Rapid Vienna v Arsenal – October 22nd , 2020
Vienna is the capital of Austria. Of the country’s nine states, Vienna is the smallest in area but the largest in population.
Modern Vienna has undergone several historical incarnations. From 1558 to 1918 it was an imperial city—until 1806 the seat of the Holy Roman Empire and then the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1918 it became the capital of the truncated, landlocked central European country that emerged from World War I as a republic. From 1938 to 1945 Austria was a part of Adolf Hitler’s “Greater” Germany, and Vienna became “Greater” Vienna, reflecting the Nazi revision of the city limits. In the decade following World War II, Austria was occupied by British, French, American, and Soviet forces, and Vienna was divided into five zones, including an international zone, covering the Innere Stadt (“Inner City”). In 1955 the State Treaty, by which the country regained independence, was signed with the four occupying powers, and Vienna became once again the capital of a sovereign Austria.
Once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna is filled with majestic sights, both old and new.
Vienna is among the least spoiled of the great old western European capitals. Its central core, the Innere Stadt, is easily manageable by foot and public transportation. In a city renowned for its architecture, many of Vienna’s urban prospects remain basically those devised over several centuries by imperial gardeners and architects. The skyline is still dominated by the spire of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and by the giant Ferris wheel in the city’s chief park, the Prater. The city suffered heavy damage in the last months of World War II, and much rebuilding was done after the war. Nevertheless, the character of Vienna as a whole remains much the same as in the years before 1914.
Vienna reaches across the Danube on one side and climbs into the Vienna Woods on the other. There it includes the 1,585-foot (483-metre) Kahlen Mountain (Kahlenberg) and the 1,778-foot (542-metre) Hermanns Mountain (Hermannskogel), Vienna’s highest point. The Vienna Woods slope to the river in four roughly semicircular terraces, with the Innere Stadt occupying the second lowest terrace. The city has a mean altitude of 1,804 feet (550 metres), but different sections vary considerably in height.
A stretch of the Danube was straightened and confined in the 19th century to form the Danube Canal, a flood-control canal parallel to the main stream, that flows through the city. An island 13 miles (21 km) long and 750 feet (230 metres) wide was thus created from former floodlands and was equipped as an all-sports park, adding to the city’s already generous recreational space. The Lobau, a wooded section along the river, has, like the Vienna Woods, long been a protected greenbelt area. Since the 1970s the open spaces on the far side of the Danube have been exploited for apartment buildings and factories.
Rapid Vienna Honours
Rapid Wien is Austria’s record titleholder, lifting the trophy a total of 32 times, and the club also won a German Championship and German Cup while part of that country’s football competition from 1938–45 following the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany on 12 March 1938.
Champions (32): 1911–12, 1912–13, 1915–16, 1916–17, 1918–19, 1919–20, 1920–21, 1922–23, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1945–46, 1947–48, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1963–64, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1995–96, 2004–05, 2007–08
Champions (14): 1918–19, 1919–20, 1926–27, 1945–46, 1960–61, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1975–76, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1994–95
Champions (3): 1986, 1987, 1988
Arsenal have only played Rapid Vienna twice, both games were in the 1991 European Cup and Arsenal won both games.
18 Sep 1991 Arsenal v Austria Wien W 6-1 European Cup
02 Oct 1991 Austria Wien v Arsenal W 0-1 European Cup
TA’s Predicted Lineup:
There is good reason not to underestimate this game and Mikel really could do with a good start in this group. There are a few players who are desperate for a game and there are also quite a few in the sickbay: Ceballos, Holding, Willian, Chambers, Mari and Martinelli. Luckily, The Shkod is back and just in time as we need a right-footer in defence desperately.
Is Runnarson ready? I have a feeling that Leno may still start this one. The back needs to be good and I would imagine that Gabriel will play with Luiz and Mustafi. But Mikel could give Kola a run from the start and keep Gabriel on the bench. Wingbacks will probably be AMN and Soares.
I expect Xhaka to be rested and with Ceballos out it should normally be a midfield of the African Gunners. Willock is likely to come on for Partey in the second half.
Up-front I expect us to go quite heavy-gunned. Auba needs a goal, Laca needs a game and so does Nelson. Eddie could miss out but I expect him to both come on in the second half and play v the Foxes at the weekend.