Posted: 9/29/2018


      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would have enjoyed a trip to Red Bull Arena for an Austrian Bundesliga match or two, particularly when Red Bull Salzburg were hosting Rapd Wien.

       Rapid, in their new Allianz Stadium are the most successful club in the country  with 32 national titles starting in 1911-12. Die Grun-Weissen (Green Whites) even won the German Championships when they were invaded in the late 1930's. Their big fans following do the 'Rapidviertelstunde'.... for the last 15 minutes of every match, home and away-rythmatic clapping. The Ultras and other groups took up a section near me and with a couple of cheerleaders with megaphones kept them chanting, singing and waving maybe 3 dozen flags on poles throughout. The beginning of the 2nd half they set off green

     At the other end the home fans responded with red flares, more flag waving and chanting.. The stadium was built for the 2008 Euros and has a capacity of 31,000 but the upper deck. apart from one section, is hardly used. 12,000 was the announced attendance on a Sunday afternoon... large for Austrian league.

        Red Bull were brought into being in 2005 when the energy drink and it owner Dietrich Mateschitz took over a floundering and not well supported local club that played in violet and changed the colo to red, plus the new logo and new culture with massive money pumped in. Giovanni Trappatonni and Lother Matthaus were brought in at great expence for a short time.

       They are the defending champions with a budget to match most of the other 11 teams combined. There is also a Red Bull Leipzig who they played in the Europa League a week or so ago and won 3-2 away in the first leg.

     There is alos New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Brasil in Campinas, Sao Paulo State plus Red Bull ice hockey, Red Bull Racing and more. Go visit a museum next to the airport. There you will see lots of exhibits, Formula 1 and vintage cars, speed boats, planes, helicopters, motor bikes and more. Free entry and also a Carpe Diem Lounge Cafe, Restaurant Ikarus, Threesixty bar, and souvenir shop...and downstairs the cleanest and most awesome toilets you have ever seen.

      Red Bulls took the lead in the 36th minute from Takimi Minamino and Moanes Dabour doubled the lead in the 76th. Maximilain Hoffman scored a consolation goal for Road in the 86th minute

      They lead the table ofter 8 matches with 24 points, above LASK 19, St Polta 17. Wolfsberg 14, Austria Wien 13, SK Sturm Graz 12 and Rapid Wien 9 points. and will probably retain the title.