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Will the 304th Vienna derby have been important? Well……


Tomorrow (Sunday 17th Feb 2013) I will join other Austria Wien fans in cheering the team as we start the Spring season (following the traditional winter break). Like most of the Veilchen, I’m still on a high from seeing the Violets crowned ‘Winter Kings’ – first in the league, 7 points ahead of nearest rivals Salzburg, and with a 10 point lead over Rapid Wien. The computer has ordained that we will kick-off the second half of our 2012-13 campaign with the chance to win our third Vienna derby of the season.

The story so far:

3rd round of the season                 –             Rapid 0:3 Austria

4th round of season                        –             Salzburg 0:2 Rapid

9th round of the season                 –            Austria 0:1 Salzburg

12th round of the season              –           Austria 2:0 Rapid

13th round of the season               –            Rapid 2:0 Salzburg

18th round of the season              –           Salzburg 0:0 Austria

Top of Premiership Table

  1. Austria 48pts
  2. Salzburg 41pts
  3. Rapid 38pts
  4. Sturm Graz 35pts

The results may have gone our way in the two derby matches so far but we haven’t beaten our nearest rivals Salzburg who have themselves succumbed twice to Rapid. The point is that neither the derby clashes nor the games against Salzburg have played a decisive role in the story of the first half of the season. Austria gained there lead through consistency of performance week in week out. With the squad still intact after the close of the transfer window and in fact enhanced by the re-signing of Nacer Barazite (returning after a year way at Monaco), all the signs point to an equally strong Spring campaign.

So what of the derby tomorrow? Well it’s always important to every fan no matter where the two teams are in the league. It however looks unlikely to have any impact on the final positions at the end of the season. Does this mean I will be relaxed tomorrow? That I don’t care about the derby result? Of course not! If, as I hope, we win the match I’ll be ecstatic. If the unthinkable happens I’ll be as miserable as sin. But no matter what, the result will not determine the destiny of the two teams for the rest of the season.

Rapid are on a run of seven games without a win against Austria. I suspect that run won’t end tomorrow afternoon. If we get off to a good start it could be another 0:3 win but a win by one goal is more likely…….but then the real fun of football is that every game is different and derby games are particularly unpredictable 🙂

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English model for Austrian football?


The events at the Vienna derby have caused wide spread discussion and now the Government are getting involved. I note from today’s Austrian Times that The minister explained she assigned a high-profile police general to create an action plan over the issue in cooperation with the Austrian Bundesliga and club representatives. Mikl-Leitner named England as a possible role model forAustria in handling the problem….’

http://www.austriantimes.at/news/Sports/2011-05-24/33457/Government_pledges_hooligan_scene_crackdown

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End of world cancelled – Police say they couldn’t guarentee safety


Oh so the gods will have their fun. The faithful were in ecstasy as the second goal hit the back of the net, the gods were truly rewarding the prayers of those in violet. After the first goal the unbelievers had started the wailing and gnashing of teeth as their temple shook from the chants of those of the true faith. But with the second goal unleashed the green and white horde (or to give them their scientific designation – a bunch of cretins) entered the hallowed turf of the pitch.

At this juncture someone pointed out to the assembled gods that, whilst their mischief-making may have been fun, they had forgotten to bring the appropriate licenses, certificates and notifications required by the authorities of the Austrian Federal Republic. Now whilst they made be all-powerful gods no deity in their right mind is going to go head to head with the Austrian State bureaucracy and so on mass they buggered off, claiming to be late for a really cool party.

Back in the world of mortals I have to report that, as often with these things, it was a minority of Rapid fans who caused the trouble. We encountered no problems with Rapid fans before or after the match. As for me it was a new experience, attending a match abandoned due to a pitch invasion.

As few images before, during and after the pitch invasion:

http://www.austriantimes.at/news/Sports/2011-05-23/33412/Rapid_bosses_under_fire_after_riot

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