Third place in the World Cup in Switzerland
The high point of the footballing year in 1954 was the World Cup staged in Switzerland. There was more than a hint of Green & White in the Austrian national side’s line up: Walter Zeman, Ernst Happel, Gerhard Hanappi, Karl Gießer, Paul Halla, Hans Riegler, Robert Dienst, Erich Probst and Robert and Alfred Körner all featured, meaning the Austrian side was virtually comprised of the entire Rapid team. After wins over Scotland, Czechoslovakia and Switzerland, Austria slipped to a 1:6 loss against Germany in the semi-final. In the third place play-off Austria signed off with a victory, defeating title holders Uruguay 3:1.