My Year With West Ham

Being a supporter from abroad for whom there is no point in buying a season ticket, I can only pick some games per season and every West Ham match which I go to in the London Stadium must be selected carefully.

London Stadium

Flights have to be booked in time (sometimes with Laudamotion, one of the airlines of my Austrian compatriot Niki Lauda who sadly passed away on Tuesday), the trips must be coordinated around other meetings or events which I attend in London, and then I have to hope all goes well and the date of the game isn’t shifted to a conflicted kick-off time. And you know, with West Ham, you never can be sure if you will get any reward for all the bother. But that’s what football and being a football supporter is all about: following your team during good times or bad, and trying to go to as many games as possible.

Only Manchester City and Liverpool have done better

And this season has been a really good one for me and I was very fortunate with the games I have selected to watch in the London Stadium! I graced the upper tier of London Stadium’s West Stand in the 2018-19 season on five occasions, being able to watch the games against Wolves, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Southampton. These were not only more games than in previous seasons, but above all I could celebrate four wins, and West Ham suffered only one defeat when I was present. I‘m sure this is my best points ratio since I have supported West Ham! Only Liverpool (2,55) and Manchester City (2,58) have won more points per game this season than I have (2,4)!

But first we got our fair share of West Ham’s bad start into the season (losing out four times in a row for the second year running), as our first “live game” was the 0-1 defeat to Wolves in September.

I have to admit that this was a game less interesting and exciting than the Proms’ concert #65 which we had attended the night before at the Royal Albert Hall (Stravinsky, Ravel & Berio, conducted by Semyon Bychkov). And the Sunday afternoon we spent at Hampstead Heath strolling through the sunny park, walking along the ponds, and enjoying scones at Kenwood House ,was a much more pleasant time than the one we spent 24 hours ago. Only the sunshine had been bright over the LS pitch as well.

Hampstead Heath, Kenwood House

But to add also something on the positive side of this trip (in addition to the scones at Kenwood Brew House Cafe), we discovered a new kind of hotel in London, called CitizenM, which we would use for all our following stays this season.

A new philosophy

But after this fourth league defeat in a row it seemed the players began to understand the new way of playing that Manuel Pellegrini was asking of them, and when I had the opportunity to come back to London in November, our stay consisted not only of an environmental law conference in the City, an Andrea Bocelli concert in the O2 Arena and a visit to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London’s Westend, but also of a thrilling 4-2 win over Burnley in the East London Stadium!

In the game against the Clarets West Ham went in front twice, courtesy to goals of fellow Austrian Marko Arnautovic and of Felipe Anderson, but on both occasions Burnley was able to equalise. Nevertheless Anderson with his second and Chicharito with West Ham’s fourth goal sealed the Iron’s win in this entertaining encounter, showing that this team now had developed a real winning mentality under Manuel Pellegrini. Well, and they had already defeated Manchester United a month ago at the London Stadium (3-1).

London Stadium

What a wonderful world

We love to come to London in December with the family, soaking up the British capital’s Christmas atmosphere with carol singing in Christmas concerts, ice rinks at historic places, street markets and the beautiful lighting in Regent Street. Hence we had to be in good voice on our December trip, singing Christmas carols at St-Martin-in-the-Fields in the evening and “Bubbles” the next day at West Ham, and it became a joyful afternoon in claret and blue with a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace!

As you know, this game was part of West Ham’s best ever December in Premier League history! The Hammers were 0-1 behind at halftime, but after the interval we again saw Chicharito and Anderson score, along with a beautiful long range shot from Snodgrass. Chicharito’s fox-in-the-box goal put West Ham in front, and Felipe Anderson scored a beauty to make it 3-1 with a right footed strike into the far top corner, a goal which recently became West Ham‘s “goal of the season”: after some quick build-up play, the Brazilian picked a beautiful shot over the diving keeper – a strike which proved enough to win West Ham this game, although there was a bit of “same old West Ham” when the Eagles pulled one goal back afterwards. That could have led to a nail-biting finish, but I always had the feeling that a fourth goal for the Irons was more likely than an equaliser – evidence that I was getting more and more sure of West Ham’s newly gained winning mentality under MP. “What a wonderful world”! Also West Ham-wise we could join in this song performed by Katie Melua in the concert we attended at Westminster Hall in the evening after the game.

London Stadium

Comeback of the West Ham way?

And then it got even better on our next trip to London as we were there when West Ham celebrated the famous win over Arsenal with Declan Rice’s first Premier Legue goal! Yeah!!! It was an imperious display of young Declan in his holding midfield role, with his composed passing and the scoring of the decisive goal, and Dec grabbed all the newspaper headlines the other day. The 1-0 win was a totally self-assured, exciting and entertaining performance of the whole team, with lots of ball on the ground, reminding us of what was once called „the West Ham Way“.

Declan Rice (19) scored his first PL goal vs. Arsenal

Well, and Marko Arnautovic’s waving good-bye when the Austrian striker was subbed throughout the second half was just a side note in the morning papers, and in the end the transfer to China which Arnie and his brother had wanted to engineer in January fell through like Theresa May’s Brexit Deal.

Fortune’s hiding again

My next chance to fly to London didn’t come before the beginning of May. Therefore I could only watch via telly and the internet what happened after that brilliant win over Arsenal. This part of the season (from February to April) reminded us that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, and that Manuel Pellegrini would need more than one season to revolutionise a club whose fans have sung that “fortune’s always hiding” for ages. The team played inconsistent within this period of my absence from the London Stadium, they were eliminated from the FA Cup against much lower opposition and had to be happy that Fulham, after West Ham had been five games without a win, and later on Huddersfield came to the London Stadium to help the Irons get back to winning ways. The club had ranked ninth in the Premier League after the Arsenal win, but they never were able to climb higher up the table, injuries and dubious decisions of referees didn’t help, and Pellegrini’s claim to play for Europe was scuppered by a series of mixed results which saw West Ham drop out of the top ten for most of the time.

First-away-team-to-win-at-Tottenham-Hotspur-trophy

But the best was yet to come this season. Tottenham’s new stadium had been finished and Spurs had managed to win all their home games there prior to West Ham’s first visit to their new ground. Well, I think that not only I was sure that the Hammers would be the first team to win there (as they had done 12 years ago in an other London derby when Arsenal was beaten for the first time at the Emirates).

When Tom Jones, the architect of the Tottenham Stadium, came to a sports facilities conference in Vienna, just some days before the Hammers’ game against Spurs, I let him know that West Ham would be the first team to inflict defeat to the home team for sure, and I even dared to put a bet on West Ham winning this game with Betway. As we all know, I was perfectly right to do so, and Michail Antonio’s beautiful goal from a brilliant Marko Arnautovic pass sealed an historic win!

Goal !!!

Arnie again, at last!

And one week after West Ham had claimed the first-away-team-to-win-at-Tottenham-Hotspur-Stadium-trophy we finally were on our way again from Vienna to the London Stadium for the last home game vs. Southampton, a game in which we had the rare opportunity to see two Austrians on a Premier League pitch: one in the coaching zone (Saints’ manager Ralph Hasenhuttl) and the other one hopefully playing in the West Ham team, and starting to score again at last!

Marko Arnautovic’s form had improved in the games prior to that match, but obviously it was mandatory that we came back to the London Stadium before he hit the back of the net again. On an unexpectedly cold Saturday afternoon, with bright sunshine alternating with rain several times, Arnie in fact started scoring again! He put West Ham ahead with two goals, one in each half of the game, before Fredericks with his first PL goal sealed a comfortable win for the Hammers. Arnie’s two goals were his first ones since the beginning of January when he had scored against Brighton and Birmingham! And for the last minutes of the game he even wore the captain’s armband again after Mark Noble had been substituted.

Well, we’ve already heard that MP is planning with Arnie again for next season, and I hope that the Austrian who has been West Ham’s top scorer in the last two seasons will be at the club for another year!

Our stay in London lasted for three other days, with a Sunday highlight of eating the best scones of our lives at “Maison Bertaux” in Soho, just behind the Palace Theatre, beating the ones at Kenwood House at the beginning of the season by far! And we came back to Royal Albert Hall, where we didn’t listen to a concert this time, but participated in a truly inspiring and motivating LC19 leadership conference on the Monday and Tuesday together with Christians from 80 countries and all denominations!

LC19, Royal Albert Hall

And in the end, not only our stay in London, but also West Ham’s season, ended on a high note: their win at Watford helped them climb up the table in the last round and finish in the top half of the Premier League in MP’s first year at the helm!

And next season …

Well, I hope to come back to London, despite Brexit, several times next term. And by doing so, as our trips to the London Stadium have turned out to be talismanic for the Irons this season, I hope to contribute to West Ham performing even better at the next call, and the “Pellegrini Revolution” will continue!

And prior to the kick-off of the 2019-20 season (on 10 August) it seems the Hammers want to do me, as well as my compatriot Arnie, a favour by travelling to Austria and to China in pre-season. But with West Ham, you know, things aren’t always as good as they seem:

The Austrian pre-season friendly (11 July) will be played in Vorarlberg, which is almost as far away from Vienna as Stratford! And when Arnie will step onto the pitch in China later in July, he will find out that he’s still on West Ham’s and not a Chinese club’s payroll. Well, on the other hand, for me the latter would be something that I’m particularly pleased with!

Come on you Irons!

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May 21, 2019 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

Zehnter Platz für West Ham

Die “Pellegrini Revolution” brachte West Ham trotz Fehlstart mit vier Niederlagen in den ersten vier Partien ein “top ten finish” in der Premier League.

Mit einem 4:1-Auswärtssieg bei FA Cup-Finalist Watford samt Arnautovic-Goal konnte sich West Ham auf den 10. Endrang in der PL vorschieben. Den Endstand fixierte Mark Noble mit seinem zweiten Treffer (Elfmeter) in diesem Spiel. Einen weiteren Treffer steuerte Manuel Lanzini bei, für den die Saison damit sehr positiv endet, nachdem er sich ja in der WM-Vorbereitung mit Argentinien im Vorjahr schwer verletzt hatte. In der Tabelle überholten die „Hammers“ damit Watford.

Für Marko Arnautovic ging die Premier League-Saison 2018/19 mit zehn Treffern und vier Assists zu Ende.

Arnie ist damit auch in dieser Saison – trotz schwächerem Frühjahr – West Ham’s Topscorer vor Felipe Anderson. Der Brasilianer erzielte in seiner ersten Saison bei West Ham 9 Treffer in der Premier League.

May 12, 2019 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

Final day of the season

Though all eyes being on the title race between Manchester City and Liverpool, for West Ham there‘s still a lot to play for: with a win over Watford, the Irons would move into the top half of the table or could even finish 9th. With a defeat they could slip down to 12th, what would be a disappointing end of season.

Liverpool are bidding to become the first team to overtake the Premier League leaders on the final day, but that requires a slip of champions Manchester City.

The Reds, who host Wolves, are one point behind leaders City, who visit Brighton – with both games on Sunday at 15:00 BST.

It is the eighth Premier League title race to go down to the final day. Champions League finalists Liverpool have not won the league since 1990.

West Ham will have to win away at Watford to overtake the Hornets that will play in the FA Cup final the coming Saturday (5 p.m. BST). And if Leicester lost to Chelsea at home, the Hammers would even leapfrog the Foxes.

Come on you Irons!!!

May 12, 2019 at 9:13 am Leave a comment

Two Cup Finals And A Triple Call For VAR

West Ham have ended a bad run of three defeats with a 2-2 draw against Leicester – that‘s what will be on record when someone looks up the last third of Manuel Pellegrini‘s first season at West Ham Stats in years to come. It’s just a pity though that there won’t be a footnote to this result stating that West Ham would have won the game if the assistant ref hadn’t got it wrong with Lucas Perez’s second goal! But never mind, now we’ve got two cup finals and a trip to London to look forward to! 

With only minutes to go and West Ham 2-1 up against the Foxes, courtesy to goals by Michail Antonio and Lucas Perez, the latter one had latched on Pedro Obiang‘s pass and rounded Leicester’s keeper Kasper Schmeichel to kill the game off with what seemed to be the 3-1 for West Ham, only to be wrongly flagged offside by the linesman. And after that incorrect decision, fortune was hiding again from the Irons when Leicester substitute Barnes put his team level in injury time!

New carpet, old mistakes

Therefore that draw tasted like defeat to the West Ham faithful on a bright sunny Holy Saturday which had brought us a new claret carpet around the pitch of the London Stadium; a carpet which had got caressed by goal scorer Michail Antonio who put West Ham up with a brilliant header in the first half. But in the end the carpet didn’t play a main part and wasn’t so supportive to West Ham’s squad as we had thought it would be, following Slaven Bilic’s remarks about the difficulties the players had with assessing the size of the pitch with the former green carpet under his tenure at London Stadium.

Nevertheless I am already curious about what the ground will look like with its new dress when we are going to be back to London Stadium in two weeks time for the last game of the season against Southampton! And we’re also looking forward to the unveiling of the 2019 Hammer of the Year, who in my opinion will be Declan Rice quite certainly.

But much more certain is that last year’s HOTY will not play any role in this season’s contest: Marko Arnautovic hasn’t scored since his “China saga” in January, and he and the team have been inconsistent (to put it mildly) since Arnie’s premature waving good-bye when he was substituted throughout the second half in West Ham’s win over Arsenal. That was the last game I have watched in the London Stadium so far, and I think I haven’t missed very much during my absence before coming back to Stratford at the beginning of May. Apart from the Liverpool draw, a game which the Hammers would have won if a blatant offside goal for Liverpool had not counted, West Ham have more or less underachieved in most of the games since that famous 1-0 victory over the Gunners with Declan Rice’s first goal for West Ham just two days before his twentieth birthday.

Back in January we had thought that a good cup run was on the cards and that manager Manuel Pellegrini’s pledge to fight for 7th place in the Premiership could be successful. But a lot has gone wrong since, with West Ham tumbling out of the FA Cup against much lower opposition, and they never regained the winning mentality Manuel Pellegrini had seemed to have instilled into the squad back in autumn and December. Well, one of the reasons quite certainly were the usual series of injuries that have plagued the Hammers all season (short and long term), but maybe it was also the club’s handling of Arnie’s transfer request which had a detrimental effect on the squad. And we haven’t got an in-form natural born striker in the team with Andy Carroll injured (again), Chicharito inconsistent or injured too, and Arnie … well, he’s far from being our talisman, as he was last season when his goals kept us up. The “China saga” has turned his head, and no turnaround is in sight so far. West Ham thoroughly miss a forward to score the goals you need to win a game!

Can’t wait for VAR now

Having already spoken about the offside incorrectly given in last weekend’s game and the wrongly ignored offside in Liverpool’s opening goal in the aforementioned draw with the Reds, that leads us to the recently much repeated call for VAR. Being a traditionalist I wasn’t so sure if I was happy with the implementation of the video assistant in the Premier League next season, with all the interruptions of the game and the wait before we will know if a goal is going to stand or not. But in recent weeks, with Manuel Pellegrini rightly saying Manchester United’s penalties in West Ham’s 1-2 loss at Old Trafford a week ago would have been overturned with VAR, and having watched that blatant misjudgment this weekend on TV, also for me VAR now cannot come quick enough. It’s obvious that the referees need assistance and our beautiful game will become more fair with VAR. I think with VAR already implemented in the Champions League and in Germany it‘s overdue in the Premier League now!

So this season will not only be remembered for the beginning of a new area for West Ham United, dubbed the “Pellegrini Revolution“ by me in a former post (maybe a little too early taking into consideration the bumpy ride that followed towards the end of this season!). It will also be the last season without VAR. Well, I now hope and expect that the video assistant having the last word in tricky decisions will help the referees to get right what they have got wrong much too often this season.

An inconsistent campaign

And what has went wrong with West Ham and the “Pellegrini Revolution”, as we will in all likelihood not reach the target of finishing in the top ten of the Premier League? I know many say that we should be happy with mid table security and the fact that despite a really bad start (with 4 games lost in a row) West Ham never was in danger to be dragged into the fight against relegation. But with quite a lot of money spent last summer and a high calibre manager at the helm the Irons should have done better and been much more consistent throughout this campaign! Now I think the gap that has opened between 10th place and the Hammers’ points tally will be too big to be bridged with just three games to play!

I think we will need more steel in midfield next season as Declan Rice and Mark Noble haven’t got enough support in the middle of the park, and we will have to buy a proper striker in summer. Throughout the season I had hoped that the trio of Felipe Anderson, Arnie & Nasri could develop a real threat to our opponents, but due to various facts that never materialised. And also the defence needs improvement as opposition goals have gone in much too easy, not only in recent games! I like Zabaleta and Masuaku going forward and beating their opponents in wing positions, but their crosses frequently lead to nothing and they are beaten themselves much too often in counter attacks. And unfortunately Cresswell and Fredericks haven’t delivered much better either imo. Issa Diop has played very well as a central defender especially in the partnership with “General” Balbuena, but he’s still young and seems to be “overplayed” and out of form recently. Finally MP will have to be more open to develop some kind of “plan B” for certain matches if his “plan A” is not working. I hope he will get a decent transfer kitty, our long term injuries will come back in the summer, and West Ham will be able to offload some of the fringe players and buy wisely; then a new season and a fresh attempt to become a real force in our big claret carpet stadium can start!

Two Cup Finals and a conference ahead

As regards football here in Austria my favourite club Rapid Vienna has done much better in the domestic cup than West Ham have. Sorry, West Ham’s men’s team, I should have said! Because the „honorable ladies“ in claret&blue have sensationally reached the Women’s FA Cup final, West Ham women v Manchester City women in Wembley: only to be played the same day as West Ham’s final home game at the London Stadium! So it won’t be possible that we watch both of these games in London, much to my wife Eva’s pleasure though, as she can avoid a “football overkill” on our trip!

Back to the mighty SK Rapid Wien whose club pastor Christoph Pelczar I have been able to meet recently (in the pic with midfielder Dejan Ljubicic): After a disappointing Bundesliga campaign in which Rapid have not reached the “champions play-off” of the best six clubs in Austria’s new league format, they won a thrilling penalty shoot-out in the cup semis against LASK Linz, and now we’ve got a cup final ahead just days before we fly to London. Fortunately there isn’t a conflict of schedules with this final, so I will be able to watch Rapid on Wednesday and West Ham’s Premier League team on Saturday,  and then participate in the LC19 leadership conference in Royal Albert Hall on Monday and Tuesday!

Rapid Vienna take on Red Bull Salzburg on the 1st of May in Klagenfurt, hoping to win their first silverware since 2008! Two years ago Rapid have lost the final against the same opponents at the same venue – now this is an other chance to beat the odds and defeat RBS, the club that have dominated Austrian football for years now. As Rapid is the only club which already has beaten Salzburg in Austria this season, why not do that in the Cup final again?

So I do hope to come to London in high spirits at the beginning of May, and then we’re going to cheer on the West Ham and help them finish the season in good mood, too. I’m sure the LC19 conference will inspire and motivate us then anyway, regardless of the outcome of the football games, though I have some doubts about how it will feel to know that this visit to the UK will be the last one before Brexit comes into effect. Albeit we’ve already thought that of our last stay, back in January !

But you never know with West Ham, and with Great Britain either nowadays …

Come on you Irons!

April 23, 2019 at 9:27 am Leave a comment

Sunderland ‘til I die

Die letzten beiden Folgen dieser Netflix-Serie hatte ich noch nicht gesehen und heute Vormittag endlich Zeit, sie mir anzusehen. Ich sah zwei Filme voller typischer Fußballgefühle.

Die vorletzte Folge schildert das kurze Aufflackern von Hoffnung bei den “supporters” des AFC Sunderland nach einem überraschenden 4:1 gegen Derby County und den danach endgültig besiegelten, herzzerreißenden Abstieg durch eine 1:2 Heimniederlage gegen Burton Albion. Nachdem die Black Cats lange 1:0 geführt hatten, gerieten sie in den letzten Minuten mit 1:2 ins Hintertreffen, schafften schließlich noch in der “injury time” den vermeintlichen Ausgleich – doch der Referee gab den Treffer nicht, und die Relegation war fix!

Der letzte Teil der Staffel ist dann schon dem Neuaufbruch unter dem neuen Eigentümer Darron Gibson gewidmet. Mit einem unerwarteten 3:0-Sieg über Meister Wolves im letzten Saisonspiel an einem wunderschönen sonnigen Sonntag – bereits ohne den entlassenen Manager Chris Coleman – verabschieden sich die Black Cats von ihren treuen Fans, die auch für die League One ihr “season ticket” verlängern!

In der aktuellen Tabelle der dritten englischen Division liegt die Mannschaft aus der nordostenglischen Küstenstadt am Fluss Wear an 3. Stelle – 9 Punkte hinter Luton und 4 hinter Barnsley. Zumindest für eine Qualifikation für das Aufstiegs-Play-off sollte es reichen, vielleicht gelingt unter Manager Jack Ross, der Chris Coleman nachgefolgt ist, heuer der sofortige Wiederaufstieg in die Championship! Ob es darüber eine zweite Staffel auf Netflix geben wird?

Der Song im Vorspann von “Sunderland ‘til I Die” heißt passenderweise Shipyardsund erzählt von der harten Arbeit der Werftarbeiter und der familiären Verbundenheit von Sänger Martin Longstaff mit einem von ihnen. Ein gefühlvolles Lied von The Lake Poets, die sich vielleicht nach einer Gruppe englischer romantischer Lyriker des 19. Jahrhunderts benannt haben, die sich um William Wordsworth im Lake District von Cumberland niederließen.

Der in Sunderland geborene Bandleader, Sänger und Gitarrist Martin Longstaff spielt auf seiner akustischen Gitarre wunderschöne, langsame melancholische Lieder wie “Lonely in the City” und ist sicher auch ein “supporter” der “Black Cats“. Wenn der Wiederaufstieg geschafft ist, sollte er seinem “Black & Blue” und den anderen melancholischen Songs ein neues, freudiges Lied hinzufügen. Vielleicht wird das dann die Signation für die zweite Staffel für “Sunderland ‘til I die”!

The Lake Poets: Shipyardshttps://youtu.be/vmLAFhyimsE

February 23, 2019 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Nach Sieg nun gegen den LASK

Mit einem 5:2 (1:0)-Heimsieg gegen Hartberg steht der SK Rapid im ÖFB Cup-Halbfinale. Als Gegner zog Österreichs U 21-Coach Werner Gregoritsch jedoch nicht den Regionalligisten GAK, sondern den LASK, der mit 6:0 gegen St. Pölten das Semifinale im österreichischen Cup erreicht hat – noch dazu auswärts.

Im Cupfinale in der Wiener Generali Arena am 1. Mai würde im Erfolgsfall wohl RB Salzburg warten, das gegen den GAK in Graz ausgelost wurde und damit, ohne in diesem Bewerb einen Bundesligaklub ausgeschaltet zu haben, ins Finale kommen kann (und wird).

Das Semifinale gegen die Linzer, die im Paschinger Waldstadion spielen, wird Anfang April eine ganz schwere Aufgabe für Didi Kühbauers Truppe! Aber vorher stehen dem SK Rapid mit dem Europa League Rückspiel in Mailand und dem Spiel gegen RB Salzburg noch weitere „Kracher“ ins Haus. Und ein fast aussichtslos scheinender Kampf, in nur mehr vier Spielen vom 8. Platz noch ins obere Play-Off zu kommen: 6 Punkte Rückstand auf den dafür notwendigen sechsten Platz  in der Tabelle und eine für Rapid untypische negative Tordifferenz von -8 machen das Erreichen des ersten Meister-Play-Offs im neuen österreichischen Ligasystem zu einer “uphill battle”. 

Schwere und spannende Wochen für den SK Rapid, der gegen Hartberg am Sonntag jedenfalls stark verbessert wirkte! Jetzt muss Rapid zeigen, dass Kühbauer, der letzten Oktober nach der Entlassung von Goran Djuricin zu Rapid gekommen ist, die erste Vorbereitungszeit mit seiner Mannschaft genützt und den Burschen wieder den Rapidgeist eingeimpft hat! Mit den 5 Treffern haben wir jedenfalls wieder einen ersten Hauch der “Kanoniere” von einst gespürt.

Wie sagte Dionys Schönecker (Bild:  Porträt des “Mr. Rapid“ [1888–1938] auf einer Fahne im “Block West“):

“Gemeinsam. Kämpfen. Siegen.”

February 17, 2019 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment

Kein magischer Abend

Für die Zuschauer und den SK Rapid war es keine magische “European Night” gegen Inter Mailand.

Dem im Allianz Stadion mehrmals zu lesenden Motto von “Mister Rapid” Dionys Schönecker, “Gemeinsam. Kämpfen. Siegen”, konnte der SK Rapid diesmal nur teilweise entsprechen. Die “Nerazzuri” gewannen in Hütteldorf mit 1:0.

Für Rapid gab es nur ein Abseitstor, ein paar Chancen in Hälfte 2 und eine tolle Stadion-Choreografie (siehe Foto unten).

Das Rückspiel im Meazza Stadion steigt am Donnerstag um 21 Uhr in einer Woche!

Die Chance für das Rückspiel lebt zwar noch, denn ein 0:1 kann man aufholen. Realistisch betrachtet heißt es aber: Ciao, Europa League!

Wirklich wichtig ist nun am Sonntag der Aufstieg ins Cup-Semifinale! Auf geht‘s Rapid: Gemeinsam. Kämpfen. Siegen.

Nochmals: Gemeinsam. Kämpfen. Siegen !!!

Wahnsinn! Tolle Choreographie, erstmals im neuen Stadion über drei Tribünen, in der 12. Minute

February 15, 2019 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

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