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ÖFB Cup: Finale in Klagenfurt

Heute findet die “Mission Cupsieg Nr. 15″ des SK Rapid ihr Finale in Klagenfurt beim Spiel SK Rapid v Red Bull Salzburg. Den letzten ÖFB Cupsieg feierte Rapid 1995 gegen Leoben (Torschütze Peter Guggi). Im Semifinale hatte man damals Austria Salzburg mit 2:0 im heimischen Hanappi Stadion ausgeschaltet. Und auch dieses Cupmatch gegen die Salzburger sollte ein Heimspiel werden: [...]

West Ham vs Tottenham: ein überwältigendes Erlebnis

Nachdem das vorletzte Spiel dieser Saison im neuen “London Stadium” einen großartigen 1:0-Sieg der “Hammers” gegen Tottenham gebracht hatte, verpatzte West Ham den Saisonabschied von den Heimfans eine Woche später: 0:4 daheim gegen Liverpool. Aber der Abstieg ist spätestens seit dem Sieg gegen die Spurs kein Thema mehr, die erste Saison nach der Übersiedlung  ins neue Stadion [...]

The Curse and Magic of a “Parallel Campaign”

RapidHammer’s column for West Ham Till I Die The plot of one of the best known Austrian novels, Robert Musil’s “The Man Without Qualities” (Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften) is about a so-called “Parallel Campaign” meant to celebrate the Austrian Emperor’s 70 years of reign in the same year 1918 in which the German Emperor would [...]

West Ham in a nutshell

There’s never a dull moment with West Ham, as the old adage goes. And last week was “West Ham in a nutshell”, a lot of downs made us desperate, sad and angry at the same time, but at last the Hammers came back in style with their highest victory in the London Stadium so far. Having [...]

West Ham Till I Die:

We all follow the West Ham, over land and sea, to the Olympic Stadium on the River Lea By rapidhammer     23 Dec 2016 at 08:00     147 comments It was not only Hamburg Hammer who was in London that last weekend before Christmas. I visited the British capital too and made WEST HAM v [...]

WEST HAM vs Hull: My first visit to the Olympic Stadium

Last weekend I have been to the London Stadium for the first time when West Ham hosted Hull City. West Ham was lucky to win the game due to a Mark Noble penalty, securing 7 points from their last three games and climbing up the table to 13th. The game will be remembered for the [...]

Successful rallying cry or imminent good-bye?

RapidHammer’s monthly column for “West Ham till I die” It’s early December and it has already been a long, long, tough and so far disappointing season. In November West Ham couldn’t muster a single win home or away, and they spoiled the party when the Austrian Irons celebrated their fifth anniversary on the evening of the [...]

An almost perfect October

I have left it late to write my October column for “West Ham till I die”. Now it has become an early November column. After a draw and three wins in a row from the beginning of the month I thought I could wait until the Everton game and then happily write about four weeks [...]

An expedition into the unknown

RapidHammer’s monthly column for West Ham Till I Die The header of my first monthly column in August was: “Your Nightmare Returns”, chosen with the paradoxical intention to prevent West Ham from bowing out of the Europa League being beaten by the same team as last year. Unfortunately, as we all know, that kind of [...]

Your nightmare returns

RapidHammer’s first monthly column for West Ham Till I Die Good times for Austrian West Ham supporters: the season has not started yet, but in Austria we have already been able to watch four games of our beloved Hammers without having to travel the 900 miles or so to England. I am going to contribute [...]