Player Sent Off Within First Minute of his Debut

For most players, a professional debut is a career highlight, a moment they can look back on once they’ve retired and reminisce about the ‘good old days.’ 19-year-old Rapid Vienna defender Maximilian Hofmann, however, might want to forget his first league appearance.

Starting in his club’s Austrian Bundesliga match against Sturm Graz, Hofmann was sent off within the first 45 seconds of the game for denying Sturm Graz a clear scoring opportunity inside his team’s box. Sturm Graz would convert the penalty, but thankfully for Hoffman, his team would still dominate the match and win 4-2, despite playing with just 10 men for almost the entirety of the match. 

That’s definitely a tough debut for any player, but at least things can only get better, right? So long as Hoffman doesn’t get thrown out within the first 30 seconds of his next match, we’re sure he’ll turn out just fine.

(Via: DirtyTackle)


Top this! Salzburg defender scores from 70 yards out

Pre-season games for the top clubs in European soccer are, more often than not, glorified scrimmages against cupcake opponents. But in a recent tune-up for Bundesliga club Schalke 04, it was the other team that looked like it was just toying around. Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg is no true slouch, but few could have predicted a 3-1 win over the German powerhouse. Even less could have foreseen this ridiculous strike from defender Martin Hinteregger, who produced this rocket from well behind the halfway line. David Beckham, eat your heart out!


Rapid Vienna fans build brick wall in front of club office


If you’re unhappy with your team’s performance over the season, there are a lot of ways you can protest to show your frustration. Well, it seems that outraged Rapid Vienna fans have come up with the best way to display it.

They built a wall in front of the club’s office, blocking them from getting in, to mark their anger at the Austrian club’s position in the table.

But it gets stranger: You’d expect that if fans went to these lengths to show their displeasure, it would be because they sit at the bottom of the table . But no, Rapid Vienna is in third.

We’re wondering how supporters of SV Mattersburg, the team propping up the rest of the division, will make their feelings known.

Image via Kurier