While we are still waiting for the ÖFB Cup final match of 2020, here is a review of 2019. Exactly one year ago, I had the pleasure of hosting the UNIQA ÖFB Cup final between the series champions FC Red Bull Salzburg and SK Rapid Vienna, who have won the cup more times than any other team throughout the years. The Austrian equivalent of the DFB Cup Final was held in the beautiful Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt on May 1.
Everything was arranged! 24,200 football enthusiasts from all over Austria came to cheer for their team in perfect weather. The clear audience-favorite was SK Rapid, but this didn’t translate into a victory and fate still favored their rivals on the pitch. FC Red Bull Salzburg, today’s 13-time Austrian champion, was in the Austrian final of the ÖFB Cup for the 5th time in a row.
High expectations on both sites
At the same time, fans’ expectations of SK Rapid were particularly high, as Rapid Vienna had not won a single title in the past decade. The UNIQA ÖFB Cup final was therefore the last opportunity to win an important title in the decade that is coming to an end. It had been 14 years since Rapid Vienna last won the ÖFB Cup in 1995… even the last championship trophy has been gathering dust since 2008.
The two final opponents, SK Rapid Wien and FC Red Bull Salzburg, offered a top-class final match in which the team from the city of Mozart won 2-0. Looking back, as you can see in the video, the atmosphere was great. For me and my colleague DJ Jürgen Windholz, it was already the 9th ÖFB Cup final in a row, and we are both looking forward to the 2020 finals. It is also always a great pleasure to work with the ÖFB team … every time anew.
Have you seen the ÖFB Cup Final? Were you at the stadium? Who did you root for?