Willibald Schmaus

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Willibald "Willy" Schmaus (born June 16, 1912 , † April 27, 1979 in Vienna ) was an Austrian football player . It belonged to the great era of First Vienna FC, which lasted from the 1930s to the 1940s. He took part in the soccer world championship with both the Austrian and the national team of the German Reich.


The defender played for First Vienna FC in the 1930s . The first big success was winning the Cup in May 1930 with a 1-0 final victory over FK Austria Wien . He made further finals in this competition in 1936 and 1937. In 1936 Austria managed a successful revenge with 3-0, while in the following year with a 2-0 win over the Wiener Sportklub a title win again.

In 1931 Vienna achieved the first championship win in the club's history. In 1933 another title was won. With runner-up championships in 1932 and 1936, further relative successes could be recorded.

At the international level, Vienna came with Schmaus 1931 to their only title win in the once highly prestigious Mitropapokal . After quarter- and semi-final wins over Bocskay FC Debrecen and AS Roma , Vienna remained victorious in the two finals against Wiener AC . The title defense in the following year actually failed in the semi-finals, where Vienna could only answer with a 1-0 after a 2-0 away win against AGC Bologna at home. However, since the clubs of the other semifinals, Slavia Prague and Juventus Turin, could not agree on a suitable mode for qualifying, the match with Bologna became the final and Vienna became the second of the competition.

In 1934 he was appointed to Austria's squad for the World Cup in Italy , which came fourth there. Schmaus first played for Austria in 1935, where he made a total of 15 missions by 1937. This also included two games in the then European Cup competition for national teams 1935-37, which Austria finished second. In June 1937 he also won in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam with a selection from Central Europe - consisting of players from Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Italy - a selection from Western Europe - consisting of players from Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium - 3-1. Alongside his compatriot Karl Sesta, the Italian world champions Giuseppe Meazza and Silvio Piola played at his side .

On April 3, 1938, he was also involved in the last international match of an Austrian national team when they defeated Germany 2-0 in a game officially known as a reconciliation game but commonly known as the follow-up game in Vienna's Prater Stadium . The game is not included in official international match statistics.

As early as June 1938, he took part in the World Cup in France with the national team of the German Reich . After the first game, the de facto round of 16 against Switzerland the 1-1 draw after extra time, he was certified by the Reich coach Josef Herberger a good performance. He was therefore a bit surprised to be replaced by Jakob Streitle from Bayern in the replay . There Germany was eliminated 2-4 against the Confederates trained by the Austrian Karl Rappan . By February 1942 Schmaus had a total of ten missions for the Reich.

With the Vienna in 1942 he became Gaumeister of the then so-called Ostmark and thus de facto Austrian champion. The Vienna penetrated in the finals of the German championship in the final before but lost there with Schamus in Berlin to FC Schalke 04 with 0-2. In addition to Ernst Sabeditsch , Karl Decker and Torman Stefan Ploc , he was counted among the best players on his team.

In October 1943 he gave birth to twins: a boy and a girl.


1930–1942 - First Vienna FC
Finalist: 1932
Runner-up: 1932, 1936
Runner-up: 1942
Finalist: 1936
1934–1937 - national team of Austria
1938–1942 - National team of the German Reich
  • Participation in the World Championship in 1938
  • 10 games

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