Soccer City: Vienna – where intellectuals played

AUSTRIAN football has been dominated by Red Bull Salzburg in recent years, but the city of Mozart has a long way to go before it can match the record of Vienna, in terms of trophies won and influence on the game. Salzburg’s corporate football may represent the zeitgeist in being backed by the beverage company Red Bull, but despite having significant financial advantages from this … Continue reading Soccer City: Vienna – where intellectuals played

A central European odyssey: The life of Josef Bican

IN 1928, the Olympic men’s 100 metre sprint was won by Canada’s Percy Williams. He ran the race in 10.8 seconds. Over in Vienna, a young footballer could run 100 metres in the same time, but he was wearing heavy boots and a football kit. That player was one Josef Bican, known as “Pepi” to his friends. We should all be aware of Bican as … Continue reading A central European odyssey: The life of Josef Bican

Picture Post: Rapid Vienna – before redevelopment

REGULAR Game of the People readers will know we have a liking for central and eastern Europe and there’s no more evocative name than Rapid Vienna. We visited the famous Gerhard Hannapi stadium just before it was demolished in 2014. Rapid Vienna were founded in 1899 and they’ve won the Austrian title 32 times, the last occasion being in 2008. Almost since the club’s beginnings, … Continue reading Picture Post: Rapid Vienna – before redevelopment

Grounds for optimism in Vienna

The Ernst Happel Stadium, once known as the mighty Prater, is doing brisk business these days. New grounds are en vogue in Austria at the moment, and in Vienna, the latest club to announce a makeover is Austria Vienna. This comes just over six months after their fierce rivals, Rapid, moved out of the Gerhard Hanappi stadium while it was being demolished to make way … Continue reading Grounds for optimism in Vienna

Viennese whirl: The coffee house derby

Vienna is a cultural city where classical music pervades every corner of its well manicured strasse. Coffee is the beverage of choice and the food is hearty and satisfying. But football in such a city probably cannot claim to be, to quote Italian football’s Swedish legend Niels Liedholm, “the most important of the less important things in life”. Bricking it You might be forgiven for … Continue reading Viennese whirl: The coffee house derby