300th Vienna Derby Is A Dead Heat For FK Austria & SK Rapid


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SK Rapid Vienna’s German captain STEFFEN HOFMANN (right), the one-time Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich midfielder who has now made 288 appearances while scoring 77 goals for die Gruen-Weissen in the Austrian Bundesliga, looks to pull away from FK Austria Vienna midfielder MICHAEL LIENDL during the historic 300th WIENER DERBY between the Green-Whites and the Violets at the Ernst Happel Stadion in the capital city of Austria.
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Of the all the exciting, not to mention numerous, Derby football matches that are contested routinely all across the entire planet there are only two others than have been played more often than the wonderful FK AUSTRIA WIEN v SK RAPID WIEN rivalry from the capital city of Oesterreich … only the famous Celtic v Rangers in Scotland’s Glagow and Fenerbahce v Galatasary in Turkey’s Istanbul can claim more meetings throughtout the entire history of world football.

Unfortunately, the 300th WIENER DERBY left alot to be desired both from an attendance standpoint as well as exciting, goal-scoring action as the punchless pair of die Gruen-Weissen and die Veilchen ground to a 0-0 stalemate in front of only 29,400 at the old Praterstadion on such a noteworthy occasion.

FK Austria Vienna, who might have overtaken their intra-city rivals at the top of the table with a victory on Saturday in only their second match under new trainer IVICA VASTIC, were clearly missing the attacking prowess of the two players sold off during the Winterpause. Morocco international NACER BARAZITE, who still leads the Violets with eight goals in the Bundesliga this season, was bought by French second divison club AS Monaco for a fee of 3.0 million Euros at the end of January. Earlier, Austria international midfielder ZLATKO JUNUZOVIC, who had registered six goals for die Veilchen this term, was transferred to German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in exchange for 750,000 Euros.

Former Austria U-21 international striker ADTHE NUHIU, who leads 32-times national champion SK Rapid Vienna with six goals this season, once again began on the bench for trainer PETER SCHOETTEL while 27-year-old Albania international HAMDI SALIHI, who scored 33 goals in 55 Bundesliga games his first two campaigns for die Gruen-Weissen before managing just three strikes in a dozen league matches this term, has been dispatched to D.C. United of Major League Soccer in the capital city of the United States; it was 22-year-old GUIDO BURGSTALLER, who netted the equalizing goal of the 299th Weiner Derby with a first career strike for the Green-Whites, that started up front for SK Rapid.

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Australia international JAMES HOLLAND of FK Austria Vienna, the 22-year-old defensive midfielder just recently signed by the Violets on a free transfer from Dutch Eredivisie club AZ 67 Alkmaar, looks to dribble around SK Rapid Vienna midfielder THOMAS PRAGER (23), the 26-year-old Austria international out on loan for the season from Swiss club FC Luzern, on his first ever appearance in the oft-played Wiener Derby.
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Burgstaller, the summer signing from SC Wiener Neustadt, had the best opportunity of the first half a minute just before the break with a close range header from the corner kick of SK Rapid Vienna captain STEFFEN HOFMANN. But FK Austria Vienna goalkeeper HEINZ LINDNER, the 21-year-old who regained his first team place in between the sticks for the Violets earlier this past fall after summer signing PASCAL GRUENWALD was injured, was able to make the critical save. Lindner was needed once again just after the restart to deal with the header of SK Rapid’s Austria international winger CHRISTOPHER TRIMMEL.

Trimmel, the 24-year-old who has totaled four goals in the top flight for die Gruen-Weissen this season, had the most glorious chance of the entire game with just three minutes remaining but could not be the big hero in the 300th Wiener Derby after his header smashed harmlessly off the crossbar; shortly thereafter, former Austria U-21 international midfielder FLORIAN KLEIN might have snatched a late winner for FK Austria Vienna in the 88th minute by had his shot parried away by Wiener Derby debutant LUKAS KOENIGSHOFER, the nervy 22-year-old appearing in just his sixth career match in the Bundesliga top flight.

Their share of the spoils against the cross-town rivals left SK Rapid Vienna with a two-point lead at the summit of the Austrian Bundesliga standings although FK Austria Vienna, for its part, did move up into second place past SV Ried by virtue of goal differential.

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FK Austria Vienna striker TOMAS JUN, the 29-year-old Czech Republic international who has counted three goals in the Bundesliga this season, watches closely as SK Rapid Vienna defender MARKUS KATZER, the 32-year-old veteran with 11 caps (0 go) for Austria to his credit, carefully controls the ball during the historic 300th Wiener Derby at the Ernst Happel Stadion.
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SK RAPID VIENNA : Koenigshofer – Schimpelsberger, Sonnleitner, Pichler, Katzer – Heikkinen (Kulovits 81′), Prager (Nuhiu 64′) – Drazan (Alar 70′), Hofmann, Trimmel – Burgstaller

FK AUSTRIA VIENNA : Lindner – Dilaver, Margreitter, Ortlechner, Suttner – Holland, Liendl (Simkovic 71′) – Leovac, Jun, Gorgon (Klein 46′) – Kienast (Tadic 62′)

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  1. Matt Boone

    Im not familiar with this derby. You wrote an article about bayerns best foreign signings, but I cant access it anymore

    • LOOSE CANNON

      The FK Austria Wien v SK Rapid Wien Derby is great! 3rd-most played Derby in the world – that’s impressive. Do you know about the RAPID VIERTELSTUNDE? If not, you should read “Rapid Quarter Hour” here … As for the article you mentioned, it’s still up “Best Of Bayern Munich’s Foreign Strike Force”