SK Rapid Wien

association football club in Austria

S.K. Rapid Wien is an Austrian football club. Rapid Wien was founded in 1898 and is one of the major clubs in Austria. The club plays in Vienna. Rapid is Austria's most successful team with 32 championships wins. Rapid also won a German title in 1941 when the country was part of Germany.

Rapid Wien
Full nameSportklub Rapid Wien
GroundAllianz Stadion
ChairmanMartin Bruckner
ManagerFerdinand Feldhofer
LeagueAustrian Bundesliga
2020-21Austrian Bundesliga, 2nd


The 1. Arbeiter FC in 1898

The club was founded in 1898 as First Workers' Football Club of Vienna but was renamed in S(port) K(lub) Rapid Wien on 8 January 1899. The first coulors were red and white. The teams uses these colours in away matches today.

During the years before World War II, Rapid was one of the most successful clubs in Europe. Before the Second World War, Rapid won the Viennese championship 16 times. In these years there was no nationwide championship because professional football teams only played in Vienna. In 1930 Rapid won the Mitropacup against Sparta Praha (2:0; 3:2) (La Coupe de l'Europe Centrale), one of the first international competitions in Europe.[1] Around this time, the rivalry with the other great club of Vienna, FK Austria, started and continues today. Rapid was the club of the working class, while supporters of FK Austria were more middle class. After the annexation of Austria through Nazi-Germany in 1938 Rapid played in the Gauliga Ostmark. Rapid won the Tschammerpokal (Cup) in 1938 with a 3–1 victory over FSV Frankfurt. 1941 they won the Championship versus Schalke 04 (4-3).

Supporters of SK Rapid during an awaymatch in Salzburg

Almost since the beginning of the club's history, the fans announce the last 15 minutes with clapping of their hands, the "Rapidviertelstunde".

Hanappi-Stadium, named after the architect and former player of Rapid Gerhard Hanappi- former homeground of SK Rapid
Allianz Stadion new homeground of SK Rapid build 2014-16 on the ground of the Hanappistadion

SK Rapid only won the Austrian championship twice since 2000. The greatest success in recent years was the victory over the Premier League club Aston Villa in the last qualifying round for the UEFA Europa League 2009 and 2010. They played in the group stage twice, but they did not reach the next round. Rapid last reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League in 2005–06. They finished last in their group and lost all their matches. [2]

Current squadEdit

As of 28 December 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
5 MF   Austria Roman Kerschbaum
6 DF   Austria Kevin Wimmer
7 MF   Germany Nicolas Kühn
8 MF   Austria Christoph Knasmüllner
9 FW   Austria Guido Burgstaller
13 MF   Austria Thorsten Schick
14 MF   Serbia Aleksa Pejić
16 MF   Slovenia Dejan Petrovič
17 DF   Austria Christopher Dibon
18 FW   Austria Oliver Strunz
19 DF   Austria Michael Sollbauer
20 DF   Austria Maximilian Hofmann
21 GK   Austria Bernhard Unger
22 DF   Slovakia Martin Koscelník
23 MF   Austria Jonas Auer
24 MF   Austria Patrick Greil
25 GK   Austria Paul Gartler
26 DF   Austria Martin Moormann
No. Pos. Nation Player
27 FW   Austria Marco Grüll
28 MF   Austria Moritz Oswald
29 FW   Austria Ante Bajic
30 DF   Austria Leo Greiml
31 DF   Austria Maximilian Ullmann
33 DF   Austria Marko Dijakovic
34 MF   Austria Nicolas Sattlberger
35 FW   Austria Nicolas Binder
36 DF   Austria Aristot Tambwe-Kasengele
37 DF   Austria Pascal Fallmann
38 FW   Netherlands Ferdy Druijf
39 FW   Austria René Kriwak
41 FW   Austria Bernhard Zimmermann
42 FW   Austria Lion Schuster
43 DF   Austria Leopold Querfeld
45 GK   Austria Niclas Hedl
77 FW   Austria Dragoljub Savić

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   Austria Paul Gobara (at SV Horn until 30 June 2022)

Coaching history (21st century)Edit


Start End Coach
4/1998 5/2000   Heribert Weber
5/2000 8/2001   Ernst Dokupil
8/2001 9/2001   Peter Persidis
9/2001 5/2002   Lothar Matthäus
7/2002 12/2005   Josef Hickersberger
1/2006 8/2006   Georg Zellhofer
8/2006 9/2009   Roman Pivarník
9/2006 4/2011   Peter Pacult
4/2011 6/2011   Zoran Barisic
7/2011 4/2013   Peter Schöttel
4/2013 6/2016   Zoran Barisic
7/2016 11/2016   Mike Büskens
11/2016 11/2016   Thomas Hickersberger
11/2016 4/2017   Damir Canadi
4/2017 9/2018   Goran Djuricin
10/2018 11/2020   Dietmar Kühbauer
11/2020 11/2020   Manfred Nastl
11/2020 11/2021   Dietmar Kühbauer
11/2021 11/2021   Thomas Hickersberger
11/2021   Ferdinand Feldhofer

Famous playersEdit


  • Viennese Championship (16): 1912, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1948 [10]
  • Austrian Cup (14): 1919, 1920, 1927, 1946, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1995



  1. IFFHS Mitropacup 1930
  2. UEFA:Championsleague 2005/06
  3. [1] Retrieved 8 February 2022 (in German)
  4. later playing in the American Footbal League
  5. later architect, he designed the homeground of Rapid which is named after him
  6. later coach of the dutch national footballteam
  7. best scorer of Europe, later playing for CF Barcelona
  8. introduced the International Football Cup (now UEFA Intertoto Cup)
  9. later manager of Croatia (2004-2006) and Montenegro (2010- )
  10. Before the Second World war professional football was only played in Vienna.