Andreas Herzog: the silky Austrian perfectionist

With creative attacking footballers there tends to be stand-out, pivotal moments in their careers; wonderful flashes of genius or spectacular goals that are fondly recalled after they retire. There are countless examples. For Roberto Baggio, the supremely gifted Italian, the magic moment came at the 1990 World Cup when he delicately weaved past several Czech…

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A Tale of One City: Vienna

This feature is part of A Tale of One City You could easily be tricked into thinking Vienna is a peaceful, passive city; a breezy cultural beacon of Eastern Europe. Indeed, it’s superb and is a resplendent location for romantic getaways, city breaks and an essential stop on any inter-railing route. The city’s Wienerwald is a famed cyclist haven,…

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Silence in the house of Ottmar Hitzfeld

Ottmar Hitzfeld was a genius. A managerial legend and incalculably respected coach, his legacy cannot be overlooked when considering the greatest managers of all time. Football managers have always taken on the persona of superior beings. The all-seeing eye over the various nuances that comprises a football team and the purveyor of revolutionary tactics, it takes a…

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The extraordinary life and death of Matthias Sindelar

Until the tanks rolled in and Adolf Hitler ruined everything, Vienna in the 1930s was a vibrant and wonderful place. It was a cultural hothouse that produced such unique minds as Freud, Schnitzler and Hayek and the city’s many coffee houses fizzed with passionate debate on anything the intelligentsia deemed worthy. Amongst the heated discussions on…

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Ernst Happel: the Feyenoord years

“Future: Feyenoord?” Those two humble words were the last to leave the medium-build Austrian’s pen as he hunched over a table in favourite cafe in central Vienna. After a relatively good season in The Hague, he was taking some time off and had travelled back home. He lights a cigarette and flips it into his mouth,…

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