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SK Rapid Wien

The Sportklub Rapid Wien (Rapid Vienna) is an Austrian football Austrian football clubs playing in the country's capital city of Vienna. 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. In English, they are referred to as Rapid Vienna.

History

SK Rapid Wien was founded in 1898 as Erster Wiener Arbeiter-Fußball-Club (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 January 8 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.

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 Austria 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. With 10 mins left of the second-leg, Rapid were 3-0 down and facing an 4-3 aggregate defeat. Rapid's composure had gone altogether after a first-half blitz from Celtic and for most of the second-half, they had resorted to crude play and fouls in order to disrupt Celtic's rythym. Then, after Kienhast conceded a penalty, giving Celtic a chance to move 4-0 up, (which they later missed when Peter Grant struck the kick wide) Rapid defender Weinhofer fell to the ground claiming he had been hit by a bottle thrown from the terracing. The match finished 3-0 and Rapid were knocked out. Despite TV evidence proving that Weinhofer was cheating and had not been hit by anything, Rapid twice appealed to UEFA for a replay, and got their wish. The replay was held at Old Trafford, Manchester, and Rapid won 1-0.

Stadium

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

Honours

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 Championship (32): 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
  • Austrian Cup (14): 1919, 1920, 1927, 1946, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1995
  • Austrian Supercup: 1986, 1987, 1988
  • German Championship: 1941
  • German Cup: 1938
  • Mitropa Cup: 1930, 1951
  • Cup Winners' Cup Runners Up: 1985, 1996

European records

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1955-56 UEFA Champions League 1R PSV Eindhoven 6-1 0-1
QF AC Milan 1-1 2-7
1956-57 UEFA Champions League 1R Real Madrid 3-1 2-4, 0-2*
1957-58 UEFA Champions League 1R AC Milan 5-2 1-4, 2-4**
1960-61 UEFA Champions League 1R Besiktas 4-0 0-1
2R SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt 3-1, 1-0*** 0-2
QF Malmö FF 2-0 2-0
SF Benfica 0-3 0-3
1961-62 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Spartak Varna 0-0 5-2
2R Fiorentina 2-6 1-3
1962-63 UEFA Cup 1R Crvena Zvezda 1-1 0-1
1963-64 UEFA Cup 1R Racing Club de France 1-0 3-2
2R Valencia CF 0-0 2-3
1964-65 UEFA Champions League 1R Shamrock Rovers 3-0 2-0
2R Glasgow Rangers 0-2 0-1
1966-67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Galatasaray 4-0 5-3
2R Spartak Moskva 1-0 1-1
QF Bayern München 1-0 0-2 AET
1967-68 UEFA Champions League 1R Besiktas 3-0 1-0
2R Eintracht Braunschweig 1-0 0-2
1968-69 UEFA Champions League 1R Rosenborg BK 3-3 3-1
2R Real Madrid 1-0 1-2
QF Manchester United 0-0 0-3
1969-70 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR Torpedo Moskva 0-0 1-1
1R PSV Eindhoven 1-2 2-4
1971-72 UEFA Cup 2R Dinamo Zagreb 0-0 2-2
3R Juventus 0-1 1-4
1972-73 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R PAOK Saloniki 0-0 2-2
2R Rapid Bucuresti 1-1 1-3
1973-74 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Randers FC 2-1 0-0
2R AC Milan 0-2 0-0
1974-75 UEFA Cup 1R Aris Saloniki 3-1 0-1
2R Velez Mostar 1-1 0-1
1975-76 UEFA Cup 1R Galatasaray 1-0 1-3
1976-77 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Atletico Madrid 1-2 1-1
1977-78 UEFA Cup 1R TJ VZKG Vitkovice 1-0 0-3
1978-79 UEFA Cup 1R Hajduk Split 2-1 0-2
1979-80 UEFA Cup 1R Diósgyőri VTK 0-1 2-3
1981-82 UEFA Cup 1R FC Fehérvár 2-2 2-0
2R PSV Eindhoven 1-0 1-2
3R Real Madrid 0-1 0-0
1982-83 UEFA Champions League 1R Avenir Beggen 8-0 5-0
2R Widzew Lodz 2-1 3-5
1983-84 UEFA Champions League 1R FC Nantes 3-0 1-3
2R Bohemians Praha 1-0 1-2
QF Dundee United 2-1 0-1
1984-85 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Besiktas 4-1 1-1
2R Celtic Glasgow 3-1 1-0
QF Dynamo Dresden 5-0 0-3
SF Dynamo Moskva 3-1 1-1
Final Everton FC 1-3
1985-86 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Tatabanya Banyasz SC 5-0 1-1
2R Fram Reykjavik 3-0 1-2
QF Dynamo Kiev 1-4 1-5
1986-87 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R FC Brügge 4-3 3-3
2R Lokomotiv Leipzig 1-1 1-2 AET
1987-88 UEFA Champions League 1R Hamrun Spartans 6-0 1-0
2R PSV Eindhoven 1-2 0-2
1988-89 UEFA Champions League 1R Galatasaray 2-1 0-2
1989-90 UEFA Cup 1R FC Aberdeen 1-0 1-2
2R FC Brügge 4-3 2-1
3R R.F.C. de Liège 1-0 1-3
1990-91 UEFA Cup 1R Inter Milano 2-1 1-3 AET
1992-93 UEFA Cup 1R Dynamo Kiev 3-2 0-1
1995-96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Petrolul Ploiesti 3-1 0-0
2R Sporting Clube de Portugal 4-0 AET 0-2
QF Dynamo Moskva 3-0 1-0
SF Feyenoord 3-0 1-1
Final Paris St. Germain 0-1
1996-97 UEFA Champions League 1R Dynamo Kiev 2-0 4-2
Group C Fenerbache 1-1 0-1
Group C Manchester United 0-2 0-2
Group C Juventus 1-1 0-5
1997-98 UEFA Cup 2QR Boby Brno 6-1 0-2
1R Hapoel Petah Tikva 1-0 1-1
2R TSV 1860 München 3-0 1-2
3R Lazio 0-2 0-1
1998-99 UEFA Cup 2QR Omonia Nicosia 2-0 1-3
1R Girondins Bordeaux 1-2 1-1
1999-00 UEFA Champions League 2QR Valletta FC 3-0 2-0
3QR Galatasaray 0-3 0-1
1999-00 UEFA Cup 1R Inter Bratislava 1-2 0-1
2000-01 UEFA Cup QUAL Teuta Dürres 2-0 4-0
1R Örgryte IS 3-0 1-1
2R NK Osijek 0-2 1-2
2001-02 UEFA Cup QUAL SS Cosmos 2-0 1-0
1R Partizan Beograd 5-1 0-1
2R Paris St. Germain 2-2 0-4
2004-05 UEFA Cup QUAL Rubin Kazan 0-2 3-0
1R Sporting Clube de Portugal 0-0 0-2
2005-06 UEFA Champions League 2QR F91 Dudelange 3-2 6-1
3QR Lokomotiv Moskva 1-1 1-0
Group A Bayern München 0-1 0-4
Group A Juventus 1-3 0-3
Group A FC Brügge 0-1 2-3
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R Slovan Bratislava 3-1 1-0
3R Rubin Kazan 3-1 0-0
2007-08 UEFA Cup 2QR Dinamo Tbilisi 5-0 3-0
1R RSC Anderlecht 0-1 1-1
2008-09 UEFA Champions League 2QR Anorthosis Famagusta 3-1 0-3

* A third match was played in Madrid. ** Milan won the third playoff match in Zürich. *** Rapid won 1-0 in the playoff match in Basel.

Current squad

As of September, 2008.

Rapid Vienna Possible Lineup for 08/09 Season.

Transfers 2008

In:

Out:

Out on loan

Retired numbers

5Peter Schöttel

Notable players

Managers since 1910

Team trivia

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

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