Rapid Quarter Hour

As was the case as pictured here against SV Hamburg in the UEFA Europa League fourteen months ago in September of 2009, the supporters of SK RAPID VIENNA will be at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Wien en masse on Sunday for the 295th installment Viennese Derby with intra-city arch-rival FK Austria Vienna. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)


According to the legend of the tradition, the practice of this football phenomena first began in 1919 and newspaper refrences to the term “Rapid Viertelstunde” stretch back even earlier.

“Bis zu Beginn der letzten Viertelstunde” (Up to the beginning of the last quarter hour) appeared in the Vienna newspaper, Das Fremdblatt, in describing Rapid Vienna’s come-from-behind 3-1 victory over AC Floridsdorf on November 17, 1912; all three of the Green-Whites goals came in the final ten minutes of the match.

For a match with Ferencvaros of Budapest on September 22, 1913, Das Fremdblatt reported “Nun kommt die Viertelstunde der Wiener in welcher Rapid seinem Musterform glaenzend demonstrierte.” (Now the quarter hour of the Viennese comes in which Rapid demonstrated its shining sample form.)

Newspaper articles associating Rapid with extra effort and dominant play with the last Viertelstunde continued to appear for the rest of the decade. Even when Rapid Vienna did not win, references are made to the fighting spirit of the team in the last fifteen minutes. Significantly, observances of “wild noise” and “increased partisanship” in the audience are also tied into the concept of Rapid Viertelstunde at this time.



EINKLATSCHEN, the term used for the accompanying rhythmic clapping, has been a part of the RAPID VIERTELSTUNDE since 1919, according to author ROLAND HOLZINGER in his book, “Rapid – Die Chronik 1899-1999”.

“One cannot remember in which game it was, but one day thousands of hands echoing the massive clap from the stands (with) fifteen minutes left in the game cheered on the players to care for a dramatic conclusion. Rapid spirit had found a great recognition!”

And so, to this day, exists one of football’s most enduring as well as exciting traditional element emanating from the supporters of Austrian club Rapid Vienna in the stands.

The Huetteldorfer, as SK Rapid Wien supporters are known on account of the district location for their stadium in the city of Vienna, practice Einklatschen for the Rapid Viertelstunde at every single game, home or away, regardless of the match score — win, lose or draw.

The tales of Rapid Vienna rallying to victory from situations where defeat seemed certain throughout club history are legion.



The clips presented here capture the essence of Rapid Viertelstunde featuring prominently in the action in the UEFA Europa League match against German Bundesliga side SV Hamburg in front of 49,500 spectators at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna on September 17, 2009.

The long goal kick of Austria international shot-stopper HELGE PAYER is controlled in the SV Hamburg half by Rapid Vienna’s still-then 18-year-old midfielder CHRISTOPHER DRAZAN, who, after beating his marker deposits his left-footed shot into the back of the net.

Right on cue with the Rapid Viertelstunde then.

Sept 17, 2009
Europa League -Group Stage



Two-time Austria Footballer of the Year STEFFEN HOFMANN (11), the vetern German midfield captain of Rapid Vienna who began his career with Bayern Munich, nets the first goal for Rapid Vienna from a free kick.

Croatia international striker NIKICA JELAVIC (16), who has since been sold by Rapid Vienna to Glasgow Rangers in Scotland for 4.0 million English pounds, scores a second for die Gruen-Weissen after good work in the box by Austria international midfielder VELI KAVLAK (17).


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