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Rapid Wien
Full name Sportklub Rapid Wien
Nickname(s) Die Grün-Weißen
(The Green-Whites),
Founded 1899
Ground Gerhard Hanappi Stadium
(Capacity: 18,500)
Chairman Rudolf Edlinger
Manager Peter Pacult
League Austrian Football Bundesliga
2008–09 2nd
Home colours
Away colours

The Sportklub Rapid Wien (English: Rapid Vienna) is an Austrian football club Playing in the country's capital city of Vienna. Rapid is Austria's most successful side with 32 championships to its credit, as well as a German title captured when the country was part of Germany. It is one of the two best known sides in Vienna, the other being Rapid's eternal rival, FK Austria Wien. The Rapid squad is often known as the "Green-Whites" for its team colours or as Hütteldorfer for the location of the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium, which is in Hütteldorf, part of the city's 14th district, Penzing.



SK Rapid Wien was founded in 1898 (en:First Workers' Football Club of Vienna). The team's original colours were red and blue, which are still often used in away matches. On 8 January 1899 the club was re-named, 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 1. Arbeiter FC in 1898

One of the best teams in early European football, Rapid became a dominant side during the years between the world wars, when Austria was one of the leading football nations on the continent. After the Anschluss of Austria to Germany in 1938, Rapid played in that country's Gauliga Ostmark along with clubs such as First Vienna and Admira Vienna (playing then as Wacker Wien and Admira Wien). Rapid would be the most successful of these clubs. They won the Tschammerpokal, predecessor of today's German Cup, in 1938 with a 3–1 victory over FSV Frankfurt, and topped 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 by a final score of 4–3 through strength and endurance – the traditional virtues of Rapid players known as the Rapidgeist or "Rapid Spirit".

Almost since the club's beginnings, Rapid fans have announced the last fifteen minutes of the game by way of the legendary "Rapidviertelstunde" – rhythmic clapping at home or away no matter what the score. The first mention of the practise goes back to 1913, and in 1919 a newspaper wrote about the fans clapping at the beginning of the "Rapidviertelstunde". Over the decades, there were many instances where Rapid managed to turn around a seemingly hopeless situation by not giving up and, with their fans' support, fighting their way to a win just before the final whistle.

Although Rapid is by far the most popular club in Austria, other teams like Red Bull Salzburg or FK Magna are able to spend significantly more money every year as they are owned by investors/billionaires. Rapid is trying to compensate for this lack of financial funds by supporting young and talented players.

Rapid were involved in a controversial episode in 1984 when they eliminated Celtic from the European Cup Winners Cup last 16. Strikes from Brian McClair (32 mins) Murdo MacLeod (45+5 mins) put Celtic 2-0 ahead at half time. After the interval Tommy Burns (68 mins) scored a controversial third goal to put Celtic 4-3 up on aggregate. With 14 mins left of the match, Rapid conceded a penalty, after Reinhard Kienast punched Burns on the back of the head whilst a corner kick was being taken. Rapid players, opposing the decision, crowded around the referee and linesman, close to the Celtic fans. Rapid defender Rudolf Weinhofer then fell to the ground, hit by a bottle thrown from the terracing. TV pictures didn't show the szene exaclty. After a delay of some 10 minutes, the penalty was taken by Peter Grant, and he struck it wide. The match finished 3–0, giving Celtic a 4–3 win on aggregate. However, Rapid appealed to UEFA for a replay, and both teams were fined. The replay appeal was turned down initially, and Celtic appealed against the fine. In reaction to Celtic's appeal, UEFA granted Rapid a replay and increased Celtic's fine. The replay was held at Old Trafford, Manchester, and Rapid won 1–0 through a Peter Pacult strike.


Rapid Wien now plays at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium which was opened on 10 May 1977 in a game against FK Austria.


Rapid Vienna is also Austria's record titleholder when including Vienna-only titles and titles won in Germany during the time of the Third Reich, winning the Austrian Championship title 32 times to date. Supporters of other teams sometimes argue that the 16 championship wins before the establishment of a nation wide all-Austrian league should not be counted. However, those titles are credited by most observers, since Viennese league play was virtually synonymous with Austrian football at that time. The wins of the German Championship and German Cup were possible due to Austria's annexation by Germany on March 12, 1938.

  • Austrian Cup (14): 1919, 1920, 1927, 1946, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1995

Steffen Hofmann celebrating the championship 2008.

Current squad

As of 31 August 2009 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Austria GK Raimund Hedl
3 Austria DF Jürgen Patocka
4 Montenegro DF Milan Jovanović
6 Austria DF Christian Thonhofer
7 Austria MF Stefan Kulovits
8 Finland MF Markus Heikkinen
9 Albania FW Hamdi Salihi
11 Germany MF Steffen Hofmann (captain)
13 Austria DF Christoph Schößwendter
14 Austria DF Markus Katzer
16 Croatia FW Nikica Jelavić
17 Austria MF Veli Kavlak
No. Position Player
18 Austria DF Hannes Eder
19 Austria MF Christopher Drazan
20 Austria FW René Gartler
22 Norway DF Ragnvald Soma
23 Austria DF Andreas Dober
24 Austria GK Helge Payer
27 Montenegro MF Branko Bošković
28 Austria FW Christopher Trimmel
30 Austria GK Lukas Königshofer
33 Austria FW Mario Konrad
35 Austria MF Yasin Pehlivan
36 Austria MF Muhammed Ildiz

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
15 Austria MF Boris Prokopić (to FC Wacker Innsbruck)
31 Austria DF Tanju Kayhan (to SC Magna Wiener Neustadt)

Retired numbers

5Austria Peter Schöttel

Notable players

Managers since 1910

Team trivia

  • SK Rapid Wien won the German Championship in 1941 and the German Cup in 1938.

SK Rapid Wien II Squad

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

No. Position Player
1 Austria GK Ertan Uzun
2 Austria DF Oliver Mohr
3 Austria DF Philipp Schöberl
4 Austria DF Nermin Jusić
6 Austria DF Emanuel Sakić
8 Austria FW Christopher Trimmel
9 Austria MF Marcel Toth
11 Austria MF Serkan Ciftci
12 Austria DF Stefan Holzmeier
13 Austria MF Matthias Muhr
15 Czech Republic FW Richard Jicinsky
16 Austria DF Stephan Palla
No. Position Player
17 Austria MF Thomas Bergmann
18 Austria FW Mehmet Sütcü
19 Austria MF Muhammed Ildiz
20 Austria MF Michel Sandić
21 Austria GK Nikola Kovacević
23 Austria FW Thomas Fröschl
24 Austria DF Cem Tosun
25 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Arvedin Terzić
26 Austria FW Daniel Luxbacher
27 Hungary MF Patrik Nagy
28 Austria DF Dominik Huber
29 Austria FW René Gartler
- Serbia FW Bojan Malinić

See also


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