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Rapid Wien#

Rapid Wien, founded in 1898 under the name "1. Wiener Arbeiter-Fussballklub", since 1899 named "Sportklub Rapid Wien", club colours are green and white. Austrian record-holder champion, by 2000 the club had won 30 Austrian championships, 14 Austrian cups and three super cups; Rapid Wien won the Central European cup (Mitropacup) in 1930, the German cup in 1938, the German championship in 1941, the Central European cup (Zentropacup) in 1952, it also was a finalist in the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985 and participated in the Champions League in 1996/1997. Throughout the history of the Austrian football league, Rapid Wien has always played in the first division. Many players for the Austrian National Team were Rapid players; famous football stars such as J. Uridil; P. Smistik and many others played in the Wunderteam; R. Raftl, F. Binder, W. Zeman, E. Happel, F. Hasil, H. Krankl and A. Herzog are other Rapid members who have also played in the National Team. Since 1976 the club's sports facilities have been at the Hanappi Stadium in Huetteldorf (Vienna), before that the matches had been played on the "Pfarrwiese" field for almost 60 years.

Literature#

D. Chmelar, Rapid, der Klub, der keinen kaltlaesst, 1984; F. Binder, Sportklub Rapid. Die unendliche gruen-weisse Geschichte, 1993; R. Holzinger, Rapid - die Chronik 1899-1999, 1999; K. P. Koban, J. Skocek and W. Weisgram, 100 Jahre Rapid. Geschichte einer Legende, 1999; P. Linden and P. Kloebl, 100 Stars in gruen-weiss. 100 Jahre Rapid, 1999.