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Rapid Wien
SK Rapid Wien.svg
Full name Sportklub Rapid Wien
Nickname(s) Die Grün-Weißen
(The Green-Whites),
Founded 1899; 119 years ago (1899)
Ground Weststadion
Ground Capacity 28,345
Chairman Michael Krammer
Manager Goran Djuricin
League Austrian Bundesliga
2016–17 Austrian Bundesliga, 5th
Website Club website
Current season

Sportklub Rapid Wien (German pronunciation: [raˈpiːd viːn]), commonly known as Rapid Vienna, is an Austrian football club playing in the country's capital city of Vienna. Rapid is the most successful Austrian club football club, it has won 32 Austrian championship titles, including the first ever title in the season 1911–12, as well as a German championship in 1941 during Nazi rule. Rapid twice reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985 and 1996, losing on both occasions.

The club is often known as Die Grün-Weißen (The Green-whites) for its team colours or as Hütteldorfer, in reference to the location of the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium, which is in Hütteldorf, part of the city's 14th district, Penzing.


Early history[edit]

The 1. Arbeiter FC in 1898

The club was founded in 1897 as Erster Wiener Arbeiter-Fußball-Club (First Viennese Workers' Football Club). The team's original colours were red and blue, which are still often used in away matches. On 8 January 1899, the club was renamed, taking on its present name of Sportklub Rapid Wien, following the example of Rapide Berlin. In 1904, the team colours were changed to green and white. The club won Austria's first ever national championship in 1911–12 by a single point,[1] and retained the title the following season.[2]

Historical chart of Rapid Wien league performance

Between World Wars[edit]

Rapid became a dominant force during the years between the world wars, an era in which Austria was one of the leading football nations on the continent. It won its first hat-trick of titles from 1919 to 1921.[3] After the annexation of Austria to Germany in 1938, Rapid joined the German football system, playing in the regional first division Gauliga Ostmark along with clubs such as Wacker Wien and Admira Vienna. Rapid would be the most successful of these clubs. They won the Tschammerpokal, predecessor of today's DFB-Pokal, in 1938 with a 3–1 victory over FSV Frankfurt, and followed that with a German Championship in 1941 by defeating Schalke 04, the most dominant German club of the era. The team was able to overcome a 3–0 Schalke lead to win the match 4–3.

Post-World War II[edit]

As the winners of the 1954–55 season, Rapid were Austria's entrant for the inaugural European Cup in the following season. They were drawn in the first round against PSV and opened with a 6–1 home victory, with Alfred Körner scoring a hat-trick. Despite losing the away leg 1–0, the club still advanced to a quarter-final, where they started with a 1–1 home draw against Milan before being defeated 7–2 in the away match at the San Siro to lose 8–3 on aggregate.[4]

Rapid's best performance in the European Cup came in the 1960–61 season when they reached the semi-final before being eliminated by eventual winners Benfica, 4–1 on aggregate. Previously, in the quarter-final the club required a replay to eliminate East German club Aue from the tournament after a 3–3 aggregate draw. The modern away goals rule would have seen Aue advance without needing the replay, held at the St Jakob Park in neutral Basel.[5]

The club was involved in a controversial episode in 1984 when they eliminated Celtic from the last 16 of the European Cup Winners' Cup. Celtic were leading 4–3 on aggregate with 14 minutes left in the match when Rapid conceded a penalty. As the Rapid players protested to the match officials, their defender Rudolf Weinhofer then fell to the ground and claimed to have been hit by a bottle thrown from the stands. However, television images clearly showed that a bottle was thrown onto the pitch and did not hit Weinhofer. The match finished 4–3, but Rapid appealed to UEFA for a replay, and both teams were fined. The replay appeal was turned down initially, but Rapid appealed for a second time. On this occasion, Rapid's fine was doubled but UEFA also stipulated the match be replayed 100 miles away from Celtic's ground. The game was held on 12 December 1984 at Old Trafford, Manchester, and Rapid won 1–0 through a Peter Pacult strike.

Rapid reached its first European final in 1985, losing 3–1 in the Cup Winners' Cup Final to Everton in Rotterdam. Eleven years later, in the same tournament's final in Brussels, Rapid lost 1–0 to Paris Saint-Germain.[6]

Rapid reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the most recent time in 2005–06 after beating F91 Dudelange of Luxembourg 9–3 on aggregate and then defeating Lokomotiv Moscow 2–1 on aggregate in a play-off after a 1–0 victory in Russia. They eventually finished last in their group after losing all of their matches against Bayern Munich, Juventus and Club Brugge.[7]

Club culture[edit]

Almost since the club's beginnings, Rapid fans have announced the last 15 minutes of the match by way of the traditional "Rapidviertelstunde" – rhythmic clapping at home or away no matter what the score. The first mention of the practise goes back to 1913, and on 21 April 1918 a newspaper wrote about the fans clapping at the beginning of the "Rapidviertelstunde". Over the decades, there were many instances where the team managed to turn around a losing position by not giving up and, with their fans' support, fighting their way to a win just before the final whistle.


Rapid played at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium, which was opened on 10 May 1977 with a Wien derby match against Austria Wien until the 2013–14 season. The stadium bore the name of its architect Gerhard Hanappi, who also played for Rapid from 1950 to 1965. Prior to 1980, when it was renamed in his honour, it was known as the Weststadion (Western Stadium), due to its position in the city.

In June 2014, it was announced that a new stadium, named Allianz Stadion, will be built in place of the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium.[8] During its construction, Rapid will host its home games in the Ernst Happel Stadion.

Wien Derby[edit]

A 2010 Wien derby match between Rapid Wien and Austria Wien.

Rapid Wien contest the Wien derby with their local Vienna rivals Austria Wien. The two clubs are the most supported and successful in the entire country. Both teams originate from Hietzing, the 13th district in the west of the city, but have since moved into different districts. While Austria Wien is seen as a middle-class club, Rapid traditionally hold the support of the capital's working class. The two clubs first met in a league championship match on 8 September 1911, a 4–1 victory for Rapid.[9] The fixture is the most-played derby in European football after the Old Firm match in Glasgow between Celtic and Rangers.


Steffen Hofmann celebrating the championship 2008.

Rapid Wien is Austria's record titleholder, winning these a total of 32 times to date. The club won a German Championship and German Cup while part of that country's football competition from 1938–45, following the annexation of Austria by Germany on 12 March 1938.

Team photo for the 2010–2011 season.

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Austria GK Richard Strebinger
3 Brazil DF Lucas Galvão
5 Belgium DF Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo
6 Austria DF Mario Sonnleitner
7 Austria MF Philipp Schobesberger
8 Austria MF Stefan Schwab (captain)
9 Norway FW Veton Berisha
10 Austria MF Louis Schaub
11 Germany MF Steffen Hofmann
13 Georgia (country) FW Giorgi Kvilitaia
17 Austria DF Christopher Dibon
18 Hungary MF Tamás Szántó
19 Austria MF Thomas Murg
No. Position Player
20 Austria DF Maximilian Hofmann
21 Austria GK Tobias Knoflach
22 Austria DF Mario Pavelić
24 Austria MF Stephan Auer
26 Croatia MF Ivan Močinić
27 Austria MF Andreas Kuen
29 Austria DF Mert Müldür
32 Austria GK Christoph Haas
34 Brazil FW Joelinton (on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim)
36 Austria MF Kelvin Arase
38 Austria DF Manuel Thurnwald
39 Austria MF Dejan Ljubicic
55 Greece MF Thanos Petsos (on loan from Werder Bremen)

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Austria GK Paul Gartler (to Austria Kapfenberg)
Austria MF Albin Gashi (to Austria Floridsdorf)
Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Srđan Grahovac (to Kazakhstan Astana)
Austria FW Maximilian Entrup (to Austria St. Pölten)
No. Position Player
Croatia FW Matej Jelić (to Croatia Rijeka)
Austria FW Alex Sobczyk (to Austria St. Pölten)
Austria MF Philipp Malicsek (to Austria St. Pölten)

Managers since 1910[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Austria 1911/12. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics (2 February 2005).
  2. ^ Austria 1912/13. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics (9 February 2005).
  3. ^ Austria – List of Champions. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics (25 July 2013).
  4. ^ UEFA Champions League 1955/56 – History – Rapid Wien –. UEFA.
  5. ^ UEFA Champions League 1960/61 – History – Rapid Wien –. UEFA.
  6. ^ European Cup Winners' Cup Finals 1961–99. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics (31 May 1999).
  7. ^ UEFA Champions League 2005/06 – History – Rapid Wien –. UEFA.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  9. ^ [1] Archived 10 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

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