Save the Wiener!

Save the Wiener!

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Martino Simcik
Martino Simcik
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No Sexism, No Racism, No Homophobia, No Violence. In a world full of Red Bulls, Abramovich’s and soulless football franchises, in world full of hatred and violence, Wiener sport-club is kind of an old-school football-oasis.

Founded in 1883, Wiener Sport-Club is one of Austria’s oldest sports clubs.  They hold the staggering record of having defeated Juventus 7-0, as well as the record for the oldest operating football ground in continental, the Sportclub-Platz.

In 2001, bankruptcy loomed over the club, who decided to sell the main debtor, the football section, which has since continued under the name Wiener Sportklub with a “K”.  Now, after a long struggle, they want to reunite the clubs, and bring their proud history back.  If they do not succeed in raising 60,000 Euros, their historic ground will be at risk of redevelopment.

We first heard about Wiener Sport-Club in the late summer of 2015.  They organised a friendly with PSG, aimed at raising funds for local refugee initiatives.  There, we quickly discovered a whole world of active fans, organizing at their local pub, “The Flag” for new ways in which they could engage the community around the team.

We first heard about Wiener Sport-Club in the late summer of 2015.  They organised a friendly with PSG, aimed at raising funds for local refugee initiatives.  There, we quickly discovered a whole world of active fans, organizing at their local pub, “The Flag” for new ways in which they could engage the community around the team.

After thousands of videos with hundreds of clubs, there are certain grounds and fans that stick.  At Copa90, we have had incredible experiences visiting the club, two of which we immortalised in film.  The Graveyard stand, where the hardcore supporters sit is one of the most romantic we have ever experienced, and a sunny afternoon in Vienna sipping beers with the local support is as good as it gets!

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