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    Hakoah Vienna

    Jew Score:
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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

    Erno Schwarz

    Tottenham Hotspur
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