Category Archives: English

Relief

Pedro Obiang’s heavily deflected goal was the moment of luck West Ham and their manager needed to set them on the way to their first points of the Premier League season as Huddersfield suffered their first defeat. It was a well deserved win on Slaven Bilic’ 49th birthday! The Hammers with Andy Carroll back in [...]

Still disappointing … but does the season start now?

Die neue Fußballsaison hat alles andere als optimal begonnen für die Anhänger von West Ham und Rapid Wien: drei Auswärtsniederlagen für die Hammers, verschenkte 2:0-Führungen bei Rapid. Dazu gibt’s noch die Nationalteam-Depression für den österreichischen Fan, denn das Nationalteam hat sich mit 0:1 in Wales und 1:1 gegen Georgien von der WM-Qualifikation verabschiedet. Marko Arnautovic [...]

Disappointing start

The sum of all our fears came to past as Mourinho’s mob took us to the cleaners and back again. Ok, we didn’t expect much but we certainly didn’t believe that we would be second or third best to every ball and manage just one shot on target. Yes, United are a highly athletic and [...]

Another surprise on the cards?

The first round of the Premier League has already provided us with some shock results: Watford holding Liverpool to a 3-3, Burnley winning 3-2 away at Stamford Bridge against champions Chelsea, and newcomers Huddersfield beating Crystal Palace 3-0 in London. Will we see another upset in Sunday’s late kick-off when Manchester United host West Ham [...]

Football is back

Natürlich wird schon seit Wochen in den europäischen Cupbewerben und auch in der österreichischen Bundesliga wieder Fußball gespielt. Aber so richtig zu Ende ist die sommerliche Fußballpause erst mit diesem Wochenende. Die englische Premier League geht endlich wieder los. Diesmal ist nicht nur für mich Ost-London der Fokus des Interesses. Aus österreichischer Sicht richtet sich [...]

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 [...]

“I am loving 2016 already”

Last weekend, January 2nd, 2016 has seen West Ham beat Liverpool 2-0 at home, completing the double over the Scousers – for the first time since 1964! We couldn’t have asked for a bettter start to 2016. “I am loving 2016 already”, West Ham Vice-Chair(wo)man Karren Brady tweeted after the game. And that summed up [...]

West Ham United v Sportklub Rapid 1-1

It was exactly 60 years ago that my favourite clubs West Ham United and SK Rapid Vienna played each other for the first and only time in their history. It was a friendly under the lights of the Boleyn Ground in London. The match between then 2nd Division club West Ham United and the Austrian record [...]

Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and now Chelsea

The list of clubs which have been beaten by the Hammers this season is almost unbelieveable. For many years in which I have been supporting West Ham we have always been proud and happy if we beat one or two of the big guns throughout a season. But this year Slaven Bilic’s men have already [...]

Wie die Bayern: Höhenflug in der Fantasy Premier League

Als begeisterter, wenn auch nicht sehr schneller Läufer jogge ich gerne in diversen Parks. Wenn ich in London bin, zum Beispiel im Regents Park, im Hyde Park oder in den Kensington Gardens. Daher heißt mein PL Fantasy Team heuer Hyde Park Olympics - ”Olympics” natürlich wegen der bevorstehenden Übersiedlung von West Ham United in das Londoner Olympiastadion. [...]