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
GroundGerhard Hanappi Stadium
ChairmanRudolf Edlinger
ManagerPeter Schöttel
LeagueAustrian Bundesliga
2010/11Austrian Bundesliga, 5th


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.

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- homeground of SK Rapid

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.

Current squadEdit

As of 12 July, 2011

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF   Austria Jürgen Patocka
4 DF   Austria Thomas Schrammel
6 DF   Austria Mario Sonnleitner
7 MF   Austria Stefan Kulovits
8 MF   Finland Markus Heikkinen
9 FW   Albania Hamdi Salihi
11 MF   Germany Steffen Hofmann (captain)
14 DF   Austria Markus Katzer
15 FW   Austria Atdhe Nuhiu
16 MF   Austria Boris Prokopič
17 DF   Austria Christian Thonhofer
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW   Austria René Gartler
21 MF   Austria Christoph Saurer
22 DF   Norway Ragnvald Soma
23 MF   Austria Thomas Prager (on loan fromFC Luzern)
24 GK   Austria Helge Payer
27 DF   Austria Harald Pichler
28 FW   Austria Christopher Trimmel
30 FW   Austria Guido Burgstaller
31 GK   Austria Lukas Königshofer
33 FW   Austria Deni Alar
36 DF   Austria Michael Schimpelsberger

Famous playersEdit


  • Viennese Championship (16): 1912, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1948 [8]
  • Austrian Cup (14): 1919, 1920, 1927, 1946, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1995



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