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    Hakoah Vienna

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    If you run down the list of Austrian soccer champions, you will see the twin capital powers of Rapid and Austria Vienna (32 and 21 titles respectively) and the newly-emerging, terribly-named Red Bull Salzburg (11, including eight since 2007). Then, as you go down the list, you see: Hakoah Vienna. 1925. Champions.

    That's right. Close to a century ago, the best soccer team in all of Austria was a Jewish club. This is akin to the Newark Landsmen winning the NFL title. (Is the Landsmen name too unrealistic? Not in a sport that features Redskins... But we digress.)

    Hakoah was a truly Jewish club, featuring some of the best Jewish players of the time, from Austria, Hungary, and Romania. These included Bela Guttmann, who later had a groundbreaking coaching career, and Jozsef Eisenhoffer, who played for Hungary in the 1924 Olympics. They won the title in a dramatic fashion: goalkeeper Alexander Fabian injured his shoulder, switched to forward (substitutions were not allowed), and scored the game-winning goal.

    After the title, Hakoah toured America, and a number of players decided to stay. Most returned to Europe, but Hakoah was never the same . The Nazis dissolved the club after Anschluss (obviously, fearing Jewish sports prominence). It was reborn after the war, but as a general athletic club, without soccer.

    Still: Hakoah Vienna. 1925. Champions. Jews.

    Verdict: Jew.

    April 16, 2018

    See Also

    Ajax Amsterdam

    Bela Guttmann

    Philadelphia Sphas

    Matthias Sindelar

    Tottenham Hotspur
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