#BundesligaTeamwork: Bundesliga in English // The Vienna Derby

27. March 2020 in tipico Bundesliga

Durch die Entwicklungen rund um das Coronavirus müssen wir nicht nur auf unseren geliebten Fußball verzichten, wir haben auch etwas mehr Zeit zur Verfügung als dies normal der Fall ist. Diese Zeit könnten wir sinnvollerweise dazu nützen, unsere Englischkenntnisse zu verbessern und ein paar Fußballvokabeln aufzufrischen. Die Kollegen von "The Other Bundesliga", dem englischen Podcast über die Österreichische Fußball-Bundesliga, helfen uns dabei.
 
Due to the developments around COVID19 we do not only have to do without our beloved football we also have a little more time on our hands than we are used to. What better way is there to use that time than improve our English skills and refresh or learn a little bit of English football vocabulary. Our colleagues from "The Other Bundesliga", the English-speaking podcast about the Austria Bundesliga, help along.

 

The Vienna Derby

Derby days are one of the highlights of the sporting calendar in Vienna, where Rapid and Austria have an intense rivalry. But which of the capital clubs has won the most league titles? And who has the better record in the derbies themselves? Well, it’s not quite as clear-cut as you would think…
 
Rapid are widely regarded to be record champions. They have won 32 Austrian championships since the club was founded back in 1899. Add to that a German title (which they won during the Second World War) and it’s easy to make a case for the Green & Whites being the most successful club in Austrian football history.
 
But the Violets, who were founded in 1911, might have something to say about that. They actually have twice as many titles (14) as their cross-city rivals since the league became the Bundesliga in the 1974/75 season. And let’s not forget that Austria Vienna have won the Austrian Cup 27 times in their history too – more than any other club in the country!
 
So what about the derby days themselves? Did you know that, historically, Rapid versus Austria is the third most-played city derby in European football? Only the Glasgow derby (Celtic versus Rangers) and – if you include friendlies – the Edinburgh derby (Hearts versus Hibernian) have been played more often. In total, there have been 330 derbies, and 174 in the Bundesliga since its inception in 1974/75.
 
It is Austria Vienna who have the better derby record in the Bundesliga era, with 63 victories. Rapid, meanwhile, have won 55 derbies while there have been 56 draws too. Rapid have the better overall record if you look at the total figure of 330 derbies, however: they have 136 victories, while Austria have 119 and there have been 75 draws. The most recent match between the clubs at the Allianz Stadion in Hütteldorf ended 2-2, with two goals scored in the first four minutes! There were early goals in the reverse fixture at the Generali Arena (where Austria Vienna play their home games) in September too. The score was 1-1 with 10 minutes played, although in the end it finished 3-1 to Rapid.
 
This season has definitely been more successful for the Green & Whites than it has been for the Violets. With 22 rounds played and the points now halved, Rapid are in third place – only seven points behind leaders LASK. Austria Vienna, however, did not make it into the Championship Round and will be playing in the Qualification Round when the season resumes. Sadly, that means we won’t have any more Vienna derbies for a while!

Vocabulary

English

Deutsch

Capital clubs

Hauptstadtklubs

Clear-cut

Klar/eindeutig

Record champions

Rekordmeister

Widely regarded to be

Gelten gemeinhin als

Make a case for

Argumente für etwas finden

Most-played

Meistgespielt

Inception

Gründung

Record

Bilanz

Reverse fixture

Hinspiel

Halved

Halbiert

Championship Round

Meistergruppe

Qualification Round

Qualifikationsgruppe

Resume

Fortsetzen

If you want to read and especially hear more about Austrian football in English just visit the "The Other Bundesliga" website.

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