matthias sindelar

Full name: Matthias Sindelar

Date of birth: 10 February 1903

Place of birth: Kozlov, Austria-Hungary

Date of death: 23 January 1939 (aged 35)

Place of death: Vienna, Nazi Germany

Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)

Playing position: Centre-forward



Matthias Sindelar was an Austrian footballer,

He played centre-forward. Known as "The Mozart of football" or 'Der Papierene' – 'the Paper-man' for his slight build, he was renowned as one of the finest pre-war footballers, known for his fantastic dribbling ability, ball control and creativity.

He was voted the best Austrian footballer of the 20th Century in a 1999 poll by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) and was named Austria's sportsman of the century a year before.

Despite occasional claims that Sindelar was of Jewish origin, the family was Catholic. They moved to Vienna in 1905 and settled in the district of Favoriten, which had a large Czech-speaking community. Here young Matthias began playing football in the streets of Vienna. At the age of 15, he joined Hertha Vienna, playing there until 1924, when he was brought to FK Austria Vienna, whose name at the time was Wiener Amateur-SV and he played there 15 years becoming a legend of the club.

Always refusing to leave his home country, Sindelar rejected to play for Germany after the Austrian state was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938, citing old age or injury as his excuse. On 23 January 1939 both Sindelar and his girlfriend Camilla Castagnola were found dead at the apartment they shared in Vienna; the official verdict cited carbon monoxide poisoning as the cause....



1× Austrian football championship: 1926

5× Austrian Cup: 1925, 1926, 1933, 1935, 1936

2× Mitropa Cup: 1933, 1936

1× Central European International Cup: 1932

Years Team Apps Goals
1918-1924 ASV Hertha Vienna (Youth)    
1924-1939 FK Austria Vienna    
National team      
1926-1937 Austria 43 26