectators were allowed into the stadium. As on the Pfarrwiese, Rapid remained strong at home in the new stadium. In the 2004/05 season , the club did not lose a single game in this stadium (14 wins and 3 draws from 17 games) and thus won the 31st championship title.

Games in which the spectator interest exceeded the capacities of the Hanappi Stadium, such as Champions League matches, were mostly played in the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna's Prater , which has had 50,825 spectators since 2008. Games that could not be played in the Hanappi Stadium due to the lack of underfloor heating were also moved to the Prater earlier. Since the summer of 2006, however, the Hanappi Stadium also had underfloor heating.

The Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadion was considered to be the most atmospheric football stadium in Austria, as the British-style spectator tiers reached right up to the pitch. Ivica Osim once described the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium as a "cathedral of football". Among the fans it is also “St. Hanappi ”, a name that has also been adopted by many journalists. According to Rapid supporters, renovation and expansion have long been necessary because there are not enough seats for top games. For a long time, expansion plans could not be implemented for financial reasons.

In November 2011, however, there was an agreement with the City of Vienna regarding the renovation and renovation. The Gerhard Hanappi Stadium in Hütteldorf, which went into operation in 1977, was taken over by SK Rapid as a leaseholder. If the stadium was to be completely refurbished, not only the stands, but also the team cabins and fan restaurants should be completely refurbished or expanded. The work should start at the end of the 2012/13 season, 17.7 million euros were budgeted for this. The work should start at the end of the 2012/13 season, from then on until the reopening in autumn 2014 the Rapidheim games should take place in the Ernst Happel Stadium. This schedule was not adhered to.

In May 2014 the construction of a new stadium was announced. On June 10, 2014, the plans and the exact schedule were presented. The new venue is called Allianz Stadium . It has a capacity of around 24,000 spectators, and around 28,345 are possible for national games with standing room. It opened on July 16, 2016 with a friendly against Chelsea .

During the construction of the new stadium, SK Rapid played its home games of the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons in the Ernst Happel Stadium. As a farewell game from the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium, Rapid played a friendly against Celtic Glasgow on July 6, 2014 .

A training center is being built on the grounds of the KSV Vienna cultural and sports club . The functional building on top will be expanded to around 6,100 square meters, and an additional lawn will be built. The existing space will be provided with underfloor heating and a covered grandstand. The construction should be completed in autumn 2021. A total of 25 million euros will be invested.

Club structure

General and Presidium

The SK Rapid is a member association. The presidium and important officials are elected by the voting members. Anyone who has been a member of the association for at least three years without interruption is entitled to vote. Membership costs 100 euros per year. You can also purchase a lifelong membership for 1899 euros (see date of foundation).

The Rapid Presidium consists of a minimum of five and a maximum of eight members. This includes the President, the Vice-President, the Financial Officer, the Deputy Financial Officer and a member of the Presidium for correspondence and possibly other members up to the specified number. The members are elected at the general assembly. It takes place every three years and re-election is possible. The Presidium is responsible for the sporting and economic management of the club. The President chairs the meetings of the Presidium. From 2013 this was Michael Krammer . His deputy, the Vice President, was Nikolaus Rosenauer. The financial advisor was Martin Bruckner , his deputy Erich Haider.

Former Vice President Christoph Peschek has been Managing Director of SK Rapid since February 1, 2015 .

In November 2019, Martin Bruckner was elected President to succeed Michael Krammer .

Former presidents included Rudolf Edlinger (2001–2013), Günter Kaltenbrunner (1995–1999) and Anton Benya (1990–1993).

The sponsors and marketing

The main sponsor of Rapid is Wien Energie . The team has been equipped by Puma since June 2021 . In contrast to the procedure, which is not uncommon in Austrian football, to have the sponsor appear in the club or stadium name, the sponsor's logo can only be found on the team's suits, which corresponds to Rapid's tradition-conscious club policy. However, SK Rapid also played under the name "SK Rapid Wienerberger" for a short time due to financial problems in the 1976/77 season.

On January 17th, 2008 OMV AG was presented as a new partner of SK Rapid Wien. Rapid was supported with 1.8 million euros each for three years. In addition to gangs and jerseys (especially Steffen Hofmanns), especially the youth were sponsored. In September 2008, a sponsorship deal was signed with the cell phone network operator orange . Then the orange logo adorned Steffen Hofmann's jersey, while the OMV logo was moved onto the trousers. The conclusion of the contract was only possible in 2008 because the sponsorship contract between the Bundesliga and T-Mobile had been changed in the summer of 2008 and the exclusivity was no longer available. The contract with orange expired in summer 2013 and was not renewed.

The partnership with Lyoness was presented in summer 2015 . The sponsor will be present on the captain's jersey as a chest sponsor and on the back of the jersey of the rest of the field players at the national games.

SK Rapid operates three fan shops : one in the Allianz Stadium, one in the Stadium Center next to the Prater Stadium and one in St. Pölten .

The association also has its own mobile operator called "Rapid Mobil".


Was a player and coach: Walter Skocik
Was player and coach: August Starek
Was a player and coach: Hans Krankl
Was a player and coach: Heribert Weber
Was a player and coach: Peter Schöttel
Was a player and coach: Peter Pacult
Was a player and coach: Zoran Barišić
Was a player and coach: Dietmar Kühbauer

Team of the century

For the club's centenary in 1999, the Rapid fans voted for the “Team of the Century”. In goal, Michael Konsel was able to prevail just ahead of Walter Zeman . In his twelve years at Rapid, Michael Konsel was the only player to play in both the European Cup finals in 1985 and 1996. In 1997, the two-time World Cup participant moved to Italy, where he was named the best goalkeeper in Serie A at AS Roma . Walter Zeman played for Rapid in the 1950s. The "Tiger of Budapest" or "Panther of Glasgow" was particularly famous for its jumping ability, was eight times champion with the club, made it into the world selection and took 3rd place with the national team at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland .

Rapid fans named Ernst Happel , Heribert Weber and Peter Schöttel as the best defensive players . Ernst Happel came from the Rapid youngsters and also played for Rapid in the 1950s. The World Cup third from 1954 later became famous as a coach, he won the World Cup, sat in the coaching bench in five European Cup finals and was runner-up with the Netherlands. Austria's largest stadium has been named after him since 1992. Heribert Weber was active for Rapid in the 1980s, played in the 1985 European Cup and was captain of the national team for a long time. With 436 championship games, Peter Schöttel is the most loyal Rapidler to date, his shirt number was banned for ten years. He played for the club in the 1990s, including in the 1996 European Cup final. Until 2007, he only worked for SK Rapid Vienna, both as a player and as a coach and official.

Antonín Panenka , Andreas Herzog , Gerhard Hanappi and Dietmar Kühbauer form the middle of the Rapidelf of the century . Antonín Panenka was a legionnaire from Czechoslovakia . With his national team he became European champion in 1976, converting the decisive penalty in the final against Germany. The free kick specialist played for Rapid in the 1980s and reached the European Cup final with the club in 1985. Andreas Herzog was Rapids playmaker in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with 103 international matches he is still Austria's record player and later celebrated as a legionnaire in Germany Successes. Gerhard Hanappi is the third player in the 1950s team that finished third at the 1954 World Cup. He is also of particular importance for Rapid Vienna, as he was the architect who built the Weststadion. It also bore his name from 1980 until it was demolished. Dietmar Kühbauer was chosen as the fourth player in the midfield of the century, he was active for Rapid in the mid-1990s and played in the 1996 European Cup final.

Josef Uridil , Hans Krankl (who received the most votes of all players) and Franz Binder were voted into the storm of the Rapidelf of the century . Josef Uridil played for the Green-Whites in the years after the First World War and is now one of the first stars of Austrian football. The song “ Today the Uridil plays ” was composed in his honor . The six-time top scorer Franz Binder scored over 1000 goals for Rapid in the 1930s and 1940s and made the club the title winner with his hat-trick in the 1941 final of the German championship against Schalke 04. Hans Krankl was top scorer five times and in 1978 even top scorer in Europe with 41 goals. With the national team he threw the reigning world champion Germany out of the competition at the 1978 World Cup and scored two goals in the 3-2 victory in Córdoba.


SK Rapid Wien has had 43 different coaches since the Austrian championship was founded.

Josef Hickersberger left the club at the end of 2005 to become the new coach of the Austrian national soccer team . He was replaced by the previous Pasching trainer Georg Zellhofer , who was dismissed on August 27, 2006. Assistant coach Roman Pivarník was appointed as head coach on an interim basis . On September 4, 2006, Peter Pacult terminated his contract with Dynamo Dresden and signed a contract with Rapid Vienna until the summer of 2008. In February 2008 and February 2009, the extension of his contract for one year was announced. On January 29, 2010, the renewed contract extension until summer 2012 (without an exit clause) was agreed. In April 2011, the contract with Peter Pacult was terminated after persistent rumors of a change to the German Red Bull club RB Leipzig . Zoran Barišić took over the coaching position on an interim basis until the end of the season. Rapid record player Peter Schöttel was signed by Wiener Neustadt for the 2011/12 season . After a disappointing spring season 2013 and the elimination in the cup, the head coach of the SK Rapid Wien amateurs Zoran Barišić was appointed as the coach of the fighting team on April 17, 2013. On June 6, 2016, SK Rapid ended its cooperation with Zoran Barišić amicably. A day later it was announced that Mike Büskens will take over the coaching position at SK Rapid with immediate effect. On November 7, 2016, Mike Büskens was replaced on an interim basis by Thomas Hickersberger , and Damir Canadi was signed on as the new coach on November 11, 2016 .

Bundesliga team

Coaching team

As of July 1, 2019

function Surname Date of birth nationality with the club
Last club
Trainer Dietmar Kühbauer 04/04/1971 AustriaAustria 10/2018 SKN St. Pölten
Assistant coach Manfred Nastl 02/01/1972 AustriaAustria 10/2018 SKN St. Pölten
Assistant coach Thomas Hickersberger 08/21/1973 AustriaAustria 01/2018 SCR Altach
Goalkeeping coach Jürgen Macho 08/24/1977 AustriaAustria 07/2019 SKN St. Pölten
Athletic trainer Alexander Steinbichler 11/30/1969 AustriaAustria 11/2018 SK Rapid Vienna II

Current squad

As of April 30, 2021

Surname Date of birth nationality with the club
Last club
01 Richard Strebinger 02/14/1993 AustriaAustria 2015 Werder Bremen
21 Bernhard Unger 04/23/1999 AustriaAustria 2020 SV Mattersburg
25th Paul Gartler 03/10/1997 AustriaAustria 2016 SK Rapid Vienna II
45 Niklas Hedl 03/17/2001 AustriaAustria 2020 SK Rapid Vienna II
04th Mateo Barać 07/20/1994 CroatiaCroatia 2018 NK Osijek
06th Mario Sonnleitner 10/08/1986 AustriaAustria 2010 SK Sturm Graz
17th Christopher Dibon 11/02/1990 AustriaAustria 2013 FC Red Bull Salzburg
20th Maximilian Hofmann 08/07/1993 AustriaAustria 2013 SK Rapid Vienna II
22nd Filip Stojković 01/22/1993 MontenegroMontenegro 2019 FK Red Star Belgrade
30th Leo Greiml 07/03/2001 AustriaAustria 2018 SK Rapid Vienna II
31 Maximilian Ullmann 06/17/1996 AustriaAustria 2019 LASK
37 Lukas Sulzbacher 04/06/2000 AustriaAustria 2020 SK Rapid Vienna II
38 Adrian Hajdari May 31, 2000 AustriaAustria 2019 SK Rapid Vienna II
46 Paul Gobara March 26, 2000 AustriaAustria 2020 SK Rapid Vienna II
08th Marcel Ritzmaier 04/22/1993 AustriaAustria 2020 Barnsley FC (Loan)
13 Thorsten Schick May 19, 1990 AustriaAustria 2019 BSC Young Boys
14th Srđan Grahovac 09/19/1992 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 2019 FK Astana
16 Dejan Petrovič 01/12/1998 SloveniaSlovenia 2020 NK Aluminij
28 Christoph Knasmüllner 04/30/1992 AustriaAustria 2018 Barnsley FC
39 Dejan Ljubicic 10/08/1997 AustriaAustria 2017 SK Rapid Vienna II
42 Lion cobbler 08/09/2000 AustriaAustria 2019 SK Rapid Vienna II
43 Dragoljub Savic 04/25/2001 SerbiaSerbia 2019 SK Rapid Vienna II
47 Dalibor Velimirovic 02/13/2001 AustriaAustria 2019 SK Rapid Vienna II
07th Philipp Schobesberger 12/10/1993 AustriaAustria 2014 FC Pasching
09 Taxiarchis Foundas 09/04/1995 GreeceGreece 2019 SKN St. Pölten
19th Deni Alar January 18, 1990 AustriaAustria 2018 SK Sturm Graz
29 Ercan Kara 01/03/1996 AustriaAustria 2020 SV Horn
32 Kōya Kitagawa 07/26/1996 JapanJapan 2019 Shimizu S-Pulse
36 Kelvin Arase 01/15/1999 AustriaAustria 2016 SK Rapid Vienna II
48 Yusuf Demir 06/02/2003 AustriaAustria 2019 SK Rapid Vienna II


As of April 30, 2021

Additions: Departures:
Summer 2020
Winter 2020/21

Fans and the "rapid quarter of an hour"

The rapid quarter of an hour clapping in the Ernst Happel Stadium
Rapid fan clubs in the west stand

SK Rapid has around 16,205 club members (as of August 17, 2017), including over 600 with lifelong membership (as of November 2016) and almost 200 official fan clubs. In the past few decades, the club has steadily increased its audience numbers. For some years now, however, they have stagnated and averaged around 15,000 visitors per game. The oldest Rapid fan club is the "Club der Freunde des SC Rapid", which was founded on November 10, 1951. Rapid is regularly accompanied by many fans at away games. The fans of Block West also often attract attention internationally with their choreographies.

What is remarkable about the recent history is Rapid's audience boom, which has continued since the 2003/04 season. In the 1990s, only a little over 10,000 spectators came to the Hanappi Stadium for top games, and often only a few thousand for games against weaker opponents. In 2008/09 the average attendance was around 17,000 per game, which corresponded to a capacity utilization of over 97% in the old Hanappi Stadium. Rapid sold 10,641 annual tickets for the 2008/09 season and decided for the first time not to sell any more annual tickets for the current season from the end of August 2008.

The club is very popular thanks to its successes and the traditional management of the club. Most of the fan groups have now gathered on the west stand, which is also called "Block West" by fans and which has been sold out with annual tickets before each season since 2003. For this reason, a second fan stand under the leadership of Lords Rapid has formed on the east stand (also called "Ostkurve") of the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium, which is unique for Austrian standards. During the games, there are always chants between the two Rapid fan curves. The club is also referred to by fans as a "religion", for example the stadium "Sankt Hanappi" is called.


Rapid jerseys in a fan shop of 1. FC Nürnberg (2019)
Scarf parade on the west stand
Mixed west stand at a friendly against 1. FC Nürnberg
The fans are also noticeable outside the stadiums. At this traffic sign in Krems an der Donau, stickers of the Tornados Rapid are hidden in the headlights (2018).

The club is supported, among others, by the Ultras Rapid 1988, the largest and oldest ultra group in Austria. They are one of the few ultra groupings in Europe that show a choreography in every game and were selected in 2005 by the Torcida International Fans Organization (TIFO) to group with the best choreographies in Europe. The Ultras Rapid 1988 also maintain fan friendships with the Ultra groups of the FBC Unione Venice (Gate 22), 1. FC Nürnberg ( Ultras Nürnberg 1994 ) and Panathinaikos Athens (Gate 13). Other important fan clubs are the Tornados Rapid, the Green Lions, the Old Guard and the Lords Rapid. The Lords Rapid supported the team in the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium from the east stand. However, since the Allianz Stadium was completed , they have been part of "Block West".

The media also occasionally associate the Ultras Rapid with violence, they themselves are not averse to it and say, for example: The battles against commercialization seem unbeatable ... unfortunately violence is often the only means there. In fact, there have been several violent riots during or after rapid games in the past, mainly during derbies or games against Sturm Graz . This was also the case on October 22, 2005, when spectators began to bombard the Austriatorwart Joey Didulica with fireworks, although the Ultras Rapid were not the main culprit here. The worst incident so far since the turn of the millennium occurred in the summer of 2002 when, during a friendly against Arsenal, the stands in the Eisenstadt Lindenstadion were set on fire and police officers attacked with bottles and torn out benches. Sanctions against Rapid by UEFA and stadium bans against the hooligans identified by the police - mostly members of Ultras Rapid - were the result, the latter were withdrawn by the club after six months. However, the Ultras denied that members of theirs were involved in the riots in Eisenstadt. The affected Ultras members also denied their involvement.

The behavior of around 400 Ultras Rapid during the friendly international match between the Austrian national team and Scotland , which took place on May 30, 2007 in the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium , also caused discussion . Team captain Andreas Ivanschitz was insulted and whistled every time he touched the ball because he had n't been forgiven for moving from Rapid to Red Bull Salzburg .

In the last Viennese derby of the 2010/11 season, many Rapid supporters stormed the field shortly after Austria's 2-0 win, mobbed players from their own team and shot at the guest block with fireworks that had previously been thrown onto the field from the guest sector. The game was finally abandoned and penalized with 0: 3. Objects were thrown at the Austria team bus even in the run-up to the game.

Rapid quarter of an hour

The rapid quarter of an hour is one of the special features of the club's fan culture. This means the last 15 minutes of each game, in which Rapid was able to completely turn over numerous games. Since 1919, this last quarter of an hour has traditionally been clapped in rhythmically and loudly by the audience for about one to two minutes after exactly 75 minutes of play. The clapping of the Rapid quarter of an hour with the championship game against Vienna AC in 1921 became a firm tradition. Rapid was 1: 5 behind at the break, before the Rapid quarter of an hour was still 3: 5. Finally they still won 7: 5. Josef Uridil , who became one of the first great striker stars of the club as well as of Austrian football, scored all seven goals . The rapid quarter of an hour provided further success in 1939, for example, when they were able to turn a 0-1 deficit against FSV Frankfurt into a 3-1 win in the German cup final and thus also win the German cup as an Austrian club . Along with this, the origin of the rapid quarter of an hour can be traced back to some decisive victories of this early period, above all that of October 29, 1911, when Gustav Blaha scored the 2-1 winning goal against the big favorites WAF in the 75th minute and the young talent was poor thrown together Rapidelf subsequently completely surprisingly won the championship held for the first time. The quarter hour became a tradition in the 1920s, presumably through Hungarian mediation. Friedrich Torberg testifies to the practice in his novel The Team. It became an enthusiastically cultivated ritual on the Pfarrwiese, the home of SK Rapid from 1912 to 1978. Some of the victories achieved in the closing stages played an important role in this. In the period of the global economic crisis , when the unemployed and disqualified could not afford a visit to the sports field, the gates of the parish meadow are said to have been opened at a rapid quarter of an hour. The cheering capacity of the Rapid fans was thus significantly increased in the crucial quarter of an hour.

For some years now, the rhythmic clapping of the rapid quarter of an hour has been followed regularly by loud requests from the fans to the team with the words: “Hoppauf Hütteldorf!”. In March 2011 the fan club Grün-Weiße Akademiker submitted an application to UNESCO to include the rapid quarter of an hour in the circle of the intangible cultural heritage of Austria. However, the application was unanimously rejected.

Second team

The second team of SK Rapid, also known as "SK Rapid II", plays in the 2nd division .


Bundesliga placements of SK Rapid Wien 1912–2017 (Austria & Gauliga Ostmark), the light green horizontal marking indicates the median


  • Austrian Championship :
    • 32 × Austrian champions: 1912, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1964 , 1967, 1968, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1996, 2005, 2008
    • 27 × Austrian runner-up: 1914, 1918, 1928, 1933, 1934, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1958, 1959, 1965, 1966, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2009 , 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020
  • German Championship :
    • 1 × German champion: 1941
    • 1 × 3rd in the German championship: 1940
  • Austrian Cup :
    • 14 × Austrian Cup winners: 1919, 1920, 1927, 1946, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1995
    • 14 × Austrian Cup finalists: 1929, 1934, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2019
  • ÖFB Supercup :
    • 4 × Austrian Supercup winner: 1986, 1987, 1988, 2008
    • 2 × Austrian Supercup finalist: 1995, 1996
  • German Cup :
    • 1 × German cup winner: 1938
    • 2 × semi-finalist in the German Cup: 1939 , 1940
  • Vienna City Hall Tournament :
    • 7 winners of the Vienna City Hall tournament: 1972, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2004



In May 2018 the pastor of the association, Pastor Christoph Pelczar, was able to organize a private audience for the association members with Pope Francis . This is the first audience of an Austrian football club with a Pope. The audience was made easier by the construction of a prayer chapel in the Allianz Stadium , which inspired the pope, who was interested in football.


Web links

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Coordinates: 48 ° 11 ′ 52.8 "  N , 16 ° 15 ′ 57.7"  E

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